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Dougal & Gammer – First Order (2014)

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Artists: Dougal & Gammer
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore
Release Year: 2014
Info: Dougal & Gammer’s first artist album
CDs: 4 (four)
Tracks: 68 (sixty-eight)
Length CDs: +/+ 4 hours
Label: Hardcore Underground
Product Number: HUDSCD006
More Information: Hardcore Underground – Official Website

Today has been a good day. After a few problems whilst ordering a couple of CDs from the Hardcore Underground website, I managed to order three CDs, and they all arrived in the Netherlands today! One of those CDs is ofcourse Dougal & Gammer’s first artist album, ‘First Order’. And that’s exactly the one I will review today.

As we all know, Dougal and Gammer made the UK Hardcore scene bigger and better since they first got together. It has been many moons ago, and this album showcases their impact on the scene. This already legendary album has been bought by many ravers all over the globe, and will be sold out very soon, so make sure you grab a copy. You might never know, they could never make another artist album together.

But seeing as this is their first album as a duo, I wonder why it took so long for them to make it? They have made many tunes before, they could have made a ‘best of’ album 5 years ago, and still be able to fit enough tracks to fill 4 CDs. But let’s not dwell on small issues, let’s look at this album. It’s quite important you pay attention, because I will give you a few reason why you should purchase this album.

The layout is gorgeous. Don’t know what the front cover resembles, it does look a bit spacey and futuristic, but still cool. The album’s name is ‘First Order’, a weird name to pick, and let’s pray to God that there will be a ‘Second Order’. I don’t know why they picked the colour green, but it’s one of my favourite colours, and it makes the album look much sexier. The whole albums looks good and smells good (not like HU5, which smelled a bit too plastic-y), but it’s all about the music: not everyone is a freak like myself, who enjoys the album layout as much as the music on it.

The album is divided in 4 CDs, three unmixed CDs and one mixed. I do know one thing: the CD title names weren’t just Gammer’s idea’s (Gammer’s mind is a bit ludacris and funny), Dougal came up with them aswel. And the titles are just… how do I put this? AWESOME. Who else could come up with such a weird name for a CD, let alone FOUR CDs!?! Credits for weird CD names, mr Dougal and Gammer. Credits go your way.

Now we will look at the tracklist. It will take some time for me to typ the whole thing down, so if I do make a mistake, I do apologise, but let’s be honest: 68 tracks… I will make a mistake. 68 tracks? Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you! Amazing stuff already, I’ve given you enough reason to buy the album already, haven’t I? No? Okay, here’s the tracklist! Be ready to be amazed!

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CD1 – When Nobody Liked Us (Unmixed) 

01. United In Dance feat Lisa Marie – Lift Me Above
02. Dougal & Gammer – Higher Than Heaven
03. Dougal & Gammer – Get Hype (Facelift)
04. Dougal & Gammer feat Lisa Marie – Open Your Eyes
05. Dougal & Gammer – 3000 Cycles
06. Dougal & Gammer feat Stefan B & Jenna – Bathe In Your Tears
07. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna & MC Smiley – Ordinary People
08. Dougal & Gammer – Make Noise
09. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – Paradise
10. Dougal & Gammer – The 6th Gate
11. Dougal & Gammer – What We Got
12. Dougal & Gammer – Fires In The Sky

CD2 – When Everybody Liked Us (Unmixed) 

01. Dougal & Gammer – Guitar Hero
02. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – When I Close My Eyes
03. Dougal & Gammer feat Niki Mak – All My Dreams
04. Dougal & Gammer – Rock This
05. Dougal & Gammer – The Tunnel
06. Dougal & Gammer – Horns Of Jericho
07. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – All The Tears I’ve Cried
08. Mickey Skeedale feat Jenna – Through The Darkness (Dougal & Gammer 2009 Remix) 
09. United In Dance – 1234
10. Dougal & Gammer – Brainstorm
11. Dougal & Gammer – Fuck Me I’m Famous
12. Dougal & Gammer vs Hixxy – Dark Skies
13. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – Lose Me Forever
14. Dougal & Gammer vs Technikore – Corruption For The Weekend

