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HTID USA – Al Storm – Phoenix, Arizona (2015)

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I can be honest with you all and say that I’m a huge Al Storm fan. For many years I’ve been following him on Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook, and even though his Facebook is mostly filled with nice family pictures and mainly food pictures (if he wasn’t a DJ, he was Gordon Ramsay the 2nd), you can find posts you really appreciate: free music. Free music you say? Yes, a liveset. All for free, if you have a Soundcloud account ofcourse. In October a lot of UK Hardcore artists went to the States and played in front of a crowd of US ravers, and one of those artists was Al Storm, and his set from this magical night can now be heard on Al’s Soundcloud. Go to it now, and download it (did I mention the fact that it’s for free?).

Whatever he releases, it’s worth gold. He is one of the few artists from the golden age of UK Hardcore who still does what only he does best, and never disappoints the fans. He still manages to capture the sound that many adore, and still make it sound unique and fresh. If you were at HTID USA, he had a few special treats for those who attended: some tracks were specially re-created, and were given the HTID USA treatment. The intro you can hear the man say ‘HTID’, and even throughout ‘Werewolf’ he added the special treatment. Only if you were there you could hear this special version. How awesome is that?

Al Storm is a legend, and I feel like a huge fanboy. I must control my happiness and dedication to spread his music to everyone who wants to read this, but it’s slowely getting out of control. I can not stop saying that he’s a legend, and I’m at this stage that I am about to look online to find merchandise from this man, so I can sleep at night in my Al Storm nighty, or walk around in my Al Storm underpants. No Al Storm tattoos, I’m not that strong, but all the other things I would say yes to. I should seek help for my Al Storm addiction!

Back to the mix. He added (as always) a tracklist, nice touch!

tracklist

01. Al Storm – Jumpin
02. Storm & Euphony – Turn Around (Raver Baby Mix) 
03. CLSM feat Lisa Abbott – Timebomb (Al Storm Mix) 
04. Scott Brown & Al Storm – All My Dreams
05. Alex Prospect & Al Storm – Frankenstein
06. Unique – Time After Time
07. Al Storm – Werewolf (Outside Worlds Mix) 
08. Storm & Euphony – All I Wanna Do (Mob Remix) 
09. Al Storm feat Taya – Stars Collide (Chaos Mix) 
10. Al Storm, Chaos & Bishop – Hands In The Air
11. Scott Brown & Al Storm – The Blob
12. Re-Con – Ignite
13. Bang! vs Al Storm – Flowers Need The Rain (Remix) 
14. Al Storm & Euphony feat Mandy Edge – Hasta Mañana
15. Hixxy & MC Sharkey – Toytown (Darwin Remix) 
16. Re-Con – Kidz
17. Triple J – Have It All (Al Storm Remix) 
18. Al Storm & Euphony – Give A Little Love (Chaos Mix) 
19. Heaven 7 & Al Storm – Dance With Me (The Remix) 
20. Heaven 7 & Al Storm – A Little More (Technikore Mix) 
21. Bang! – Shooting Star (Al Storm’s HTID Mix) 
22. Al Storm – Surrender (Gammer Remix) 
23. Al Storm – I Created A Monster (IYF & Nobody Mix) 
24. Force & Styles – Heart Of Gold (Al Storm’s Dub Mix) 

Beautiful! If you were there, raving the night away and Al Storm was on the stage while you were giving it all you had, you were in paradise! Al Storm is a genius, and the liveset you are about to listen to is a good showcase of what this man does.And boy, he does it well!

Normally I would point out flaws or errors, but he made none. Nor did he play a crappy tune. He delivered an awesome set, and if you are an upcoming DJ, this is the way to do it! It’s hard to please every listener/raver, but only Al Storm can do what a good DJ should do. Every track he has been working on (remix or original track/collaboration) has been a success. He knows how to produce and mix UK Hardcore, and if I’m honest, this is the best set of Al Storm of all time!

Check out the tracklist. It’s beautiful. Can not name a single bad track at all, but I can’t point out a favourite either! They are all good. Each and every one of them. Is this the best liveset ever? I reckon it is!

