Nu-NRG and Hard NRG
updated 4 months ago
Hard NRG is an electronic music genre similar in structure (with regards to sequencing & programming) to UK Hard House. The main difference is in the musical/thematic content of each style.
Where UK Hard House has uplifting, playfully fun and tough elements, NRG is ominous, dark, aggressive and relentless with its distressed, menacing and gritty sounds on a slightly faster BPM (150 - 155 average) than UK Hard House (140 average).
By '96-97 there was a steady flow of UK based Hard House that threw away the fun & uplifting parts to incorporated the "Hoover" & other gritty, menacing sounding elements at a slightly higher tempo than the conventional Hard House and thus, the style effectively became known as "Nu-NRG" when Blu Peter coined the phrase in a magazine interview. Doug Osbourne (Sourmash/Razor' s Edge/Illuminatae), Gordon Matthewman (DJ Edge/ Illuminatae), Jon Bell (Captain Tinrib), Jon Vaughan (Jon The Dentist), Jon Truelove (Lectrolux/Hyperspace) Pete Davis (Baby Doc/Hyperspace), Owen Swinard & Dom Sweeten (OD404), Paul King, John Newell (RR Fierce), Ben Keen (BK) & Nick Sentience all had a heavy hand in shaping this sound in the UK specifically. Outside the UK, producers such as DJ Misjah (Dyewitness), Ramon Zenker (E-Trax/Phenomania/Exit EEE), Commander Tom, Nuclear Hyde etc, all dabbled with the sound from time to time.
The late 90s & early 2000s saw NRG expand a little further when the sound became even fiercer, darker and much more serious than Nu-NRG. DJ Kristian then coined the phrase "Hard NRG" while Jon Bell (Captain Tinrib/Dr. Base /Fierce Base), John Newell (RR Fierce/ Rim 'N Chop/Fierce Base), Karim Lamouri (Karim/Rim 'N Chop) Chris Payne (Casper) & Barmak Hatamian (The Alien Thing/Max & Amino) were instrumental in the development of Hard NRG.
At present, Nu-NRG & Hard NRG is known simply as NRG throughout the scene since it has become extremely difficult to draw a line of distinction between the two styles. There is however, a monumental difference between UK Hard House & NRG.
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