CD3 – When The People Who Used To Like Us Stopped Liking Us But Some New People Probably Like Us Now Instead (Unmixed) 

01. Dougal & Gammer – Burn
02. Dougal & Gammer – Float Away
03. Dougal & Gammer feat Hannah Faulkner – The One
04. Dougal & Gammer – Don’t Leave Me
05. Dougal & Gammer – Fuck That Shit
06. Dougal & Gammer – Trust In Me
07. Dougal & Gammer feat Niki Mak – Back Home
08. Dougal & Gammer – Your One
09. Dougal & Gammer feat Hannah Faulkner – Knight In Shining Armour
10. Dougal & Gammer – Monster (Remaster)
11. Dougal & Gammer – Lifting Me Higher
12. Dougal & Gammer feat Jerome – Domination
13. Dougal & Gammer feat Niki Mak – Everytime I Hear Your Name

CD4 – Dougal & Gammer’s Personal Favourites (Apart From One) (DJ Mix) 

01. Dougal & Gammer – Burn
02. Dougal & Gammer – Float Away
03. Dougal & Gammer – Fuck That Shit
04. Dougal & Gammer feat Hannah Faulkner – The One
05. Dougal & Gammer – Red 7
06. Dougal & Gammer – Monster (Ayobi Remix) 
07. Dougal & Gammer – Monster (Remaster)
08. Dougal & Gammer – Trust In Me
09. Dougal & Gammer – Your One
10. Dougal & Gammer – Don’t Leave Me
11. Dougal & Gammer feat Niki Mak – Back Home
12. Dougal & Gammer feat Jerome – Domination
13. United In Dance – 1234
14. Dougal & Gammer feat Niki Mak – Everytime I Hear Your Name
15. Dougal & Gammer – Guitar Hero
16. Dougal & Gammer – Anybody Else But You
17. Dougal & Gammer – Models Are Ugly
18. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna & Whizzkid – All My Life (Facelift)
19. Hixxy vs Dougal & Gammer – Phase To Phase
20. Dougal & Gammer – Don’t Stop Go
21. Dougal & Gammer – This Is A Virus
22. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – All The Tears I’ve Cried
23. Dougal & Gammer – Rock This
24. Dougal & Gammer – Horns Of Jericho
25. Dougal & Gammer – Wii Go Crazy
26. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – When I Close My Eyes
27. Dougal & Gammer – Nobody Likes It
28. Dougal & Gammer – Fires In The Sky (Facelift)

Where do I start? God, I wish I knew where to start. Let’s start with disc 1, shall we?

The first disc has got the really old classics, and it’s these tunes that got me into Dougal & Gammer. They should rename the title of the disc to ‘When Nobody Liked Us But One Dutchman Did’. The funny thing about these CDs is that you see that Dougal & Gammer do work with different female singers throughout their carreer. At first they start with Lisa Marie, she dissappears, Jenna steps up, and now it’s Hannah Faulkner. Being a female singer for Dougal & Gammer… quite dangerous if you ask me.

The second disc.. well, the classics. Really the classics. The ones that rocked the dancefloors all over the UK. Still a bit experimental with sounds, but you can tell that they already had a trademark sound they were going to use again and again. Not like the first disc, where it’s really hard to figure out their style. Scott Brown-ish, Hard Dance-ish.. but not on disc 2. To me, this disc means the most, because I fell in love with the music even more when they made these tunes.

Disc 3 is filled with ‘new’ music. I still need to give it another go, not all their tunes are as solid as their golden tracks (like on disc 2), but they are good. Sadly, there are a few tracks on this disc, tracks you’ve probably heard a million times so far. Overkill, I think you call it. ‘Knight In Shining Armour’ and ‘The One’ are two examples of overkill. Good tracks, but I’ve heard them too many times.

