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Raucous Behaviour Vol 7 – DJ Riotstarter (2016)

Raucous Behaviour Vol 7 - DJ Riotstarter (2016)

Raucous Behaviour Vol 7 – DJ Riotstarter (2016)

DJ: Riotstarter
Genre/Style: Hardcore, Hardcore Techno, Gabber, Terror
Mix Info: Raucous Behaviour Volume 7
Length Mix: 00:59:46
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Download/Listen (via Mixcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: 54.7 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 128kbps
More Information: DJ Riotstarter – Facebook Fanpage

It’s time again for me to review a harder mix. Yes, I know I’ve been listening to quite a lot of the harder stuff, but let’s be honest, it’s the only music style we all appreciate, isn’t it? I am a die-hard Gabber, and can listen to it  24/7, and I have done exactly that for quite a while. What I haven’t heard in a while is a mix by Riotstarter! It’s been 2 years ago that I’ve interviewed the man, and after that nothing much happened. Maybe he forgot about me, or I forgot about him, but my inbox has stayed empty for quite a while. Until last week, he sent me his latest mix to review, to give my opinion before he would release it.

That’s the good thing about reviewing, you get to hear a lot of new music, days before other people do. But also you’ve got to keep things a secret, and not share it with anyone. It was hard, because the mix he sent me was dope, but slightly different compared to this one, because he decided to change the tracks (the order) and I’m listening to the same mix but slightly different. It will not affect the outcome, because it’s a Gabber mix and you all know I’m a fan. So it’s time for you all to see what kind of tracks he used/picked for this mix, and which were rearranged. Hopefully he won’t change anything anymore, quite like this mix as it is.

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01. Unexist – To Break Shit
02. Diplo – Revolution (Lady Damage Remix) 
03. Drokz & MC Prozac – Hardcore Bloodline
04. Bodyshock feat MC Tha Watcher – The Storm
05. Broken Minds – Endredados
06. Broken Minds – Get Low
07. Crossfiyah – Rage (Bodyshock Remix) 
08. Tharoza – Mad As Hell
09. Miss K8 – No More Jokes (Unexist Remix) 
10. The BeatKrusher – Express Yourself
11. Anime – Bass For Your Face (Art Of Fighters Remix) 
12. Javi Boss – Unruly
13. Destructive Tendencies – Destiny (Dark Controller Remix) 
14. Day-MaR & Icha – Black Flowers
15. G-Town Madness – Punks & Bitches (Hard Bouncer Remix) 
16. Merkurius – Live Forever
17. The Melodyst & Art Of Fighters – Hardcore Domination

This mix is really tight, not for those who have heart issues or any other issues you might consider life threatening. This can cause serious damage, and if you are not careful, you will injure yourself. I know I nearly caused an accident on the M25, wasn’t paying attention but raving away in my car I nearly drove into another car. Dangerous to listen to filthy and raw Hardcore music. More of this please.

It’s like I have never stopped listening to Riotstarter. This man keeps on providing us with good music, and his latest mix is good, but the one thing that I miss is the opening track in his previous mix. Really liked it, and couldn’t find it in this mix anymore?! What happened?

The music is raw and contagious. Really music you should listen to, seeing as the weekend is right in front of us. Riotstarter has made an excellent mix, not very high in quality (recording quality is only 128kbps) but still enjoyable. If you like music to be just perfect, listen to this mix. Tiny errors, but who cares?

A good mix. Riotstarter, more of this please!!!!!