Al Storm. A legend. Pioneer. Food lover. But to me the greatest UK Hardcore DJ/producer of all time. Check this mix out, you will not be disappointed! If there’s a raver’s heaven, this is the music you will hear once you enter.

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DJ: Al Storm
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ HTID USA – Phoenix, Arizona – 2015
Length Liveset: 01:02:08
Tracks: 24 (twenty-four)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 142 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Al Storm – Facebook Fanpage

Fracus & Darwin Present – Diversions feat MrPanda (2015)

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By accident I stumbled across this mix, which I found on Soundcloud.  A mix made by three artists, Fracus, Darwin and someone called MrPanda. I have to be honest and say that I’ve seen his name before, but don’t know a single thing about who MrPanda is. Ofcourse I know who Fracus and Darwin are, that’s just silly assuming that I wouldn’t know them: I’m their biggest Dutch fan. I found this mix as I said by accident, and do not believe the low amount of plays it had?! It should have more plays, but let’s increase the amount of plays, shall we?

The mix is divided into two sections: the first section is mixed by Fracus & Darwin, showcasing their latest artist album, which is called ‘Diversions’, and the second section is mixed by MrPanda, showcasing his mixing skills. This American DJ has mixed several styles together, and his mix is quite interesting to hear. A nice blend of known and unknown tracks.

This mix is part of an ongoing online mix series called ‘Electric Retox’, and I had to look up what they offer, seeing as this is their 110th episode, so they must have had a lot of amazing guests sending in their mixes. 12k+ fans already, and they are Dallas based (like MrPanda), and they release a podcast every week, spanning all genres of Electronic Music. To have Fracus & Darwin sending in a mix and playing it in their weekly podcast was the right thing to do, and also MrPanda’s mix (which is slightly different compared to F&D, but still highly enjoyable!).

On MrPanda’s Soundcloud you can find this mix, which isn’t downloadable. You can find the links to the pages where you can get this mix from (iTunes etc). It also had a tracklist, which is always a nice bonus!

tracklist

Fracus & Darwin – Diversions Mix 
01. Fracus & Darwin feat Poison Rain – No Matter What
02. Fracus & Darwin vs Reese – Cross The Line
03. Fracus & Darwin – Break These Records
04. Fracus & Darwin – Roar
05. Fracus & Darwin – Heart On Fire
06. Fracus & Darwin vs Michael Mansion – Loved Again
07. Fracus & Darwin vs Bass Selective – Blow Out Part 4
08. Fracus & Darwin feat Jenna – Believe In Something
09. Fracus & Darwin feat Pearl Blue – Join Us Now

MrPanda Mix 
01. Virtual Riot – We’re Not Alone (Jason Bouse Hardcore Edit) 
02. Solution vs Ephexis – Elements (Arkitech Remix) 
03. Breakage feat Detour City – Treading Water (Revision-X Remix) 
04. Esline & Tempo – Stargazing
05. I See Monstahs – Massiah (Re-Con & Chris Unknown Remix) 
06. Nuton – Gates Of Hell
07. Esline – Can’t Get No Sleep
08. Code Black – Your Moment (Olly P Remix) 
09. Haze & Antix – Twisted (Darren Hotchkiss Remix) 
10. Enter Shikari – Juggernaughts (Nero Remix) 
11. LD Teck – Anticeptik Kaotek
12. Dowster – Bionix
13. Technical Difficulties – Way To Go w/ Shok Ghost
14. A.B & Nick 235 feat Rhona – Silence A Prayer
15. Revision-X – Don’t Leave Me
16. Skeets vs Ian K – Voltage
17. Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Re-Con Remix) 

If you are looking at the first section and wonder why there are so many Fracus and Darwin tracks or even complain about the amount of their tracks… GET OUT. It’s their album showcase mix, so obviously they would only play tracks you can find on their album, and it’s never a dull moment with Fracus and Darwin.

