Category: CD Reviews

Mr. Ripley – Heck The Rules (2017)

Mr. Ripley - Heck The Rules (2017)

Mr. Ripley – Heck The Rules (2017)

Artist: Mr. Ripley
Genre/Style: Breakbeat Hardcore, Rave Breaks
Album Info: Mr. Ripley – Heck The Rules
Release Year: 2017
CDs: 1 (one)
Length Album: 01:44:52
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Product Number: unknown
Purchase Album: BUY ALBUM HERE
Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
More Information: Mr. Ripley – Official Website

The perks of being a reviewer is the fact that you get new music sent to you every so often. Last week I received Mr. Ripley’s latest album, which is called ‘Heck The Rules’, which you can get right now via his own website. Released online on the 31st of March, this digital album is different compared to the usual stuff he makes. An album dedicated to ‘create fresh, fun, underground dance music’. Well, he’s done exactly that.

On this album there are 10 tracks, 1 bonus track and an album mix, and only that for 7 pounds! How about that, eh? Go and hurry up and go to his website. Follow the picture with the man in front of a wall, wearing a dog in space (I think it’s that?) t-shirt and hoodie, and you will get there!

The tracks are all made by Mr. Ripley, who doesn’t need an introduction. His album isn’t focussed on the UK Hardcore side of life, but the Breakbeat Hardcore side of life. 11 tracks filled with Breakbeat bits and piano bobs. Could we have wished for anything more? Christmas has come early this year!

The tracklist is something you might want to see, but could also not be, because you haven’t heard the tracks before, so these are all new and fresh!

tracklist

01. Mr. Ripley – Nu Dimension
02. Mr. Ripley – I Found U
03. Mr. Ripley – Something Within
04. Mr. Ripley – To The Clouds
05. Cruze & Darts – Music Is My Life (Mr. Ripley Remix) 
06. Mr. Ripley – Power Up
07. Mr. Ripley – Love So Good
08. Mr. Ripley – Maximum Borkdrive
09. Mr. Ripley – Resurgence
10. Mr. Ripley – F**k You

Bonus Track 
01. Mr. Ripley – Maximum Bork Dub

Bonus Mix:
01. Mr. Ripley – Heck The Rules Album Mix

A nice and fresh album from a man, who has made another album (which you can still get digitally), which you also should get. From UK Hardcore to Breakbeat Hardcore, this man covers everything!

The tracks are good and fresh. A touch of other styles can be heard every so often. For example Trance, you do hear a bit of Trance in for example ‘Nu Dimension’. But all in all it’s a nice Breakbeat Hardcore album.Maybe an idea for him to make a full-on Trance album?

Which track did the most for me? Well, there were two. ‘Nu Dimension’ and ‘To The Clouds’. Have a listen to the clips on Soundcloud and you will know why I picked these two records!

A good album, but some tracks are missing something crucial. Can’t tell you what it is, because I’m no musician, but it’s the extra flavour that makes things sound even better. Just a tiny bit extra would have made the album even better.

A good album (as I said two lines ago). Worth a listen, worth a download. Come on, you must have 7 quid left on your account, eh? Whilst you are at it, why not download his previous album too?

Ps. what in God’s name is a bork?

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Technohead – Headsex (1995)

Technohead - Headsex (1995)

Technohead – Headsex (1995)

Artist: Technohead a.k.a. Greater Than One
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Happy Hardcore, Gabber, Techno
Release Year: 1995
CD Info: Technohead – Headsex
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:06:23
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Label: Mokum Records
Product Number: DB 4791 9
More Information: Mokum Records – Official Website

1995 was a great year for ravers all over the world. Music was changing, it was going the right way. From underground clubs and scene to the more mainstream population, it grew and grew and couldn’t be stopped. Happy Hardcore and Hardcore Techno swept the world by storm, and couldn’t be stopped. It grew in popularity every day, and even I became a fan of Happy Hardcore. I kept on buying every album imaginable, and like other Dutchies I found out that there was one record which had appeared in the top 40, which might have sounded cheesy, but it changed the Happy Hardcore scene forever. It was called ‘I Wanna Be A Hippy’, and Technohead became a household name in the Netherlands for a brief moment.