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Anthems Trance (2013)

Anthems Trance (2013)

Anthems Trance (2013)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Progressive House
Release Year: 2013
Album Info: Anthems Tramce
CDs: 3 (three)
Length CDs: +/- 3 hours
Tracks: 60 (sixty)
Label: Ministry Of Sound
Product Number: MOSCD343
More Information: Ministry Of Sound – Official Website

I’m always on the hunt for new music, and sometimes I do find albums I should have bought when they were red hot. The album I’m about to review is already 3 years old, but Trance is ageless, so it doesn’t matter to be brutally honest if you buy it in 2016 or 3694. Trance has the power to unity not only people, but whole nations. It has done so much for us music lovers during the 90s and beginning of the 00s, and now it’s a well established music style that has many followers all over the world. A much loved scene, and I can say I was part of it during the 90s when it grew. Bought many albums and many singles, and they all made me a very happy Dutchman. The music in general has changed, but with an album like the one I bought the other day it will take me back to the good ol’ days when Trance was different, yet more appealing to me.

Ministry of Sound is know for releasing many albums. Do they still have a club in Elephant & Castle? They probably don’t need to anymore, seeing as they sell more CDs than ever before. Every week you will see and hear a brand new CD, and I reckon 82% of the albums you buy nowadays are released by MoS. A powerful label, with a majestic history. They dared to release this monster album, which takes us back to the glorious days of Trance music. 3 CDs of pure bliss. But is it worth it? Is it what you are looking for?

As I said, it’s 3 CDs jam packed with tunes. 60 tunes in total, can you handle that amount of pressure? 60 tunes, coming to you through your speakers!

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CD One 
01. Faithless – Insomnia (Monster Mix)
02. Paul van Dyk – For An Angel (E-Werk Club Mix) 
03. Delerium feat Sarah McLachlan – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix) 
04. Gouryella – Gouryella
05. Binary Finary – 1999
06. Tiësto – Adagio For Strings
07. Veracocha – Carte Blance
08. PPK – Resurrection
09. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun
10. Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire
11. Art Of Trance – Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix) 
12. Armin van Buuren – Communication
13. System F – Out Of The Blue
14. Rank 1 – Airwave
15. Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) 
16. The Thrillseekers feat Sheryl Deane – Synaesthesia (Fly Away) (Paul van Dyk Dub Mix) 
17. Mauro Picotto – Lizard (Claxixx Mix) 
18. Push – Universal Nation
19. Blank & Jones – Cream
20. Solarstone – Seven Cities (Stones Atlantis Mix) 

CD Two 
01. Robert Miles – Children
02. ATB – 9PM (Till I Come)
03. Darude – Sandstorm
04. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
05. DJ Jean – The Launch
06. Warrior – Warrior
07. Storm – Time To Burn
08. Da Hool – Meet Her At The Love Parade (Nalin & Kane Mix) 
09. Three Drives – Greece 2000
10. Jurgen Vries – The Theme
11. Liquid Child – Diving Faces
12. Southside Spinners – Luvstruck
13. CRW – I Feel Love (R.A.F. Zone Remix) 
14. Chicane – Salt Water
15. Grace – Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix) 
16. Nalin & Kane – Beachball
17. Matt Darey feat Marcella Woods – Liberation (Fly Like An Angel)
18. York – On The Beach (CRW Radio Edit) 
19. Lange feat Skye – Drifting Away
20. B.B.E. – Seven Days And One Week

CD Three 
01. Tomcraft – Loneliness
02. Sash! – Encore Une Fois (Future Breeze Remix) 
03. Ferry Corsten – Punk
04. Above & Beyond feat Richard Bedford – Sun & Moon
05. David Guetta feat Sia – Titanium
06. Armin van Buuren feat Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
07. Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
08. Avicii vs Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One (Nicktim Radio Edit) 
09. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash feat John Martin – Reload
10. Nicky Romero & NERVO – Like Home
11. Zedd feat Foxes – Clarity (Tiësto Remix) 
12. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember
13. BURNS – Lies (Otto Knows Remix) 
14. OneRepublic feat Alesso – If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs OneRepublic) 
15. Tim Berg – Bromance (Avicii’s Arena Mix) 
16. Eric Prydz – Niton (The Reason)
17. Nadia Ali – Rapture (Avicii New Generation Radio Edit) 
18. Otto Knows – Million Voices
19. Porter Robinson – Language
20. Sander van Doorn – Neon

We can safely say that they’ve tried to jam pack as much as they could, and there are quite a lot of amazing tracks on this album, but sadly it’s a mixed album. And sometimes I wonder if that’s really necessary: I am a mix fan, but when it comes to Trance a DJ friendly album is more my thing.

