Category: Livesets Reviews

Tweekacore b2b Darren Styles @ Defqon.1 UV 2017

Tweekacore b2b Darren Styles @ Defqon.1 UV 2017

Tweekacore b2b Darren Styles @ Defqon.1 UV 2017

Act: Tweekacore B2B Darren Styles
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, UK Hardcore, Hardstyle
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Defqon.1 2017
Length Liveset: 01:00:51
Tracks: 20 (twenty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 144 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Darren Styles / Tweekacore – Facebook Fanpage

This is a set many have talked about before it took place. It’s one of the biggest moments in the UK Hardcore scene. To actually make it extremely big, there’s no other place to make it big than the Netherlands, and to play at the biggest event there is, has got to be the dopest thing that has happened to Darren Styles! He’s played all over the world, but to finally get acknowledge for his skills as a producer and a DJ in the Netherlands, that’s something we’ve all been dreaming off. To finally get UK Hardcore global on a big scale, that’s just the dream.

So this year he was asked to play alongside Tweekacore at Defqon.1, and the set can now be found on Soundcloud. Videos did emerge, but we are all Soundcloud fans. And for those who are cheapskates (mainly Dutch people, we like things for free), it’s now downloadable. And yes, for free. You get an hour of their set, with a lot of awesome UK Hardcore and Happy Hardcore and Hardstyle, from probably the best event ever.

It was only uploaded a couple of days ago, and already it had 8.800+ plays! That’s amazing. And people are loving it a lot. And it does have a tracklist, does it get any better?

tracklist TCD

01. Tweekacore Intro 
02. Paul Elstak – Luv U More (Tweekacore x Gammer Flip) 
03. Darren Styles & Re-Con feat Matthew Steeper – Rest Of Your Life
04. Da Tweekaz – Wodka (Tweekacore Flip) 
05. Audiotricz – United As One (Zero Hero Remix) 
06. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Team Tweekacore Mix) 
07. Darren Styles – Come Running (2017 Edit) 
08. Tweekacore – Ready 4 The Tweekend
09. Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS – Gold Skies (Darren Styles & Dougal Remix) 
10. Tweekacore & Darren Styles – Partystarter (160 Mix) 
11. Darren Styles – The Dragon
12. Da Tweekaz & Darren Styles – Heroes (2017 Edit) 
13. Code Black & Atmozfears – Accelerate (Darren Styles Remix) 
14. Da Tweekaz – Frozen (Tweekacore Flip) 
15. Darren Styles – Us Against The World
16. Da Tweekaz – Break The Hewwego (Darren Styles x DT Mash) 
17. Darren Styles, Dougal & Gammer – Party Don’t Stop (170 Mix) 
18. Marshmello – Alone (Gammer Flip) 
19. Darren Styles & Gammer – You & I (2017 Edit) 
20. Da Tweekaz – Little Red Riding Hood (Tweekacore DQ17 Edit) 

The tracklist looks good, really good. A lot of Darren Styles stuff in here, and it always makes me smile. This man knows exactly how to make good music, and the result is astonishing. His tunes are all known around the world, and even at Defqon.1 the crowd are singing out loud to his tunes. This is such a confident booster for Darren, but it underlines what he does well: make the greatest tunes.

A lot of Darren and Tweekaz tunes in here. I’m liking the Darren Styles stuff, that comes without saying. But there are a few track so quirky, so bouncy, too happy for my liking. Like ‘Wodka’. Sorry to say this, but what a horrible track. The same with ‘Frozen’. Not a fan of Da Tweekaz a lot, sadly. The set I’ve reviewed previously also mentioned the cheesy track, and I’m not a fan of it at all. They are dreadful. I know they could be nice to listen to when you are halfway to the moon, but they aren’t quality.

Another thing that annoyed me. They should literally take away the microphone. Why ruin a set with you shouting down the microphone? Even the singer for ‘Partystarter’ couldn’t stay in line with the sung she sang. Nope, microphones should be banned.

The best record? Well, it has to be a Darren Styles track. ‘The Dragon’ is really, really good!

It’s good to hear and see that Defqon.1 has embraced Darren Styles. It was a nice B2B, but next year he needs his own set. Not let it be ruined by the dodgy cheesy tracks or someone talking bullsh*t through the microphone.