Disc 4 is when these two legends stand behind a mixer and two turntables (or two CDJs?) and mix all their good stuff together, and they’ve added a few tracks in here, which should have been on their unmixed CDs. ‘All My Life’ is just too gorgeous, should have been on disc 2. What to think of ‘Wii Go Crazy’? Thankfully, this mix isn’t as mad as Gammer’s usual way of mixing, 23874 tracks in 20 minutes. A nicely balanced mix, with a few short tracks but also a few longer tracks, making this mix one of their greatest mixes ever.

As I’ve said before, there are a few tracks on here that I’ve heard too many times. But also a few tracks which should be played out even more. Jenna is such a good vocalist, and each track she gave her vocals to, works. ‘All The Tears I’ve Cried’ should be played out in the clubs. Is that my favourite Dougal & Gammer track? I can’t say it is, because there are several. ‘Burn’ is a rather new track, but good, and maybe a sign that Dougal & Gammer are moving into new territory, when it comes to music? More rough and raw sounds, pounding beats and basses? Who knows? Well, if you listen to ‘Red 7′, you know that Dougal & Gammer are here to stay, and they aren’t going anywhere. I don’t care if their music is moving forward, we still got this album to listen to, and reminisce, and pray to God they will make music together forever and ever, and on occassions go back to their roots.

There are a few minor tracks, I have to say. I’m a huge fan of these legends, and I would be lying if there weren’t minor tracks on here. One track I still don’t understand, is ‘Don’t Leave Me’. The vocals are good, but the rest of the track is just too simple, not Dougal & Gammer-ish. ‘The 6th Gate’ uses lyrics from another 90s classic, which can not be beaten. I won’t go any further, I don’t want the Dougal & Gammer fanclub sending me hatemails.

A good album. Worth waiting for. I do miss a few tracks, but there wasn’t room for more tracks. You get 68 tracks, they could add those they’ve missed on their second album, if it will be made in the future. This album won’t dissappoint you, and even though it might appear to you that this album isn’t good to me, it is. I have to pick a few flaws, and there aren’t many. That’s a plus. I’m happy I bought the album, and if you haven’t, make sure you do it a.s.a.p.

This album is so good: if my house was on fire, I would rush indoors, and grab this one, and rescue it.

Order it now via Hardcore Underground’s store. Don’t be a tight arse, you do have a few pennies on your account! If you don’t, claim benefits, and when the money arrives, BUY THIS ALBUM. Or Gammer will tickle your balls when you are sleeping (with his beard he will tickle your genitals)…..

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Radiate B-Day Bash Warmup Mix (2014)

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DJ: Radiate
Genre/Style: Hardcore
Mix Info: Radiate’s B-Day Bash Warmup Mix
Length Mix: 00:39:38
Tracks: 13 (thirteen)
Download/Listen (via Radiate’s Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 72.5 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 256kbps
More Information: Radiate’s B-Day Bash Event Page

It’s that time of the month again. Yes, Radiate has uploaded yet another mix. Boy, this man loves to make mixes in his spare time, and this one is quite special: his own birthday bash promo mix. If you have missed this, don’t worry, you still have time enough to save up a few quid and arrange a ride to Germany! But this is not his only birthday bash: he’s having another one in the Netherlands too, especially for the Dutch too. The German edition will be held next week on the 9th of May in Bottrop (wherever that is?!) and the line-up has got the following names on it: Offensive DJ Team, Lady Bex, Darkcontroller, Reiner, OCD,  C-Kaos and more. I reckon the entry is 10 euro’s, or 15 euro’s, not sure what VVK and AK means, these are German abbreviations. I do think I know what VVK means, presale? So AK could mean ‘price at door’? Just make sure you bring a few euro’s with you, so you can get in.

Obviously this party is organised to celebrate DJ Radiate’s birthday, and it’s going to be an epic night. If I’m completely honest, I don’t know 80 percent of the line-up, most of these names are unknown to me, but then again, I’m not a walking and breathing version of Wikipedia: I don’t know everything. But these people are booked, so they are probably good? They have Radiate’s seal of approval, he won’t let anyone play who can not mix like himself. And we all know he can mix like no one else.