Their section is great, heard most of the tracks already but still highly entertaining they are. They are on fire, whatever they produce will result in a dancefloor smasher. I like the ‘Cross The Line’ track, ‘Blow Out Part 4’, but the one that took me by surprise has to be ‘Join Us Now’. Hardstyle vs UK Hardcore? I’m loving it, more of this please, Fracus & Darwin!

MrPanda’s section is also great, bit quirky but highly entertaining. Most of the tracks he played are unknown to me: only a handful are known, but he has made his mix a very entertaining one with a lot of dancefloor smashers, such as ‘Silence A Prayer’, ‘Summertime Sadness’, ‘Twisted’ , but the one that I fell in love with has got to be the dopest track of his mix, ‘Voltage’. A nice new track with a lot of Oldskool touches. Wonderful and magical track!

A very entertaining mix by these three DJs. Never heard of MrPanda, but it’s time for me to listen to more of his stuff. Fracus & Darwin… well, I’ve been following them since the beginning, so there’s no need for me to introduce myself into their wonderful musical world. If you are unaware of these three DJs, make sure you check out their pages and hit ‘like’. Oh, and listen to this mix, it’s a very good and accurate representation of our much beloved scene.

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DJs: Fracus & Darwin, MrPanda
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Breakbeat Hardcore, Drum & Bass, Freeform
Mix Info: Electric Retox Episode 110
Length Mix: 01:05:45
Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Fracus & Darwin / MrPanda – Facebook Fanpage

Destructive Tendencies @ Unlocked Indoor Festival 2015

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If I need to explain to you who Destructive Tendencies are, I’m worried about you. How do you not know who the biggest superstars to come out of the UK are? They’ve emerged out of nowhere only a couple of years ago, and now they are playing the biggest events all over the world (mainly the Netherlands, but also in other countries), and they’ve gained a huge following, not only on Twitter and/or Facebook, but also in real life. Wherever they go, there are fans. People go to events just to see them perform, and if you follow them on social media, you know they play nearly everywhere. Explaining who they are is as useless as explaining who the Teletubbies are. Unless you don’t know who the Teletubbies are… if you don’t… what are you?

Destructive Tendencies played last month at Unlocked Indoor Festival, which was held on the 24th of October in Utrecht, The Netherlands. 5 areas filled with the hardest styles imaginable: Hardstyle, Hardcore, Raw Hardstyle, Freestyle and Industrial & Harder. In the Hardcore area they had the honour to play between 4:30 and 6:00, and if you have listened to their set already (or you were there), you know they demolished the place, like they always do.

Their second home has got to be The Netherlands. They do spend a lot of time over here, and we’ve embraced them. They are one of us, and that’s why we like them to come back every so often to play as hard as they can. We Dutch like their harder stuff, their music is so Dutch, like Gouda cheese. Maybe it’s time for them to move over permanently, seeing as they spend more time over here than time in the UK.

Someone kindly uploaded a full tracklist, and I think it’s worth a glance. The tracklist is good!

tracklist

01. Dirty Bastards – Samurai Bastards
02. Destructive Tendencies – Do You Bleed
03. N-Vitral – Sicko Cell
04. Mad Dog – Agony (Destructive Tendencies Remix) (2015 Remix) 
05. Disturbia & Joey Riot – Say Your Prayers
06. Destructive Tendencies – This Is Your Moment (2015 Remix) 
07. Joey Riot & Disturbia – Revolutionary Warfare
08. Destructive Tendencies & F.Noize – Ameno
09. Furyan – Guns & Ammo
10. Unexist feat OGM909 – Why The Fuck Not
11. Deterrent Man & Onesimk – Whatsapp Madness 2.0
12. Destructive Tendencies & Andy The Core – Drug & Alcohol Abuse
13. Partyraiser & Destructive Tendencies – Sound Becomes One
14. Kutski & Joey Riot – Listen Carefully
15. Destructive Tendencies & Radical Redemption – Bring Us Some
16. Destructive Tendencies & Hardbouncer – Destiny
17. The Punisher – Secret Weapon
18. Destructive Tendencies – Our Core (Hellstriker Remix) 
19. Dirty Bastards vs Destructive Tendencies – XTC
20. Rhino – Move Bitch
21. Deterrent Man & Hardbouncer – Bring The Suicide
22. Rhino – Eyes Of A Psychopath (2015 Remix) 
23. Cryogenic – Underground Madness
24. DJ Paul Elstak & The Unfamous – Mr. Policeman (Fucked Up By Paul Elstak & The Unfamous Bootleg) 
25. System Overload & Mozthard – Jackoff
26. System Overload vs Psycho Killer – Think I Can Fly
27. Paul Elstak feat Beatstream & Radiate – Angels Deserve To Die (Fucked Up By Cryogenic) 
28. Darkcontroller & Cryogenic – Daddy Noise

