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arpz – Fracus & Darwin (2014)

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DJ: arpz
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore
Mix Info: 
Fracus & Darwin Appreciation Mix
Length Mix: 00:31:11
Tracks: 10 (ten)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 71.3 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Hardcore Underground – Official Website

I know that there are many Fracus & Darwin fans out there, but not many upload mixes dedicated to them. This is a rather unique one, because it’s a dedication mix with a few well known tracks, and also a few exclusive tracks, tracks you probably haven’t heard of beforel! arpz uploaded this mix a couple of days ago onto Soundcloud, and send the Crazy Dutchman a message, saying that I should check this out. Well, I’ve done that, and now it’s time to talk about this unique and rather interesting mix.

arpz is a huge Fracus & Darwin fan, and so am I. So to find a dedication mix on Soundcloud brought a huge smile on my face. I’ve been following them for many years, and I’ve got every album they’ve ever released. I nearly have everything, but not the well talked about USB stick, which contained one special track being remixed by Fracus & Darwin, and if you did purchase the USB stick, you could have voted between 3 tracks, and the winner would get the F&D treatement. I never knew which track people picked, but now I know: it was Nimrod’s ‘Shine A Light’. I’m not sure what else was on the USB stick, seeing as I didn’t purchase it, because I was too late (as usual), but it seems that the USB stick is something I should have purchased. I’m regretting not buying it right now. I should have. Damn.

Not only are there tracks in this mix which you could have found on your USB stick, but arpz used tracks from several compilations such as ‘DJ Tools’, ‘Happy Hardcore Underground’ and ‘Bang! – The Big Bang Theory’. All tracks were made or remixed by the legendary Fracus and Darwin, so it’s one mix you should download immediately. Why waste your time scrolling the internet for filth, when you’ve got a wicked mix right in front of you?

tracklist

01. Bang! – Love, Life & Happiness (Darwin Remix) 
02. DJ Demand – Stay With Me (Darwin Remix) 
03. Nimrod – Shine A Light (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
04. Fracus & Darwin feat Poison Rain – No Dark Clouds
05. Fracus & Darwin – To The Top
06. Eclipse – 24/7 (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
07. Dougal & Gammer – Fires In The Sky (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
08. Darwin – Delete The Weak
09. DJ Ham, DJ Demo & Justin Time feat Becks – Here I Am (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
10. Brisk & Vinylgroover – Freedom To Dance (Darwin Remix) 

A good looking tracklist! 10 reasons are in this mix why you should follow Fracus & Darwin and HU on Facebook, and start purchasing stuff right now!

The tracks arpz has selected are all good, but there’s one track that took my breath away: ‘Delete The Weak’. The mid-section is so good, the bass nearly destroyed my speakers, and my eardrums. This is the best track in the mix, without a doubt. But let’s not underestimate the other tracks, they are solid as a rock too. But Darwin always knows how to give a track a twist, and don’t we all love tracks with a twist?

Worst track? Erm, none. I haven’t heard a track which sounded bad. They all sound amazing, and interesting. There are some issues during this mix, the crossfading doesn’t always work beautifully, and at one point the sound became so distorted, it nearly blew my speakers into a million pieces! But that aside, a nice mix to hear on this cold and dreary day.

arpz has made a nice mix for us all to hear, and we should. Let’s embrace UK Hardcore’s finest duo, Fracus & Darwin, and dance the night away, or whenever you press play. They are making excellent music, and hopefully they will do it until the end of days! Where would we be without Fracus & Darwin? Exactly, nowhere!

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Kutski – Happy 2 The Core Vol 2 – UK Edition (2014)

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DJ: Kutski
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, UK Hardcore, Rave
Mix Info: Happy 2 The Core Vol 2 – UK Edition
Length Mix: 01:07:45
Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 155.06 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Kutski – Facebook Fanpage

Christmas 2014 will be known as the best one yet, seeing as it’s one great season for great music. From free tracks to free mixes, you can find everything on Sound/Mixcloud nowadays, and if you look closely, you will find cool stuff on it, way better than your standard Christmas socks, underpants, and other malarkey. Christmas has always been the same, but this year it might be a lot better, if you love Happy Hardcore. Kutski has uploaded on the 23rd of December a special mix, which is called ‘Happy 2 The Core Vol. 2 – UK Edition’, which you can grab for free if you go to his Soundcloud page, or just click on the player underneath this review.