If you are not capable to go to Germany, you might want to go to his birthday bash on the 21st of June in Rotterdam? If you look at the line-up, it’s quite impressive: Paul Elstak, Radiate, Distortion, Chrono & The Demon Dwarf, Human Resource, Offensive DJ Team, OCD, and many more. If you want to know how to purchase tickets and more, just click here and it will take you to the event page. But let me warn you: it’s for FREE.

Until then, we have to wait and anticipate. Don’t worry, this is a review website, meaning there’s music for you all to listen to until the actual party starts (parties, if you go to both). Radiate has made a promo mix, to get everyone excited for his German party, and this mix is not for the faint hearted. This is only for the hardest motherf**kers out there. Expect this kind of music in Germany, no Happy Hardcore, no Dubstep, no Pop music, no Hip Hop, just pure Hardcore.

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01. Mad Dog feat Lenny Dee – Rude Motherfuckers
02. N-Vitral – Sicko Cell
03. The Viper – Control The Refix
04. Mad Dog & Anime – Bassdrum Music
05. Radiate – Can’t Take It (Preview)
06. N-Vitral – The Evil Earth
07. The BeatKrusher & Radiate – Survival (Preview)
08. Angerfist & Miss K8 – Bloodrush
09. Unexist – Power Of Underground
10. Radiate – Hardcore Evil (Preview)
11. Paul Elstak – I Had To Kill A Lot Of People (Radiate & The Unfamous Rekill) 
12. Section Grabuge – People Will Die! (Tieum Remix) 
13. State Of Emergency – Time Has Come

Quite impressive tracklist, as usual. As I said before, this is not for the weak minded people. This is only for the hardest motherf**kers. If, after hearing the mix, you still have working eardrums, you are doing it wrong! You need to press the volume button, and make sure it’s all the way up. Why keep it down low, when you can penetrate your skull with the best music out there, which is Hardcore!

The tracks are good. And for those who are paying attention to every letter I typed, you must have seen a couple of letters in a row, making a word, and the word is ‘preview’. And there are a few in this mix. Could this mean that we can expect a Radiate album very soon? That would be awesome, truly awesome. Or an Offensive DJ Team album. I want an album… make it all work. And put everything you’ve ever made on it, because it’s all good, Radiate!

Radiate is a boss. A big boss. The man with the biggest eyebrows and the baldest head does know a thing or two when it comes to music, and the music is all good. If you adore his music, why not book a ticket for his German party? You know it makes sense, you want to go to this event, unless you live somewhere far away, where there’s no public transport. But if there is, there’s no excuse not to go.

One big mix. And again, the highest score possible. Damn, Radiate is good. He’s God. He’s the Hardcore God. He’s not an angel, angels are cute, and deserve to die (see what I did there?)… if you don’t get the joke, please, buy a ticket, and you might hear something similiar to the previous joke. You might understand it.

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Stamina Records Podcast Episode #001 (2014)

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Hosts: A.B & Douglas
Guestmix By: Thumpa
Genre/Style: Freeform, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: Stamina Records Podcast #001
Length Mix: 00:59:56
Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)
Download/Listen (via Stamina Records’ Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 137 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Stamina Records – Official Website

If you have not heard of Stamina Records before, you are probably not a Freeform fan! Don’t worry, I’m not angry at you, but I will if you don’t love Freeform after hearing Stamina Records’ first ever podcast, hosted by the legendary A.B and Douglas! And to top it all off, a guestmix made by the world’s honest DJ and producer Thumpa! If you don’t love it, there’s no hope for you at all, and I’ve lost all faith in humanity. But I reckon that you are here for a reason, and you need me to persuade you to love Freeform? Well, I’ll do my best!

