Category: Rave

SMD – The Ultimate Collection (2016)

SMD - The Ultimate Collection (2016)

SMD – The Ultimate Collection (2016)

Artist: SMD (Slipmatt Dubs)
Genre/Style: Oldskool, Breakbeat, Happy Hardcore, Rave
Release Year: 2016
CD Info: 2 Disc Limited Edition – The Ultimate Collection
CDs: 2 (two)
Length CDs: 02:32:49
Tracks: 34 (thirty-four)
Label: World Of Rave
Product Number: WORCD002
Buy Here (via World Of Rave): BUY HERE
More Information: Slipmatt – Facebook Fanpage

This Christmas was a good Christmas. Not only did I spend quality time with my family, the presents were also awesome! And after many years of guessing what we should get the other half, we decided just to blurt it out, so we would get the other the perfect presents. Why do you need Homer Simpson socks or a book about pooping when you can actually have something really awesome and wicked? One of the things on my list was a CD, which only got released a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a really special one! You know SMD/Slipmatt Dubs? Yeah, you do? Well, the album I’m talking about is the ‘ultimate collection’.

According to Discogs SMD is a ‘pseudonym used by Slipmatt to release a short series of cheeky Breakbeat Happy Hardcore tracks, all sampling elements from old skool tunes’. It was indeed very short, the time span was between 1993 and 1996. But what an impact it had! These are the oldskool anthems which still destroy speakers at raves. It has been kept alive by the remixes being made throughout the years, and also because they were groundbreaking anthems. SMD might have only been active for a couple of years, but the impression it left amongst ravers will last a lifetime at least.

The album is unique and it’s exclusive.Why? Well, because you get the tracks on 2 discs, the first disc being DJ friendly and the second a mix by the Godfather of Rave himself, and if you are lucky, he will even sign your copy (like he did mine). But after this batch there won’t be any more released. This is it. If you miss these, you will miss out on probably the biggest album of 2016. Unless you’ve got these on vinyl, then you are truly an Oldskool legend like Slipmatt himself.

Let’s see what money can buy you, and money does buy you happiness.

tracklist

Disc 1 – The Ultimate Tracklist 
01. SMD – SMD#1A
02. SMD – SMD#1AA
03. SMD – SMD#2A
04. SMD – SMD#2AA
05. SMD – SMD#3A
06. SMD – SMD#3AA
07. SMD – SMD#4A
08. SMD – SMD#4AA
09. SMD – SMD#5A
10. SMD – SMD#5AA
11. SMD – SMD#5AA2 (Slipmatt’s SMD#1 Remix) 
12. SMD – SMD#2AA (Slipmatt’s Harder Remix) 
13. SMD – SMD#3A (Slipmatt’s 96 Remix) 
14. SMD – SMD#4A/AA (Al Storm Remix) 
15. SMD – SMD#3A (Slipmatt & Kutski Remix) 

Disc 2 – The Ultimate SMD Mix
01. SMD – SMD#5A
02. SMD – SMD#2AA
03. SMD – SMD#1AA
04. SMD – SMD#2A
05. SMD – SMD#1A
06. SMD – SMD#4A
07. SMD – SMD#3AA
08. SMD – SMD#4AA
09. SMD – SMD#3A
10. SMD – SMD#3A (Slipmatt’s 96 Remix) 
11. SMD – SMD#5AA2 (Slipmatt’s SMD#1 Remix) 
12. SMD – SMD#2AA (Slipmatt’s Harder Remix) 
13. SMD – SMD#5AA1
14. SMD – SMD#2A (Vibes & Hattrixx Remix) 
15. SMD – SMD#4A/AA (Al Storm Remix) 
16. SMD – SMD#3A (Dougal & Gammer Remix) 
17. SMD – SMD#3A (Vinylgroover Remix) 
18. SMD – SMD#3A (Slipmatt & Kutski Remix) 
19. SMD – SMD#2AA (Al Storm Remix) 

This album contains so many great anthems! No joke, this is the one album you need to purchase right now! After this there won’t be anything like this ever again! SMD will never ever release an album as unique as this one. So hurry up before you are too late and you might feel a bit stupid if you don’t have a copy!

