Category: CD Reviews

Ganar – Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] (2017)

Ganar - Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] (2017)

Ganar – Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] (2017)

DJ: Ganar
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, EDMCore
Mix Info: Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] Length Mix: 00:55:43
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Ganar – Nervous (Buy Album Here)

Let me make one thing clear: I do support artists with upcoming albums. I’ve been receiving many in the past, but the one I’m about to talk about I found purely on Soundcloud. It got reposted and it grabbed my attention immediately. I was completely unaware of Ganar’s own album, but now I do support the reason behind the album even more. I’ll talk about that in a minute. But before we all get excited, this album mix is not for free, not downloadable from Soundcloud. You could get it for 12.99 pounds, but with that you get much more. And you support a very good cause!

Ganar’s cause is St Margaret’s Hospice. I don’t know the full story behind it, but they’ve helped Ganar’s mum a lot for a couple of months, and when you read what they do, it gives you a unpleasant feeling on the inside: they help people at the end of life stages. And they are a self funded organisation, which makes it even harder. If you are going through such a thing, and you donate the money you make from your own artist album to this charity, you are a super hero to me. Obviously he has other things on his mind, but bless Ganar for making the time to please us fans, and also making sure that the organisation gets some funding from the UK Hardcore fans.

This has seriously touched me a lot, and I’m pushing this album forward. This is a must have album for many reasons, and they are all legitimate reasons. This is no bollocks story, this is an album with a deeper meaning.

Let me show you what you can hear in this album mix.

tracklist

01. Ganar – True (2017 Update) 
02. Ganar – For The Sky
03. Ganar – Crazy
04. Ganar – Nervous
05. Ganar – Listen
06. Ganar & Noizee One – Shelter
07. Ganar – Young & Free
08. Ganar – Another Way (Nervous Update) 
09. Ganar – I Want You (2017 Update) 
10. Ganar & Adam Malone – Cut & Paste
11. Ganar feat Ceci – Through The Storm
12. Ganar & Galaxy Kid – Sing For You
13. Ganar – No Stopping Us
14. Ganar – Breaking You Down
15. Ganar feat Allison – Who Do You Think You Are (2017 Update) 

Now you get all these tracks on the actual album, which is a digital album. It’s only 12.99 and it’s for a bloody good cause! You spent more on Comic Relief or Sport Relief, but why not on this? This supports a good cause too, and it’s an album filled with our favourite sound: UK Hardcore! What else do you want?

I’ve really enjoyed this album mix! I like Ganar’s way of producing UK Hardcore tunes. It’s got that feeling I’ve been missing a lot lately. It’s too much focussed on the EDM side of life, and I don’t want that. It has become too cheesy, and Ganar’s tracks are more UK Hardcore than most UK Hardcore tunes produced by the big names. To me Ganar is bigger than Gammer or Darren Styles, producing wise. F**k the haters, do they know what music is?

Yes, it might be influenced by other styles, but the focus is UK Hardcore. Not a sellout artist. I love the way he gets beautiful vocals for his tracks, and they make the track even bigger. It’s got so many great vocal bits in here, they made me sing out loud at work, and I looked like a complete tool. But it’s worth it. Can you sit still when ‘Shelter’ is blasting through your speakers/headset?

This album contains a whole heap of quality tunes, worth your pennies. Check out this mix, go to the ‘buy album here’ link, and support a good cause. You will be raving in your house and donating money at the same time. Please, do it. You know it makes sense.

Best record? ‘Shelter’ is banging. ‘I Want You’ epic, ‘Through The Storm’ touching, but ‘Another Way’ is beyond epic!

An album definately worth checking out. To me the best album of 2017. Ganar, you rock sir! Quality tunes from the start.

Ps I can’t share the Soundcloud player on here, you can only check it out on Soundcloud: GO HERE:
https://soundcloud.com/ganardj/nervous-continuous-album-mix-unmixed-album-available-now-click-buy 

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Now That’s What I Call Music! 96 (2017)

Now That's What I Call Music! 96 (2017)

Now That’s What I Call Music! 96 (2017)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Pop
Release Year: 2017
CD Info: Now That’s What I Call Music! 96
CDs: 2 (two, unmixed)
Length CDs: 01:17:42 + 01:18:44
Tracks: 43 (fourty-three)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Product Number: 889854202026
Buy Here: NOW Music – Webstore
More Information: NOW Music – Official Website

I have to come clean, I never listen to Pop music. Since the last 90s Pop has changed into this multi million industry, and sadly the majority of the tunes haven’t made me move since 1999. But for whatever reason, I was walking with the missus through Sainsbury’s yesterday and we saw an advert on their televisions, and I was intrigued: the short bits and bobs they played during the advert sounded good. Yes, I do hear the tunes every so often, when they are on telly or when the missus listens to those radio stations, but I wouldn’t buy those tunes… until yesterday.

