Category: Break

Inspector Sands – Can’t Stop (2016)

Inspector Sands - Can''t Stop (2016)

Inspector Sands – Can”t Stop (2016)

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

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!

0005

The Prodigy – Experience (1992)

The Prodigy - Experience (1992)

The Prodigy – Experience (1992)

Act: The Prodigy
Genre/Style: Breakbeat, Hardcore, Jungle
Release Year: 1992
Info: The Prodigy – Experience
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 00:59:32
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Label: XL Recordings
Product Number: XLCD 110
Buy Here: The Prodigy – Experience (2004 Re-release)
More Information: The Prodigy – Official Website

The Prodigy, probably the biggest Breakbeat/Hardcore/Jungle band in the known universe. No introduction needed, really not necessary to remind you all how big this band is, and what they have achieved in all those years. As we all know, their liveshows are known to be the biggest, baddest and roughest in the world, and it’s on many peoples bucket lists. It’s damn hard to see them alive, because every gig they do, is sold out in seconds. But back in 1992 they were still this small British band who only joined forces back in 1990 and had their first release in 1991. In 1992 they delivered an album most people seem to have forgotten about, but to me it’s the greatest Prodigy album ever, even beating their next studio album ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’.

The album wasn’t the first Prodigy album I bought, I bought ‘Music For…Generation’ first, because of the first ever Prodigy tune I heard. The one that took the Netherlands by storm, which was ‘No One (Start The Dance)’. It appeared in the top 40 and on many compilations, and after seeing the video I bought their second studio album. It was amazing, no doubt about tht, but I went on a quest to find more Prodigy music, and back in 1994/1995 there was no such thing as Discogs, you had to search for things yourself in those CD boxes at your local CD store. I found their first studio album, ‘Experience’, and from the moment I bought them to now I can only say that it is the best album ever! Not just their best album, the best album ever made! They’ve had successes with ‘The Fat Of The Land’, ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’, ‘Invaders Must Die’ and ofcourse their last album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’. But the first always makes me rave the hardest. This is an album so pure, raw and it never ages. Pioneers back in 1991/1992,  and to me this album is still the greatest thing ever produced. The quality is so high and brand new for 1992, it took the world by storm and turned every dancefloor into one filled with flames and constant earthquakes. The Prodigy’s first album is so good, I can’t even play it anymore (too many scratches have ruined the surface). Thankfully many years ago I burned it onto my computer, and it’s still playable (not every track, some do skip because the CD surface was already ruined slightly many years ago).

The tracklist… well, do I need to show it to you? Haven’t you got this album already? You haven’t?! How’s that even possible?!

tracklist

01. The Prodigy – Jericho
02. The Prodigy – Music Reach (1/2/3/4)
03. The Prodigy – Wind It Up
04. The Prodigy – Your Love (Remix) 
05. The Prodigy – Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2)
06. The Prodigy – Charly (Trip Into Drum And Bass Version)
07. The Prodigy – Out Of Space
08. The Prodigy – Everybody In The Place (155 And Rising)
09. The Prodigy – Weather Experience
10. The Prodigy – Fire (Sunrise Version)
11. The Prodigy – Ruff In The Jungle Bizness
12. The Prodigy – Death Of The Prodigy Dancers (Live)

If none of these names ring a bell, you aren’t a true raver. These are truly Gods greatest gifts to mankind! Name one track that stood the test of time as good as these tracks.

The added link above takes you to the Prodigy’s website, on which you can order a 2004 re-release version of this album, which contains 2 discs. The first disc has got the same tracklist as the one released in 1992, but the second disc has a few bonus tracks, and also (it seems) two ‘Weather Experience’ tracks? A bit weird, but so be it. If you want to hear what they released back in 1992 and was so brand new and exciting it made the headlines everywhere, go to their website and purchase the re-released album now.

