Category: Hardcore

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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Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Who's Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform, Happy Hardcore, Gabber
Release Year: 2016
CD Info: Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] CDs: 2 (two)
Length CD: 01:54:31
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Label: Stamina Records
Product Number: STMCD003
Buy Here (via Stamina Records): BUY HERE
More Information: Stamina Records – Facebook Fanpage

Just before the year ended I received an album via the mail AND via e-mail. How’s that possible? Well, let me answer your question in a second, but first let me announce the album I received: Stamina Records’ latest album called ‘Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two]. The long awaited follow-up to the succesfull first instalment, which is nearly sold out, only a handful left in the whole wide world. Hint: get both albums before they are sold out, and you will never ever be able to get these tracks ever again! And if you are a DJ, it’s not a mixed album, it’s an album especially for you!

A couple of days ago I reviewed a mix done by M@rt!n-J, a dedication mix to Stamina Records, which was filled with records from this album. It received the highest score possible, 5 out of 5. It’s logical, because it was packed with awesome tunes. Straight after typing the whole review I decided to purchase the album myself, because I bought the first one and was highly impressed, and I didn’t want to miss out on this new album.

After purchasing the album via Stamina’s own webstore, I received a mail saying the downloads were ready?! And I thought ‘what’s going on? I thought I purchased the album itself, not a download album?’. Turns out you pay for not only the physical album, but you also get all the tracks as a wave file! You just go to the Stamina webstore, and you get the download. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

So basically you pay for one album and you get it twice. But what an album it is! It’s worth every penny, and if you are part of the Purple Revolution, you get even more (see Stamina Records’ Facebook page for more information).

tracklist

Disc One (Unmixed) 
01. A.B – Promise Me (Scott Brown Remix) 
02. A.B vs Finnbarr – Stick Together (S3RL Remix) 
03. Darwin & 3Star – Nebulous
04. A.B – Miami (Jakka-B Remix) 
05. Aethral – Reminiscing
06. Vitalsoundz – Warehouse
07. Alex BassJunkie – Fireball (Extended Mix) 
08. Lost Faith – Magicka
09. Finnbarr – Chant Of The Freeformers
10. Substanced – Artificial Reality
11. Rikki Arkitech & Cyrax – Destroyer Of Worlds

Disc Two (Unmixed) 
01. Kevin Energy & Cube::Hard – Voice Of Carme (Transcend Remix) 
02. JD-KiD & Arun Presents Stardust – Gaia
03. Digital Commandos – War Of The Machines
04. A.B vs Synthwulf – Genre This! (Ales Remix) 
05. Finnbarr – Beauty And The Beat
06. Lost Faith & Spectrum – Orbital Descent
07. A.B – Shudder
08. A.B vs K-Wire – Twisted (Kounta Kulture Remix) 
09. Tamerax feat Alanna Sterling – Rise
10. Marc Smith & Little Fella – Hardcore Crazy
11. Skinny & Darwin – Like A Boulder

There are too many great anthems on here, it’s probably Freeform’s greatest album of the year. Name another album this great, this good. Come on, accept the challenge and name one!

The album looks great. Loving the colours. MC Obie has done a smashing job with the artwork (he always delivers), and it makes the album stand out compared to other bland albums. Not only does it look good, it sounds good too! 2 discs filled with 22 tracks from artists such as Skinny, Darwin, Marc Smith, A.B, Finnbarr, Substanced, and more. What could you ask for?

Liking this album a lot! Not only bound to Freeform, it touches several styles. It’s good that Stamina promotes not only the well known artists but also the upcoming acts, names I’ve never heard of before, but from now on I will and must. Listen to Aethral’s song ‘Reminiscing’, or Tamerax’s ‘Rise’. Beauties, that’s what they are.

What’s my favourite record on this album? Crikey, that’s difficult. There are a few. ‘Magicka’ is epic, ‘Beauty And The Beat’ just astonishingly good, ‘Shudder’ a dancefloor smasher, ‘Rise’ beautiful, and I could go on an on. Ok, let me pick one. ‘Magicka’. Everything is just perfect. And also the drop is bad ass!

