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Miss K8 & Nosferatu At Fantasy Island 2015

Miss K8 & Nosferatu at Fantasy Island Festival 2015

DJs: Miss K8 & Nosferatu
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Fantasy Island Festival 2015
Length Liveset: 00:52:11
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 119 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Nosferatu / Miss K8 – Facebook Fanpage

On the 23rd of May there was a huge festival in Enschede, called ‘Fantasy Island Festival’. With a killer line-up, it must have sold out completely. On Partyflock (as usual) many ravers can comment afterwards, and give the event a grade, from very bad to very good. This festival was graded very good, but again, looking at the tracklist I was gutted for not going to it. Let’s just focus on the Hardcore side of this event: Art Of Fighters, Korsakoff, Dyprax, Evil Activities, Mad Dog & Outblast, Noize Suppressor, Angerfist, Drokz, Traxtorm Gangstaz Allied, and ofcourse the two legendary DJs Nosferatu and Miss K8. Impressive, isn’t it? And for everyone who wants to know how hard and tough Miss K8 and Nosferatu played, you can find their liveset on Soundcloud right now!

These two artists don’t need an introduction, but I shall describe them shortly (as short as I can, I’m not bloody Wikipedia, also known as HardcorePedia). But Miss K8 became a MoH artist after they witnessed her. According to her biography “when one of the agents witnessed a Miss K8 performance they were blown away by her skills, interaction with the crowd, knowledge of music her stunning beauty.” What it all lead up was the official title ‘the Goddess of Hardcore’, and ofcourse playing at events such as Syndicate, Masters Of Hardcore, Dominator and many more.

Nosferatu… pfff, does he need an introduction? Let me just use his biography (taken from Facebook), and if you still need more information, well, you aren’t Hardcore enough. This man has been in the scene for many years, and has given us many powerful anthems to listen to. Or as it’s said on Facebook “Dutch Hardcore artist Nosferatu can be defined as one of the most popular DJs and producers of our time. His style can be described as raw, vicious and yet with a melodic touch.” A true die-hard Hardcore fan must know who he is. A legend, a pioneer. Both artists are, to be honest.

Ok, back to the music. Their set has a tracklist (which is always a bonus). Check it out right now!

tracklist

01. Miss K8 feat MC Nolz – Metropolis Of Massacre (Dominator 2014 Anthem)
02. Nosferatu & Art Of Fighters – Devil’s Mind #TiH
03. Thorax – Dark Angel
04. Nosferatu & Tha Playah – Bustin The Refix
05. Miss K8 – Breathless
06. Nosferatu – Assasinator Style
07. Angerfist & Miss K8 – Santiago
08. Nosferatu – The Wild Side
09. Miss K8 – Too Many Answers
10. Nosferatu feat E-Life – Manslaughter (Syndicate 2014 Anthem)
11. Angerfist & Miss K8 – Bloodrush
12. Nosferatu feat MC Alee – Beyond Borders
13. Miss K8 – No More Jokes
14. Neophyte & Nosferatu – Rubberduck
15. Miss K8 – The Poison
16. Titan & DV8 Rocks! – Flip Uhm Op Z’n Kantje (Tha Playah Remix) 
17. The Sickest Squad & Lenny Dee – Ass, Bass ’n Bitches

Yes, a proper Hardcore set. You can quickly see that this has been a proper B2B, and who was behind the decks during the set. A lot of Miss K8 and a lot of Nosferatu for us all to absorb and appreciate.

Too many anthems are in this mix, and I’m not talking about the obvious anthems (Syndicate and Dominator anthems). This hour long set is an extraordinary one, and it ain’t for the weak hearted people. You are not allowed to listen to this kind of music if you have a pace maker, seeing as it does have an effect on your body. This is the hardest kind of music you can imagine.

The tracks selected by Miss K8 and Nosferatu are all wicked. I’m not a huge fan of Dutch lyrics in Hardcore tracks, it just doesn’t sound right, but in Tha Playah’s track it’s an minor thing, the beats and basses are the most important bit of the track. The best track in this mix? Oh, difficult. I do love ‘Santiago’ and ‘Assasinator Style’. So let’s not pick one favourite, but two.

A wicked liveset, and thousands have already played this out loud. As you should, to be honest. If you were there at Fantasy Island Festival and you want to reminisce, you can. If you weren’t there, you must feel as gutted as me for not being able to have seen these two legends. Download this wicked mix, share it with your fellow Hardcore fanatics, and make sure everyone knows what kind of music you support.

Ps. If you still don’t know who these two legends are, you should go back to the pop music scene and leave this scene behind. You ain’t Hardcore enough.