A free mix? Boy, there are a million of them on the Clouds, why is this one different? Well, there are several reasons, one of them being the rarity of Happy Hardcore mixes, filled with tunes from 1995-2000. As most of you lot know, the Crazy Dutchman grew up with Happy Hardcore, and still listens to his well cherrished compilations every so often. I am a Happy Hardcore freak, so when I find a proper Happy Hardcore mix, it brings a smile on my face. This mix is focussed on the UK side of it, only UK made tracks are in it, tracks by DJ Storm, Visa, Dougal & Eruption, JDS, Brisk & Trixxy, and much more. All tracks have been selected by UK’s finest DJ, Kutski, and mixed beautifully together.

Another reason why this mix is great, is the fact that there are a couple of unknown tracks in it (well, to me). When Happy Hardcore dominated the music scene in the Netherlands, most tracks released on compilations were made by either Dutch or UK producers. But most tracks were obviously made by the Dutch, so the UK sound slipped away, and towards the end only the Dutch sound was released. I listened to mostly Dutch tracks, but after I discovered the Internet I caught on what I missed, and I missed a lot! This mix has got a few unknown tracks in it, and it sparks my enthusiasm, there’s still a lot to learn and listen to. Happy Hardcore is such an underrated sound, the Dutch might find it too cheesy, but not me, I adore it. And hearing more and more UK made tracks every month, I have to say that the UK scene created many memorable anthems, some you can find in this fantastic mix.

tracklist

01. Ravers Choice – Techno Wonderland
02. JDS – Higher Love (Slipmatt Remix) 
03. Jimmy J & Cru-L-T – Six Days (Brisk Remix) 
04. Dougal & Eruption – Party Time
05. Kingsize & Eternity – You Belong To Me
06. Seb – Rainbow Islands (Sharkey Remix) 
07. Clock – Don’t Go Away (Visa Mix) 
08. DNA & Dougal – Reality (Justin Time Remix) 
09. Dr. Who – Love Of My Life
10. Visa – Fly Away (Hardcore Mix) 
11. Stompy – 3 Little Words
12. DJ Storm – Darkzone
13. GBT – Body Slam
14. Terrible Twins – Burn This Joint (Tekno Dred & Helix Remix) 
15. Triple J – Eternity (Lush Mix) 
16. Kaos – Broken Wings
17. Silk Cuts – Volume 8
18. Brisk & Trixxy – Eye Opener
19. Robbie Long & Coyote – 2001 Style
20. Triple J – Wonderful World (Brisk Remix) 
21. Scott Brown – Turn Up The Music
22. Bang! – Break Of Dawn
23. Force & Styles – Heart Of Gold (Rainbow VIP Mix)

Fantastic. This brought not only a smile on my face, but nearly 4000 people agreed, and loved it a lot too. This is much better than you standard Christmas present, eh? Thank you mr Kutski, for an awesome present. It might not have been wrapped, but like anyone cares?

To hear these monster anthems again, makes me feel old. These tunes are between 14 and 19 years old! That makes you feel old, doesn’t it?

Kutski has done a smashing job, choosing these fantastic but sometimes a bit too cheesy Happy Hardcore tracks. For once I’m not bothered about the cheesiness/cheesyness, it’s all about what the music does to you internally. There are a few smashing tunes in here, such as ‘Higher Love’ (which is probably the best Happy Hardcore tune ever made!?), ‘Eye Opener’ ‘Party Time’ and lots more. A good mix, Kutski knows a thing or two about great music, and the result is one astonishing mix!

Nothing wrong with this mix. Fantastic Happy Hardcore mix!