So many great anthems, made in the 90s, and still making the present day music sound so pathetic. This is music how it should have been made, even in 2016. This is how it’s done, pure and yet with a lot of passion, dedication and limited knowledge of the equipment presented to them. In all fairness, when these tunes were made, they did not have the equipment we all have nowadays, so it was basic (compared to now), but even with ‘basic’ stuff SMD made quality tunes! Picture that, making tunes on oldschool computers and keyboards that you would give your kid nowadays for them for Christmas. This was ground breaking stuff, and the power behind each track can still be felt.

I can’t pick one favourite, even like the remixes by Al Storm, Dougal & Gammer, Vibes & Hattrixx, Kutski, and even Slipmatt’s own remixes. The originals are dope, but these remixes are as equal as the originals. So great to hear quality tunes: they don’t make them as good as SMD did back in the early 90s.

Ok, if I’ve got to pick…. ‘SMD#5AA2′. This sums up exactly how I feel when I hear an SMD tune. Everything’s in it, and it makes me move like never before, dislocating every body part which can dislocate. This is pure rave, and when Slipmatt made these he was in his elements. This is a classic album, and already has gone in my ‘top 10 all-time albums’. Why? Well, because it’s the music that makes the album great. Name any other artist who has that much of an impact on the scene as Slipmatt and his dubs. You can’t. Slipmatt is royalty to the raving scene, and with this album we can hear how good he was in the 90s when SMD was alive and kicking!

Will he ever bring SMD back? Will he ever release SMD#6A/AA? Who knows? Only Slipmatt and time will tell us. Let’s hope so.

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Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

Organ Donors - Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

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

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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Warehouse Anthems (2014)

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Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Breakbeat, Rave, Oldskool Rave, Hardcore, Acid House
Release Year: 2014
Info: Warehouse Anthems: Old Skool. Breakbeat. Hardcore. Rave.
CDs: 3 (three)
Tracks: 44 (fourty-four)
Length CDs: +/- 3 1/2 hours
Label: Sony Music TV Comp
Product Number: BOOHWO07FK
More Information: Buy on Amazon / Buy on iTunes

If you are an Oldskool lover like myself, and you do love to wander around in a CD store, I urge you to go out now to wherever an HMV is, or any other CD store, and look for this album. My recent trip to the U.K. was very succesful, and I was very happy to inform you all that I think I’ve found the ultimate Oldskool compilation. The compilation in question is called ‘Warehouse Anthems’, released by Sony Music TV Comp, and it’s 3 CDs, jam-packed with oldskool tracks by legendary artists such as The Prodigy, Liquid, LFO, Altern-8 (Mark Archer has written a foreword for this compilation), SL2, Awesome 3 and many more.

If you were part of that specific generation who danced until the break of dawn in a warehouse, you have lived. You have lived a wonderful life. Yet those good days have gone passed, warehouses are closed, and most parties are organised in big clubs and/or big festivals, and the warehouse concept has dissappeared completely. There have been several underground parties organised, but most of them were shut down by the police, seeing as most of them were illegal. During the 90s, no one cared, as long as the vibe was good. And simply because of the fact that there were so many raves organised, more than the police could handle. And the vibe that these parties generated were good. The music played at these events were good too, nothing can beat those anthems. Anthems for a generation, made by a lost generation. The music has grown, but these anthems are still played daily, adored by many, loved by everyone. The power of this music has never been underestimated by the ravers, but by the big labels who didn’t understand the force these tunes had. Thankfully we can reminisce, and look back at an era we all should be proud of. And we are.

