Maand: juli 2017

John Askew – Live From VII Stage – EDC Las Vegas 16.06.17

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Today is a good day. I am finding awesome mixes on Soundcloud with tracklist, so there’s plenty of reasons for me to be happy. Today I found a mix which is so damn good, it takes me back to my youth. What kind of music would that be? Trance, exactly! That (and also Hardcore) was the kind of music I would listen to, growing up. Trance had a huge impact on me, and even to this day it takes me to another level of euphoria. I might not purchase as much as I did during the early days of Trance, but I still listen to many mixes and appreciate the feeling it generates.

One mix I found today was a liveset by John Askew, which was recorded at the EDC in Las Vegas about a month ago. He played at the VII stage, and he destroyed it. Not in a bad way, but only in a good way. Playing awesome tunes to a crowd of thousands, people still talk about it online how good it was. And if you look at the statistics on Soundcloud you will see that a lot of people still love Trance a lot. 10.4k+ plays so far, and it’s only been online for a month. This has not only taken me back to the early days of Trance, but it also enlightened the fire within me, and I am demanding myself to dig through my old collection and play them out loud. After I’ve listened to this mix, obviously.

The tracklist was kindly provided by John himself, so let’s see what he has selected to compose his set at EDC Las Vegas.

tracklist

01. ID – ID
02. Earth Nation – Alienated (John Askew Remix) 
03. Greg Downey – Midnight (Stoneface & Terminal Remix) 
04. Disclosure – Dramatic (John Askew Remix) 
05. Ikerya Project feat Robin Vane – Kingdom (Askew Edit) 
06. Marksun & Brian – Neno Itome (Stoneface & Terminal Remix) 
07. John Askew – A Million Stars
08. Unknown – Saluting Di Stefano (John Askew Mash Up) 
09. Alex Leavon – Amaya (Askew Edit) 
10. John Askew – Raven
11. John Askew – A Million Stars (Beatman & Ludmilla Remix) 
12. FutureShock – Sparc (John Askew Rework) 
13. John Askew – Supersonic
14. John Askew – Black Coffee
15. Alex Di Stefano – What’s The Catch
16. Henrik B – Stuntman (John Askew Rework) 
17. Heatbeat – Section 9
18. The WLT – Sierra (John Askew Remix) 
19. John Askew – Giving You Acid (Sly One vs Jurrane Remix) 
20. DJ Misjah – The Siren (John Askew Rework) 
21. Empirion – Narcotic Influence (John Askew Remix) 
22. Sean Tyas – Da Doo Da Dah (John Askew Remix) 

This blew my mind away! I’ve seen many livesets before, but this one is focussed on the DJ a lot! You can not miss his name in this mix, it’s everywhere. John Askew made it, or remixed it. But his name does appear a lot in this mix, and in this case it isn’t a bad thing. It’s actually a good thing. You get fantastic music, remixed by someone who knows what he’s doing.

One of these tracks literally took me back to Innercity, I think it was 2000. The track I’m talking about is ‘Sparc’, still one of my most favourite CDs ever. This record is on it, and it’s still a dope track, even after 17 years. John Askew did some work to it, stayed true to the original, but gave it the 2017 touch. I’m digging both versions a lot.

If I would have been there at the EDC, I would have had a brilliant time. DJs who keep the older sound alive are my personal heroes. Those who tune it too much to suit the present day (by adding Hard House bits and bobs in it), they aren’t my heroes. I do love my Trance to be pure and extatic (or however you spell it). Euphoric. Not just bashing your head against the speakers and make the whole crowd jump from left to right. That’s not Trance. Trance is your hands in the air and embrace your life, and humanity.

This set was exactly the kind of set I was looking for. Thanks John Askew for this. This is pure Trance. Solid as a rock. And f**king good!

