Darkstep is a subgenre of drum and bass that fuses elements of darkcore with uptempo breakbeats and ambient noises (similar to those characteristic of neurofunk). Darkstep music is typically composed in a chromatic scale. The amen break, the firefight break, and other breakbeat samples feature prominently. Darkstep comes from techstep. Whereas neurofunk (which also come from techstep) relies on science fiction soundscape and really clean production, darkstep bring back elements of darkcore like horror movie soundtrack or vocal snippets, overdistorted techstep bassline and industrial soundscape. The rhythms are usually more complex and heavy than in neurofunk. Quite often the snare is metallic and ringing, creating a dissonant feel.
Darkstep.org is the source for the newest underground dark drum n bass. DARKSTEP.org is a non-profit website dedicated to organizing a central location for interaction for those supporting dark drum n bass, jungle, breakcore, wreckstep, and all other forms of drum n bass with a harder darker edge.