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FABRICLIVE 35: Marcus Intalex (2007)

FABRICLIVE 35: Marcus Intalex (2007)

FABRICLIVE 35: Marcus Intalex (2007)

DJ: Marcus Intalex
Genre/Style: Drum & Bass
Release Year: 2007
CD Info: FABRICLIVE 35
CDs: 1 (one, mixed)
Length CD: 01:17:17
Tracks: 19 (nineteen)
Label: FABRIC
Product Number: FABRIC70
More Information: Fabric – Official Website

Everyone spends hours online, and most of us have read the horrible news about another musician passing away, this time it’s Drum and Bass legend Marcus Intalex. It’s always sad to hear someone passing away, and obviously our thoughts go out to his family and friends. They are still in a lot of pain, loosing someone you love, it’s undescribable. You will find many retweets and reposts on Twitter and Facebook, and also on Fabric’s own website: there’s a blog written about Marcus Intalex. And as a remembrance of what Marcus could do, they’ve uploaded onto Soundcloud their 35th instalment of the succesful FABRICLIVE, which Marcus Intalex hosted. He mixed the CD together, and it’s a big one!

The actual album isn’t in my posession, I found it via Soundcloud. I immediately gave it a go, listened to it, and was amazed by its strength! It’s an album with 19 tracks, carefully selected and mixed together by Marcus, and the result is really an astonishing album! You’ve got to remember that this album is 10 years old, but it still sounds so extremely fresh, it could have been made this year and you wouldn’t have noticed at all! Drum and Bass is timeless.

FABRIC uploaded it for a week, you can stream it for a week. If you can’t find it underneath this review anymore, it means it’s been taken offline. But that should only persuade you to find a copy, because it’s worth it. I will do my best to find a physical copy. Don’t know if it’s going to be hard, but I’ll do my best!

The tracklist looks amazing. 10 years old, still looking and sounding fresh!

tracklist

01. Calibre feat Lariman – Overeaction
02. Calibre – All The Days
03. Lynx feat Kemo – Global Enemies
04. Commix – Faceless (Marcus Intalex Remix) 
05. Jonny L – Come Here
06. Amaning vs Dubwise – Smash V.I.P.
07. Soulmatic – Self Belief
08. Calibre feat DRS – Hustlin’
09. Calibre – Mr Right On
10. Deadly Habit – Synesthesia (Theory Remix) 
11. Breakage – Clarendon
12. Alix Perez & Lynx – Allegiance
13. Zero Tolerance feat Steo – Refusal
14. Mistical – Time To Fly
15. Duo Infernale – Feeling Blue
16. Instra:mental – Pacific Heights
17. Bango Collective feat Kemo & Dennis Jones – Apocalypse
18. Mistical – Groove Me
19. Alix Perez & Sabre – Solitary Native

It’s a beauty, this tracklist, but the music is so much more. I’ve listened to this mix at least 124 times before I went searching for the tracklist.

The mix is seriously good! Seriously good. Impressive. The tracks are all solid, I can’t pick one favourite, because this album contains 19 banging Drum and Bass anthems. Not one of them is actually bad or crap. Normally on CDs there’s always one track which just doesn’t fit in, or just sounds wrong, but not here. This is a beauty, a classic album. As good as Goldie’s ‘Timeless’. And that’s my favourite Drum and Bass album of all time. This one comes next, Marcus Intalex’s album!

It’s a nice gesture from FABRIC to let people embrace the CD, those who haven’t heard it before, or those who lost the album. It’s a good thing to hear it, it shows the legacy he sadly leaves behind. But it’s one amazing legacy. When you think of Marcus Intalex you think of wonderful mixes, CDs, or livesets.

This CD is a must have, if you want to re-educate yourself, and want to know what a good Drum and Bass album sounds like. This is it. And show Marcus Intalex some respect, and chase the album. This should be played over and over again.

R.I.P. Marcus Intalex!

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Wasted Mind Megamix 2011

Wasted Mind Megamix 2011

Wasted Mind Megamix 2011

DJ: Wasted Mind
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Gabber
Mix Info: Wasted Mind Megamix 2011
Length Mix: 00:33:02
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Download/Listen (via Youtube): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Wasted Mind – Facebook Fanpage

The other day I was browsing online, and by accident stumbled across this mix on Youtube. Well, that’s not true, it was on Soundcloud, and someone posted the mix under his profile. Not saying he made the mix or anything, but at first glance I thought he made the mix. I was wrong, it was a megamix done by Wasted Mind himself. This Spanish DJ and producer does it every year (well, seen a few fly by, not all of them). But after looking for the original mix I came across Youtube, and that’s where I found it. By Wasted Mind.