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DJ: John Askew
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Uplifting Trance
Liveset Info: Recorded @ VII Stage – EDC Las Vegas 16-06-2017
Length Liveset: 01:29:29
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 204 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: John Askew – Facebook Fanpage

Darren Styles – PROJECT:Z 2017 Mix

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On the 12th of August there will be an event taking place somewhere in America. The event is called ‘PROJECT:Z’, and the line-up is big: Borgore, The Prototypes, Black Sun Empire, DJ Isaac, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, Endymion, The Prophet, Tatanka, and many more. One name stands out, because I do love the man’s music and he’s probably the biggest name in the UK Hardcore scene: Darren Styles. If you haven’t got anything to do on the 12th, make sure you get tickets right now (if they are still available) and get your arse down to the NOS Events Center. That’s where the party is going to be.

Last year it was Gammer who made a promo mix for their 2016 version of PROJECT:Z, and this year it’s Darren Styles. Two of the biggest names coming out of the scene, and if you are interested in a bit more, I would urge you to not only listen to this mix, but also read the interview attached to it on Insomniac’s own page. You know it makes sense. Who doesn’t want some insight information coming from the man himself. You could multitask: listen to the mix and read the interview. According to the writer of the interview, this mix will break necks. Never heard that phrase before, but I reckon it’s a good thing.

Yes, this is a promo mix, and it will get you all excited to see the legend Darren Styles. It’s something you want to hear on this dreadful and boring Sunday morning. Already reached the 1st position in the Hard Dance chart and 3rd position in the Hardcore chart, this was only uploaded a day ago, and already people are going mad about this. Check out the tracklist!

tracklist

01. Darren Styles, Dougal & Gammer – Party Don’t Stop
02. Styles & Breeze vs Coldplay – You’re My Angel vs Viva La Vida
03. Stonebank feat Whizzkid – Flip This Rave
04. Darren Styles – The Dragon
05. Tweekacore x Darren Styles – Party Starter
06. Carnage x Breaux – The End (Festival Trap Mix)(Gammer Flip) 
07. Gareth Emery & Standerwick feat Hallene – Saving Light (Hixxy Mix) 
08. Audiotricz – United As One (Zero Hero Mix) 
09. Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup (Callum Higby & WLSXN Flip) 
10. Gammer – Beam Of Light
11. Callum Higby – Get Loud
12. Crisis Era – Jump Up
13. Gammer – ID
14. Darren Styles – Us Against The World

A very big mix. The tracklist is a work of art. Some old tracks, some new. But all in all a fairly interesting mix. And it also contains the weirdest trackname of 2017: who names their track ‘Chicken Soup’? Well, it’s 2017, anything can happen, and it does. But chicken soup, I never think in a million years someone would call their track after this.

Anyway, the mix. I’ll keep it short and sweet: it’s the usual Darren Styles mix. Tight, dope, and really interesting. This will get the ravers all over the world exciting and most of all: it will get everyone of their chairs/sofas and everyone will start dancing in the living room, or wherever they are. It’s 9 o’clock on a Sunday and I’m dancing like a fruit cake in my living room.

Darren has selected quite a few dancefloor smashers, including his own ‘Us Against The World’. He knows how to produce anthems for a generation, and this year is probably the biggest in his life. To me this mix is really good, but sadly it’s not a Darren Styles track which made me dance the most, it’s a track by Crisis Era, and the track is called ‘Jump Up’. Sweet Lord, this track is sick! Don’t know what style that is, but it’s really ace. Dark and really unusual. I like that

Make sure you read the interview, listen to this mix, and get tickets for PROJECT:Z. You know it makes sense. You’ll get to see not only Darren Styles, but a whole lot of amazing acts. Worth your time, don’t you agree?

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DJ: Darren Styles
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, EDMCore
Mix Info: PROJECT:Z 2017 Mix
Length Mix: 00:28:43
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Download/Listen (via Mixcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Darren Styles – Insomniac Interview

DJ Thera – 2010 – 2017 Live Mix

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I’ve seen many Thera mixes pass by on my timeline at Soundcloud, but I think I never reviewed any of his mixes. Or have I? Let me check my page, give me a second (>>insert elevator music here<<)… and the answer is no. Maybe on my previous website, which sadly got destroyed by trojan horses, but I must have. His mixes are always passing by on Soundcloud and they do have tracklists, so why haven’t I? The founder of Theracords, how could I not have reviewed anything yet? I am ashamed, I truly am.