Sadly I couldn’t give it more. Too many factors make this set less interesting. Seriously, next year it needs to be Darren on hiw own. He deserves it! This was a step up. Q-Dance, make him a headliner!

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Faniac @ Hellraiser 31-10-2015

Faniac @ Hellraiser 31-10-2015

Faniac @ Hellraiser 31-10-2015

DJ: Faniac
Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Hardcore, Gabber
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Hellraiser 31-10-2015
Length Liveset: 00:47:12
Tracks: 20 (twenty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 108 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Faniac – Facebook Fanpage

This set was recorded nearly 2 years ago, where did the time go through really? 2 years, and only uploaded a year ago. It’s Faniac’s set at Hellraiser, which was held on Halloween 2015. Or should I say Helloween? Well, whatever you might call it, it was a Hellraiser event. I thought they would never be held again. But I was wrong. The line-up contained artists such as Art Of Fighters, Day-Már vs Re-Style. Catscan, Negative Audio, Vince, Cenobite Collective, Miss Groovy, Thundergods of Asgard, and many more. One of the sets I’ve found was DJ Faniac’s set, which was recorded in the second room.

Even though the majority of the people thought this event was just okay, I would have found it amazing. Hellraiser, the well established name, how can it go wrong? That’s the only event I never went to, but I regretted it now. Don’t know if they will hold another event in the future, let’s hope so.

As we’ve seen recently in another review, DJ Faniac loves his early Hardcore stuff. And at Hellraiser he played in the second area, which was hosted by Ouwe Stijl Is Botergeil, where they played the Early Hardcore stuff and the Hellraiser style music from 1992 to 1999. So you know exactly what you can expect. And the tracklist was also added, so this will be a treat for you all!

tracklist TCD

01. Intro 
02. Global Split – Power (The Prophet’s Hardcore Mix) 
03. Bass-X – Brain Scrambler
04. Xenophobe – Cannot Be Permitted
05. Mr. Brown – Waxation
06. Delirium – No Turning Back
07. The Gabber DJ – Evil Will Grow
08. Sons Of Aliens – So Fucking What
09. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – The Big Bad City
10. Paratoxic – Fuck ‘em
11. Xearo – Pandora’s Box
12. Rottencore – Oldschool Inferno
13. KCMA – The Unbelievable
14. Tron – Kill Them All
15. 909 Junkies – Uncle Sal
16. Disembowelment – Terror Drums
17. Dead Channel – Black Jack
18. ID – ID
19. The Ctrl – Holy Fuck (Explicit Bassdrum Mix) 
20. Rottencore – Gabba Nation Tribute

I love his passion and enthusiasm for the earlier stuff. Not many people are pushing it forward like he’s doing, and I’m really into the Early stuff lately. So to find this set is always a bonus to me, when it’s completely filled with the sounds from the early to the late 90s. This is my childhood in one liveset.

The tracklist looks good, even though I don’t know about 60% of these artists. Most of them are unknown to me. But it’s the music that should speak for itself, and you do get exactly what you were hoping for: nasty and rough Hardcore. The set itself is well mixed, and the tracks are good.

Which track is the best? Well, without a doubt it’s ‘Power’ by Global Split, remixed by The Prophet. This tune literally takes me back to the early sounds of The Prophet, before he started to make Hardstyle. I was a huge the Prophet fan, and I loved his take on Hardcore. So this remix is really my cup of tea.

There are a few records with guitars in them. Never been a fan of that. I can listen to them, but I would never make them my favourite records. There are a few in here: okay to listen to, but I would go ape if a whole set would be filled with guitarry bits and bobs.

Faniac’s set is really enjoyable. Worth a listen or two today. It’s Sunday, time to get the volume button turned way up, and enjoy the last hours of this weekend. Before you know it, you are back in your car, driving to work. For now go back to the early sounds of Hardcore!