You’ve been on this website before, and you’ve probably read the interviews? If you haven’t, click here for Thumpa’s interview and here for DJ A.B’s interview. Maybe in the near future I might interview Douglas, if people are interested enough? In the meantime, why not listen to this podcast? A.B and Douglas came together to record Stamina Records’ first podcast, and they’ve filled it with many new Freeform tunes by well established artists such as Audio Warfare, Rik Arkitech, Douglas, and a ‘new’ name in the Freeform scene: who knew that Rhythmics could make beautiful Freeform? Freeform is growing every day, and the amount of people who discover the music grows. I like that, it’s good to hear that the music I love and adore is appreciated by more and more people every day. But don’t underestimate Freeform’s strength, once it has grabbed you, it won’t let you go. Again, if you haven’t heard this kind of music before, this podcast might interest you, and I hope it will, because it’s a good podcast!

The podcast is presented by A.B and Douglas, and even though their microphones sounds a bit off, they know how to present a show. It was about time they did a podcast, seeing as Stamina Records is the biggest Freeform label at the moment. They were already part of the HBC podcasts, but now they’ve started their own. A nice welcome, and hopefully we will hear more podcasts in the near future. You can also vote for your favourite Freeform DJ to appear on the next podcast: I’ve voted for Thumpa. Yes, I know he has been on this podcast, but he’s just too damn good. He shouldn’t leave the scene, we need Thumpa’s enthusiasm.

Let’s see the tracklist to this WONDERFUL podcast. Are you ready for it?

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Stamina Records Mix: 

01. Rik Arkitech – So Heavy
02. A.B & Nick 235 feat Rhona – Silence A Prayer (Substanced Remix) 
03. Audio Warfare & Dante – Drug Real (Douglas Remix) 
04. Rhythmics feat Mi’A – What We Learn
05. Scott Brown feat MC Mallorca Lee – Resurgence (Do You Love Your Hardcore)
06. Darren Styles & Gammer – Tom Riddle
07. A.B & K-Wire – Smiler
08. Douglas – No Alternative
09. A.B & K-Wire – Euphoria
10. Douglas – Jonestown (Rik Arkitech Remix)
11. Firefarm & AJ Myst – Carpe Diem Part 3 (DnB To Freeform Mix) 
12. Rhythmics – Requiem

Guest Mix: DJ Thumpa 

01. Top Cat – Original Ses (Police In Helicoptor)
02. A.B feat Sarah – Let Yourself Go
Gridlok & Prolix – Membrane
03. Greg Peaks – Music Spheres
Scott Brown – Elysium
04. Synthwulf – Within Without
Phace – Electronic Frontier
Demo & Audio Assault – Magic Touch
05. Brooklyn & 3Star feat Darwin – Universal Hold
06. Strife ll – Lockdown
07. jD-KiD presents Jurgen Hill – A.T.B.
08. Transcend & Kaos Theory – Man On Acid (Rik Arkitech Remix) 
— Bad Company – The Nine
09. Little Fella – Blood, Sweat & Tears
— Tribe Of Issachar feat Top Cat – His Imperial Majesty

You’ve never seen a tracklist this sexy before, or have you? Probably not, nothing can beat this tracklist. Will you look at these gorgeous tracks, and also look at Thumpa’s track selection! Now this man is versatile, he can mix everything. He could mix The Spice Girls with an oldskool Gabber track without any problems! Oh boy, we need Thumpa so much, can’t believe he’s leaving. But hopefully he will come back, like those other artists who ‘left’ the scene but are back now.

All the tracks are gorgeous, as I said before. But there’s one amazing track (out on the fifth of the fifth!) which caught my eye and ears… Douglas’ ‘No Alternative’. Wow, sweet Lord, this track is so beautiful, it nearly made me cry a little! The build up is so immensely huge,all the other tracks do come close, but can not beat this monster anthem! The closest is ‘Jonestown’, remixed by Rik Arkitech. Also a fanstaminatastic track, but ‘No Alternative’ is the best, without a shadow of a doubt.

Erm, I normally pick a bad track, but I haven’t found one. I should pick something that’s not so good, so I will nominate the microphone as the only bad thing I could find. This podcast is just perfect, as is everything these three lads do. A.B, Douglas and Thumpa, three legends in the Freeform scene. One hour of music heaven, expect nothing less. This was worth the wait.