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GTYM Presents Outforce’s Christmas Cracker (2014)

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Artist: Outforce
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Powerstomp, Happy Hardcore
EP Info: Christmas Cracker – Free Xmas Download
Length EP: 00:48:15
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Download/Listen (via WeTransfer): DOWNLOAD HERE
File Size: 487 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 1411kbps
More Information: Outforce – Facebook Fanpage

It’s that time of the year again, many DJs upload free mixes filled with awesome music, and some do upload a free track, to thank those who have supported them throughout the year, but this year DJ Outforce has done something rather unique: uploaded 11 tracks for everyone who wants it, to say ‘thank you’ for making GTYM big, and also supporting the label and Outforce. Now how about that, 11 tracks for free? Proper quality UK Hardcore tracks, all for us, to share and to rave to. Isn’t he a nice bloke? What a nice gesture from him and the boys at GTYM.

I called it the ‘Outforce’s Christmas Cracker’ EP, and if you don’t like it, you can jingle my balls! Oh, another thing you might want to consider before downloading: this EP ain’t Christmassy at all, no ‘ho ho ho’s or anything similar, no remixes of Christmas anthems, no ‘Rudolph the red nosed Ravedeer’ palaver. I know some will be a bit disappointed, because it says ‘Christmas’ on the picture. But in a way this is actually better: imagine if it was filled with Christmassy music, you wouldn’t be able to listen to it 350 days of the year, only near Christmas. This EP can be played throughout the year, and that’s why this is such a wicked Christmas present. Much better than those socks and jumper we always receive, this is the ultimate Christmas thought. UK Hardcore from Outforce. Does that mean Outforce is UK Hardcore’s own Santa?

11 tracks for us all to have. Anyone want to see the tracklist?

tracklist

01. Outforce – Amigos Forever
02. Outforce – EDM Death Machine (Edit) 
03. Outforce – Freedom
04. Outforce – Lose Myself
05. Outforce – Mash Up The Place
06. Outforce – Overload (Short Remix) 
07. Outforce – Rave In The Jungle
08. Outforce – Warrior
09. Outforce – Your Illusion
10. Outforce – Like A Maniak
11. Showtek – Fuck The System (Outforce Powerstomp Remix) 

The ultimate Christmas present. Isn’t he lovely? We can all rave through this festive season, and even rave in the new year. Where would we be without Outforce? Exactly, nowhere!

There are a couple of cool anthems in this EP, like ‘Like A Maniak’, ‘Warrior’, ‘Mash Up The Place’, etc. Even though whenever I hear the Warrior vocals I think of Fracus & Darwin’s remix, this time I think Outforce’s version will take over their place. A really good version, really enjoyed it. Even ‘Fuck The System’ works well.

‘Amigos Forever’ is a good attempt to improve the original track, but to me the original track still is the best. There’s one bit of the track I clearly don’t understand, it could be because I’m slightly dumb, but what’s that bloke shouting? ‘Amigos Possy et play’? Was that in the original track too? I should pay more attention.

This is such a good Christmas present: for once you don’t need to feel guilty at all, you can open up this Winzip file with a smile on your face, and be grateful for what GTYM and Outforce have given us. A wicked EP. Worth your precious time. I know you want to watch Christmas films, but before you do, quickly turn on your computer, and download this. I don’t know if it’s going to be online forever, so hurry up, and share the GTYM love!

Merry Christmas!

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Nobody @ HTID USA 18-10-2014

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DJ: Nobody
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, US Hardcore, Powerstomp
Liveset Info: Recorded @ HTID USA 18-10-2014
Length Liveset: 00:57:42
Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 132 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Nobody – Facebook Fanpage

On the 18th of October there was a huge event in the United States, Los Angeles to be precise, and if you have missed it, you missed one hell of a party. It was called HTID USA, and the line-up was absolutely ridicilous! Let me name just a few names, to show to you what you have missed: Scott Brown, Fracus & Darwin, Darren Styles, Hixxy, Gammer, Oli G & Dummy, Rize vs Mako, Organ Donors, Frisky, Alex Kidd, Cally & Juice, and ofcourse the man behind Justice Hardcore, DJ Nobody. I was one of those who missed the event, seeing as it was miles away, and I couldn’t get days off work. But those who went all shared the same thought: this event was amazing. Such a wicked line-up, you would have been an idiot if you were actually from there, and didn’t go. If you want to hear what happened on the 18th, you should check Soundcloud right now, and hear a lot of livesets, all for free right now!