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Carl Cox @ Amnesia House – The Big Bank Holiday Bash – 1994

Carl Cox

DJ: Carl Cox
MC: Magika
Genre/Style: Rave, Breakbeat Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Happy Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Amnesia House – The Big Bank Holiday Bash 01-05-1994
Length Liveset: 00:59:51
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Carl Cox – Official Website

It’s Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, and most people are relaxing, or getting ready for yet another day of partying. So many events have taken place last weekend, and I reckon there are still a lot of parties going on. The British do know how to party when they’ve got a long weekend. Back in 1994 there was a party in May, on a day which is exactly the same day as today (not the date): a Bank Holiday. The event was called Amnesia House – The Big Bank Holiday Bash. One of the DJs performing there is the now legendary Carl Cox, king of Techno. But in 1994 he wasn’t just playing Techno, he was a man on a mission, to get the ravers dancing, whilst playing out the Breakbeat Hardcore tunes out loud.

Why did I go on Soundcloud and review this liveset? Well, that’s because of a show on Sky Arts called ‘The Agony and the Ecstacy’, in which many well established names in the industry talked about the early days of the rave culture in the UK. I told my missus that this is the period I would go back to. This is the era of awesome music, and happy people. The whistle crew (how did that come about) and the shouting/screaming ravers went out every weekend, demolishing dancefloors everywhere. It’s was the start of something unique, and events like Amnesia House are still in people’s minds to this day, being unique, refreshing, and literally sticking two fingers up to the established order (c.q. the government and the media).

If you need more information about Carl Cox, because you don’t know who he is, you should hit yourself on the head with something heavy, until you start to bleed. Carl Cox has got to be one of the greatest names in the music industry, EVER. So I’m not going to say anything, because every raver should know who he is.

Let me point out to you the following: this isn’t just his set, but also Neil Trix’s set. This is literally taken from a cassette, and 1 1/2 of the tape was Carl’s set, and the 1/2 was Neil Trix’s set. The uploader didn’t cut the set apart, so you get two sets for the price of one.

tracklist TCD

01. Dougal & Mickey Skeedale – DJ’s Mixing (Remix)
02. DJs Unknown – Volume 2A
03. Man From Uncle – Powerclass
04. DJ Mongoose – Straight Up
05. Jumping Jack Frost – Osmosis (Ratty Remix)
06. Chaos & Julia Set – Fear The Future
07. Frantic & Impulse – Volume 1 Side A
08. Clone I.D. – Happy Acid Moves
09. Two Terrorists – Jurrasick Park (DJ Paul Mix)
10. Dyewitness – Only If I Had One More (Remix) 
11. Mad Dog – Rumbled
12. Evil D – Dub Plate Style
13. DJ Slipmatt – Breaking Free
14. DJ Anthems – Volume 1 (Carl Cox Remix) 

01. Eternal Bass – Infinity
02. The House Crew – Side B (Untitled)
03. Original DJ Vibes – Let The Beat (Move Your Body)
04. LTJ & DJ Stylist – Untitled
05. Liftin Spirtis – Giggle N Rush
06. Code Blue – Angels In Rhythm
07. A-Zone – Calling The People

The set starts with ‘DJ’s Mixing’ and ends with ‘Volume 1′. The next set starts after that records. The music fades away during Evil D’s ‘Dub Plate Style’, but that’s not because the DJ turned the volume down, it was because the cassette needed a turn around. Yeah, kids nowadays don’t know the fun we had back in the 90s.

Carl Cox might be the king of Techno, but he was certainly an all round guy in the 90s. Starting early, he’s been in the game for so many years, and it looks like he’s not going to retire any time soon. Which is always a good thing. But judging his set back in the 90s, he would have never guessed he was going to be one of the greatest in the world. So raw, so rough, so dark, but oh so good. This was the time where DJs had to cross the country, and get paid up to 200 pounds. Now it’s obviously more, but back then things were basic. Only a handful DJs remained in the game, and are now considered to be pioneers, legends. And Carl is one of them, without a shadow of a doubt.

His set is really cool. You’ve got the legendary MC Magika giving his all, and the whistle crew are going insane! I did aswel, no lie in that. I have listened to this set, and goosebumps emerged on my arm. Sadly I was too young and living in the wrong country at the time, but I can hear and feel what the ravers felt in 1994. The tunes were good, and carefully mixed together by Carl, accompanied by MC Magika. The set is a blinding set (even Neil Trix’s set is a good ‘un).

Which records is the best one of this set? ‘Volume 1′, remixed by Carl Cox himself. The original was ace, but this version rocks harder.