Go and download this right now! I could urge you to do so, but I think you are already downloading this podcast, aren’t you? Good call! Now sit back, close your eyes, open your ears, and let the music touch your soul. If you don’t, Thumpa’s Transformer like cartoon (on the cover of his latest album) will come over and bash you on your skull.

Love Freeform, and love Stamina Records!

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The Flashback Project Promo Mix April 2014

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DJ: The Flashback Project
Genre/Style: Breakbeat, Bass, Rave, Future Jungle, UK Bass
Mix Info: Flashback Project Promo Mix April 2014
Length Mix: 00:37:16
Tracks: 19 (nineteen)
Download/Listen (via The Flashback Project’s Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 85.3 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: The Flashback Project – Facebook Fanpage

DJ Flashback is back! Back with a brand new promo mix, and I for once, got all excited when I saw this on Soundcloud. DJ Flashback a.k.a. The Flashback Project has been my favourite Breakbeat/Future Jungle/Rave DJ for a long time, and every mix he has ever uploaded has been excellent. This well known DJ and producer has got a very impressive biography, quite short but very impressive. I’m not going to tell you what he has written down, you can check it out yourself on Facebook. I’m here to discuss his mix and his music, and not anything else. But I do urge you to go to his Facebook fanpage, and ‘like’ his page, because he’s one talented man.

To promote himself (which isn’t really necessary, because he’s a legend) and his music and his label, he has made this wonderful mix. It does have the finest tunes and they were all carefully mixed together by DJ Flashback. Most tracks were made by the Flash Cats or The Flashback Project, both DJ Flashback’s aliases. Expect nothing else than 37 minutes of pure filth and madness, and no one else can cause mayhem, no one else but DJ Flashback.

If you were wondering where the name comes from… you need to leave this page right NOW. Flashback.. if you don’t get the name, you are not a raver. If you struggle to find the connection between the past and cats, you are in the same situation as I am right now. Flash Cats? Or is it something sexual? Cats flashing their naughty bits? Cats on the dancefloor in the 90s?

The music is good, and I don’t want to withold the tracklist from you all, so here it is!

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01. Flash Cats – Back By Boot Demand
02. Flash Cats – Come Inside
03. Flash Cats – The Champion Sounds
04. Flash Cats – They All Float
05. The Men With No Name – Dub Conspiracy
06. Flash Cats – Tango Project
07. Flash Cats – Strings Of Love
08. Flash Cats – Love Is The Message
09. The Flashback Project – Ease The Pressure
10. Flash Cats – Gotta Release
11. Flash Cats – Come On
12. Retropolis – Destiny
13. Retropolis – Criticise
14. The Flashback Project – The King
15. The Flashback Project – Nice Up The Dance
16. The Flashback Project – Run Outta Town
17. The Flashback Project – Party Time
18. The Flashback Project – King Of The Forest
19. Flash Cats – Boot Of The Police

My sweet Lord, too much Flash in this mix! Not music wise, but artist wise. No, I didn’t mean that, I ment it was hard to type the whole tracklist, without typing ‘Flhsa’ or ‘Flahs’. I see flashes everywhere.

As I said earlier, Flashback is an excellent DJ and producer, and with this mix he delivers yet another monster mix. If you do love your oldskool stuff, piano bits and excellent Breakbeat bits, this is one mix you do need to download. Flawless, and even thought the tunes are brand new, they have got this oldskool feeling, a feeling you don’t hear very often. Flashback does know how to incorporate the oldskool sound into the upcoming future sound. Fanflashingtastic.

Normally I pick a favourite track, but I can’t. I can’t, it’s too damn hard. All the tracks are equally good, and they all get the highest score available, so I can’t pick a favourite, because they are all too damn good. Damn, Flashback, why you so good?

If you aren’t downloading this right now, you need to go to the hospital, and have yourself checked. Made sure you do check this mix out, download it and share it with all your mates. And if you are Johnny No Mates, share it with your imaginary friends, they will appreciate it too, I reckon. One mighty fine mix, only Flashback can deliver such a monster mix.

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