This is insane, beautiful, sexy,….. this is the ultimate Hardcore tracklist! If you are liking what you are seeing, there’s another treat for you: Destructive Tendencies are going to release an album soon! More information will be on this page when there’s more information to share with you all. But it’s something we’ve all been waiting for, an DT album!

Back to their liveset. How wicked was their set? An hour and a half of pure Hardcore music, with MC Jeff and Joey Riot entertaining the crowd by hyping them up the only way they know how to. Loving it when Joey mentions the fact that he’s in the ‘home of Hardcore’, which is true. And it’s good for them to showcase their capability every time they come over. They’ve got the power and strength to please the Dutch crowd. DT is the way forward.

Too many great anthems are in this liveset. I love ‘This Is Your Moment’, ‘Listen Carefully’, ‘XTC’, but the one that made me bounce the hardest was ‘Whatsapp Madness 2.0′. Not saying that all the other tracks didn’t move me, but this track made me loose my shit the fastest. You know what I mean?!

Destructive Tendencies, we love you. Within a couple of days this set already achieved 10k+ listeners, and there’s a good reason for it: because they make awesome music and know exactly how to please a crowd. Never a dull moment, never disappointing. They are the hottest trio to come out of the UK, and hopefully they will keep invading the Netherlands, because we love their music.

If you are not liking this, you ain’t Hardcore.

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Act: Destructive Tendencies
MC: Joey Riot, Jeff
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Hardcore, Gabber
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Unlocked Indoor Festival 2015
Length Liveset: 01:30:13
Tracks: 28 (twenty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Destructive Tendencies – Facebook Fanpage

Olivier Abbeloos – My Early Productions Mix (88 – 96) (2015)

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During the 90s many of us Europeans were fans of Quadrophonia and ofcourse T99, but many don’t know that one man was responsible for not only these duos releases, but so much more. Olivier Abbeloos has made so many great anthems, being part of T99 or Quadrophonia, but also under a few other aliases. His original name might be an unknown to you, but it’s time for you to acknowledge this man’s strength as a producer. He has uploaded a mix 2 days ago onto Soundcloud, to showcase his early productions, ranging from 1988 to 1996. Also another treat if you are an Oldskool lover: it’s recorded from vinyl.

Even I had to go to Discogs to find out how many aliases this man has used, and there are quite a lot! Cloud 9, Darkness, Inferno, Quantum, Random Generator, Vortex, Warp Factor One. Or maybe you are interested in which groups he has been? L&O, Orion, Quadrophonia, T99, Soul Patrol, Numatic, Nu Beat Kidz, Holographic Hallucination, etc. This Belgian producer has given so much to the music industry, and yet when you mention his name many will look at you strangely and wonder who you are talking about. But mention T99 or Quadrophonia and we instantaneously know the music they released.

His mix has got many of his own tracks in it, but mainly it’s all about the collaborations that led up to these anthems. It’s nice to see the tracklist that he added, he also added who worked on which track alongside himself and when it was released. Timeless music, and if you see the amount of tracks he worked on, it will be difficult to forget his name. Olivier Abbeloos, one true House pioneer/creator. This mix takes us back to the days during which House music was at its peak. Before it all changed and became more money driven. The music was pure, unaltered, unedged, and most of all, beautiful!