That specific song appeared in many top 40 at the top position, like Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria. They released a few hits after, but then they slowely faded away. They came up with ‘Happy Birthday’, which got played on my birthday back in 1996-1997 by my parents, after they found out that there was this single on Happy Hardcore Volume 6. One more record emerged (‘Banana Na Na (Dumb Bi Bumb)’), but that was it. Shortly after Happy Hardcore died, I bought an album which changed my life, and wished Happy Hardcore was still alive. Sadly it gone away, and got replaced by shite top 40 commercialised stuff.

The album was actually great, no joke. I played it so much, I can’t play it anymore nowadays. I had to rely on Youtube to hear those memorable tunes again. It’s been years, but I was waiting for it, and boy did it make me smile!

If you haven’t purchased the album in the 90s, you are a fool!

tracklist

01. Technohead – I Wanna Be A Hippy (Original Mix) 
02. Technohead – Headsex (Let The Music Go) (Nanotech Mix) 
03. Technohead – Accelerator #2
04. Technohead – The Passion #1
05. Technohead – Get High (G.T.O. Mix) 
06. Technohead – Mary Jane
07. Technohead – Headsex (Original Mix) 
08. Technohead – Get Stoned (Carl Cox Mix) 
09. Technohead – Keep The Party Going
10. Technohead – Sexhead (Daz Saund & Trevor Rockcliffe Mix) 
11. Technohead – Gabba Hop
12. Technohead – Kiddie Mix
13. Technohead – Headsex (Let The Music Go) (Elvis Jackson Radio Mix) 
14. Technohead – I Wanna Be A Hippy (Flamman & Abraxas Radio Mix) 

Yes, we all know the ‘I Wanna Be A Hippy’ song, but let’s not underestimate what Technohead made. They made history with this album, because it contained those records which you NEVER hear in sets anywhere! Come on, be fair, when was the last time you heard ‘Accelerator #2′?

I never knew who was behind Technohead until today. I never read the booklet or anything, and I always thought they were Dutch, but I was wrong. This duo (one sadly passed away) made these anthems back in the 90s, and this still is one of my favourite albums of all time.

The best records? Maybe that’s just me, but ‘Gabba Hop’ and ‘Accelerator #2’ are the two biggest tracks on this album. Yeah yeah, ‘I Wanna Be A Hippy’ is nice too, but I much prefer the darker, nastier stuff. Technohead was so much more than a top 40 record maker. For once, do the same as I did, go on Youtube and listen to the back catalogue of Technohead, especially ‘Accelerator #2’ and ‘Gabba Hop’, and you won’t be disappointed.

Bloody Nora, even Carl Cox, the mighty Carl Cox made a remix for them. Isn’t that proof that they were more than just a Happy Hardcore duo?

Not every track suits my liking, but the majority do. This is an album which I can’t play in the car anymore, but it made my 90s much better. And made me realise that Happy Hardcore and early Hardcore died too soon. Why did commercialisation kill it? It wasn’t worth destroying it.

If you can find a copy, order it. You won’t find a cooler album than this one!

Ps. as a teaser I’ve put the two best records of this album underneath here for you to listen to. Sit back and enjoy!

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Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence (2002)

Svenson & Gielen - The Beauty Of Silence (2002)

Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence (2002)

Artist: Svenson & Gielen
Genre/Style: Trance
Release Year: 2002
CD Info: Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:01:42
Tracks: 10 (ten) + 2 Bonus Tracks
Label: ID&T Music BV
Product Number: 7005622
More Information: ———-

Two weeks ago I was back in my home country, the Netherlands, and what I always do during my stay in this beautiful country, is visit my local CD store in Heerlen, Satisfaction Records. Been coming there for many years (bought my first rave ticket there back in 1998, for Mysteryland Outdoor), I’ve become known to the owner. Spent a lot of money over the years, buying everything money could buy. So a trip was necessary, because I like digging through thousands of CDs, and I support them. There aren’t many CD stores left, so those who are still afloat, you must support.