Anyway, let’s focus on the mix he uploaded yesterday. His Soundcloud page is filled with many mixes, so if you want to hear more, just go on a quest and you’ll find a lot, and it will get you through this weekend. This man loves music a lot, especially the harder styles. Which led to him playing all over the world, playing at the biggest events such as Defqon.1, Hard Bass, The Qontinent, and many more. A name you should recognise in an instant.

He made a very interesting mix which tunes from 2010 until the present day. A few of his own productions/collaborations, and also a few of his own favourites. I did spot another mix on his page, which was dedicated to the tunes from 2000 until 2009, and as a follow up he made this mix. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s Thera week. Is it like a national holiday? Well, if you are a Harder style lover it is. A week filled with everything Thera related, that’s indeed like a holiday. A break from the standard stuff coming out of your radio.

He made this livemix, and it’s jam packed with awesome records. Check it out!

tracklist

01. DJ Thera – Birth Of A Flame (Thera’s Heliopolis Mix) 
02. Geck-o – How Low Can You Go
03. Busho – Time (DJ Thera Hardertrance Remix) 
04. TNT & Kutski – Sucksess
05. Wavolizer – Sympho
06. DJ Thera – The Breaking Point
07. Public Domain – Automatic Audio Overload (The Machine Remix) 
08. Wavolizer – Quietly (DJ Thera Remix) 
09. DJ Thera & Artifact – Revenge
10. Zany – Ghoulish Delight
11. Sasha F – New System
12. Delete & Psyched – Take It, Leave It
13. Prefix & Density vs Retaliation – Awoken Memory (DJ Thera Mash-up) 
14. Digital Punk & Noisecontrollers – Blue Horizon
15. Atmosfearz – Up Top
16. Caine & John Harris – No Mercy
17. Donkey Rollers – What We Are
18. Exit Mind – Get Down
19. DJ Thera & Phrantic – Ammunition
20. DJ Thera & Yuna-X – Starfleet
21. B-Front & Thera – R.E.M. Coma (DJ Thera Live Mix) 
22. Catatonic Overload – Overtime
23. Geck-e – Think Big (Geck-o Remix) 
24. Freakshow & Yuna-X – The Rain
25. Phrantic – Yeah!
26. Deetox – Still Here (Delete Remix) 
27. DJ Thera vs Geck-o – Do The Happy Face
28. Degos & Re-Done – This Mind
29. DJ Thera & Delete – Welcome (DJ Thera Live Mix) 
30. DJ Thera – Exploration
31. MYST feat Snowflake – Hear My Breath
32. Phrantic – Road Warrior

As someone said on Soundcloud, this mix is indeed insanely crazy (heerlijk gestoord). And I’ve got to agree with him, this mix is indeed insane, but tasty for my ears. I’m loving the vibes, the feeling is awesome. I listened to this whilst at work, and it got me through the day. Not saying work was boring, but this mix gave me an extra boost to get the job done quicker. Yes, the harder styles do have a positive effect on me.

DJ Thera’s selection is ace. A lot of his own productions, but could you blame him? It’s his mix, so it’s a normal thing to push your own stuff forward too. But not only does it show how good he is as a producer, but that he’s a busy bee too. Not only making records, making mixes, keeping his own label alive and kicking, playing all over the world, but also a ‘hit’ machine. I haven’t spotted a single bad record in this mix.

There are a few great records in here, but the one that blew my mind away was ‘Quietly’ by Wavolizer, remixed by Thera. A female voice, whispering… that’s just sexy. And then the bass and beats kick in, and it makes the record stand out. More whispering females please! I think we’ve gone passed the stage where we only put cowbells in, now the era of whispering females emerges.

