Dark electronica with vocal sample refrain. Sparse, bleepy synth intro with watery delay effects. ‘Keep on lovin’ me’ female vocal sample repeated rhythmically over a determined, striding slow breakbeat. Tender yet menacing synths play out a hooky melody on top. Unsettling and tense with a terrifying passion, obsessive yearning to suit a dramatic TV sequence or fashion story.
Sample-heavy electronics with global percussion. Vocal samples over polyrhythmic percussive hits. Bassy synth groove kicks in with Latin rhythms and samba whistle. Melodic grime-influenced break gives a dark edge. Polyrhythmic groove returns underneath. Intricate, frantic and energetic, sounds like Shakira’s World Cup song transported to a creepy alternate universe, perfect for intense sports coverage and edgy content.
Hip hop track with orchestral strings. Melancholy string intro. Minimal beats before a bass drop. Deep bass synth mines the underbelly, trap beats up top and church-like bell sample and choral vocal samples add to the eerie atmosphere. Dark, sombre and quietly epic, like Gangsta’s Paradise without Coolio, perfect for an investigative documentary or epic domestic drama of the streets.
Creepy hip hop. Spooky, stabbing piano sample, janky and robotic, with woozy, deep bass synths and rattlesnake trap beats. Deeper beats introduced with quivering organ chords. strange, mysterious and playful, a carved Halloween pumpkin in hip hop form, suited to edgy, off-kilter fashion adverts or TV/Documentaries/content about flashy cars, streetwear and youth culture.
World fusion with beats. Samples depicting a fight give way to male choral vocal samples over a snaking violin line and global beats. Beats come on stronger, settling into a deep Arabic-style groove with choppy violins adding drama later on. Curious, dark and slightly menacing, danger in a foreign land, perfect for Killing Eve style globe-trotting TV drama, travel documentaries or classy car adverts with an international twist.
Melancholy sample-laden electronica. Pizzicato strings, joined by pastoral flute sample and orchestral sample. Harp effects interspersed with heavy syncopated beats and big D’n’B womps. Orchestral strings some to the fore midway, then settles back to the mid-tempo groove. Bold and brazen with a regal air, if Jason Bourne starred in the Wind in the Willows, perfect mash-up for dance content or tongue-in-cheek adverts.
Dark trip hop with orchestral strings. Dark, rippling harp sample then urgent, choppy cello over swirling synth pads. Choppy violins repeat the tense melodic riff over trip hop beats and vinyl scratching and subtle hip hop vocal samples. Cool and self-assured in the face of danger, perfect for a nerve-wracking TV drama, a dramatic documentary or sombre content.
Breezy hip hop with piano. 90s R’n’B style piano chords intro with distant reverb-laden vocal samples. Tight beat drops, slow and smooth. Shaker beats and orchestral string samples bring more of the 90s R’n’B flavour. Melancholy, romantic, sensual, yearning; sitting home, waiting for that telephone to ring…would suit a thoughtful, glamorous fashion advert or documentary/TV drama.
Dark hip hop with gunshot samples. Bleepy synth intro with effects, a foreboding piano riff then a break. Beats build to a deep, punchy, bass synth melody. Piano returns, more beats and gunshot samples. Threatening, tense and frightening, a seemingly bouncy track with a dark underbelly, would suit topical, crime documentaries or content.
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Dark breakbeat EDM. Muted bass line with orchestral string drone and flurries of 90s-style breakbeat drum samples. Full on breakbeat enters with intermittent Middle Eastern samples. Driving, powerful and harsh with a hint of melancholy. Would suit a topical, Vice-style documentary or advert for cutting edge trainers.