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DJ Penta Interview (2016)

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TCD is honoured and proud to introduce to you the next artist: DJ Penta. This name only came to my attention a couple of months ago, when I spotted his Defqon.1 promo mix, and from that moment on he gained a new fan, me. This Belgian DJ and producer has taken the world by storm, and due to his dedication and passion to bring the rawest Hardcore to the masses, he was signed to the mighty label ‘The Third Movement’ back in 2015. It’s time to talk to this upcoming artist, and who will gain more followers and fans in the near future: ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you…. DJ Penta! Read More

Masters of Hardcore – 20 Years of Rebellion | Masters of Classics | Promo vs. Dana (2015)

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The next 3 names I’m writing down do not need an introduction: Masters Of Hardcore, DJ Promo and DJ Dana (Lady Dana for those who know her from the 90s). Last year Promo and Dana did a set together at Masters Of Hardcore – 20 Years Of Rebellion, and their set I’ve only found this morning. A set you all probably heard before, seeing as it has reached 13.6k+ listens. Sadly no download, but you can simply press play over and over again, and you will be a happier person after you’ve listened to this set (if you haven’t already).

They were asked to play at the Classics area, so what can you expect? A lot of raw and rough tracks from the end of the 90s to the early 00s. And seeing as they’ve been in the scene for quite a while, they know which tunes to select, to get the crowd going. And also, seeing as this is a live recording, you can hear the crowd loose themselves completely.

The tracklist was kindly provided by Hansolo, he always uploads tracklists, and for that I would like to say thank you.

tracklist

01. Promo & DJ X-Ess – Vicious Circle
02. E-Man – Bass Machine
03. Placid K – Stealin’ Beats
04. Promo – I Come Correct
05. Endymion – Payback
06. DJ Niel – The Cave
07. EBE Company – Sub Seven (Catscan Remix) 
08. Promo – The Bad Guy
09. The Reactor & Raoul meets Impulse Factory – Hardcore Will Never Die
10. The Masochist – Killing Scum
11. Tschabos – Gib Mir Die Bass (Noch Korrekter!!)
12. DJ Nosferatu – Fuck The Prejudice
13. Tommyknocker – Demolition
14. G-Town Madness & The Viper – Here It Comes
15. DJ Adrien – No Competition
16. Promo & Catscan – Toch Welleuk
17. DJ Jappo & Lancinhouse – EXLXAXL (Neophyte & Evil Activities Remix) 
18. Project Omega – Prednison Attack
19. DJ Lancinhouse & The Stunned Guys – Atmosfera
20. Promo – Phreak Ya Speaka (N-Vitral Re-Phreak) 
21. Lady Dana – Ladies First

Look at these tracks! They take me back to those wonderful days! A lot of Promo tracks in here, would have been nicer if Dana added more of her own tracks in here, she made a couple too (not as many as Promo did, he’s a producing machine!).

The liveset is good! Loving the vibes it generates. Loving the records selected by Dana and Promo. And there are some seriously insane tracks in here, tracks I haven’t heard for a while: ‘No Competition’, ‘Demolition’, ‘The Cave’, ‘Fuck The Prejudice’. Boy, I do miss this sound a lot. Not saying that the present day Hardcore is bad, but it doesn’t compete with the late 90s/early 00s stuff. Fact.

Promo and Dana have made a wicked set, and the result of it can be heard on Soundcloud. I would urge you to listen to this mix, and let it take you to the next dimension. It made me loose my mind, and rave in the living room like never before. Come on, this set has got ‘No Competition’ in it! Can you sit still when you hear that record?

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DJs: Promo vs Dana
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Gabber, Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Masters Of Hardcore – 20 Years Of Rebellion
Length Liveset: 00:59:32
Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Masters Of Hardcore – Official Website

10 Years Of S3RL

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I have to be very honest to you all, I’ve never been a huge fan of S3RL. He might be one of the biggest stars in the UK Hardcore/Happy Hardcore scene, but for some strange reasons his music always sounded very cheesy to me, too happy. I’ve written in a few reviews about his music, that it ain’t my favourite, but it seems that the whole world has embraced his music, and I think it’s time for me to open my ears up, and give his music a go. How come one of the biggest producers/DJs isn’t liked by me? Well, things might change from now on, seeing as he uploaded his latest mix yesterday (and already reaches 5k plays!).