I don’t know anything about Wasted Mind, seen the name in many mixes, but that’s all. Nothing known to me. I had to Facebook-search him, and the only information I could find was the fact that he comes from Toledo in Spain, and the record label he’s signed at is Masters Of Hardcore. What else can you find on it? Well, links to every Wasted Mind page, but before I turn into a personal and human form of Wikipedia, let’s not do that. Let’s focus on the Youtube video mix. I’m not stopping you, go and browse away! Check the wonderful world of the interweb for everything Wasted Mind related.

The tracklist was kindly added underneath the video, so you know what you are listening/looking to/at.

tracklist

01. Wasted Mind – Can’t Get Enough
02. Wasted Mind – You Know
03. Wasted Mind – Despite You
04. Hard Creation – Let’s Get Em All (Wasted Mind Remix) 
05. Wasted Mind – Stranger
06. Wasted Mind – Enemies
07. Wasted Mind – Upside Down
08. Wasted Mind – Paradox
09. Weapon X – Hell Awaits (Wasted Mind Remix) 
10. Euromasters – Alles Naar De Klote (Wasted Mind Remix) 
11. Shadowlands Terrorists – Shadowland Anthem (Wasted Mind Remix) 
12. Wasted Mind – Rayo De Sol

I know this mix is between 5 and 6 years old, but it’s still sounding fresh! You can not disagree the fact that Hardcore might have progressed, but which year you take after 2000 it will still sound fresh and uplifting. Yes, it might be slighty rougher and tougher, but that doesn’t mean the newskool stuff isn’t any good. On the contrary, to me it still sounds better than the present day stuff.

Wasted Mind, his music, yep I’ve heard the tunes before, but to actually say that I’m a fan, I couldn’t say that, because I haven’t listened to his full catalogue yet. But what I can say is that this mix filled with Wasted Mind stuff has blown me away, and straight away I have liked his page on Facebook and Youtube, and I want to hear more mixes like this one. I’m intrigued, amazed, and most of all, interested in his style back in 2011.

I could go on an on for hours, but then I wouldn’t be of any interest to you anymore. I think it’s time for you to listen to this mix, and go mad. I did at work, people were staring at me. But do I care? Do I bollocks. I love Hardcore so much, I couldn’t care less if I’m an outsider.

Wasted Mind’s mix only contains great anthems. Haven’t spotted anything bad, nothing bad at all. Even the Euromaster’s remix sounds awesome! Credits to Wasted Mind for this slightly older but epic mix!

Educate yourself, and play the banging tunes out loud!

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stranger – ’91/’92 Conceptmix (2017)

stranger - '91/'92 Conceptmix (2017)

stranger – ’91/’92 Conceptmix (2017)

DJ: stranger
Genre/Style: Oldskool, Techno, Rave, Acid House
Mix Info: ’91/’92 Conceptmix
Length Mix: 00:58:34
Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: stranger – Facebook Fanpage

Sometimes you see on Soundcloud a mix being reposted, but when a mix is good, you see multiple reposts coming past on your timeline. One of those mixes, well, I couldn’t ignore. Reposted so many times, it was a sign, I reckon. A mix done by stranger, focussed on the Techno side of life, but with a twist. What might that twist be? Well, it’s focussed on 1991 and 1992, as most of us will know it as the pre-Gabber era. This is when Techno became slightly darker and edgier, and created sounds which would be used in the Gabber/Hardcore scene only a few years later.

Most of these tracks are dark, edgy, and yet extremely beautiful. You can hear the Gabber influence in them.Well, I do mean the other way around, Gabber was influenced by this kind of music a lot. And when I say a lot, I do mean a LOT. If this doesn’t make you move, it could mean 2 things: or you are too young and do not understand it, or you are stupid. How can you not like the early Techno sounds? The tracklist will literally blow you away, it certainly will!

stranger, he’s a stranger to me, but his concept mix is one you need to listen to. If you like or dislike Gabber, this is a must listen to mix. Check out the tracklist!

tracklist

01. Unknown Artist – Countdown FFM V (B3)
02. Gangsters Of Techno – Lost In A E
03. Two – Rescue Me
04. Bhab & Cas – Pulsiv
05. The Suburban Knight – Infra Red Spectrum
06. Alien Christ – The Art Of Shredding
07. V-Room – G-Hertz
08. Missing Channel – Edge Of Infinity
09. Jimmy Crash – Crash Course
10. Frank De Wulf – I Love You
11. Carl Cox – Let The Bass Kick
12. Poltering Rhythm Traxx – Armed Conflict
13. Nasty Django – Ey Dude (Totally Fucked Up Mix) 
14. Program 2 – Twister
15. The Gateway Experience – Living Body Map
16. Jeff Mills – DNA
17. Final Exposure – Vortex
18. Spark – AC3
19. Technotrash – Noise!
20. Teknoboys – Mad Beat
21. Bhab & Cas – Radiate
22. DJPC – Insomniak
23. Ace The Space – 9 Is A Classic (Bay Area Drive-By Mix) 
24. Noise Factory – Bring Forward The Noise
25. Control DC – Ritmo Dell Diavolo (Inferno Mute Mix) 
26. Beyond – Bang!