As I said before, this compilation is packed with awesome tunes, featuring several UK top 10 selling artists, but not only the well-known top 10 artists are found on this album, but also tracks that captured the vibe that this new sound created. The British rave scene became one of the most profound scenes in the world, and is still one of the most talked about in the world. The British had something unique, and their impact can still be felt. These tunes are timeless classics, and will remain timeless for as long as we live. If you look at the tracklist, you might find a lot of known tracks, and yes, they have appeared on many compilations, but not all on one, most of these tunes were on different compilations. Finally a compilation that captures the moment, the vibe, and ofcourse the quality of the tunes made and released between 1989 and 1994.

Let’s see the tracklist, if you haven’t purchased this album already.

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CD1: 

01. Liquid – Sweet Harmony (Original Mix) 
02. SL2 – On A Ragga Tip
03. The Prodigy – Everybody In The Place (Fairground Remix) 
04. Kicks Like A Mule – The Bouncer (Housequake Mix) 
05. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix) 
06. Altern8 – Evapor8 (Inciner8 Mix) 
07. Rhythm Quest – Closer To All Your Dreams (Hibrid Mix) 
08. The Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (Original “12 Mix) 
09. Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam – Made In 2 Minutes (Rave Mix) 
10. Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder (Fast Eddie Mix) 
11. Nightmares On Wax – Dextrous
12. Hyper Go Go – High (Original Mix) 
13. Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid (Original “12 Mix) 
14. 4 Hero – Mr Kirks Nightmare
15. Silver Bullet – Bring Forth The Guillotine

CD2: 

01. The Ragga Twins – Spliffhead
02. Lennie De Ice – We Are I.E. (Original Extended Edit) 
03. 2 Bad Mice – Bombscare (2 Bad Mice Remix) 
04. LFO – LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix) 
05. Cedric Winkleburger And The Yellow Blueberries – Take It Easy (Remix) 
06. Jonny L – Hurt You So (S&M Mix) 
07. Manix – Feel Real Good
08. Urban Hype – I Feel The Heat
09. Praga Khan – Injected With A Poison (Adams Power Mix) 
10. Acen – Tip II The Moon (Part 1) 
11. Danny Breaks – Volume 1
12. Blame – Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice Remix) 
13. Force Mass Motion – Panic
14. Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix) 

CD3: 

01. Shades Of Rhythm – The Sound Of Eden
02. Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
03. Terrorize – It’s Just A Feeling
04. Rhythm On The Loose – Break Of Dawn (Original Mix) 
05. Opus III – It’s A Fine Day
06. Petra & Co – Just Let Go (Dub)
07. Pink Noise – Gimme Some More Energy (Energy Revised Club Mix) 
08. D’Lusion – Take You There
09. E-Trax – Let’s Rock
10. G.T.O. – Pure (Energy)
11. Quadrophonia – Quadrophonia
12. 2 Bad Mice – Hold It Down
13. Xenophobia – Rushin The House
14. Zero B – Lock Up
15. N.R.G. – He Never Lost His Hardcore

This compilation has got so many great anthems on it, can’t believe they are so old! Some of them are nearly as old as I am! Wish I was born back in the 70s, so I could have experienced the early years of Rave.

Proper anthems, proper quality. And let’s not forget the quantity! So many great anthems, it’s unbelievable that these tunes are so old but yet so powerful. Play them in any set nowadays, and the crowd goes absolutely bonkers! I must admit that I wished they added more Altern8, seeing as Mark Archer added a foreword, only one track of Altern8’s on this compilation. On the other hand, you get a lot of 2 Bad Mice, which is also a good thing. It’s a harsh decision to make, there are so many great anthems, and so little space to put them on.

3 discs with the finest anthems. If you are missing a few, don’t complain, just listen to this compilation, and reminisce. Think about the good ol’ days, and relax. If you miss a few, just think: if all the great anthems were put in a compilation… they would need at least 293 discs. The years 1989-1994 were the best for the UK and the world, and we still love them to this day.

A good compilation. Nothing wrong with them. Wish they released more UK music over here in the Netherlands. We need it.

A proper lesson in how good the music was back in the 90s!