Only quality tunes can be found on this masterpiece. You have to remember that the equipment they used back in 1992 was basic and not highly sophisticated, basic is the best word to describe it, but they still made it sound like they’ve pushed the equipment to the max, showcasing their maximum strength. If you haven’t heard it before, this album, this will blow your brains into pieces. This is seriously pioneering stuff, groundbreaking for the time, and they still are changed the music industry single-handedly.

Normally I would select one favourite track, but there are 12. But the one that still makes me feel the most is ‘Weather Experience’. It is so good and emotional at the same time, you don’t want this track to end. Thankfully it’s the longest track on this album (8 minutes long), so you can experience a whole range of emotions you never knew you had.

So many great anthems. ‘Charly’ is also a wicked track, heard the original version/top 40 version too much, I prefer the ‘Trip Into Drum and Bass Version’ much more, and the bass….. OMG. ‘Hyperspeed’ is just an amazing track that makes your ears bleed from the first to the last second. If you haven’t heard this track before, you might think it’s a mellow track, but once everything goes bananas, it goes bananas and you will not be able to understand what just happened.

This album has stood the test of time brilliantly. You can still listen to this and not be embarassed. They’ve only improved from this album on, but this to me is the best Prodigy album ever made. If I’d die, I would like this album to be played at my funeral. I know they normally play only three tracks, but for once make an exception for me! This is, by far, the greatest and best album ever made by an artist/band. Magnificent, beautiful and raw.

1992 was a good year for music: The Prodigy released ‘Experience’. Little did we know what was about to happen: they took over the world by storm. Big album. Buy it now, if you haven’t already. If you’ve got this album, play it out loud! There’s no specific reason why you should play this right now… every day is a Prodigy day!

0005

Breaking Free II.I – Mixed By Strife II & Gavin G (2015)

Breaking Free II.I - Mixed By Strife II & Gavin G (2015)

Breaking Free II.I – Mixed By Strife II & Gavin G (2015)

DJs: Strife II & Gavin G
Genre/Style: Drum & Bass, Breakbeat Hardcore, Liquid Drum & Bass
Release Year: 2015
Info: Breaking Free II.I
CDs: 2 (two)
Length CDs: 02:04:00
Tracks: 36 (thirty-six)
Label: Crush On Hardcore / Breaking Free
Product Number: BFCD002-I / COH06-10
Download Here: Breaking Free – Official Website
More Information: Breaking Free – Facebook Fanpage

It’s been a while since I last heard something from the Breaking Free headquarters, but they are back with a brand new compilation! The last compilation was released back in 2012, and it was a success. Three CDs, mixed by Ponder, Luna-C and Skampy. After that, things got quiet, very quiet. But the new album is out, and it’s for free! Mixed by Strife II and Gavin G, it’s going to be yet another success because they’ve got the two biggest Breakbeat Hardcore superstar DJs, Gavin G and Strife II. What more do you want? What more do you need? The album has got the finest Breakbeat Hardcore, Liquid DnB and Drum & Bass tracks on it, and the mixes are very tight.

The album has got two massive mixes on them, as I’ve mentioned before, and it’s not just the mixes that might look appealing to you, the artwork is not from this earth! Don’t know what it actually represents, but it looks amazing. Their website is also a plus, they’ve put a lot of effort into making this a success, and they should be proud of the product they have delivered. The finished product is gorgeous.

So the only thing you need is a proper internet connection, and Winzip. After you’ve unzipped it, let the music take your mind to the next level, and relax. This is breathtakingly beautiful, and if you want to know how the mixes sound like, underneath the review there are two Soundcloud players, both mixes can be found on there too. If you are liking it, go to Breaking Free’s website and download them now!