I do like Happy Hardcore, don’t get me wrong. I’m Dutch, we bloody created it! And I did listen to cheesy Happy Hardcore back in the 90s, but S3RL’s music is even cheesier. Most of his records are about ravers, girls, candy, or anything related to raving and girls. Some of his records are good, really liked them, but I think it’s time for me to indulge myself in his ‘happy’ and ‘candy’ world, and see what it’s all about. I need a clear mind, to give his music a go. Not going to be judgmental before the mix starts anymore, fresh start, press play.

The tracklist was kindly provided by S3RL himself. Seeing as you are probably a S3RL fan, you know them all. I only know 1 or 2 tracks.

tracklist

01. S3RL – Intro Mashup
02. S3RL feat Tamika – It Went
03. S3RL feat Sara – Feel The Melody
04. S3RL feat Mixie Moon – Request
05. S3RL – Pretty Rave Girl
06. S3RL feat Tamika – Little Kandi Raver
07. S3RL feat Krystal – R4V3 BOY
08. S3RL feat Tamika – Rainbow Girl
09. S3RL – Keep On Ravin Baby
10. S3RL feat Krystal & Razor Sharp – When I Die
11. The Medic Droid – Fer Sure (S3RL Remix) 
12. Special D & Scott Brown – Elysium (S3RL Remix) 
13. S3RL feat Tamika – Bass Slut
14. S3RL – Dealer
15. S3RL feat Tamika – DJ Whore
16. S3RL – Hentai
17. S3RL – MTC
18. S3RL feat SONiKA – MTC2
19. S3RL feat Avanna – Forbidden
20. S3RL feat Nikolett – When I’m There
21. Noc.V – Neko Nation Anthem (S3RL Remix) 
22. S3RL – Neon Genesis
23. S3RL – Pika Girl
24. S3RL feat Tamika – Nightcore This
25. S3RL feat Yuki – Princess Bubblegum
26. S3RL feat Sara – Techno Kitty
27. S3RL feat Sara – Candy
28. S3RL feat Lexi – Genre Police
29. S3RL feat Tamika – I Will Pick You Up
30. S3RL feat Chi Chi – I’ll See You Again
31. S3RL feat Mixie Moon – FriendZoned
32. S3RL – Catchit
33. S3RL – Intensify
34. S3RL – Chillcore
35. S3RL – Transformers

This should have put a smile on your face, if you love your Hardcore to be very happy and cheerful.I’ve listened to the whole mix, and I have to say the following:

It has made me happy. Yes, I’ve said it. There were some really nice and good sounding tracks in this mix, and it has given me a smile on my face on this dreadful Sunday morning. It might be raining, but S3RL’s happiness can be felt once you’ve pressed play.

But some tracks are extremely cheesy, so cheesy. Maybe I need to live in the far East to understand it? Maybe it turns out that I’m a fan of Happy Hardcore being a bit harder than usual. Dutch Happy Hardcore is slightly harder and tougher. Maybe I need to experience this kind of happiness at a rave, wearing wrist bands and colourful clothes. But for now I can’t feel the happiness embracing me completely. Yes, a few tracks made me very happy and cheerful, but there were still tracks I simply didn’t understand. ‘Pika Girl’? Pikachu is so 90s, isn’t it? Or was it early 00s? Maybe because I’m a bloke I don’t understand it?

In a way I would say that this is a good mix, showcasing S3RL’s impact in the scene since he started. Only credit for him pushing Happy Hardcore forward, but from my side I’ve got a lot to learn. The high pitched voices are going to haunt me in my sleep. I might listen to this mix a couple more times to fully understand it. I’m sorry for it not being what you expected (this review), but at least I’m honest.