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Altern 8 – Full On…. Mask Hysteria (1992)

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Artists: Altern 8
Genre/Style: Acid House, Breakbeat, Hardcore
Release Year: 1992
Info: Altern 8 – Full On.. Mask Hysteria
CDs: 1 (one)
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Length CD: 01:15:12
Label: Network Records
Product Number: TOP CD01
More Information: Altern 8 Facebook Fanpage

21 years ago, this masterpiece was released on Network Records, and it immediately took the rave scene by surprise. Who would knew that 21 years later, people would still talk about the album, and about the act? I think no one did back in 1990, when they formed Altern 8. Groundbreaking stuff they made, and with their performances they left a mark on the ‘British’ rave scene, which can still be felt, even though the music has changed. Altern 8 resembled an lost era, but their impact was huge. They have influenced many artists which their use of breakbeats and samples, and their use of the legendary equipment the TB-303, 808 and 909, they made tracks that stood the test of time. 21 years ago, this album was released, no joke!

I was 8 years old, and was more into pop music. Altern 8 weren’t huge in the Netherlands, the Dutch charts did not have any of their tracks in it, which is a shame. I’m not sure, to be honest, but I never saw an Altern 8 track in it. But who am I? I was only 8 years old. I would discover Rave 2 years later, when I bought my first Rave cassette. I still to this day, hate the fact that I wasn’t born in the 70s, and experienced the whole rave scene blowing up and exploding all over the world. Rave changed the world, and musicians embraced the music and re-developed it, creating new sounds, music and new styles. When Altern 8 released their album, no one would have suspected that it would be an album each raver should have. You are not a raver, if you don’t have this album. Fact.

Altern 8’s story isn’t a long one. They formed in 1990 (Mark Archer and Chris Peat), and parted in 1994. Which is weird, they were only together for 4 years, but left such an impact, that even to this day people claim that they were the best thing that has ever happened to the Rave scene. 4 years of mayhem and musical masterpieces. And not just their music left a mark, but also their outfits: go to any rave in the U.K. now, and you will find a lot of ravers wearing chemical warfare suits, and/or masks. And also their way of dancing, because they used to dance (and I quote), like electrified monkeys. Now that’s a bit harsh to say, animal cruelty. I would rather say ‘like monkeys on Acid’, sounds much better. Many ravers demolish the dancefloor dancing like Altern 8 did 21 years ago.

I could talk about Altern 8 for hours, but I won’t. I will let the music speak for itself. But there are several things I need to mention. The fact that Chris Peat entered as a candidate for the Stafford constituency in the General Election, and lost (came 4th). I could ask him why he entered. Would it have changed the general population’s thought on Rave music? I doubt it would have. And there’s another story, which I don’t understand. Vicks? Why would a raver use Vicks, besides the fact that he/she would use it when they are ill? Weird things, but the 90s were weird years. Looking back, the music has changed so fast, you could not embrace one style, because it expanded so quickly and many offspring styles emerged… it went too fast. But Altern 8 were ahead of their game, creating timeless music which inspired many other artists. Altern 8 tracks are still highly acclaimed for being quality tunes, and being unique. They have changed the Rave scene, and I don’t think they knew that when they made them. Even to this day, I don’t think they know how much they did for us ravers.

Yes, we all know that Altern 8 stopped in 1994, which is really a shame, because I’ve always wanted to see them perform. But I was too young and unaware when they had their ’20 seconds of fame’. I never knew Altern 8 excisted until I got a bit older. I don’t know why the Dutch scene never embraced Altern 8, and I will tell you why I think we didn’t: I’ve got many compilations, all of them contain ‘Oldskool Classics’, and there isn’t a single Altern 8 track on it. A shame. But you’ve got to admit: Altern 8 weren’t the only one who were ‘waking up’ the scene with their music, there was another group called ‘The Prodigy’ who demolished many stages and dancefloors all over the world, and also in the Netherlands. Also formed in the 90s, and around the time Altern 8 released their album, the Prodigy also released an album called ‘The Prodigy Experience’, and if you put both albums aside, there are so many simularities, it’s spooky. If you are interested: if you go on Youtube and look at The Prodigy’s video called ‘Out Of Space’, you see them mocking Altern 8. Not the duo, but the way they danced. And Altern 8 responded with a video called Brutal-8-E. How lovely.