When you hear tunes such as these, it immediately takes you back to the wonderful 90s. The early 90s to be precise. Those wonderful years are still amazing, event though time has flown by so quickly. But the music still remains as good, and the vibes it generates can not be topped by any of the new-age styles at all. Yes, Techno is timeless. There, I’ve said it!

Even to me most of these tunes are unknown. Yes, of course I do know DJPC, Ace The Space (wasn’t that Marc Arcadipane?), Nasty Django, Carl Cox (duh!), Frank De Wulf, but the other artists are not known to me. It’s good to learn from the good old days, and it’s never too late to hallucinate, eh?

stranger’s mix is tight, really tight. He’s picked the right tracks, and the overall feeling I get is happiness. Euphoric from time to time. Which track is the one that made me feel so nostalgic the most? Well, I am a raver, a Gabber, and I love ‘Ritmo Dell Diavolo’. Never heard it being played so slow (is this the original speed?), but even being played slow it makes me get goosebumps. I can just picture ravers at a rave in 1991-1992 and hearing this track for the first time and literally be flabbergasted by its strength and rawness!

stranger, whoever you might be, your mix is dope. Extremely dope. More mixes like this one should appear on my timeline. Please Soundcloud, make it happen!!!!

Thank you to those who reposted this mix. Where would I be without this mix?

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BMBSQD – Wildcard Competition 2017 Finalist

BMBSQD - Wildcard Competition 2017 Finalist

BMBSQD – Wildcard Competition 2017 Finalist

DJs: Blackburn & Aeros a.k.a. BMBSQD
Genre/Style: Hardstyle
Mix Info: Wildcard Competition 2017 Finalist for Hard Island Croatia
Length Mix: 00:19:51
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: BMBSQD – Facebook Fanpage

This year there’s an event many DJs and ravers want to go to, and it takes place on the 3rd of July somewhere in Croatia. You might already have guessed the name of the event, ‘Hard Island’. And once you recognize the name you will immediately know I am talking about an awesome event, which reputation has gone all over the world, and has people from all corners of the Earth excited. And this year they are giving DJs the chance to play at this marvellous event, and one of the wildcard mixes I have found has been made by Blackburn and Aeros, also known as BMBSQD.

New names, never heard of Blackburn or Aeros, or BMBSQD. So this is my introduction mix to what they’ve got to offer. A 20 minute long mix, with 8 tracks. I’ve seen other mixes for this event, and they are all short. But it’s not the length that matters, it’s what you do within those 20 minutes to excite the listeners and the people behind Hard Island Croatia.

They’ve picked 7 tracks made by themselves or remixed by themselves. So if you did not know them, you will know them after you listen to this 20 minute long promo mix. And I’m liking what I’m hearing. BMBSQD are delivering the awesomeness, the mix flies by so extremely fast, you don’t want it to end!

Tracklist was kindly added, so we can appreciate the tunes they picked for this wildcard mix!

tracklist

01. Blackburn & Intractable One – Nightshift
02. Blackburn & Aeros – Bomba
03. Aeros – Bring The Bass Back
04. BMBSQD – Dance Till You’re Dead
05. Brooklyn Bounce – Club Bizarre (Headhunterz & Noisecontrollers Remix) 
06. BMBSQD & Nexone feat John Harris – RISE (Official RISE OST) 
07. Zero Hero – Bass Drop (BMBSQD Power Edit) 
08. BMBSQD & Avana – NSFW

A very short tracklist. Lately I’ve been listening to long mixes with extremely long tracklist, but BMBSQD kept it plain and simple. 8 tracks. No fooling around.

I’m not one of the judges for Hard Island, because I know it’s extremely difficult to pick a mix out of the hat, naming a winner. There are always a few fantastic mixes, and I’ve got to say that, even though I haven’t heard the other mixes, BMBSQD’s mix is really dope and tight! Real crowd pleasing tunes they’ve selected.

Anything bad about this mix? Well, it’s short, and also the fact that ‘Club Bizarre’ should never have been remixed. The original remains good. This version doesn’t excite me at all: if I would hear it on the dancefloor at an event, I would go to the bar to get a drink.

Best track in this mix? Oh, difficult, I like ‘Bomba’, ‘Nightshift’, ‘Bass Drop’, ‘Dance Till You’re Dead’. But the one that made me dance the most was ‘NSFW’. Wicked track!

Good luck to BMBSQD and all the others. I know it will be difficult to pick one mix, especially when BMBSQD made a mix as dope as this one! Good luck!

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