I can not mention this in each review, I can’t. This will be the last time I will ever mention this, and hopefully it will have a long lasting effect on everyone: Stamina Records is the world’s greatest Freeform label. They are the best of the best. And for releasing yet another astonishing album that not only looks great but also sounds EPIC I must give the highest score possible:

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Alex Prospect – Dedicated (2015)

Alex Prospect - Dedicated (2015)

Alex Prospect – Dedicated (2015)

Artist: Alex Prospect
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, EDMCore
Release Year: 2015
CD Info: Alex Prospect – Dedicated
CDs: 2 (two) (1 mixed + 1 unmixed)
Length CDs: 01:42:24
Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)
Label: Lethal Theory
Product Number: LTDSCD005
Download/Listen (via Hardcore Underground): BUY HERE
More Information: Alex Prospect – Facebook Fanpage

Last year many albums were released, and of those albums was Alex Prospect’s first artist album called ‘Dedicated’. A double CD, one mixed and one unmixed, DJ Friendly. The album was talked about quite a lot, because it’s was an artist album by one of the hottest artists in the UK Hardcore scene. Alex Prospect had an amazing journey, and played for many people all over the globe, and now with his artist album he has shown that he’s not a one-hit-wonder but someone who’s going to stay and will dominate the scene for many years.

Let’s talk about the album: it’s two discs, one mixed with 13 amazing tracks, and the second one has the exact same tracks on it but unmixed. Depending on why you purchased this album you could use the first for long journeys to wherever, or the second disc for if you need some banging tunes when you are DJing at your local pub tonight. For whatever reason you purchase this album, the main reason should be that you support proper UK Hardcore artists, and Alex Prospect is one of them. Or as we should call him #ItsYaBoy. Don’t know where that came from, but it’s catchy.

On this album he not only used his own talents to compose these tracks, but he asked some friends to come over and make some music alongside him, artists such as Darren Styles, Klubfiller, Gammer, Joey Riot, Mark Breeze, etc. If you see these names you know the album’s going to be good, he asked the best of the best. These fellow producers have experience, and with Alex’s enthusiasm and new approach to UK Hardcore it has made this album quite tasty. And that’s why people talked about it alot last year!

tracklist

CD 1 + 2
01. Alex Prospect – Cameras, Action And Lights
02. Alex Prospect x Becci – All The Things
03. Alex Prospect x Jack Ambrose – Closer
04. Alex Prospect x Darren Styles – Rock Right Now
05. Alex Prospect x Klubfiller – True Feelings
06. Alex Prospect – Calypso
07. Alex Prospect x Gammer – Bad Bitch
08. Alex Prospect x Joey Riot – Move Your Body
09. Alex Prospect – Colours
10. Alex Prospect – All Falls Down
11. Alex Prospect x Callum Higby x Rhezie – Watch Me Run
12. Alex Prospect x Mark Breeze – Trvp Lyfe
13. Alex Prospect – I Don’t Blame You

Quite sexy, isn’t it? So many great artists on one artist album. I now know why this album was so hyped up last year. And I am ashamed that I didn’t purchase it back then. So many things to do, so many things forgotten. Last week (or was it the week before) I saw that there was a Cyber Monday thingy on Hardcore Underground’s webstore, which meant certain things were cheaper, and seeing as I’m a Dutchman, I immediately purchased 4 albums, which this one was one of them. Thank God I did it, because it has made my week extraordinary!

I’ve been following him for quite a while, think I already reviewed a couple of mixes before, but Alex is the future of UK Hardcore. His fresh approach to it is amazing, and once you’ve listened to this album you know his approach is unique, fresh and exactly what the scene needs. There’s so much negativity, we should rave it off! And let Alex Prospect be the DJ to turn the negativity into positivity!

The tunes are amazing! So many great anthems like ‘Bad Bitch’, ‘Rock Right Now’, ‘All Falls Down’, ‘True Feelings’, ‘Closer’, but the one that moved me the most because it’s so amazing is ‘Colours’. The vocals are just perfect, the beats, basses and melodies just make it turn into the dopest and sexiest and coolest track of 2015. Don’t know who sung it, but her voice is just astonishing!

