Category: Hardcore

Endymion @ back2school 2014

Endymion @ back2school 2014

Endymion @ back2school 2014

Act: Endymion
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Millennium Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ back2school 24-12-2014
Length Liveset: 01:03:26
Tracks: 20 (twenty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Endymion – Facebook Fanpage

It’s Sunday morning, and the majority of people are waking up with a banging headache (after a heavy night drinking and raving) or are still in bed in such a state, they will only wake up on Monday morning, when they need to get back to work or school. I’m wide awake, and already tearing the roof off. Blasting Hardcore music through my speakers so loud, I do wake up everyone in the street, even the dead. But would you not do the same, when you’ve had a good night sleep, no alcohol, no rave, nothing (which in itself is pathetic)?

The set I noticed on Soundcloud was a set recorded nearly 3 years ago, a set by Endymion. It was recorded at back2school on the 24th of December 2014 at the Maassilo in Rotterdam, and the line-up was a beauty: Rob & MC Joe, Neophyte, Darkraver, Zany, Panic, Deepack, Stanton, Luna, Ruffneck, The Viper, Vince, and many more. One of the sets was recorded and put on Soundcloud, and one contributor of many tracklists (hansolo) has kindly added one 2 years ago. So I’ve got everything to review this set.

Endymion is a well-established name, so it doesn’t need an introduction. If you do need more information, you should ask yourself if you are truly Hardcore or not, because everyone, and I do mean everyone knows Endymion.

tracklist TCD

01. Nosferatu & Endymion – All The Way Up
02. The Viper & Endymion – How Long
03. Weapon X – Coke Sniffer
04. Evil Activities – Pray For Me
05. Neophyte & Evil Activities – Invasion
06. Meagashira & Endymion – Who I Am
07. Art Of Fighters feat Endymion – Let’s Get It On
08. Endymion & Art Of Fighters feat Lilly Julian – A New Today
09. Ophidian – Butterfly VIP
10. Endymion – Payback
11. Nosferatu & Endymion – Act Of God
12. Endymion & Evil Activities – To Claim The Future
13. Endymion & Evil Activities – Vengeance
14. Neophyte – None Of Ya Left (Evil Activities Remix) 
15. DJ Mad Dog – Here Comes The Madness
16. Lenny Dee – Forgotten Moments (Ophidian Remix) 
17. Nosferatu & Endymion – Drunk With A Gun
18. Ophidian & Ruffneck – So Many Sacrifices
19. Nosferatu & Ophidian – Psychiatric Ass
20. Nosferatu – When Angels Cry

Just did the washing up inbetween, and it has made the actual washing up quicker. How does Hardcore have an effect on us like that? It gives us unlimited powers and strengths we never thought we had. Bloody easy washing up though.

The set was filled with classic anthems from not only Endymion, but also Neophyte, Ophidian, Art Of Fighters, The Viper and more. You can look at the tracklist yourself, so there’s no need for me to explain which tracks are in here. But what I can share with you all is my three favourite records in this mix: ‘When Angels Cry’, ‘A New Today’ and ‘Act Of God’. Why, you might ask? Well, just listen to them, and you will know immediately why.

There’s no doubt Endymion are pioneers, and even to this day they are pioneers. But listening to this ‘old’ set with some of their earlier work proves that they weren’t just pioneers, but groundbreaking artists too. That’s why I like sets like this one, it takes us back to the roots of an artist or a style, and it shows us how much it has changed, but also how much of an impact the artists had in developping the style into its current form.

Endymion’s set is big. Small mixing errors, but manageble. Nothing bad though. So it’s get the score it deserves!