They’ve tried, and boy there are a few amazing tracks on here. True classics, many will know them and many will love them. Art of Trance, Cosmic Gate, Mauro Picotto, Three Drives, Tiësto and more. But, I wonder, where did it go wrong? I thought this album was focussed on Trance specificly, and not other styles aswel. There are Trance anthems on here, but I would say that at least 50% of the tunes can not even be categorised in the same genre. Trance is unique, and many tracks have been made over the years, and they all sound like Trance. The tunes selected by MoS aren’t really Trance, more House, Club, Electro and more. It’s disappointing to buy an album which should have been focussed on Trance, but clearly hasn’t. Not the first MoS album I bought and was disappointed about.

I can name the anthems everyone knows and loves, but to buy the album specifically for them is a waste of money. I bought this at Asda for only a fiver, but this isn’t the album I was after. Trance album should ONLY have Trance anthems on it, and no Club, EDM, Electro, House or any other style on it. Why do big companies do make this mistake? Arcade did it in the 90s, Sony during the 00s, and now Ministry Of Sound.

Waste of a fiver. But I like the graphics. Nice and green.

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Gammer – Keeping The Rave Alive Guestmix (2016)

Gammer - Keeping The Rave Alive Guestmix (2016)

Gammer – Keeping The Rave Alive Guestmix (2016)

DJ: Gammer
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, EDMCore
Mix Info: Keeping The Rave Alive #201 Guestmix
Length Mix: 00:22:15
Tracks: 30 (thirty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 51.5 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Gammer – Facebook Fanpage

It’s been quite a while since I last reviewed anything with Gammer in it, be it a mix or a CD. I think the last thing I reviewed was his and Dougal’s CD, and after that it became a bit quiet. I will explain it to you all, but for now I think you should focus on this mix you’ve probably already listened to a million times. His latest mix was one he did for Kutski’s show KTRA, and he’s uploaded his section of the show onto his own Soundcloud page, so you all can have it for free. But there’s a small catch: if you are not a fan yet of this bearded DJ, you need to like his page first before you can get access to his mix. But it’s worth it.

I have to be honest with you all, I was a bit tired of the direction UK Hardcore was going to. The music was boring to me, it all sounded so lame, and what I basically needed was a break from it. No experimental sounds for me, or new music paths for me, I wanted the old sound back. The music changed too quickly, and I couldn’t handle it. I needed a break, and during the break I re-discovered EDM. Not my favourite kind of music, but I started to appreciate it more and more, and saw the link between UK Hardcore and EDM. Why not give it a go, if it’s going the right direction? And that’s why I’m here, typing this, because basically Gammer’s mix is my new re-introduction to EDMCore.

Gammer is known for doing a lot of stuff in a short set. And this set is no exception: 30 tracks in 22 minutes. He’s used to it, he has learned the craft of mixing throughout the years, and he has perfected it. But not only has he learned the craft, he also learned how to please a wide variety of listeners: you can listen to this if you like EDM and/or UK Hardcore, and you will still appreciate it.