S3RL, one day I will rave the night away whilst listening to your tunes. But for now I’ll let others to do that on my behalf.

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DJ: S3RL
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Cheesycore
Mix Info: 10 Years Of S3RL
Length Mix: 01:03:05
Tracks: 35 (thirty-five)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: 144 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: S3RL – Facebook Fanpage

A.B & Thumpa feat MC Octane @ HTID/Ravers Reunited Summer Gathering 30.07.2016

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A much talked about set on social media. I won’t go into details, you will find more information on the world wide web. But let’s talk about this set, which is obviously why you are here. This year’s Summer Gathering looked absolutely amazing! So many areas, so many great artists performing here, and one duo performed in the HTID/Ravers Reunited area: A.B & Thumpa. Alongside MC Octane they demolished the tent. They weren’t the only one at Summer Gathering 2016: Darren Styles, Joey Riot, Gammer, Dougal. Kutski, Breeze, Squad-E. Scott Brown, Alex Prospect… well, basically each name on the picture added above this review. You can read this, so read the flyer.

I don’t know when Thumpa or A.B decided to do sets together, but it’s a good combination. Saw them recently at BMH Freeform, and they demolished the dancefloor and the speakers. A lot of fist pumping and rave faces, but it was good (music wise). That’s probably why they were asked to play at Summer Gathering: because these two are good behind the decks. They make sure that the crowd is going nuts, and they only play the finest tunes money can buy.

The tracklist was kindly provided by Thumpa himself, have a look and be amazed!

tracklist

01. Finnbarr – In Your Eyes
02. Gammer – Yabai
03. Avi8 – The Forgotten Star (Macks Wolf & Clarkey Remix) 
04. Gammer & Whizzkid – Love You Everyday (Redux) 
05. A.B – Shudder
06. Gammer – Red Drink Foam Party
07. Alex Prospect & Spyro – Up To No Good
08. Nuton – Rockin!
09. A.B & Finnbarr – Stick Together
10. A.B – Miami (Jakka-B Remix) 
11. Jekyll & Clarkey – Mallorca
12. A.B – Promise Me (Scott Brown Remix) 
13. A.B – Crowd Geoff
14. Firelite – Burning’ Up (Riko & Genic Contagious Power Bootleg) 
15. Scott Brown vs Bass X – One 2 Three
16. Chris Fear – First Serve (Jakka-B Remix) 
17. Tamerax – Bring It Up (170 Mix) 
18. Dougal & Gammer – Snakebite
19. Double Decka – Transformed (Remane Remix) 
20. Callum Higby – Headshot
21. Impact – DJs Calling (Denile & Eufeion 2016 Remix) 
22. Skinny & Darwin – Like A Boulder
23. Chwhynny & Darwin – Nothing There (Blu The Roof Mix) 

This liveset looks amazing! Not really a hundred percent focussed on Freeform, which can be good from time to time. I was expecting a full on Freeform mix, but I was amazed to hear such a diverse mix! Great track, carefully selected by Thumpa and A.B, and accompanied by MC Octane!

There are some great anthems in here! There was obviously room for Freeform, so they squeezed in some tracks by A.B, Finnbarr, and more. And I have to say that with this set they’ve found a good balance between Freeform and UK Hardcore, and also a bit of Hardstyle/Gabber towards the end. It’s nice to hear a wicked set by these two legends.

MC Octane does his thing well, and gets the crowd going. The music pushes the crowd toward the stage, and it made me rave in my living room hard as hell.

Maybe one or two tracks weren’t my cup of tea, but let’s focus on the best tracks in this liveset: ‘Forgotten Star’, ‘Shudder’, ‘Miami’ and more. I love the records they have selected, and it’s really a non-stop blast of music, pouding through my speakers.

This ‘threesome’ works, and I can feel  the vibes coming through my speakers. I am happy after an hour and a minute, this really made my day. More of these combinations please, and also more sets which aren’t focussed on only one style. Diversity is key to make everything work. Freeform and UK Hardcore blend in well.