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Tommyknocker vs Mad Dog @ Masters Of Hardcore – Lotto Arena (BE) 2012

Tommyknocker vs Mad Dog @ Masters Of Hardcore - Lotto Arena (BE) 2012

Tommyknocker vs Mad Dog @ Masters Of Hardcore – Lotto Arena (BE) 2012

DJ: Tommyknocker vs Mad Dog
Genre/Style: Hardcore Techno, Italian Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Masters Of Hardcore – Lotto Arena (BE) 2012
Length Liveset: 00:47:36
Tracks: 18 (eighteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 43.4 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 128kbps
More Information: Tommyknocker / Mad Dog – Facebook Fanpage

I only came back from a lovely holiday in Corfu, Greece, and I immediately felt like I had to return to writing a blog. No, not about my Greek holiday (who wants to read about that?) or about Greek music, but about something I only discovered today. Nope, it’s not Ouzo or Tzaziki, but bloody hard Hardcore music. A liveset recorded at Masters Of Hardcore 5 years ago! Would you believe it, 5 years ago? Time does fly by when you’ve got the opportunity to listen to excellent music, and today is no different day. This set is blinding.

If you haven’t listened to it yet, you are like me. Maybe you’ve discovered it via my page, and if you have, I feel honoured. My message has come through: sharing my passion for music. And this set today really filled my need for some Hardcore music. Sometimes you want to hear a specific kind of music, and today I wanted to hear some Italian Hardcore. In a way they do it different compared to the Dutch and the Germans, and it appeals more to me than the other countries. It just feel so ‘me’, this is me, the music resembles me in a strange way. And what better way to listen to a set by two blinding artists who definately do not need an introduction: Tommyknocker and Mad Dog!

These names should ring a bell, what if they don’t? Well, Wikipedia them and you will get the answers you were looking for, I’m not typing their whole bloody biography here for you lazy sods.

Let me show you the tracklist, it’s amazing!

tracklist TCD

01. Tommyknocker – T-2012
02. Art Of Fighters vs Nico & Tetta – Restart The Party #TiH
03. The Stunned Guys – Dancefloor Dictators #TiH
04. DJ Mad Dog – Psychotic
05. Traxtorm Gangstaz Allied – The Hardest
06. Traxtorm Gangstaz Allied – Hardcore Italia
07. DJ Mad Dog & Amnesys – Game Over
08. Tha Playah vs DJ Mad Dog – Enter The Time Machine (DJ Mad Dog Mix)(Amnesys Re-Enter Mix) 
09. DJ Mad Dog & Noize Suppressor feat MC Jeff – Get A Life
10. Tommyknocker feat The Wishmaster – Supernatural
11. Amnesys feat MC Axys – Destroy D Elements
12. AniMe – Be A God #TiH (Endymion Remix) 
13. Mad Dog feat MC Jeff – Agony #TiH
14. Dione – Tearing Up The Underground
15. AniMe – A-Bomb
16. DJ Mad Dog & AniMe – Hardcore Machine
17. Unexist feat Satronica – Fuck The System
18. Tommyknocker – Demolition (Evil Activities & Lenny Dee Remix) 

How’s that for a liveset? They’ve come together at Masters Of Hardcore and selected the finest tunes out of Italy (well, most of them are Italian). The result is seriously a very sexy looking tracklist, and it made me dribble. So gorgeous.

During the Millennium bit of Hardcore I fell in love with Tommyknocker’s sound, and a handful of years later Mad Dog emerged on my timeline, and he’s been a very busy bee, and his music has interested me too! Especially when they keep the Italian Hardcore sound alive and kicking. It’s so special and so unique, I couldn’t describe it. It might have something to do with a specific setting they use, but you can tell the difference between a Dutch, German and Italian Hardcore track.

They’ve picked a seriously insane amount of records, and it was very difficult to pick one track, seeing as they are all beauties. But one track stood out, which is ‘Destroy D Elements’.  I haven’t heard this tune before, but it’s now on my all time favourite Hardcore records list. Big record. Very big.

I love the fact that the crowd reacts to the DJs. The DJs dominated that night. And with such a blinding set, the party goers must have experienced a set and a half! What a blinding set. This put a smile on my face, and this will be like and shared over and over again. I’ve had a while during which Dutch Hardcore dominated everything, but I reckon the next couple of weeks it will be dominated by the Italian side of Hardcore. Thanks Tommyknocker and Mad Dog for an amazing set! Really loved it, got no complaints whatsoever.

So only one score available for a blinding and mesmerising set:

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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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