Digging through thousands of CDs is the best feeling. Most of the CDs I’ve got already, and it takes patience to find something unique and fresh. Queue my last visit: they’ve created a ‘discount’ section, and there it was: ‘The Beauty Of Silence’ by Svenson and Gielen. Yeah, you might call me a cheapskate, but in all fairness: I walked out with 7 CDs for only €16.99! Nowadays that’s the price of just one! I got lucky with this CD: when it was released in 2002 I never had the chance to buy it. And over the years I simply forgot about it.

Svenson and Gielen dominated the Trance scene back in the early noughties. They were succesful as a duo, and this album contains a few of their well known tracks. It’s astonishing to think that this album is 15 years old, and still sounds fresh. Unique. And that’s the reason why they dominated everything. They made anthem after anthem, and they are still loved by fans all over the world. Play any of the tracks and the rave ligths up. Groundbreaking tunes were made by them.

Let’s see the tracklist. You might know a couple of these tracks. I reckon you do. If you don’t, you weren’t born when this album was released…

tracklist

01. Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence
02. Svenson & Gielen feat Simi Nah – Unknown Pleasure
03. Svenson & Gielen – Twisted Energy (Radio Edit) 
04. Svenson & Gielen – Fujirama
05. Svenson & Gielen – Outward Voyage
06. Svenson & Gielen feat Jan Johnston – Beachbreeze
07. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did
08. Svenson & Gielen – Answer The Question
09. Svenson & Gielen – Falling Star
10. Svenson & Gielen feat Simi Nah – Evol (In Love)

Bonus Tracks:
11. Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did (DJ Tiesto Remix) 
12. Svenson & Gielen – Answer The Question (Cosmic Gate Remix) 

There you go. An amazing tracklist, isn’t it? I know most of these tracks, because they’ve appeared on many compilations. As I said before, they dominated everything imaginable. They were one of the hottest duos in the Trance scene, and they took the scene to places never seen before.

So many great anthems, it’s unbelievable to capture what they’ve done to the scene. ‘The Beauty Of Silence’, ‘Twisted Energy’, ‘Beachbreeze’, ‘We Know What You Did’, ‘Answer The Question’ and more. They were on the spot when it came to music, they embraced what was there already, and improved it. They knew what the audiences all over the world wanted and needed, and the result was a really good album.

A couple of tracks are a bit less than the anthems they created, I did miss something special, something that would improve them. Something I can’t describe. And also the Tiesto remix of ‘We Know What You Did’ is extremely dull. Never thought Tiesto would release something this dull when he was the king of Trance…

Best track? Oh, I like a few. But the one I would embrace is ‘The Beauty Of Silence’. Still have it as a single.

A very good album, and it was a bargain. It might have taken 15 years to be part of my collection, but it ain’t going nowhere.

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Chris Unknown – I’m Alive (2015)

Chris Unknown - I'm Alive (2015)

Chris Unknown – I’m Alive (2015)

Artist: Chris Unknown & Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, EDMCore
Release Year: 2015
CD Info: Chris Unknown – I’m Alive
CDs: 2 (two)
Length CDs: 02:06:00
Tracks: 34 (thirty-four)
Label: Klubbed Up
Product Number: KUACD07
Buy Here (via Hardcore Underground): BUY HERE
More Information: Chris Unknown – Facebook Fanpage

Back in 2015 many albums were released, but the long awaited album by Chris Unknown got the most attention. The most anticipated album of 2015, and I only bought it last year (in December I think, around Black Friday). I should be ashamed, and I really am, but there are so many albums I should look out for and purchase, and seeing as this is a hobby, it would become very dearly. But I had to get this album. I would normally say that I don’t know why, but with this album I felt the urge to get it. If you’ve been following the scene for… erm… the last couple of years, you know exactly how good Chris Unknown is and how well received his tunes are!

