Category: Hard Dance

Pila – back2school 2013 Promomix

Pila - back2school 2013 Promomix

Pila – back2school 2013 Promomix

DJ: Pila
Genre/Style: Early Hardstyle, Hardstyle, Hard House, Hard Dance
Mix Info: back2school 2013 Promomix
Length Mix: 01:01:23
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: B2S – Facebook Fanpage

Some days you are on Soundcloud and find nothing, and some days the mixes just come flying towards you, non stop. Today was such a day! It won’t stop, the music kept on pouring and pouring. One of those mixes I had to share with you all, it might be a couple of years old, but it’s still fresh as a daisy! A mix to promote the event which obviously already took place: back2school in 2013. So there’s no need of you all getting hyped up for this specific event, but you could look out for similar events in the near future. And whilst waiting, you could listen to this mix, made by DJ Pila.

I’ve seen the name Pila fly by every so often, but I can’t tell you anything about this DJ. Don’t know nothing about him (or is it her?).  I’m sorry for not knowing each and every artist on God’s given Earth, but bear with me, and I will look it up. Oh, it’s a him by the way, and he’s been in the scene for quite a while (looking at one of his releases on Discogs, which dates back to 1995). I told you I’ve seen the name fly by a couple of times, but that was all.

Anyway, before we go on and on about the same thing, it’s time to focus on this promomix, which he made back in 2013. It’s packed with the finest Early Hardstyle/Hard Dance tracks, those I really miss. This is the kind of music I fell in love with when it emerged. This is the Hardstyle I love. Still digging the new stuff, but the early 00s stuff is much better.

tracklist

01. Derb – Coole Sau (DJ Isaac Remix) 
02. Walt – Let The Music Play
03. Clive King & Scott Marten – Total Confusion
04. Showtek – Brain Crackin’
05. The Raiders – Disk Warrior (Warrior Mix) 
06. Hardstyle Guru – Girls
07. Southstylers – Wraow
08. Dutch Masters – Take Some
09. Tuneboy – Housenation (DJ Isaac Remix) 
10. Zatox – Tanz Elektric
11. The Pitcher – Grindin’

This is so awesome to hear these tunes again! I remember buying ‘Bitte Ein Beat’ CDs and they rocked. They were unique and fresh, and back in the early 00s they were basically the shit. Shit hot. This music was so refreshing, and even listening to this in 2017 it’s ground breaking stuff. Quality over quantity, and many producers can learn from these producers who made Hard Dance music.

Pila’s selection is awesome! I know each and every track, and have played them over and over again. I’m sorry if the amount of Soundcloud plays have gone up in the last couple of hours, it’s just me pressing play over and over again! What a brilliant mix, quality tracks in it. And you wonder what happened to this specific sound, eh?

Yes, this is the mix you were after on this dreadful, cold and miserable Sunday. This will enlighten your mood, unless you are too young to remember what Early Hardstyle/Hard Dance sounded like. Enjoy it no matter what!

Which is my favourite track in this mix? Got to be ‘Grindin”. Just a brilliant anthem!

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HDUK 2016 Yearmix

HDUK 2016 Yearmix

HDUK 2016 Yearmix

DJ: MKN
Genre/Style: Hardstyle, Hard Dance
Mix Info: HDUK 2016 Yearmix
Length Mix: 00:45:15
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 103 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: HDUK – Facebook Fanpage

Even on the last day of 2016 I keep on learning new things! Never heard of HDUK before, but it turns out that it’s another label, representing Hard Dance music in the UK. Well, if I knew each and every label in the whole wide world, I would go on Mastermind, and my subject would be ‘music labels’. But seeing as I’m not a walking Wikipedia, I will learn every day new things, and today it’s the label HDUK that came to my attention (thanks to DJ Cally). Their latest mix can be found on Soundcloud right now, celebrating 2016 and the releases they had. A good mix to end the year with? Well, we are about to find out.