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Brainpower – Nothing (2015)

brainpower-nothing

Artist: Brainpower
Genre/Style: Hip Hop, Rap
Single Info: Brainpower – Nothing
Length Track: 00:03:14
Tracks: 1 (one)
Download/Listen (via iTunes): DOWNLOAD HERE
Label: LYRIC Recordings
More Information: Brainpower – Official Website

I reckon most of you lot won’t have a clue who MC Brianpower is. I think you’ve got to be Dutch or Belgian to know who he is. A famous MC/rapper, who had several hits in the Dutch top 40, like ‘Dansplaat’, ‘Non Stop’, ‘Boks Ouwe’, ‘Voel De Vibe’, and the list goes on and on. Back in the 90s/early 00s I bought his singles, and after a quick look in my closet, I found them again. Time to go mad, time to ‘boks’ everyone and dance on ‘Dansplaat’. This man is a Dutch legend, and with this new single and album he’s reaching out for the rest of the world. So when I was given this single, I was a very happy Dutchman. There’s a short story I shall reveil right now.

As most of you know, I do work at a service station. My shift was over, and what I normally do, is chat with my colleague. I did exactly that, and all of a sudden 2 men walked into our shop. At first I didn’t knew who they were, seeing as my celebrity radar never works (seen many celebrities, but never recognise them at all), but when the first bloke walked towards the till, the alarm went off. I couldn’t place his face, seeing as they don’t appear in gossip magazines, but his face was familiar. Turned out this man was TLM! My colleague didn’t have a clue, but all of a sudden the second man turned around, and it hit me: this was Brainpower himself! My colleague still didn’t have a clue, so I showed him a picture, and it was him. After they left the shop (I never ask for an autograph or a picture, seeing as I see these people as humans too, and they must get annoyed by thousands of people asking it daily), Brianpower walked back into the shop, with a present: 2 singles, one for my colleague and one for me. And it’s the single I’m talking about: ‘Nothing’. I’m going to use a ‘gangsta’ term, which I normally don’t use at all, but ‘that was dope!’

The single was and still is awesome! But there’s a darker side to this all: at work we talked about our colleague who commited suicide, and guess what this song is about?! Yes, exactly that. Quite dark, and coincidental, isn’t it? We talked about suicide, and the single we had in our hands was about that.

There’s only one track on the single, which you can get right now from iTunes. Or purchase his whole album. Buy everything if necessary, but if you are not Dutch, you will not have a clue when he rhyhmes in Dutch.

tracklist

01. Brianpower – Nothing

See, that’s a short list. But the track is quite powerful, quite moving and touching.

The track starts quite unusual: during the first couple of seconds I thought I was in an elevator. Calm and relaxing music. You know what kind of music I’m referring to. Posh companies always have elevator music, and during the first 10 seconds I thought I was going to the top of a sky scraper. But quickly I was woken up by MC Brainpower’s lyrics.

Suicide isn’t one of the easiest things to talk about. And even though Brainpower makes it sound easy, it’s not. Very touching to hear him talk about a friend, who’s amongst the stars right now. If you want to hear beautiful lyrics (and also elevator music), I would urge you to get this right now.

The only sad bit about this track is its length. But Brainpower does exactly that what he’s famous for: rhyhme as fast as only he can, and he delivers. If you have never heard of this man before, and you are Dutch, shame on you. If you are not Dutch, I can understand, but it’s never too late to be introduced. Check this man out, he has made so many English tracks, so check him out. A living legend.

The reason why he was at the service station was the fact that he performed in Maastricht.

Want to know how succesful this man is? He has won so many awards, including TMF Awards for ‘Best Rap National’, ‘Best Urban National’. Also an MTV award for being ‘Best Dutch Act’. And also a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Now it’s time for you to indulge yourself into a world filled with Brainpower music.

Thanks Brainpower and TLM. This single will go in my collection, amongst the single section. It will be up front, the shitty singles will be in the back. Yours will be up front, seeing as it’s the coolest single I ever received. And the only single I received from the artist himself!

Check out the Youtube video. Wicked track. Seriously one of the dopest tracks of 2015. I’m too white to be cool and to fully understand Hip Hop, but this track goes way beyond everything. This music is universal, and can be understood by every living soul.