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01. Da Tweekaz – Hewwego (Darren Styles Remix) 
02. DJ Snake – Propaganda (Gammer Edit) 
03. Darren Styles & Gammer – Feel Like This
04. Zomboy – Nuclear (Hands Up) (Dillon Francis Remix) 
05. Gammer – Pigface (Dougal & Gammer Edit) 
06. Darren Styles – You’re My Angel (2016 Edit) 
07. Dougal & Gammer – Shoulder Lock
08. Dougal & Gammer feat Lyck – Make It If We Try (Hardcore Mix) 
09. Omegatypez – Take Me High (Kutski & Gammer Remix) (KTRA Edit) 
10. Drake – Hotline Bling
11. Gammer – Red Drink Foam Party
12. Darren Styles, Dougal & Gammer feat Hannah Faulkner – Top Of The World (Gammer Edit) 
13. Hudson Mohawke feat Irfane – Very First Breath (Gammer Remix) 
14. Stonebank – All Night w/ Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat ZØ – Lean On (Acapella)
15. TNGHT – Higher Ground (Dougal & Gammer Edit) 
16. Brillz & LAXX feat Ms Williams – WTPA
17. Darren Styles feat Christina Novelli – Sun Is Rising
18. Gammer & Galaxy Fox – Burn You Tonight
19. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna – Kryptonite
20. Luther Vandross – A House Is Not A Home
21. Shirobon – Regain Control (Dougal & Gammer Remix)  w/ Kanye West feat Twista & Jamie Foxx – Slow Jams (Acapella)
22. Kill The Noise – Lose Ya Love (TitanCube Remix) 
23. Darren Styles & Gammer – Big Ting
24. Gammer – Bonkers Night
25. Ham, Demo & Justin Time – Here I Am
26. Sigma feat Paloma Faith – Changing (Darren Styles & Gammer Remix) 
27. Sigma – Somebody To Love (Gammer Edit) 
28. Darren Styles – Save Me (EDC Edit) 
29. Kanye West – New Slaves
30. Beth – Don’t You Worry Child (Gammer Remix) 

As usual he has made an insane mix! Does this man ever stick to one genre? Can he physically do it? Look at the names in this mix: from Gammer to Luther Vandross, from Sigma to Kanye West (we all know Gammer’s a Kanye West fan), from DJ Snake to Darren Styles. This is insane, but in a good way.

Most tracks are only played for a couple of seconds, and for some that’s just long enough, but for most it isn’t. As I said before I do believe strongly in uniting EDM with UK Hardcore, and from what I have been hearing so far, it’s sounding dope. This mix is a showcase for what we should expect in the near future. Please let this clash happen soon, the scene is ready for it.

The tracks are good, his mixing is tight. No weird intro or weird singing bit throughout the mix (only at the end), but a proper 22 minute long mix. The music keeps on penetrating your skull, and the only thing you want to do is go out, raving the night away until the early hours of Sunday. Raving whilst EDMCore is played out loud, at the highest volume level possible. That’s what this is all about. Sadly this weekend I can’t go clubbing, family visit, but on the way to our family members I’ve got a disc ready to be played out loud. Sorry gran, mom, fiancee and everyone around the car, Gammer’s on this disc and it must be played out loud.

Best track? Oh, difficult. Really like ‘Propaganda’, ‘Take Me High’ is also a dancefloor slammer, but sadly those tracks aren’t played out very long. Should have left Drake out and all those Kanye tracks, more EDMUKHardcoreCore.

Gammer’s mix is tight, as tight as a badger’s …. you know what.

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Bass-D – Thundermag Mix (2016)

Bass-D - Thundermag Mix (2016)

Bass-D – Thundermag Mix (2016)

DJ: Bass-D
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Hardcore, Gabber, Rave, Oldskool Hardcore
Mix Info: Thundermag Mix 2016
Length Mix: 01:34:37
Tracks: 34 (thirty-four)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 216 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: DJ Bass-D – Facebook Fanpage

Bass-D’s Soundcloud page is a heaven for everyone who loves Hardcore music. This man keeps on fabricating mixes over and over again, it’s dangerous to visit his page: you will be left stunned. This man has got Hardcore running through his system, not blood. I am Hardcore to the bone, but not as much as he is. He’s got the most hours of Hardcore music of anyone on Soundcloud, and he’s also the king of megamixes. Yet another megamix for us all, this time it was a special mix he made for Thundermagazine 2016 (I wasn’t aware that they actually made a new magazine, or maybe it’s just a one off).

