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Sensation – The Megamixes (2002)

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Sensation The Megamixes 2002

Back in 2002 ID&T took a risk, which paid off: organising two separate events, one focussed on the ‘lighter’ side of Dance music, and the other to the ‘darker’ side of Dance music, and they called it Sensation White and Sensation Black. The actual event started back in 2000, and has led to multiple versions of it, all over the world, from Europe to Australia, from South America to Asia. But back in 2002 they changed the world completely, and I was there: at Sensation White. Of course I had to make a decision, to go to Black or White, and seeing as my friends back then went to White, I couldn’t go on my own to Black (well, I’ve done such a thing at Mysteryland 1998 Outdoor, but that’s a different kind of story).

To this day it’s still the most played CD ever. To me. The amount of scratches make it unbearable to listen to, so I went on the internet today and found both White and Black as a video on Youtube. And I know the productions behind the events have changed, and now there are a lot of pennies thrown at the actual event, but back in 2002 walking into the Amsterdam Arena and it looking like a church (including a choir) made it more special. I am still grateful to this day that I bought the ticket when it was already sold out from a dodgy man, because it turned out to be a legitimate ticket. So many were left outside, but I was inside, raving the night away. So many great DJs performed at this unique event, and when the megamix happened, we were all amazed: what was going to happen was unique to me. No DJ behind the decks, but a well fabricated mix, and everything around it was superb as well: the lights were on spot. And we all danced. Yes we danced. Until we had blisters on our feet.

Let me remind you I wasn’t at Sensation Black, but listening to the mix today still gives me goosebumps. ID&T were (and still are) innovators and they’ve put not only their own events on the map, but also the Netherlands. They might organise events all over the world, but the Netherlands is the country where we created these types of events,  and made them bigger, better and bolder. We did it first.

The tracklist of the actual CD? Well, it’s on the CD and you can hear the exact tunes in the two Youtube video’s I’ve attached underneath the review. The screaming ravers still give me goosebumps, 15 years later.

tracklist TCD

Sensation Megamix – The White Edition 
01. Sensation Intro – Elevator Ride To Heaven
02. DJ Tiesto – Lethal Industry
— Marco V – Godd
03. Energy 52 – Café Del Mar
04. Storm – Storm
05. Faithless – Insomnia
06. DJ Astrid – Starfever
07. Brainbug – Nightmare
08. 4 Strings – Take Me Away (Into The Night)
— Blaze – To My Beat (AMbassador Remix) 
09. Paul van Dyk – For An Angel
10. Push – Universal Nation
11. Rank 1 – Awakening
— Marco V – Godd
12. PPK – Resurrection
13. Cygnus X – Superstring (Rank 1 Remix) 
14. Svenson & Gielen – Twisted
15. Sensation – The Anthem 2002 (White Edition)
16. Sensation Interlude – Trip To Hell

Sensation Megamix – The Black Edition 
17. T99 – Anasthasia
18. Mauro Picotto – Pulsar 2002
19. Aztec Mystic – Knight Of The Jaguar
20. Dave Clarke – The Compass
21. Tall Tin Box – God’s Love
22. Joyrider – The Deadline
23. DHS – House Of God
24. Yves DeRuyter – Calling Earth
25. Human Resource – Dominator
26. Derb – Derb
27. Speedy J – Pullover
28. Jorn & Ard – 16
29. X-Filter – Come On
30. Members Of Mayday – 10 In 01
31. Underworld – Born Slippy
32. Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire
33. Cherrymoon Trax – Let There Be House
34. Cosmic Gate – Back To Earth
35. Marco V – Godd
36. Sensation – The Anthem 2002 (Black Edition)
37. Cosmic Gate – The Truth
38. Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth
39. Sensation Outro – Black Out

This CD came also with a DVD, with the actual event recordings on it, including interviews etc. But the main focus for me was the CD. Oh, how I’ve played this to the max. I can literally dream the whole CD, I know when the crowds are cheering, I know when the music drops, I know which track comes next.

What I can tell you straight away is the fact that I went to White, but the Black megamix still holds the most memories for me. How to end a section of your event with two seriously beautiful records, ‘The Truth’ by Cosmic Gate and ‘The First Rebirth’ by Jones & Stephenson. Now that’s the best and only way to show the world how its done. No mucking about. This is how I want to hear at parties. A tremendous build up, classic anthem that stood the test of time, and to play probably the most prolific record in the Hardcore scene: The First Rebirth. Fuck me, this is epic. And the cheering crowds, boy, they love it.