A.B and Thumpa and Octane, wicked set!

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DJs: A.B, Thumpa
MC: Octane
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform, Happy Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ HTID/Ravers Reunited Summer Gathering 30.07.2016
Length Liveset: 01:01:28
Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 140 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: A.B / Thumpa – Facebook Fanpage

Naked Lunch Podcast #219 – PUSHMANN

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Saturday should be called ‘Techno Day’. No other day suits it best. Saturday is the best day to listen to Techno, if I’m honest. I like waking up to the beats and basses that Techno has to offer, and I think I’ve found a wicked mix for you all to listen to on this sunny yet dreadful Saturday. A mix done by PUSHMANN, a DJ I’ve never heard of, but who I will follow from now on.

Naked Lunch, that sounds a bit wrong. Unless you are at a nudist beach and you are eating at a nearby restaurant, eating lunch in your Adam/Eve costume. Don’t know anything about Naked Lunch Records, but it turns out to be a very big label. A big label with a regular podcast being broadcasted via Soundcloud (at the moment they are at podcast 220, if I’m correct). For their 219th podcast they asked PUSHMANN to fabricate a nice Techno mix, and the result is really what you want to hear!

I might not know the label or the artist, but what I do know is that the tracks PUSHMANN has selected are amazing! Check it out, the tracklist is absolutely amazing!

tracklist

01. Billy Nasty & Ripkhord – Ruffhaus
02. Floorplan – They Can Tell
03. George Tounisidis – Three Clicks Left
04. H. Paul – Processing Machinery
05. Dual Mirror – Chaos
06. 2000 And One – Prowler
07. Jackmaster – Bang The Box (Slam Remix) 
08. Billy Nasty & Ripkhord – Ravedigger
09. Pushmann – 7X
10. Dax J – Warp
11. 30Drop – Raw
12. Dax J – The Wonk
13. Redial Tone – Hope (Paul Mac Remix) 
14. Philippe Petit – Meteorite (Roman Lindau Remix) 
15. Risc – Slingshot
16. Secluded – Free Your Mind (Mark Broom Remix) 
17. George Tounisidis – Workers
18. Pushmann – Dark Future
19. Josh Wink – Denial (Planetary Assault System Remix) 
20. Remco Beekwilder – Planet Moria
21. YYYY – Redundance
22. Cirkle – Tension
23. Charles Fenkler – Frozen Room (Christian Wunsch Remix) 
24. Stranger – Play Some Rave For
25. James Ruskin – After Dark
26. Jamie Haus – Revisited
27. Rod – Float

There’s only a handful of artists I know, but who cares about my knowledge? It’s what the music does to you, and what it does it seriously good! PUSHMANN has made a wicked mix.

I’ve really enjoyed this mix, really what I was after. Mellow at certain points, and also dark when needed. This is really a wicked Techno mix, and most of us are fans of Techno anyway, so I would say to you that you should download this beauty right now, and let it entertain you as much as it entertained me.

I love the blend between the old and the new sound. Techno is timeless and with yet another brilliant Techno mix, it proves to me that Techno mixes are always the best, and I’ve never heard a bad mix. PUSHMANN’s mix is proof why Saturday’s should be called ‘Techno day’. I might not know the artist who made this mix, but I’m a fan.

Saturday? Check! Techno? Check! Wicked mix? Check!

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DJ: PUSHMANN
Genre/Style: Techno
Mix Info: Naked Lunch Podcast #219
Length Mix: 00:58:14
Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 133 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: PUSHMANN – Facebook Fanpage

Inspector Sands – Can’t Stop (2016)

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As all of you know I’m a fan of Inspector Sands, even though I know little about him. He’s been in my life for quite some time, and since the first time he shared his first own track via Twitter I’ve been following him. In the last couple of months I’ve been reviewing two mixes dedicated to push forward his recently released album, which is called ‘Can’t Stop’. Yesterday was the day I finally received my copy, and immediately I played it in my bedroom (well, I tried, the bloody CD player didn’t like it at all, and started skipping). After an unsuccesful moment in the bedroom I moved to the car, turned the bass levels quite up, and started listening to it. My God, I’ve been waiting for this for some time, this is an highly anticipated album!