I love the diversity he brings to the table. Not only Breakbeat Hardcore, but also a bit of Dutch Gabber/Hardcore. Who would have thought eh, the mighty Carl Cox playing a set like this one? Don’t know if he does it nowadays, or if he’s focussed on Techno 24/7? Would be cool to hear him play a set like this one in 2017.

A blinding set. Only one score available.

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Innovative @ Millennium Dome @ Harmony Of Hardcore 2017

Innovative @ Millennium Dome @ Harmony Of Hardcore 2017

Innovative @ Millennium Dome @ Harmony Of Hardcore 2017

Act: Innovative
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Gabber, Millennium Hardcore, Industrial Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Millennium Dome @ Harmony Of Hardcore 2017
Length Liveset: 01:03:33
Tracks: 25 (twenty-five)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Innovative – Facebook Fanpage

With my blog, I discover new artists every day. And I do mean new artists. Yes, I don’t only listen to music by new artists, I also listen to whatever is uploaded onto Soundcloud/Mixcloud, but that’s the beauty of Sound/Mixcloud: the music that’s put on it, can be literally everything. It’s not only a platform for the well established names, it’s also a place for newbies to come and show their skills! One of those names I discovered yesterday was Innovative. Never heard or seen the name before, but if you have a set, which was recorded at Harmony Of Hardcore, you know this name is one you need to look out for!

Harmony Of Hardcore is one of the biggest Hardcore events in the Netherlands, and for those who love and embrace Hardcore, it’s the place to be. This year it took place on the 3rd of June in Veghel. And many people had a great time. The line-up was tremendous, and the response after was extremely good. And this is the first set of HoH I found on Soundcloud. Innovative might be new to me, but their set was interesting enough for me to give them one like. But who are behind Innovative?

It’s a duo, Frank W. and Bas T. They are Innovative. And they have released a few records on the mighty Industrial Strength Records. So it’s a duo we should look out for. But what did they offer the ravers at HoH? Well, it’s time for you to see the tracklist!

tracklist TCD

01. Armageddon Project – Spawn Of Misanthropy
02. Miro – Shining
03. Promo – Patterns In Chaos
04. The DJ Producer – A Journey Of Force
05. Catscan – ARP
06. Promo – I Come Correct
07. Base Alert – Ojeeoink
08. DJ Niel – The Cave
09. Ophidian & Hamunaptra – Whispers Of A Nameless Fear
10. Evil Activities – What’s Inside Me
11. Meagashira – Through Inner Core
12. DJ Vince & Zany – More Bazz
13. Endymion – Mind And Body As One
14. Angels Of Darkness – The Scorpion King
15. The Viper vs Mad-E-Fact – The Beatz The Suckerz Wish They Had
16. The Alienator – Prey (Headbanger Remix) 
17. Endymion – We Are The Future (Remix) 
18. Nosferatu & Ophidian – Psychiatric Ass
w/ Rave Creator – Atmos-Fear
19. Nosferatu – Language Of Rhythm
20. Placid K – G Member
21. Angel – Freak Of Nature
w/ Noize Suppressor – Kiss
22. Innovative – The Weak
23. Bodylotion – How Much Can You Take (Catscan Remix) 
24. Noize Suppressor – The Return Of Bike’s Drum (The Outside Agency Remix) 
w/ Tommyknocker vs Sunbeam – Twisted World
25. Unexist & Satronica – Fuck The System (Innovative Remix) 

This is a tracklist and a half. Proper Millennium stuff, including a few tracks by Innovative themselves.

I like the tracklist a lot. It’s a thing of beauty. I like the Millennium Hardcore side of things a lot. This is kind of music I grew up with, listening to this a lot. The tracks Innovative have selected are really the creme of the creme, or however the French would say it. They start of with one amazing dark and edgy record, and it continues like this for the rest of their set.

Again, if you play at Harmony Of Hardcore, you are there for a reason. They wouldn’t let shite DJs/duos play there. And after hearing this mix I know for sure that they are worth their place in the Hardcore scene.

Best records of this liveset? Angels Of Darkness with ‘The Scorpion King’. What a true anthem! Haven’t heard it for years, but how good is this record?Really good.

I really enjoyed their set. There were a few mixing/cross fading errors, but they are manageble.

Check out their liveset. It’s worth to listen to on this dreadful and boring Friday!

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