Gavin G and Strife II. This is Breakbeat heaven!

tracklist

CD 1 – Mixed By Strife II 
01. Strife II – Fountains & Flourescent Lights (Intro Mix) 
02. Strife II & Sirenstar – Great Wide Open
03. Buzzmasta – Shoreline (Orbit1 Remix) 
04. Strife II – Enough VIP
05. Lucky Breaks – February Funk
06. Sam B – Keep It Going
07. Strife II & Andreas Ort – Feel Free (Old Skool Mix) 
08. Optimise – Optimise (Skampy Remix) 
09. Sash Dee & Daniel Seven feat Zoe VanWest – Over & Over (Chris Ross Remix) 
10. Entity & Chwhynny – Can You Hear The Silence (Strife II Remix) 
11. Ponder vs Stereo Juggernaut – Starlight
12. Strife II – Feels
13. Spire – Days Go By
14. Izzard & Alicks – Looking Out With You (Strife II Remix) 
15. Fort Road – Fluke

CD 2 – Mixed By Gavin G 
01. Gavin G – All I Need
02. Will Smash – Do U Know
03. Gavin G – Climax Revamp
04. Feint – Sky Dance (Gavin G Remix) 
05. Heaven 7 & Al Storm – Dance With Me (Breaks Mix) 
06. Gavin G & IYF feat Roxie – Stay
07. Gavin G – Reach Out
08. Gavin G – Sahara
09. Gavin G & Dan Rolla – Dual Love (Will Smash Remix) 
10. Bustin & Skampy – Ascension (Ponder Remix) 
11. Gavin G – Forever
12. Darren Styles – Screwface (Gavin G Remix) 
13. Gavin G – Drop
14. Sam B – Your Town
15. Pacific – Golden Years
16. Gavin G – Soundboy
17. Darwin & Entity – Killswitch Rhythm
18. Gavin G – Damage
19. Fracus & Darwin – Freeflow
20. Gavin G – Imagination
21. Lucky Breaks – Levitate

See, I told you this was good! I can’t seem to find a lot of their own mixes, but when they do release mixes, the results are astonishing! The last time I heard Gavin G was on my birthday, when someone gave me ‘HU Breaks’ as a birthday present, and it’s been longer since I last heard Strife II. Maybe on a ReBuild music album? I can’t even remember.

The mixes are tight. Very good. The first was done by Strife II, and like Gavin G, he has used a lot of his own productions. Interesting to hear from Strife II, what he has been making. A good introduction, if you haven’t heard of Strife II before. Nothing wrong with the mix, loving each and every track.

Gavin G’s mix is a very interesting one, as interesting as Strife II’s mix. Loving everything this man does. Never a dull moment with Gavin. The tracks are all good and solid as a rock, and the mix is excellent. Another flawless mix.

The best track of mix 1? I have to say that ‘Can You Hear The Silence’ has penetrated my skull and won’t leave it. Best track of the second mix .. there are two. ‘Climax Revamp’, without a doubt. And ‘Damage’. So good, it makes the hair in my neck stand up straight!

Breaking Free’s second compilation is massive! Can’t remember what I thought of the first one, seeing as the review has disappeared (and so my old website too), but it must have been good. Could the second instalment be better? Come on, that’s an easy answer: YES. Gavin G and Strife II. What more do you need?

One mighty fine album, and only one score for it:

0005

HU Breaks (2013)

HU Breaks (2013)

HU Breaks (2013)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Breakbeat Hardcore, Breaks, Drum & Bass
Release Year: 2013
Info: HU Breaks – 2 CDs Including 14 Unmixed Tracks – Mixed By Gavin G
CDs: 2 (two)
Length CDs: 02:25:10
Tracks: 33 (thirty-three)
Label: Hardcore Underground
Product Number: HUBRKSCD001
Buy Here: Hardcore Underground Store
More Information: Hardcore Underground – Facebook Fanpage

Last week it was my birthday (and also my missus) and we celebrated in style. A small party with family and friends and obviously a lot of presents. As usual you get the presents you didn’t ask for but come in handy anyway, like socks, but this year I asked for something else, CDs. My wife kept on asking me which one I wanted, and there were quite a few. The Hardcore Underground store is literally filled with CDs I want, so I named a few. When I opened my present, it wasn’t one of those I asked for, but nevertheless an amazing CD I forgot about: HU Breaks. When this CD was released 2 years ago, the teasing video made me moist, a short video of what to expect. But as usual, I tend to forget things and never ordered it. Now I have it, and it took 2 years for me to write a review, but it’s finally there… or here.