The change in music style for Chris Unknown has been very good, his new style is very good. Really liked his music when he was part of Sy & Unknown, but on his own the music does the trick too: he only produces dancefloor smashers. It’s been a good couple of years in the making, this new album, but the result is astonishing! In his past he already made excellent tunes, but come on, this new sound is quite tasty. You can disagree, but who are you and what do you know about music? Well, if you are a well known producer with years of experience, you might have an opinion and disagree. But in all fairness, it’s the crowd that makes the music work: they are the ones judging it. And in every set so far in 2015 and 2016 a track by Chris Unknown has been played, and the crowd has reacted like you would expect: absolutely bonkers!

The tracklist is good, 2 discs, the first being unmixed and the second a mix by the man himself: Chris Unknown.

tracklist

CD 1 – Unmixed Full Length Tracks 
01. Chris Unknown & Re-Con feat Gavin Beach – I’m Alive
02. Chris Unknown & Darren Styles – Freak
03. Chris Unknown – I Don’t Need No Drugs
04. Chris Unknown, Re-Con  & Klubfiller – Takin’ Me Back
05. Chris Unknown – Killa Sound
06. Chris Unknown & Gammer – Raise Ur F*cking Hands!
07. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – Summer Haze
08. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – Summer Haze (Dirty Mix) 
09. Chris Unknown – Get Down
10. Chris Unknown & Klubfiller – Falling
11. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – Take Me Up
12. Chris Unknown & Mark Breeze – A Different Stylee
13. Chris Unknown, Re-Con & Klubfiller – Money Bitch
14. Chris Unknown – Shake
15. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – I Can Follow
16. Chris Unknown & Alex Prospect – Need You Everyday
17. Chris Unknown, Re-Con & Klubfiller – Drop The Beat

CD 2 – Mixed By Chris Unknown 
01. Chris Unknown & Re-Con feat Gavin Beach – I’m Alive
02. Chris Unknown & Mark Breeze – A Different Stylee
03. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – Summer Haze
04. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – Summer Haze (Dirty Mix) 
05. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – Take Me Up
06. Chris Unknown – Get Down
07. Chris Unknown & Darren Styles – Freak
08. Chris Unknown & Alex Prospect – Need You Everyday
09. Chris Unknown & Gammer – Raise Ur F*cking Hands!
10. Chris Unknown, Re-Con & Klubfiller – Takin’ Me Back
11. Chris Unknown – Killa Sound
12. Chris Unknown, Re-Con & Klubfiller – Money Bitch
13. Chris Unknown & Klubfiller – Falling
14. Chris Unknown – I Don’t Need No Drugs
15. Chris Unknown & Re-Con – I Can Follow
16. Chris Unknown, Re-Con & Klubfiller – Drop The Beat
17. Chris Unknown – Shake

If you’ve got not only yourself on the album, but also heavyweight artists (not talking about their actual weight though) such as Re-Con, Klubfiller, Darren Styles, Gammer, Alex Prospect, Mark Breeze… you know the album’s going to be big!

I’m digging this album a lot. Once I received in December, I obviously had to put it aside,because of my missus (nothing besides Christmas music gets the green light for the missus, anything else is a no-no). But now it’s January, and I can say in all honesty that I’ve already created scratches on the back of disc 1, because I’ve been listening to this album so much. Maybe too much? Is there ever such a thing as too much Chris Unknown?

The music is dope, melodic and dancefloor friendly. Also vocally. The tracks are well produced, well written, and when you get thousands of ravers every week dancing to these tunes and loving them a lot, it means that Chris Unknown is doing it well!

Best track? Crikey. I can’t pick. There are a few outstanding records such as ‘Killa Sound’, ‘Freak’, ‘Shake’, ‘Summer Haze (Dirty Mix)’, ‘I’m Alive’, ‘A Different Stylee’…. basically the whole freaking album! I can’t pick. I choose 17 amazing records, they all rock. They make me loose my cool on the dancefloor, or at home, or whilst driving.

This album should be played out only on maximum volume level. No low noise nonsense. This is really, really, really a good album! Better late then never, eh? Imagine if it got sold out and I never purchased one? I wouldn’t know what I was missing, but those who had a copy knew that one of the best UK Hardcore albums ever would not be heard by me….. and that hasn’t happened. This album has made me feel alive!

You can still get the album though. But hurry up, not for long though.

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