Category: Hardcore

M-Project – Weaponized Soul (2017)

M-Project - Weaponized Soul (2017)

M-Project – Weaponized Soul (2017)

Artists: M-Project & Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Powerstomp, Freeform
Release Year: 2017 (11-08-2017)
CD Info: M-Project – Weaponized Soul
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 00:42:14
Tracks: 10 (ten)
Label: GUHROOVY / Terraform Music
Product Number: TFCD013
Buy Here: Weaponized Soul – GUHROOVY Website
More Information: M-Project – Facebook Fanpage

If you don’t know who M-Project is, you should be ashamed. You ain’t into UK Hardcore like the most of us, are you? No worries, it’s time for you to catch up, and know who he is. He’s by far the most succesful UK Hardcore/Powerstomp/Makina DJ/producer from Japan, and his name is known all across the globe. Famous not only for his music, but also for his outfit. You must have seen pictures of him doing weird things, like ironing the side of an escalator? Yep, that’s M-Project. Maybe a bit silly, but shouldn’t we all be a bit bonkers to get through life?

He’s released a brand new album only a week or 2 ago, which is called ‘Weaponized Soul’. A very serious album, if the title is that deep. And on this album he decided to go all the way, and work with the finest names in the industry. And probably the biggest UK Hardcore DJ/producer ever: Scott Brown. Let’s not underestimate the others like Synthwulf, Mitomoro, Relect, and of course S3RL. But Scott Brown! He’s the biggest legend coming out of Scotland, and he’s worked now with someone from thousands of miles away: Japan. Two worlds collided, and let up to this album.

You get this album via GUHROOVY, and only for 1.620 yen (which is around 12 euros), which is a bargain, if I might say so. 10 tracks, highly recommended by TCD (=me). Let me show you the tracklist, it’s a beauty!

tracklist TCD

01. Scott Brown & M-Project – The Revolution
02. MUZIK SERVANT & M-Project – Muzik For Da People
03. Mitomoro & M-Project – F#=k That Beat Up
04. Relect & M-Project – Nothing Makes Sense
05. S3RL vs M-Project feat Krystal – Heart Attack (Eufeion Remix) 
06. S-WORX & M-Project – Bass Cannon
07. Synthwulf & M-Project – Final Form
08. M-Project – The Way We Were
09. T4TSUYA & M-Project – Just Be Mine
10. Scott Brown & M-Project feat Krystal – The Spark

Now that’s a tracklist and a half! Bloody Nora, that’s a beauty! A lot of collaborations for mr M-Project. And as I said, working with the Brown man must have been a wish coming true! I’ve seen M-Project doing remixes for him, and also Dune, but to actually collaborate with him must have been truly astonishing. The result are 2 amazing tracks, and one of those tracks is with the talented female singer Krystal.

The music that you get is a wide range of music. A bit of UK Hardcore, a bit of Freeform, a bit of Powerstomp, a bit of Happy Hardcore, literally everything you want. And even though you might think it’s not going to work, M-Project has made it work. How he did it, I don’t know, but his album is a masterpiece. I like literally every track, even the one on which he collaborated with S3RL, who’s not my most favourite producer/DJ ever (his music is too cheesy). I even like that track.

I like the simple yet sufficient album cover, I like the length of the album, I like the way he composed the record, there’s basically nothing you can not like. Everything is just perfect. But what’s the best record? Oh, difficult. I like the Scott Brown record, on which he stays true to his late 90s/early 00s style, but the two which made me smile for miles the most are ‘Muzik For Da People’ and ‘Final Form’. These two records are so good, they made me iron an escalator. And when I say that, it’s a good thing!

A very mature album. I’m digging M-Project’s direction, the path he’s following. This is definately worth the yens, pounds, or euros. Or even dollars. Get this album now via GUHROOVY, this will be the highlight of this Summer. Is this the best album of 2017? Don’t know it yet, the year hasn’t ended. But for now it is!

Ps. here’s a teaser, if you want to get the album and you are interested….

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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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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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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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