I liked this mix a lot. Can’t pick a flaw. Why? There aren’t any. As the British would say: ‘get this down you’. Which normally means a drink, but in this case you could use this phrase to get this mix, put it on full blast, and let the beats, basses and melodies penetrate your skull/skin. And it won’t disappoint you. It will be a pleasant feeling.

Thera’s mix is dope. Seriously good! Hence the score I gave it:

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DJ: Thera
Genre/Style: Hardstyle, Raw Hardstyle, Rawstyle
Mix Info: 2010 – 2017 Live Mix
Length Mix: 01:24:33
Tracks: 32 (thirty-two)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 192 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: DJ Thera – Facebook Fanpage

Golden Era 2 (Early Hardcore Mix By Frantic Freak) (2011)

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I’ve been on a mission lately, to find Early Hardcore mixes. And I’ve been on many Soundcloud pages, and simply the quality of the mixes was a bit low, to say the least. Crap mixing, tracklists boring, etc. I was looking for proper mixes by people who know Hardcore a bit more, and have embraced it. When I stopped searching for a minute, I remembered a mix from a few years ago, by someone called Frantic Freak. I went on a quest, and I simply found shitloads of mixes on his Soundcloud page. The majority of them being old, but still good. And sadly a few had no tracklist, so I had to do with one who got a tracklist by someone who dreams Hardcore (Hansolo). So I found this mix, and I want to share it with you all!

A proper Hardcore mix. Yes, it might have the standard mainstream Hardcore tunes in them, but also those forgotten gems. The mix starts with probably the most known sound in the scene: the scream that leads up to memorable ‘Jiiieehaaaa’.  If you start a mix with that tune, you know the mix will rock. And boy, it did. It had so many great anthems in there, it gave me goosebumps just hearing them after so many years. Yes, I’ve been on a Hardcore mission, because it was the sound I grew up with and still love to the bone.

Frantic’s mix is a golden one, if you see the tracklist. It has got so many jewels in them, it makes you wonder: what happened to the sound? How come this sound has disappeared?

tracklist

01. Diss Reaction – Jiiieehaaaa
02. DJ Hixxy & Lady Trixxy – One Spliff
03. Party Animals – Used & Abused
04. Bruyaa & Ozonic – Welcome To Deathrow
05. Chosen Few – Name Of The DJ
06. DJ Buzz Fuzz – Destroyer
07. DJ Jappo & Lancinhouse – EXLXAXL
08. DJ Buzz Fuzz – The One Eyed Slut
09. Knightvision – Knight Of Visions
10. Flamman & Abraxas – Drugs (Juggernaut Remix) 
11. Bio-Forge – Turbulence
12. DJ Delirium & Guitar Rob – Speaker Murder (DJ Promo Remix) 
13. DJ Promo – Beat Ya Brain
14. Brainiac – The Rhyme Goes On
15. DJ Dave – Yo Mr. DJ
16. DJ Dave – Listen…
17. Manu Le Malin – Watch ‘em All Drop
18. Stickhead & Don Demon – Demonhead

Now that’s a tracklist and a half, ain’t it? This is seriously impressive! It’s like Frantic knows exactly what kind of Hardcore I liked when I was a teenager! It’s exactly like that. I can not mention a shite record.

In all fairness, I do love the tunes he selected. I haven’t heard some tunes in maybe 10 years at least. For example Brainiac’s tune ‘The Rhyme Goes On’. I can’t remember which collection it was on, but I played until my ears would bleed. Or the same with ‘The One Eyed Slut’. Or the mighty ‘Welcome To Deathrow’. I think the only compilation it was on, was Thunderdome 96. Never seen the artists names or the actual track somewhere else. Mixes like this one takes me back to the golden era of Hardcore, to me still the best sound and era.

He’s picked so many great records. And they are Hardcore classics! They should deserve big stages all over the world, being played out loud to those Hardcore lovers. I can not pick one favourite, so I’ll pick one I haven’t heard for sooo many years: ‘Demonhead’. The darkness this record has is stunning.