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Hardwell Live @ Ultra 2015

hardwell Live @ Ultra 2015

DJ: Hardwell
Genre/Style: Progressive House, Electro House, Deep House, Trance, Hardstyle
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Ultra 2015
Length Liveset: 00:58:41
Tracks: 18 (eighteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 135 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Hardwell – Official Website

There’s no doubt that you are all aware who Hardwell is, and that he has been number 1 DJ for the last two years. Hardwell has taken over the world by storm with his music. He has released many albums, many singles, and much more. This man has been on fire since the late noughties, and after many years of hard work, everything led up to this moment: being on the mainstage at Ultra. Playing at Ultra has got to be the ultimate gig for a DJ, your work is recognised by thousands of fans, and there’s another bonus: the weather is good. Imagine playing at a rainy event… or playing in Miami. Your name on the flyer, amongst other well known names such as Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Afrojack, Dash Berlin and more. Ultra was and still is one of the best festivals in the world, and now we can listen to Hardwell’s set.

I reckon many of you lot already listened to it, seeing as it’s been played 661k+ times so far. If you haven’t, it’s time for you to press play, or download the whole liveset, then press play and make sure you’ve got the volume right up. It’s time for us all to make sure that the neighbourhoods know what we listen to. And for those who want to know exactly what Hardwell played, there’s a tracklist available, but not complete. But who cares? We get a wicked liveset, all for free! Make sure you download this, and share it with everyone you know! It’s a liveset from Hardwell, so no introduction needed: this man has earned his place amongst the greatest DJs.

tracklist

01. Hardwell & Amba Shepherd vs W&W & Fatman Scoop – United We Are vs Don’t Stop The Madness (Hardwell UMF Miami Mashup) 
02. Alpharocks & JAGGS – Bring The Bass
—   Hardwell & MAKJ – Countdown (Acappella)
—   Hardwell feat Amba Sheperd – Apollo
—   Hardwell feat Amba Sheperd – Apollo (Acappella)
03. Hardwell feat Jonathan Mendelsohn – Echo
—   Bingo Players – Buzzcut (1, 2, 3, Go Acappella)
04. ID – ID
—   Hardwell & Dyro feat Bright Lights – Never Say Goodbye (Acappella)
—   TJR & VINAI – Bounce Generation (Acappella)
05. Hozier vs Hardwell & DallasK – Take Me To Area51 (Hardwell UMF Mashup) 
06. W&W & Hardwell – ID (Let’s Rage)
—   Mightyfools – Footrocker (Get your, Get Your Hands Up Acappella)
—   Zedd & Lucky Date feat Ellie Goulding – Fall Into The Sky (Everybody Fuckin Jump Acappella)
07. The White Stripes vs Hardwell feat Harrison – Seven Nation Army vs Sally (Hardwell Mashup) 
08. Hardwell feat Jake Reese – Mad World
09. Calvin Harris & John Newman vs Hardwell & Showtek – Blame We Do (Hardwell Mashup) 
10. Hardwell & Dannic feat Haris – Survivors
11. Calvin Harris feat Ellie Goulding – Outside (Hardwell Remix) 
—   Hardwell vs W&W & Blasterjaxx – Spaceman vs Rocket (Hardwell & W&W Closing Edit) 
—   Calvin Harris feat Ellie Goulding – Outside (Acappella)
12. Hardwell feat Mr Probz – Birds Fly (Thomas Newson Instrumental Remix) 
—   Alesso feat Tove Lo – Heroes (We Could Be) (Acappella)
—   Martin Garrix – Proxy (Put Your Hands Up Acappella)
13. Hardwell & Armin van Buuren – ID (Next Level)
—   Chuckie – Who’s Ready To Jump (Put Your Hands Up, Put Your Fucking Hands Up Acappella)
14. Thomas Newson – ID
—   Hardwell & Joey Dale feat Luciana – Arcadia (Acappella)
15. Wiwek & Hardwell – UMF ID
—   Skrillex & Diplo feat Bunji Garlin – Jungle Bae (Acappella)
16. W&W & Blasterjaxx – Bowser
—   Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-trak Remix) 
—   MAKJ & Lil Jon – Let’s Get Fucked Up (Acappella)
17. Dyro – Pure Noise
—   Alesso – Raise Your Head (Acappella)
—   Alvaro & MERCER feat Lil Jon – Welcome To The Jungle (Welcome To Miami Acappella)
18. Hardwell & Headhunterz feat Haris – Nothing Can Hold Us Down
—   Hardwell & Headhunterz feat Haris – Nothing Can Hold Us Down (Headhunterz Hardstyle Edit) 

A lot of Hardwell for us to listen to. If you love Hardwell, and I know a lot of you do, this is a must have liveset on your computer or mobile device.