This to me is the best live mix CD ever. The crowd cheering and shouting just makes it more special. And especially the recognisable voice of John B. Wells. Everything, and I do mean everything, is in place. If I die, this is what heaven looks like to me. Depending on you being a good or bad person, (if you’ve been good, you go to White, if you’ve been bad, you go Black). I wouldn’t mind going to Black. Fucking epic set. The one who made this megamix is uncredited for, but he/she deserves the utmost respect. This is the best megamix ever. No one, and I mean it, can compete.

Best record from the White mix? The actual Sensation White anthem of 2002. The best record of the Black edition? The last 2. Simples.

Fucking epic CD. I’ve got it stored on my computer, but I wil go on the look for a new copy, unscratched. I need this so badly. And I wish I could go back to 2002. Those were the days.

This is the album you need to listen to before you die. The very best. Or, let me put it this way: the best ever!

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Artist: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Hardstyle, Gabber, Progressive Trance
Release Year: 2002
Album Info: Sensation – The Megamixes
CDs: 1 (one) + DVD
Length CD: too short
Tracks: 39 (thirty-nine)
Label: ID&T
Product Number: 7005552
More Information: Sensation – Official Website

Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

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You know it’s Christmas when you find hundreds of presents underneath the tree. But sometimes you don’t even need to look underneath the three to find something magical! This year the legendary Organ Donors decided to give a wicked Christmas present to all of us by giving away their 2008 album ‘Oldskool Autopsy’, which you can find on Soundcloud right now! Ain’t that something? That’s beautiful, free music. And especially when it’s made by the Organ Donors and it concerns Oldskool music. What else could you wish for this year? We’ve got all that we wanted! Thank you Santa.

The album is obviously focussed on the Oldskool side of things, and the Organ Donors have been influenced by artists such as KLF, Joey Beltram, Massive Attack, Moby, and more. Basically what they’ve done back in 2006 to 2008 is take Oldskool anthems and give it the Organ Donor twist. And I’m impressed. You look at the tracklist and you know immediately who made the originals, and you wonder how it sounds like after the Organ Donors gave it a twist. That’s not 100% unique, I think it’s normally called a remix. But in this case they took the whole record apart (autopsy), put the most important bits back in place and added bits here and there, thankfully not creating a Frankenstein, but a beautiful creature.

The tracklist will make you go ‘oh yeah, I know that one’ or ‘mmm, who made the original again?’ You know the anthems, I’m sure of it. Whilst you are waiting for the download to commence, why not like the boys on Facebook, just to show your appreciation for their awesome Christmas present?

tracklist

01. Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy
02. Organ Donors – What Time Is Love
03. Organ Donors – Activ8
04. Organ Donors – Go
05. Organ Donors – Made In 2 Minutes
06. Organ Donors – Acid In The System
07. Organ Donors & Vinylgroover – Good Life
08. Organ Donors – 2v231o
09. Organ Donors – Teardrop
10. Organ Donors & Dr. Willis – Moog Eruption
11. Organ Donors – Mentasm
12. Organ Donors – Super Mario Brothers
13. Organ Donors & Alex Kidd – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
14. Organ Donors – 9 Is A Classic
15. Organ Donors – Inner City Life
16. Organ Donors – The Answer Phone (Secret Track)

The way they’ve composed these tracks is amazing! They still left the Oldskool-ness in each and every track, and even though this album is from 2008, it still sounds fresh and wouldn’t sound off when it would have been released 8 years later, in 2016.

On Discogs you can find more information who made the original. But I’m more focussed on the Organ Donors and their take on these classic anthems. Did it work? Was it worth it, spending 2 years in a studio, fabricating each track? Was it worth the time and effor they’ve spent on them? The answer is simply ‘yes’. It’s always good when people give their own twist to an Oldskool track. Not often does it work, because nothing can top the original. But on this album the Organ Donors have done the originals justice by making their versions excellent.

You sometimes hear an album with remixes and you face-palm yourself, wondering how in God’s name the remixer came up with that crap. Not in this case. Not one face-palm moment during this album.