Frantic’s mix is quite the mix to get you through the week, if you do love your Hardcore to be early. And if you don’t know the music, let this mix indulge you into our wonderful past. Nothing, and I do mean nothing can beat this sound. It’s unique, it was fresh, and I love it! Thanks Frantic Freak, this is what I need. This will go on repeat tomorrow, and the next 10 years at least.

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DJ: Frantic Freak
Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Gabber, Hardcore Techno, Happy Hardcore
Mix Info: Golden Era 2 (Early Hardcore Mix By Frantic Freak)
Length Mix: 01:02:26
Tracks: 18 (eighteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 57.2 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 128kbps
More Information: Frantic Freak – Facebook Fanpage

The Chainbreaker Presents: XTRA RAWFARE 1 (2017)

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Remember I reviewed a mix for Defqon.1 a couple of weeks ago? I think it was a camping mix, a mix you could download and play whilst camping at Defqon.1? Remember that mix? Okay, you do. That mix was done by the Infectious DJ’s, and now one half of this duo has decided to do his own project aside of it, called ‘The Chainbreaker’. Now the Infectious DJ’s were new to me, so I couldn’t mention anything about them, but now this new project I literally know nothing about, only that the person behind it is one half of Infectious DJ’s. Well, let’s focus on the music, shall we?

I think it’s best to focus on the music. This rather new project is so new, it still has the wrap around it, and it still shines extremely bright. What this concept is about, is to play what doesn’t fit in the Infectious DJ’s playlist. Are you confused yet? It’s not that complicated at all. Two projects, focussed on bringing the music towards you. This half has decided to make his first mix, and it’s called ‘XTRA RAWFARE’. It’s packed with really interesting tunes by names such as E-Force, D-Sturb, Regain, Luminite and more.

Let’s check out the tracklist. If you are into Hardstyle and its sibling Rawstyle you are definately going to appreciate this tracklist. The Chainbreaker has picked really good anthems, and if you don’t believe me, look down to the tracklist now!

tracklist

01. D-Sturb – High Power
02. Two Sixty – Child’s Play
03. E-Force & Bass Chaserz – Attack
04. Raiden & E-Force – Beware
05. Regain – All In Darkness
06. D-Sturb & Emese – Legacy
07. Warface – Fake Ass Bitches
08. E-Force – The Dead Rap
09. X-Pander & Lowroller – Animal
10. War Force – Reloaded
11. War Force – Break Your Ankles
12. Luminite – Maccarena Deathmatch

It’s a short but really interesting mix. So this is the stuff Infectious DJ’s don’t play? Everyone should play this, because it’s awesome music. Untouchable music. Anthems for the future. This will still sound awesome in 100 years from now!

The might starts off with what is the greatest anthem I’ve heard in a while! Sweet Lord, this made me press repeat again and again! This is really uplifting and euphoric Hardstyle/Rawstyle. This is the music I was after. Hard, and yet beautiful at the same time. That is definately the greatest record in this mix, and a good starter of this first episode of XTRA RAWFARE.

Record after record the level of awesomeness stays high. I really liked this first instalment, and I reckon the Chainbreaker will keep on posting awesome mixes like this one for quite a while. Unless he makes a Justin Bieber dedication mix: if he does so, I will stop following him. But until then it’s the Chainbreaker all the way.

This was an epic first mix. And I’ve really enjoyed it. Can’t mention anything bad about it. Well, maybe the fact that it’s not downloadable, but that’s just a minor thing, isn’t it? Not something I should deduct points for.

Get this down you right now. Press play and make this Sunday the best one you’ve had in 2017. Wake up the neighbourhood, and let them know what kind of music you support!