It’s common nowadays to do mashups, and Hardwell did quite a few. And there are quite a few amazing tracks in here. Too many to choose from, but my favourite tracks has got to be ‘Never Say Goodbye’, ‘Apollo’ and ‘Heroes’. Do you want to know why? Well, the vocalists have done an amazing job by putting their heart and souls into each track, and it’s like these tracks have been sung by angels. Beautiful vocals, the best part of these three tracks!

A lot of dancefloor slammers, and a few I just don’t like. But that’s personal. You might like to hear Lil Jon, but I don’t. Not a fan of this man at all. His voice ruins everything. And ‘Seven Nation Army’ has been played too many times, it’s overkill that makes this track not pleasant for my ears. But don’t let my opinion stand in your way, if you want to dance throughout the whole set, why not?

A brilliant set, and with three of the best tracks (acappella-versions) in it. He demolished the main stage, and he made sure that everyone who witnessed him, had a wicked time. You can also check out his set on Youtube, if you want to see him and everyone at Ultra.

There’s a reason why he’s number 1. And within 58 minutes he shows us all why he’s number 1.

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Dave Castellano & DJFatSteve Production Showcase Mix 2015

Rusty Records

DJs: FatSteve & Dave Castellano
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: Production Showcase Mix 2015
Length Mix: 00:33:50
Tracks: 9 (nine)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 77.3 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Rusty Records – Facebook Fanpage

How long has it been since we last heard or seen a Dave Castellano & FatSteve mix? Longer than a year ago, I reckon. It’s been way too long, and after I scrolled through my feed on Soundcloud, a smile emerged out of nowhere, seeing as there was this mix made by Dave Castellano and FatSteve, and by judging their previous mixes, they always deliver amazing mixes. Who doesn’t remember ‘Music In The Sun’, ‘Hot Hot Hot’, ‘Hardcore Holiday’ and ‘Pack Your Trunk’? These awesome promo mixes always brought a smile on each listeners face, and this year they are back with a brand new production showcase mix! But this isn’t a summer mix, like they did for many years in a row (not in 2014 though?). Does that mean this mix doesn’t make you want to put your swimming costume on, flip flops on, factor 90 on your skin, drink a cocktail and rave away under the sun?

Well, as usual they’ve uploaded a wicked mix, and they’ve been pushing their sounds forward for many years. Each and every track they’ve ever made has been a succes, but last year they probably made their biggest hit, which took the scene by storm. The mix starts with their best known and much loved track ‘Only Human’. Each and every raver in the UK and all over the globe embraced this track, so to start this production mix with their biggest hit means that there willl be more tracks like this one in it. ‘Only Human’ is such a monster anthem, it will be loved and adored by ravers in the year 2311! But don’t let their biggest hit hide the fact that these two are very talented producers, and that they’ve made more tracks you should check out. Thankfully you can check out their 9 hottest releases of 2014-2015 in this absolutely amazing mix.

tracklist

01. Dave Castellano & DJFatSteve – Only Human
02. Dave Castellano – It’s You
03. Dave Castellano – Bitch
04. Dave Castellano feat Lewis – Waiting
05. Dave Castellano & DJFatSteve – Don’t Stop
06. Dave Castellano – Ghost
07. Al Storm & Seduction – Won’t Forget You (Dave Castellano & DJFatSteve Remix) 
08. Dave Castellano & DJFatSteve feat Lynsey – Show Me Forever
09. Dave Castellano – Skyscraper

If you would compare it to their other wicked mixes, this one is much more focussed on their own productions (hence the name ‘production mix’). What I can tell is that 2014-2015 is the year of Dave Castellano and FatSteve.

Slammer after slammer in this mix. It’s really difficult to judge them, because they are all solid as a rock. Obviously their biggest hit has got to get the most credit, but there were so many others which competed to be the best track in this mix. There aren’t many tracks to choose from, but 9 solid tracks and all as good as ‘Only Human’, it’s quite difficult. But the track that got me hyped up as much as ‘Only Human’ has got to be ‘Skyscraper’. Beautiful track!

Dave Castellano and FatSteve have been heroes since the first time I heard one of their Summer mixes. And even though this isn’t a summer mix like the one they did before, it has got to be one of my favourite Castellano & Steve mixes. These two deserve more credit for their own productions, and I think it’s time to blow up the internet, and get them recognised.

A duo that keeps the music alive, alive and kicking. This production showcase mix shows us all again why we should love and embrace FatSteve and Dave Castellano. Abso-(and I’m going to use a tmesis here)-fucking-lutely brilliant mix! 2015 is a wicked year for UK Hardcore, and hopefully they keep on releasing more music, because they are on fire!

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