I still won’t listen to the commercial side of music, but I had to buy this album. The tunes have become a bit more quality instead of quantity, and sometimes you hear good tunes in commercials, and you wonder who made them, because they seem to sound perfect. I basically had to buy this album. Come on, couldn’t resist an album with Daft Punk records on it, could I?

You can hear a distinctive sound throughout 80% of the records, focussed on EDM. But some records are unique and fresh, for example Stormzy, who dominates the Grime scene.

The tracks on this album, 80% are unknown records to me, but I only bought it for the 20% I knew. Again, Daft Punk can’t do anything wrong, eh?

tracklist

CD 1 
01. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
03. Little Mix – Touch
04. The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – Starboy
05. The Chainsmokers – Paris
06. Starley – Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) 
07. Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
08. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
09. Zara Larsson – I Would Like
10. Katy Perry feat Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm
11. Sean Paul feat Dua Lipa – No Lie
12. Martin Jensen – Solo Dance
13. Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay
14. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe
15. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
16. Dua Lipa – Be The One
17. Jonas Blue feat RAYE – By Your Side
18. Coldplay – Hypnotised
19. John Legend – Love Me Now
20. Robbie Williams – Love Of My Life
21. George Michael – Fastlove, Pt. 1

CD 2 
01. Jax Jones feat RAYE – You Don’t Know Me
02. The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming
03. Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – Scared To Be Lonely
04. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me
05. Rae Sremmurd feat Gucci Mane – Black Beatles
06. Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things
07. Sage The Gemini – Now And Later
08. Tinie Tempah feat Tinashe – Text From Your Ex
09. Stormzy – Big For Your Boots
10. Tom Zanetti feat Sadie Ama – You Want Me
11. Martin Solveig feat Ina Wroldsen – Places
12. Robin Schulz & David Guetta & Cheat Codes – Shed A Light
13. M.O feat Kent Jones – Not In Love
14. Rag’n’Bone Man – Skin
15. Train – Play That Song
16. The Vamps & Matoma – All Night
17. Ariana Grande feat Future – Everyday
18. Major Lazer feat PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj – Run Up
19. Post Malone feat Quavo – Congratulations
20. Julia Michaels – Issues
21. Lorde – Green Light
22. Calvin Harris feat Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide

There are 43 records, and they are all radio edits. Sadly not long enough for me, but it’s hot today, and it’s acceptable today. The Sun is shining, the temperature is going towards 30 degrees Celsius, and the only thing I want to hear today are Summer anthems. And yes, there are a few on here.

Daft Punk’s records do lift the Summer level way up! They can’t do anything wrong. Even Katy Perry’s song is amazing. And Little Mix, I wouldn’t say I’m a fan, because I know nothing about them, but they seem to make tunes so catchy, it’s unbelievable.

Rag’n’Bone Man, Robbie Williams, Stormzy, etc. Quite a nice album, good tunes. Sadly the majority all sound the same, and are maybe good for a day or two, but they aren’t timeless classics. The biggest tune of them all, which is some kind of tribute to the late and great George Michael, is a timeless classic. The majority of the other tunes are good for 2017, but they don’t have the strength to stay powerful 10 years from now.

I liked the album, because it brings me in a good mood. But it reminds me that the quality might be a bit better, they are not timeless, like the tunes from the 90s, how cheesy they might sound.

I wouldn’t give it a bad score, because it does contain nice anthems, but only slightly a good score. Maybe I should not buy anything pop related for at least 10 years. Maybe Katy Perry’s album, or Little Mix’s album…. I’m not a fan though haha.

It’s Sunday, chillax and enjoy the weather. Press play and let the tunes from 2017 guide you through this heatwave!