I might say it too often, but get this album RIGHT NOW! You won’t find an album so good and so refreshing and inspiring as this one! I’ve been on the hunt for the ultimate Breakbeat Hardcore album, and seriously I haven’t found it yet (haven’t purchased CLSM’s album yet, maybe that’s an even better one). Inspector Sands’ first artist album, and it’s a big one! Already hailed by many who purchased the album and who listened to the promo mixes. Breakbeat Hardcore has become interesting again!

Not only did he work on this album, he asked a few people to join in. Some very high profile artists, and if you’ve got the best of the best helping you on tracks you know you are going to be succesful, and you just need that small push to become a legend. Now in my book Inspector Sands has become that legend. His music is spot on, and it touches nerves I never knew I had.

Oh, also a nice story to mention: nearly got killed during ‘Can’t Stop (Luna-C Remix)’. But I will tell that story another day!

tracklist

01. Inspector Sands with Hattrixx vs CLSM – Motivader
02. Inspector Sands – Superfly
03. Inspector Sands with Hattrixx – Feel The Heat
04. Inspector Sands – What A Rush
05. Inspector Sands – Can’t Stop
06. Inspector Sands – I Call Your Name
07. Inspector Sands – Rippin’ Up Showz
08. Inspector Sands – Lay My Beatz
09. Inspector Sands – Superfly (Chris Ross Remix) 
10. Inspector Sands – Can’t Stop (Luna-C Remix) 
11. Inspector Sands – I Call Your Name (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
12. Inspector Sands with Jason UFO – Dance
13. Inspector Sands with Hattrixx – Did I Dream
14. Dynamite Crew – Hard Daze (Inspector Sands & CLSM Bring Back Breakbeat Again Remix) 

This album has blown me away into a million pieces! What a fantastic album. Normally I’m not a fan of DJ friendly albums, I get quite bored easily and I’m more a mix listener, but this pleased my ears so much, I much prefer this one than the previous mixes promoting this album. This album is dope! How dope? As dope as a cat on acid with XTC up it’s bum!

As I just said, you get full lengthed, DJ friendly tracks. And they are a must have! So many great anthems are in here: if there’s one underrated DJ/producer in the Breakbeat Hardcore scene, it’s Inspector Sands. I think he deserves more credit for what he has achieved with this album.

This easily went up into my top 10 ‘all time favourite albums’, alongside Goldie’s ‘Timeless’, The Prodigy’s ‘Music For The Gilted Generation’, and the list goes on. This has been influenced by many other artists, and it’s good to hear those influences in each and every track. It’s also nice to hear a nice blend between the oldskool sound and the newskool sound. He has balanced it so good, it’s scaring!

My favourite track? There are a few: ‘Can’t Stop’, obviously the Luna-C remix!, ‘Motivader’, ‘Superfly’, ‘Dance’, etc. Can I just say that this album is just perfect? Not in your face annoying, sooting for the ears. The piano bits, dirty basses, this is just superb! Has Inspector Sands made the ultimate Breakbeat Hardcore album? I guess so!

I’m always easy with throwing stars, but this one actually deserves each of the 5 stars! There are still a few copies left, and I would urge you to get one! Look and listen to this album on his Bandcamp page, order it, and he will send it to you as soon as you’ve paid. For once it’s worth your money!

If you love Breakbeat Hardcore, no other album can compete. No other. Did you hear me?

For a strange reason I can’t share the album player from Soundcloud, so here’s the second promo mix! Enjoy, and get the bloody album!

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Artists: Inspector Sands
Genre/Style: Breakbeat Hardcore, UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Rave
Release Year: 2016
CD Info: Inspector Sands – Can’t Stop
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:14:32
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Label: CLSM
Product Number: unknown
Download/Listen (via Bandcamp): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
More Information: Inspector Sands – Facebook Fanpage