A 2 hour mix, with a tracklist? This is my kind of heaven.

tracklist

01. L&O – Even Now
02. The Concrete Beat – It’s Not The Way To Do It
03. The Concrete Beat – I Want You
04. The Concrete Beat – Techno Funk
05. Plb System – Artificial Defence (Esta Loco)
06. The Beat Machine – Mr Zig Zag
07. Neon – Sexuality
08. Neon – I’m Holding On
09. Neon – Don’t Mess With This Beat
10. Soul Patrol – Hype It Up
11. Jarvic 7 – No Time To Waste
12. Trigger – Stratosphere
13. Destroyer – Senses
14. Trigger – Wisdom
15. Quadrophonia – The Wave Of The Future
16. Conga Squad – Jungleboy
17. Jarvic 7 – Neutron Magna
18. Holographic Hallucination – Rumble
19. QA 0-127 – Q-Unit
20. QA 0-127 – Uni-Polar
21. Dynetic – Smoke
22. QA 0-127 – Multi Coloured Diodes
23. Warp Factor 1 – Care 4 Me
24. Quadrophonia – Quadrophonia
25. Quadrophonia – Schizofrenia
26. T99 – Nocturne
27. T99 – Anasthasia
28. Quadrophonia – The Man With The Masterplan
29. Quadrophonia – Find The Time (Second Wave Mix By Jochem Paap) 
30. T99 – Catwalk
31. Quadrophonia – Intergalactic Crosstalk (Amazonia) (Infinite Wheel Remix) 
32. Conga Squad – Jungleman
33. Conga Squad – Steel
34. Valleyman – Boatdrill (On A Rowing Trip Mix) 
35. Conga Squad – Orion
36. Holographic Hallucination – Broad Daylight
37. Random Generator – Zone Paging
38. Vortex – Apvoc

I don’t need to express to you how much of a fan I was of T99 and Quadrophonia, the first single I ever bought was sadly not theirs (it was L.A. Style). But the second one I bought was Quadrophonia. But I do remember owning both the albums they released, but sadly over the years they’ve disappeared. Or maybe I lent them to someone and they never returned it to me. It doesn’t matter, because we’ve still got the music: it’s on the internet, and if you look closely you will find many videos. But to actually find a mix containing their most famous stuff and more, is beyond belief!

Timeless music. You can play it in any set, and the crowd will go mad. I remember buying compilations and Anasthasia was on each of them. Still a must listen to track, if you love Oldskool rave. Quadrophonia was slightly different, but still pleasurable. If you were unaware, Lucien Foort was also part of Quadrophonia. Too much info to handle, eh?

Olivier isn’t the only one who should get the credits for these great anthems, but he was one of the masterminds behind most of the 80s and 90s tracks, and you can find them all in this wonderful mix. Never has my inner kid expressed so much joy in hearing a mix as good as this one. This takes me back to my bedroom, standing on my bed, listening to a cassette on my ‘my first Sony walkman’, driving my parents insane. Those were the days!

He has delivered an awesome mix, and you can still catch him playing all over the place. I urge you to see this man, because his influence has been immense. Where would we have been if these 38 tracks were not released? Would we’ve actually listened to Rave music? Would there be a Rave scene? Who knows?

Still to this day ‘Anasthasia’ is a great anthem, and the best one in this mix.

I want to go back and get my CDs back! The singles are ruined anyway, but the CDs…. if I lent it to you, give it back!

Ps. no download ability. Maybe one day it will be, but for now we’ve got to press play again and again.

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DJ: Olivier Abbeloos
Genre/Style: House, Rave, Techno, Deephouse, Breakbeat, Ambient
Mix Info: My Early Productions Mix (88-96)
Length Mix: 02:00:00
Tracks: 38 (thirty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: T99 (Olivier Abbeloos) – Facebook Fanpage

Rhythmics or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Hardcore Rave (2013)

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The world wide web is filled with plenty of music, and to listen to everything every day is not do-able. You can not listen to everything every day, that’s just impossible. So from time to time you do miss out on big mixes, like the one I’ve only discovered the other day. It’s a mix made by Rhythmics 2 years ago, and because someone reposted it on Soundcloud I finally got a chance to listen to this. I didn’t even knew it excisted, but 50k+ listeners have enjoyed it already. I’m late, as usual. This UK Hardcore DJ from Florida was known to me, but this mix wasn’t. Well, it’s time to appreciate what he did back in 2013.