These are classics. And I’m not talking about the originals, these versions of classic anthems are on its own classics. Maybe not the last track, because that’s just a weird track. But for example ‘Mentasm’ is such a good remix. The original was tight, but this version rocks too! Or ‘Go’, an all-time classic by Moby. This version does the trick too, shake the dancefloor.

Really good album. And for free. Thank you Organ Donors for it. This has made my Christmas even better! Download this right now, and you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t, and I’m not easily pleased!

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Artist: Organ Donors
Genre/Style: Oldskool, Rave, Techno, Hard House, Hard Trance, Breakbeat, Acid
Release Year: 2008
CD Info: Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:18:35
Tracks: 15 + 1 secret track (fifteen + one)
Label: Tidy
Product Number: TIDYOSA
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 179 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Organ Donors – Facebook Fanpage

Clubland Bounce (2014)

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A couple of days ago I was in the UK, shopping as usual, and I found this CD in an HMV store in Westfield, the huge shopping centre. They were getting rid of a lot of CDs, so this one was on a discount. I haven’t heard many Bounce mixes or CDs before, so this kind of music is still new to me, so when I noticed this CD, I thought that it could be good to expand my musical knowledge, and it certainly did. I’ve got many Clubland CDs, so this would only be an improvement, wouldn’t it be?

Bounce, what is Bounce? Well, it’s addictive, it has to be said. If you have never heard of it, I would suggest this CD to you, because it has 80 of the biggest Bounce & NRG anthems on it. Clubland is well known for its musical diversity, and if I’m correct many Bounce anthems have appeared on their previous compilations, but never before on one compilation like this one. 80 anthems on one album, interesting. I was intrigued when I saw the tracklist, because many tracks are known to me, but not the remix versions. I bought it anyway, because the tracklist looked good, so I would be a fool to leave this one behind.

tracklist

CD 1: 
01. Bliss Inc – Faith (Nick Skitz Faithless Radio Edit) 
02. Girls Aloud – Call The Shots (Alex K Remix) 
03. London Fiesta – Can You Feel It
04. BCD Project feat Becky Lane – All I Think About Is You
05. N-R-Gize – Crazy (2002 Floorburner Remix) 
06. Styles & Breeze – Your Shining (Rezonance Q Remix) 
07. Konovox – Blitz (DJ Schwede Remix) 
08. Rezonance Q – Someday
09. Ultrabeat & Scott Brown – Elysium (I Go Crazy) (Alex K Remix) 
10. Scooter – Apache Rocks The Bottom! (Alex K Remix) 
11. Captain Kirk & Dave Austin – The Battle
12. Deja Vu – Face Down Ass Up (Alex K Remix) 
13. Club Enforcer – Royal Flush
14. Alex K – The Beat Pounds
15. Special D – Come With Me (KB Project Remix) 
16. Escape – What I Gotta Do (Rezonance Q Remix) 
17. Project Bass – You & Me
18. The Headhunters – Days Like That (KB Project Remix) 
19. Access 3 – Promise Land (Alex K Remix) 
20. Hyperlogic – Only Me (Doug Laurent Remix) 

CD 2: 
01. Kate Ryan – Scream For More
02. DRT – Take Me Away (Alex K Remix) 
03. Chaah – Funkiness Of You (KB Project Remix) 
04. N-Trance – Set You Free (KB Project Remix) 
05. Breeze vs Lost Witness – Rise Again (Alex K Remix) 
06. Neo Cortex – Elements (KB Project Remix) 
07. 3 Amigos feat Becky Lane – Think I Better Let You Know (Hardknox Remix) 
08. Beatplayers feat Lara McAllen – Piece Of Heaven (Alex K Remix) 
09. DJ Sasher – This Is No Game
10. Rezonance Q – Sweetheart (Alex K Remix) 
11. Alex K feat Peta – Tell Me
12. Beatplayers & Kristine Blond – Loveshy (Alex K Remix) 
13. Tokyo feat Siobhan – Love Come Down (KB Project Remix) 
14. Full Force feat Sam Noon – Just The Wat It Is (Krafty Boys Remix) 
15. Nicolette – Harden Up (Skitz Remix) 
16. Kirsten Joy – Only Your Love (Cheeky Traxx Remix) 
17. Club Enforcer – Here To Chill
18. Dancing DJs – Fading Like A Flower (Alex K Remix) 
19. Sosumi – Feel The Tribute
20. Ultrasun – We Can Runaway (Alex K Remix) 