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DJ: The Chainbreaker
Genre/Style: Rawstyle, Raw Hardstyle, Hardstyle
Mix Info: XTRA RAWFARE 1
Length Mix: 00:29:56
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: The Chainbreaker – Book Here

Faniac – Fanicast #17

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I never thought I would live in 2017 and the Early Hardcore sound would still be alive and kicking. Back  in 2010 I thought it literally disappeared, and only stayed alive through dedication mixes. But I was wrong, oh so wrong. The early sound has never really disappeared, has it? To me the sound is still the best: it’s the sound I grew up with. When you are young, you start to experiment with different genres, to find one that suits you. I reckon it was around 1994 when I discovered Hardcore, and 23 years later I’m still addicted to it.

I only recently discovered an artist called Casketkrusher, and because I follow him on literally every social media page, Soundcloud decided to make sure that I would find mixes by someone called Faniac. Who is he, you might ask? Well, he’s a DJ (obviously) and resident DJ at ‘Ouwe Stijl Is Botergeil’. and co-owner of Strength Of Unity Hard Dance events. That’s all according to his Facebook fanpage, and it’s a mouth full, isn’t it? Now because of ‘Ouwe Stijl Is Botergeil’ I discovered Casketkrusher, and now Faniac.

This mix series has been going on for quite a while. It’s every first Friday of the month when he uploads a new episode. A podcast filled with Early Hardcore music. An hour of pure Heavenly music. I haven’t heard previous episodes, so I’ll start at the most recent one, shall I?

The tracklist was kindly added, and I reckon you want to know which tunes he used to compose this mix?

tracklist

01. Intro 
02. Peckerhead – Cobal Thorium G
03. Rodox Trading – Happy Bass
04. Peckerhead – Shape The Future
05. Rodox Trading – Hard Calibration
06. Casketkrusher – Nuclear Device
07. Psyche-Out – Getting Crazy
08. Lenz feat Lucy – My Drunk Friend
09. Technological Terror Crew – UK Fresh
10. Acid-X – Gun In Your Ass
11. The Shapeshifter – Stinx
12. Hellcreator – 1964
13. Shadowchaser – A Journey Of Force
14. Tha Bastard – Where Is My Dolly (Early Mix) 
15. Hellcreator – Aerial
16. 909 Junkies – I’ve Killed The Whore (The Ctrl 2017 Edit) 
17. Tha Bastard – Blood
18. The Ctrl – Death Row
19. Terrorbunny – Back To The Gabba
20. Hellcreator – Here’s Punishment
21. Kobe – Music Kill Me
22. The Assassins – Enter The Killzone

I will say this right now, and I might sound really stupid and insecure, but I’ve never heard most of these tracks? I don’t even know 99% of the artists. Are these really obscure classics, or ‘new’ records like Casketkrusher makes them? Are these artists doing the same, making music in 2017, keeping the Early Hardcore sound alive, or are these hidden gems from the 90s? I can’t tell, because I don’t know.

What I do hope is that these artists all keep the Early sound alive, even in 2017. We should give the Early sound a bigger stage, and with mixes like this one by Faniac we get our monthly kick. To me these tunes sound exactly like the tunes back in the 90s. Quirky, but extremely lovely.

The first bit is all about the ‘slower’ stuff, but it slowely builds up to the harder sound. Yes, even in the 90s we liked it rough and raw. And the tunes Faniac has selected are exactly the records I wanted to hear on this dreadful Sunday. Even though I have never heard of these names, or never heard these tunes before, they were exactly what I was after. This is really cool.

I am Dutch, so I do know what ‘Ouwe Stijl Is Botergeil’ means. Literal translation is ‘old style is butter horny’, but that doesn’t make any sense. But what it’s about, is the love for the Early sound. And after hearing this awesome mix, I can say that my love for the Early sound has risen again to an all time high. Thanks Faniac for this epic mix, I will follow you on literally every page possible, and I will download the previous episodes of your podcast.

Best record? Difficult. ‘A Journey Of Force’. Yep, it wasn’t easy, but this track stood out from the rest!

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DJ: Faniac
Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Gabber, Hardcore Techno, Happy Hardcore
Mix Info: Fanicast #17
Length Mix: 01:05:15
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 149 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Faniac – Facebook Fanpage