The mix was released 2 years ago, but it’s still massive. First of all I have to say that the cover picture is excellent! As you can see it’s shiny. and it’s got the Futureworld logo on it. Well, he’s signed to one of the mightiest labels in the industry. Loving the colours a lot, but it’s not about a cover picture, it’s about the music. And in this mix you can find so much more than just UK Hardcore. From UK Hardcore to Trap to Drum & Bass, this has got everything you want. Only a handful DJs make diverse mixes like Rhythmics does, so when you do find a proper one, you should cherrish it a lot. You can download this bad boy right now via Rhythmics’ Bandcamp page, name your price and it’s yours. Complete with a tracklist, which I’m about to show you.

tracklist

01. Darren Styles & Re-Con – Sober
02. Darren Styles – Talk
03. Rhythmics – SNARE!
04. Gamridye – Reezus
05. T2Kazuya – I Don’t Care About The Scene
06. Rhythmics – Candy
07. S-Type – Billboard
08. Darren Styles & Dougal – Don’t Give Up
09. Darren Styles – Open Your Eyes (Rhythmics Remix) 
10. Gammer & Modulate – Ground Shake
11. Diplo feat Nicky Da B – Express Yourself (Gent & Jawns Remix) 
12. Redinho – Searching (Rhythmics Remix) 
13. Modulate – Dagger
14. Rhythmics vs Autumn Nights – Nothing More
15. Nobody feat Hyperforce – Going Under (Ian K & Skeets Remix) 
16. Rhythmics – Siren
17. Ayobi – Twist & Grind
18. Gammer – Good Life (Bad Day)
19. Darren Styles & Michael Scout feat Ste McNally – Forever
20. Rhythmics feat Mi’A – What We Learn
21. Dougal & Gammer – Float Away
22. Petruccio & Modulate feat Marie Louise – Escape (Rhythmics Remix) 
23. Rustie – Slasherr
24. Ayobi – Magic Mint
25. Baauer – Dum Dum
26. The Prodigy – Everybody In The Place (Rhythmics Bootleg) 
27. Rhythmics – Silent Cry
28. Zedd – Spectrum (Darren Styles Remix) 
29. Porter Robinson – Language (T2Kazuya Remix) 
30. Tom Swoon, Myon & Shane 54 feat Taylr Renee – Wings (Rhythmics Remix) 
31. Camo & Krooked feat TC – Get Dirty (Smooth Remix) 
32. Darren Styles & Modulate – To The Stars
33. Birdy – The A Team (Darren Styles Bootleg) 
34. DTRX – Knife Party But For Real Tho/Mishka 4 The Masses VIP (Riddy’s Megamix Of Sufficiently Epic Proportions) 

This is truly an amazing mix. Entertaining, if I’m brutally honest. So diverse, you haven’t heard anything like this before!

Rhythmics is a well known name, but if you are unaware of what he’s capable of, you might want to listen to this mix (if you haven’t already). Filled with his own productions/remixes, this is a good example/showcase. But not only can you find track by him, as you can clearly see.

The tracks he has selected for this mix are great! Diversity is the key word to describe this mix, and after hearing this mix I can only salute the man. He has delivered the finest mix made in 2013, which still is highly entertaining in 2015.

Finest track? Oh, difficult. Basically everything with Modulate, he’s a genius. Never makes anything dull.

I know this mix is 2 years old, but it still sounds fresh, fresh as a daisy. Beautiful, funny, quirky… what else do we need, or want?