This album is really good, Alex always puts an extra Bounce into each track, blending two worlds together: EDM and UK Hardcore. This kind of music is not only dancefloor filling, but also arena filling. I’m loving it a lot, and it brings a smile on my face. And as a bonus (a weird bonus) you get track 13, which is an extra emotional track. Just listen to it and you know what I’m talking about.

An album I should have purchased earlier. But I’ve got it now, and I won’t let it go. Burning house, what do I save from the fire? Not this album, because it’s already on FIRE!

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Contagious To The Core (Volume One) (2016)

Contagious To The Core (Volume One) (2016)

Contagious To The Core (Volume One) (2016)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Powerstomp
Album Info: Contagious Records Presents Contagious To The Core – Volume One
Release Year: 2016
CDs: 1 (one)
Length Album: 01:12:02
Tracks: 16 (sixteen)
Label: Contagious Records
Product Number: unknown
Purchase Album: BUY ALBUM HERE
Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE (Previews)
More Information: Contagious Records – Facebook Fanpage

It’s that time of the year again, during which we can expect lots of CDs being released. 90% of the albums sold are Michael Bublé’s Christmas albums, and that’s only because he comes out around Christmas, and his voice sounds sweet in all fairness. But you can expect more music coming towards you, not Christmas related. And if you had enough of Christmas music, that’s a relief. One album you might want to look out for is yet another amazing album by Contagious Records. Yes, I am a Contagious Records fan.

You can order the album right now, and it will be shipped as soon as possible. Maybe just in time for Christmas, that would be nice. Sitting around the tree, opening your present, and after realising what you received you immediately put the album on and drive your mum, dad and the rest of the family mad. Unless they love Powerstomp, which I highly doubt. But I’m not sure if they will arrive before Christmas (I don’t work for a delivery company).

This album not only has DJ Riko on it (which is normally the case) but also artists such as M-Project, No Sweat, Kurt, Chris Fear, Bassline Animals, Joey Riot, and more. Yes, it’s focussed on Powerstomp, and that’s what we want to hear, isn’t it?

The tracklist is something you need to sit down for, because it’s amazeballs (yes, that’s a word used by the kids nowadays)..

tracklist

01. Kujin-Fu – Breaking (Contagious 170 Mix) 
02. Hyper & Electic Beatz – Hands In The Air
03. Riko vs ACB – Freak On
04. Joey Riot vs Danny R-Core – Ascension
05. S-Worx & M-Project – Mother F#=ker
06. Kurt vs Psyvex – Time To Fuckin Rock
07. Jonny El – Ritual
08. Liqo – Piledriver
09. Kujin-Fu – Get Back
10. Chris Fear – Bitches Shake It
11. Kurt vs Ry-On & Beefy – All Bitches
12. M-Project – Ganjaman
13. Hyper – Remember The Name
14. Kujin-Fu – Ratatata (Contagious 170 Mix) 
15. No Sweat – Let’s Get Down
16. Demize & Bassline Animals – Fuck Dat Hoe

See, this is a beauty. This is Powerstomp at its finest. This will make your Christmas awesome. Nothing else will improve the atmosphere at a dinner table or around the Christmas tree: it’s already extremely dull. Why watch crap on television and listen to boring Christmas tunes on the radio when you can listen to this?

There are some really fresh and exciting tunes on this album, and you should really check them out. Like ‘Ritual’, ‘Piledriver’, ‘Ganjaman’ and more. New music always excites me, and if you like new and exciting DJ friendly anthem you don’t need to look any further, this album is everything you wanted.

You get 16 amazing tracks, and if I can, I will announce my favourite record now: not one, but two blew me away, ‘Ritual’ and ‘Piledriver’. Just listen to them and you will realise why I picked these two.

The album is great. This is Contagious Records’ finest album to date. This is a must have album. Riko and his label are pushing Powerstomp forward, and I’m loving the music coming out of this subgenre.

Get this album right now, you won’t be disappointed. Trust the Dutchman, you should in all fairness. We might smoke weed all day, wear clogs, stick fingers in a dike, and live in windmills, but we created the current dance scene, so we know a thing or two when it comes to music. So ner.

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