Most of the DJ sets are available right now on HTID USA’s Soundcloud page, including DJ Nobody’s set, and I urge you to check them all out. Some are a bit ruined by the MC, not by what he does, but the recording of it. MC Whizzkid is an excellent MC, but his poor quality MC set ruins several sets, and after I pressed play for the first time, I thought DJ Nobody’s set would be filled with poor quality MC bits, but it was only the intro section. But why did the MC or whoever it was had to scream so loud? Like anyone needed telling who was next on the decks, like people don’t know who DJ Nobody is?! He’s USA’s biggest UK Hardcore DJ.

His set is jam packed with releases from Justice Hardcore, some have been released and some will be released soon. A very good set, and as I’ve said before, hearing a USA DJ play excellent UK Hardcore DJ is quite unique. It’s like the Americans are taking over. Before you know it, you will hear British people scream “they took our jobs”, or as they say in Southpark “dey tuk our jerbs”. The Americans are doing well, and if you listen to this mix you will know why Nobody’s set was one of the coolest sets of the evening.

tracklist

01. Nobody – Coming Clean (Intro Mix) 
02. IYF & Nobody feat Hyperforce & Lynsey D – The Look
03. IYF & Nobody vs Reprah – Having Sex
04. IYF & Nobody feat Pocket Rocket – Hard To Feel
05. IYF & Nobody vs Millo & Reprah – SkyWalker
06. IYF & Nobody – Listen 2 Ur Heart
07. Hyperforce, Ciccone, Nurd & Nobody – Brighten Up My Day
08. Outforce & Project Shadow – Hazel Eyes
09. Outforce & Lady Dubbz – Voodoo
10. ABJ & Riche – Red October
11. The Justice Hardcore Collective feat Roxie – Heaven
12. Hyperforce, IYF & Roxie – Baywatch (I’ll Be Ready)
13. Hyperforce & IYF – Thunder And Rain
14. IYF & Nobody feat Roxie – Higher Love
15. IYF & Nobody – Lights Burn Out
16. Oceanlab – Satellite (IYF & Nobody Remix) 
17. Project Shadow feat Marie Louise – Time After Time (Eufeion Remix) 
18. IYF & Nobody feat Lynsey Davies – Right There
19. Gregor LeDahl & Mansy vs Dansk feat Nathalie – Think Twice (Rescue Remix) 
20. Nobody feat Hyperforce – Always Gonna Be This Way (Analog Remix) 
21. Nobody feat Hyperforce – Going Under (IYF & Nobody Powerstomp Mix) 
22. IYF & Nobody – Blue
23. Joey Riot vs Ziyad – Divin’ In The Beat
24. Joey Riot vs DJ It-Man – How Do I Get U Alone
25. 4orce DJ – Fuckin’ With My Head (Outforce vs Project Shadow Remix) 
26. IYF & Nobody – Hurts So Much

Now this is a proper tracklist! But there’s one thing I’ve noticed, and probably you did too: IYF & Nobody are in this mix quite a lot?! Was it a B2B? This could have been a B2B, the amount of IYF & Nobody tracks in this mix! Wowsers.

Another thing I’ve noticed: this mix is packed with remixes of true classics, such as ‘Blue’, ‘Higher Love’, ‘Baywatch’, ‘Listen 2 Ur Heart’ etc. The Americans must love remixing timeless classics? Maybe that’s the next step in creating USA Hardcore. Some tracks work, and some don’t. “Blue” can be extremely annoying, because it’s so catchy.

There are a few awesome tracks in this mix, and the best one… that’s difficult, but I choose “Always Gonna Be This Way”. Such an anthem. Or “Going Under”, an anthem too. Too darn difficult, you choose one!

An excellent set, maybe the best set of the night? But one you should not forget, and do not underestimate DJ Nobody’s strength as a DJ and producer, worth checking him out. He has delivered an awesome set at an amazing event, he has shown to the world that he’s ready to take over the world, and Justice Hardcore + Nobody will. Catchy mix!

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