Let’s see these timeless classics…. meaning: tracklist please!

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01. Altern 8 – Move My Body
02. Altern 8 – Infiltrate 202
03. Altern 8 – E-Vapor-8
04. Altern 8 – 8’s Revenge
05. Altern 8 – Frequency
06. Altern 8 – Real Time Status
07. Altern 8 – First Of May
08. Altern 8 – Hypnotic St-8
09. Altern 8 – Activ-8
10. Altern 8 – Brutal-8-E
11. Altern 8 – A D-8 With Plezure
12. Altern 8 – Armageddon
13. Altern 8 – Give It To Baby
14. Altern 8 – Re-Indulge

There are still copies available, if you have a look online. If you are a raver, you already have this album, if not, you should hurry up!

This album has got so many classics on it, it’s scary! Who doesn’t love ‘Move My Body’, ‘Frequency’, ‘E-Vapor-8′, etc? So many wicked tunes, timeless and yet groundbreaking back in those days. To me, the best track on this album is Frequency. From the start it grabs you by your throat and doesn’t let you go. And when the song ends, you press play again, because it’s one fantastic tune. Brilliant and uplifting: if you close your eyes, you can picture yourself in a muddy field, wearing a Bart Simpson t-shirt, slightly weird coloured jeans (and too short), white sneakers and hippy glasses. Oh, the good ol’ days.

I don’t know if it was a coincidence, but when you listen to ‘A D-8 With Plezure’, it starts with rain and similair sounds as ‘The Weather Experience’ by the Prodigy. Was this made to mock The Prodigy? It does have the same jungle sounds as the Prodigy. Well, who cares lol? No one, but wouldn’t it have been Heaven if The Prodigy and Altern 8 made a track together?

There isn’t a single track on this CD that doesn’t make you NOT want to move. Several styles are embraced, and there’s something for everybody on it. Powerful songs, great use of synthesizers and drum computers, timeless equipement (and bloody pricey if you want to buy a 303, 808 or 909 right now). Where would we have been without Altern 8? Would the Rave scene have grown as rapidly as it did? I doubt it would have. This might sound strange, but maybe it was a good thing that they parted in 1994, keeping Altern 8 clouded with mysteries. Imagine if they went on and on after 1994, would they had the same effect on the scene as they did before 1994? Many great duos kept going on, even after they reached the peak, and they will always be known for being a succesful duo, but towards the end, fame and stardom dissappear, and so does the quality of the music. Altern 8 left the scene, knowing they achieved the unthinkable. It’s always good when there are fans all over the world, asking themselves “what if…..”. If no one asks those questions, you were not succesful. And Altern 8 was, because many people still argue about it. What if they would have…. What…. what….  sometimes we don’t need to ask, and just appreciate what people have done, and Altern 8 has done a lot for us.

For those interested, Mark Archer is still active in the scene, producing music and keeping the music alive. I don’t know what happened to Chris Peat? But Mark still pushes the oldskool sound forward, and even 21 years later, he still manages to push good music forward. Love his stuff. Altern 8 might be a thing in the past, but it has affected us all, most of you won’t even know it. But talent is mostly underrated, and people assume the most logical step: it has progressed. But the people behind the scene keep the scene alive, and re-shape it whenever it’s possible. Altern 8 did that, and most people just think it was the time being that changed the music to what we love right now. But without pioneers, there’s nothing for us to be proud off. So be proud to be part of a culture that was created towards the end of the 80s, and is still going strong, because a couple of producers decided to think outside of the box, and made the music timeless.

Altern 8… I’ve got to ask: why haven’t they made a track called ‘Masturb-8′.

Brilliant album. Still don’t get the Vicks story, but all in all, a succesful duo and one succesful album.