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Casketkrusher – Rougher & Tougher (2015)

Casketkrusher - Rougher & Tougher (2015)

Casketkrusher – Rougher & Tougher (2015)

Artist: Casketkrusher
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Rave, Gabber
Release Year: 2015
CD Info: Casketkrusher – Rougher & Tougher
CDs: 1 (one, unmixed)
Length CD: 01:14:56
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Label: MOB SQUAD TOKYO
Product Number: MSTCD020
Buy Here: Casketkrusher – Bandcamp Website
More Information: Casketkrusher – Facebook Fanpage

I’m not a huge fanboy at all, I do like everything and everyone, but when you find an artist so unique and fresh and making music the way you like it, you can’t help yourself and embrace his music. Not the artist, I wouldn’t go that far, but the music, yep, that’s the reason why I am a changed man. The name of the artist? Well, you’ve seen his name fly by recently, and even on my main page the album I’m about to review can be seen; Casketkrusher. Don’t know much about the artist (keep an eye out, you might see an interview soon here on TCD), but what I do know is that he loves the early Hardcore stuff.

Earlier today he was on Gabber FM, playing those early tunes. I couldn’t catch his whole show, but what I did hear sounded awesome. What makes his music so interesting? Well. That’s a good question, but I do have an answer: he’s one of the few that still makes Happy Hardcore/Gabber the way people did in the 90s! The raw kick, the tough beat, the cheesy vocals,.. basically everything which made Happy Hardcore sound so good. He still makes it, and he’s one of the few who can produce it well. And mix it well, let’s not forget about that. I noticed his mixes before I noticed the album. Technically speaking I only found it out the other day, and now, just now, I ordered the bloody thing and it will be posted a.s.a.p. Imagine if we lived in a world without the internet, it would take days/weeks before an album was delivered.

The album was released back in 2015 and it does contain 15 tracks by Casketkrusher, and they are worth checking out. One bonus track, but that’s what you certainly want. A treat, and you can still get a copy for yourself, or your mother-in-law, or your neighbour… but first, let’s check out the tracklist!

tracklist

01. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – Resident Evil (Boogie Night’s Remix) 
02. Casketkrusher – Love Is…
03. E-Core – Breakbeat
04. The Manipulator – Right About Now (Casketkrusher Remix) 
05. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – At War
06. Casketkrusher vs E-Core – Ready To Rave!
07. E-Core – Happy Tune
08. The Soul Seeker – The Smoker
09. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – Resident Evil (Original Mix) 
10. Casketkrusher – Here It Comes (Original Mix) 
11. The Manipulator – Right About Now (Maynor Remix) 
12. Casketkrusher – Kinetic Energy Penetrator (The Penetration Mix) 
13. The Soul Seeker – Riffs & Beats
14. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – The Screamer (Rougher & Tougher) 
Bonus Track
15. The Manipulator feat The Soul Seeker – Game Over

For only a few quid you can get an album so unique, when you’ve got it on display everyone will ask who the artist is, and you can say proudly that it’s Casketkrusher! They might not have a clue, but who cares? Spread the Hardcore love, support the artist!

The album has got quirky bits, the picture up front makes you wonder why they decided to take this picture? And the font of the letters, it reminds me of a major player in the Hardcore industry, or is that just me?

Well, let’s talk about the music. And the music is good! The album starts off with a quirky song, at first I was a bit bedazzled (or whatever the word is), I thought that this sound slightly too cheesy for my ears, but I gave it another go, and I really liked it! That really applies to each and every track. The way Casketkrusher uses the already familiar sounds/bits/bobs just makes it sound even better! We are already used to it, and he found a way to make it work, even back in 2015!

Not that there’s still a huge market for Happy Hardcore (sadly), but with an album such as this one it takes you back to the early 90s, and makes you happy again! So many underrated records, never heard by the masses, but I think it’s time for the album to reach a broader fanbase, so I would urge you all to listen to this album, and start embracing Happy Hardcore again. We might have fallen out of love, but secretly we still adore the living daylight out of it!

What’s my favourite record? I do love ‘At War’, ‘Love Is…’, ‘Resident Evil’, but the one that makes my spine tingle in a good way is ‘Riffs & Beats’. Sweet Lord, this should have been out in the 90s and it would have dominated the dancefloors all over the world! He knows how to build a record up like a pro. No cheap skate producing skills, but proper skills. Many producers would be jealous of it!

Casketkrusher, you are a hero. A true hero. Someone who shares the same passion as I do. And there aren’t many! Thank you for my dream not being shattered, because Happy Hardcore is STILL ALIVE!

Ps. don’t think that he worked with so many artists, Casketkrusher has got so many aliases…

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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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