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DJ: Rhythmics
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Rave, Dubstep, Trap, Drum & Bass
Mix Info: Rhythmics or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Hardcore Rave
Length Mix: 00:47:34
Tracks: 34 (thirty-four)
Download/Listen (via Bandcamp): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 86.3 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 251kbps
More Information: Rhythmics – Facebook Fanpage

A.B – Live At Codex 6, Tokyo (2015)

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On the first of November two of UK’s finest Freeform artists performed in Tokyo, and their names are Cyrax and the mighty A.B . The event was called Codex 6, and amongst others these two appeared on top of the flyer. There’s an obvious reason for that, and the reason is quite simple: they are the best! Name two other DJs who are as succesfull as these two! Now A.B uploaded his set the other day onto Soundcloud and already had a few hundred plays, but I think it’s time to increase the numbers, seeing as Freeform is slowely taking over the world.

Freeform in Tokyo? I knew that Freeform was played all over the world, but to actually have UK based artists play at an event so far away from the UK… I never thought that it was possible?! But thankfully they noticed how good Freeform is and the artists who make it, so their decision to book two of the finest DJs/producers was a good decision. I don’t know how many people went to Codex 6, but if you were there, you must have experienced a surreal afternoon/evening. The main man behind Stamina Records playing the finest Freeform, who doesn’t want to hear that?

A.B kindly uploaded not only this set but also a tracklist, which comes in handy! Most of the tracks are released on his own label (Stamina Records) and can also be found on compilations released by Stamina Records (Freeform Family/Who’s Got The Stamina). One of the mightiest labels to emerge out of nowhere, the music can only be described as beautiful, and if you were there, seeing the legendary A.B play, you must have been in heaven.

tracklist

01. A.B & Nick 235 feat Rhona – Silence A Prayer (Intro Mix) 
02. A.B & Nick 235 feat Rhona – Silence A Prayer (Substanced Remix) 
03. Transcend – What You Are
04. Douglas – Boys Will Be
05. Technikore & Cyrax – Difference (Aethral Remix) 
06. A.B – Miami
07. Gammer – Gratuitous Grind
08. jD-KiD & Shok GZ – Pure Thrust
09. Rikki Arkitech – Shadow Of A Memory (A.B Remix) 
10. Gammer – 34m
11. A.B – Kielo
12. A.B – This/Carburettor (Joey Riot Mashup) 
13. A.B – Carburettor
14. Ephexis – Traction
15. A.B – Qube (Sacrifice Mashup) 
16. A.B & Douglas – Moment
17. Douglas & Remane – Disorder (A.B’s London Techno Remix) 
18. Endemic – Hurricane (Modulate Remix) 
19. Rikki Arkitech – Fulla Culture (Douglas Remix) 
20. Carbon Based – Anger Ball (Kevin Energy Remix) 
21. Sharkey & Rikki Arkitech – Quadraphonics (2015 Remaster) 

The tracklist does look good, and the tracks selected by A.B are all amazing! I’ve heard them all before, and they’ve never disappointed me at all! They are all huge.

A lot of his own productions were used to compose this set, and they are a good showcase of what he’s capable of. As I’ve said on his own Facebook page, this man needs to release his own artist album, because whatever he makes, is solid as a rock. The music he makes can only be described as heavenly, and I wasn’t the only one agreeing with my post. This man is truly one of the world’s most underrated producers, but he knows how to make music better than most producers who appear in the DJ Mag 100.

This set was recorded at Codex 6, and just before he plays ‘Disorder’ he adds a small extra. I’m not going to mention what it is, but if you were there, it must have been a truly magnificent moment.

The tracks are all solid, but during the mix/liveset it does go a bit bonkers. Small errors, but acceptable. You can tell that he was eager to play as many tunes as possible.

A good liveset, with an extraordinary beautiful tracklist. Not without any flaws, but you have to be reminded that it’s a liveset, so a DJ is allowed to make small mistakes.

4

DJ: A.B
Genre/Style: Freeform, UK Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Codex 6, Tokyo
Length Liveset: 00:58:33
Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 134 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: A.B – Facebook Fanpage