As usual he does pick the finest tracks, and the end result always gets 5 stars. This man never disappoints. This mix is a rememberance mix, if I’m brutally honest, taking us back to the good ol’ days of Thunderdome, when it was alive and kicking, worth raving for. It became a legendary way of living for thousands all over the world, and it created many memorable moments, many not forgotten about. Last December (I think it was) they organised a one-off event, and the turnout was tremendous! Thousands of ravers turned up to hear the those memorable tunes which made our youth the best.

Kids nowadays do not know the struggle we faced. We were considered outcast, not liked by any class, or even our own government. We were hated, and yet we loved this so much, we would sacrifice our own braincells and eardrums to witness it. We were part of it, even though 99% of us never made a tune or organised an event, we were part of this culture, this phenomena. Thunderdome was the only one dominating the 90s. After the 90s it became Masters of Hardcore, but still the demand is high for a Thunderdome event, and hopefully they will bring it back to life. They killed it, whilst we did fight for it!

Bass-D was asked to come up with an exclusive mix, and it’s as tight as the Wizard’s arsecrack! Magnificent mix!

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01. Bass-D & King Matthew – The Thunder Anthem (’96)
02. E-Man – Bass Machine
03. Promo & Catscan – Midnight Impact
04. Sim – Simbiosis
05. Distortion & MC Raw vs Bass-D & King Matthew – Raveworld
06. Catscan – The Agency
07. Headbanger – Sweet Dreams You Bastard
08. Base Alert – Zoo
09. Omar Santana & The Prophet – Old To Da New (The Prophet Mix)
10. Thunderball – Bonzai Channel One
11. Promo – Brother Of Conflict
12. Bass-D & King Matthew – Nuclear Hardcore
13. Tommyknocker – The Revolution
14. The Masochist – No Newstyle (DJ Buzz Fuzz Remix) 
15. Bertocucci Feranzano – XTC Love
16. Wayward – Hardcore Hijacked Me
17. Evil Activities vs Panic & MC Alee – Never Fall Asleep
18. Mad Dog – Welcome Down
19. Promo – Fuck The Followers
20. DaY-mar – Embrace The Night
21. Knightvision – Who Is It
22. Predator – Mind Of A Lunatic
23. Square Dimension – Brand New Dance
24. Too Fast For Mellow – We Gonna Get This Place
25. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo – DJ Fuck
26. Promo – Cold As Stone
27. Chosen Few – Name Of The DJ (Buzz Fuzz Remix) 
28. 3 Steps Ahead – Drop It
29. Bertocucci Feranzano – E-Motion (Buzz Fuzz Mix) 
30. The Prophet – Dominatin’
31. F. Salee – The End Of The Beginning
32. Rob Gee – Ecstacy You Got What I Need
33. 3 Steps Ahead – Hakkuh
34. Rotterdam Terror Corps – Sound Of Madness

See, I told you the music is good! It’s rather excellent, if I may say so. It’s part of my past, and it will be a part of my future. Moved in with my girlfriend, who doesn’t understand and appreciate it, but at least a couple of times during the week she lets me listen to my favourite kind of music, and I am grateful. But wouldn’t it be marvellous if we live in a world in which this kind of music is played 24/7, all around us? Wouldn’t that be magnificent?

Bass-D is a legend. This mix is again as tight as … you know what. His mixing skills have not changed over the years, still a master of the decks. This is truly interesting to hear, these beautifully written gems. They don’t make Hardcore like this anymore, it’s all computerized and all so much sophisticated, but where’s the roughness we heard throughout the 90s? The melodic tunes have disappeared, and I don’t like it. It’s all too clean for me. And sometimes I wonder where the cheesiness went, because that’s also part of the legacy of the Wizard.

Thunderdome has meant a lot to us, and still does to this day. Bass-D was part of those originators, one of those pioneers who stayed true to the core and has remained a legend from day one. And now, in 2016, he still is the only king of the wheels of steel (and not DJ Jean). Bass-D, you sir, are a true legend.

Favourite track? ALL OF THEM!

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