As the title mentions, it’s all about Breaks/Breakbeat Hardcore. The first disc contains 14 unmixed tracks by the finest producers, and the second disc is mixed by one of the legendary DJs Gavin G. As I said before, the teaser which aired 2 years ago was a good one, and made me want this album more than ever. I wasn’t focussed on the unmixed CD, seeing as I love DJ mixes more, I was more focussed on Gavin G’s mix. He has a good reputation when it comes to producing Breakbeat Hardcore, and his tracks are always on fire. So when his name appeared on the sleeve (and in the video) I was intrigued.

The finest tunes were selected by well known names, and I think it’s time for you lot to see this amazing tracklist!

coollogo_com-187141957

CD 1 : Unmixed
01. Binary Shine – What You Got For Me (Fracus & Darwin Remix) 
02. Gavin G – Construct
03. Black & White – The Soul Children
04. Entity & Darwin – Fragments
05. Chris Ross vs Skampy & Bustin – Into The Fire
06. Fracus & Darwin – The Good Inside
07. Ponder – Leaving
08. Daniel Seven – Energy (Set Me Free)
09. Fracus & Brownie – Feelings
10. Gavin G – Climax
11. Darwin – Higher Emotion
12. Entity & Chwhynny – Can You Hear The Silence (Strife II Remix) 
13. Brooklyn & Dan Edge – Giving All My Love
14. Deeper Territory – You Better Run

CD 2 : Mixed By Gavin G 
01. Gavin G – Afrika (Intro Mix) 
02. Gavin G – Desire
03. Entity & Darwin – Fragments
04. CLSM & Matt Lastname – Jungle Field
05. Darwin – Higher Emotion
06. Gavin G – Construct
07. Black & White feat Angie Brown – Get Your Hands Up (Toronto Is Broken Remix) 
08. Gavin G – Climax
09. Skeets feat Jeston Langland – This Moment (Darwin Remix) 
10. Fracus & Darwin – Music Blocks (Gavin G Remix) 
11. Sam B – Take You Higher
12. Ponder & Wizbit – New Zealand Story (Gavin G Remix) 
13. Fracus & Darwin feat Cari Winter – I’ll Be Ready
14. Chris Ross vs Skampy & Bustin – Into The Fire
15. Fracus & Darwin – The Good Inside
16. Karl Future & Brother Simon – Soundshower
17. Entity & Chwhynny – Can You Hear The Silence
18. Black & White – The Soul Children
19. Gavin G – Sky (HU Breaks Album Mix) 

This has made my birthday a very special one. Immediately after the guests left, I went into the kitchen, put the first disc on, and started raving away in the kitchen whilst washing up. A perfect end to a perfect day.

The CD has got some amazing tracks on it, and most of them are made by Gavin G. I’m a fan of his style, and once you’ve pressed play on the second disc, you will hear the most recognisable sound, his famous ‘Afrika’ track. He has delivered an awesome mix, and the tracks he has selected are all wicked. His own productions are the best to be honest, the others are great but not as good as Gavin’s tracks.

What more can I say? This is a must have album, if you love Breaks/Breakbeat Hardcore. HU have been busy with releasing music constantly, but I think it’s about time that they release more Breakbeat stuff, and maybe come up with a brand new album. It feels like this was a one off, but let’s pray that this ain’t true. Breakbeat Hardcore deserves a stage, and with this album it has, but this was released 2 years ago. Time has flown by, hasn’t it? Time for some new music!

Best track? Every Gavin G track. I’m such a fan boy.

0005