CD 3: 
01. Floorfilla – Anthem #2 (DJ Cerla Floorfiller) 
02. DJ Schwede – Solider Of Fortune Reloaded
03. XNRG feat Alex K – Riverside
04. BCD Project feat Becky Lane – Infinity (Alex K Remix) 
05. Flip & Fill – 6 Days On The Run (Alex K Remix) 
06. Eyeopener – Open Your Eyes (Alex K Remix) 
07. Marcel Woods – Advanced (Alex K Remix) 
08. Shelley – I Will Follow You (Vocal Club Mix) 
09. Apollo – Dance
10. Alex K vs Amen – Happiness (Alex K Remix) 
11. Paradise – See The Light (KB Project Remix) 
12. Cisco Kid – Pizzaman
13. Uproar – The Roof Is On Fire
14. Trick Babies vs LMC – Little Bird (Alex K Remix)
15. Alex K – Shake It Up
16. Francesca – You Are The One (Quadrasonic Remix) 
17. Styles & Breeze feat Karen Danzig – Heartbeatz (Rezonance Q  vs Alex K Remix) 
18. Slinkee Minx – Summer Rain (Alex K Radio Edit) 
19. Nick Skitz – All You Deejays
20. N&K vs Denis The Menace – Cruising (Steve Murano Remix) 

CD 4: 
01. La Luna – Here I Am (Club Mix) 
02. Supafly – Gotta Be Love (Alex K Remix) 
03. Milk Inc – Walk On Water (H20 Radio Edit) 
04. Clear Vu – I Adore (KB Project Remix) 
05. Amen vs Alex K – I Can’t Wait (Alex K Remix) 
06. Gigi D’Agostino – L’amour Toujours (Alex K Remix) 
07. Lisa Abbott – Blow Me Away (Alex K Remix) 
08. Uproar – Brass Disk
09. Total Control – Static Bounce
10. Charlotta Chadwick – Be There (Alex K Remix) 
11. The Rezidents – Popcorn
12. Miss Peppermint – Welcome To Tomorrow (Aldrich & Glennon Remix) 
13. Da Buzz – Let Me Love You Tonight (DJ Ectic Remix) 
14. Booty Callers – I Owe You Nothing (Rezonance Q Remix) 
15. Alex K feat Ellewood – Smalltown Boy
16. Marianne – A Girl Like Me (Alex K Remix) 
17. Trinity X – Forever
18. Porn Kings vs Flip & Fill feat 740 Boyz – Shake Ya Shimmy (Flip & Fill Edit) 
19. Quango & Zunie – Music Is My Life (Bounce C Remix) 
20. M&C – Do You Want Me Right Now

See, I told you the tracklist looked good. I must ask: is Alex K, Rezonance Q and KB Project the three biggest Bounce DJs on Gods given Earth? Had to type this whole tracklist by hand, and only then I noticed that they’ve done the most remixes, especially Alex K.

The 4 CDs are quite entertaining, some good tracks can be found on them, but there are a few too similar sounding tracks on there too. Not quite what I was expecting. And also a few remixes weren’t as good as the original versions. Some versions should be untouched, and in this case they weren’t improved at all.

Does this mean these 4 CDs are bad? Not really, they can be very good. Maybe touching the same basslines and beats too often, but still catchy as hell. Yes, they are quite bouncy, and that’s the whole reason behind this compilation. Bounce ‘til you drop. It has made my journey towards my home country an interesting one. Quicker, that’s for sure. Does this compilation represent the Bounce scene? I don’t have a clue, seeing as this is the first Bounce compilation I bought.

Not 100 percent of what I was hoping for, but still entertaining.

Ps. There are two minimixes underneath this review, to showcase the albums strength. Have a listen and decide for yourself.

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Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Bounce, NRG
Release Year: 2014
Info: 80 of the biggest Bounce & NRG Anthems ever
CDs: 4 (four)
Length CDs: +/+ 4 hours
Tracks: 80 (eighty)
Label: Universal Music TV
Product Number: 5353932
Buy Here: Amazon – Clubland Bounce
More Information: Clubland – Facebook Fanpage