So what can we expect in this mix? Well, according to what’s written underneath the mix on Soundcloud ‘tracks from many of our artists’. Again, this is all new to me, I only know a few artists, but with mixes such as this one my knowledge gets expanded. And the good thing about this, this is a Hardstyle mix, so I’ve got more artists to follow, depending if their music is any good. And because the tracklist was kindly provided, I now know who made each single track. Does that mean the mix is good? Nope, a tracklist alone doesn’t make the music good, but in this case the music is indeed good. Excellent music.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Rawstyle mixes lately, it’s good to go back to the origins, back to Hardstyle. And it’s pleasant to hear these tunes at 8 o’clock in the morning on NYE.

tracklist

01. Psyko Punkz – Spaceship (J-Trax Reverse Bass Edit) 
02. Hardforze – Slammin’ (Oppozite Twinz Remix) 
03. Alphaverb, Aeros & Blackburn feat MC Shocker – MZKTRS
04. MKN & MCP – Freak
05. B.R.K. – Dance To The House (Cally Remix) 
06. MKN – We Are One (Hardstyle DNA Anthem 2016) 
07. Toxic & Ash Bash – Get The Fuck Back
08. Malfunction & MadDog – PEM v’s Warcry (Mashup) 
09. Ed E.T. & D.T.R. – The Black Hole
10. Kashi – Gang Related
11. DJ Y.O.Z. – Edge Of The Universe
12. Stephanie feat Natski – My Vibrator And Me

A nice looking tracklist, with one amazing title (this brought a smile on my face). ‘My Vibrator And Me’? Lol. That’s a definate contender for 2016’s funniest track title. This track probably won’t go into the official Top 40. Imagine it being number 1 in the UK, and kids screaming for it being played. Could be good for shops that sell sex toys. Anyway, back to the mix.

I love music, and I love to hear Hardstyle coming through my speakers again after a while. And the music does sound good. Not in your face, annoying you all the time. This is just perfect, nicely balanced, with nice melodies too. Many artists have forgotten that the melody is needed to compose a good Hardstyle track. And if you listen to ‘Edge Of The Universe’ (for example) you get exactly that!

Great mix, great anthems. HDUK is new to me, but this mix has intrigued me quite a lot. I’ve started to follow them, and I urge you to do the same. A very good mix to end the year with. Happy NYE, and if you are staying at home, why not listen to this instead of that dreadful stuff on telly at 12:00? Make your choice, I know I made my choice. I rather listen to this.

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Nightbreed 2016 Yearmix – Mixed By Endymion

Nightbreed 2016 Yearmix - Mixed By Endymion

Nightbreed 2016 Yearmix – Mixed By Endymion

DJ: Endymion
Genre/Style: Raw Hardstyle, Rawstyle
Mix Info: Nightbreed 2016 Yearmix
Length Mix: 00:28:30
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Nightbreed – Facebook Fanpage

If you look at what happened in 2016, it’s been quite an interesting year, if I’m honest. Not just when you look at the news coming from all over the world, but also music wise things have changed a lot. Even towards the end of the year one new item (which was completely unknown to me) has interested me. I’ve been too long out of the Hardcore scene, I reckon, I might have focussed too much on other styles and genres, and never knew Endymion were producing Raw Hardstyle/Rawstyle from 2015 onwards, and created their own label called ‘Nightbreed’. Damn, I already think I’m on the internet quite a lot, but clearly I am reading/following the wrong pages…

Endymion are known for their extremely dark and edgy Hardcore, but if you have been following them closely you will know them for their Rawstyle music too. I still need to get my head around the fact that they make something else rather than Hardcore. Endymion is Hardcore, right? Well, maybe not anymore, and we are about to find out if the change from one style to the next was succesful. The two styles are closely related to each other, so it shouldn’t be too big of a change.

If you look at the tracklist provided, it’s obviously focussed on what Nightbreed has to offer, and what Endymion can do behind the decks. 22 tracks in 28 minutes. We don’t even get the opportunity to breathe.

tracklist

01. MYST – Life Is Ours
02. Bass Chaserz & Degos & Re-Done – Night Falls
03. High Voltage – Enemies
04. Endymion – F#ck Up The Party
05. MYST & Iqlusion – Shut Your Mouth
06. Endymion – Testify
07. Break Zero – Judge Me
08. Bass Chaserz – Big Dick
09. Endymion & Phuture Noize feat MC Jeff –  Martians
10. Endymion feat MC Nolz – Nightcrawlers (Bass Chaserz Remix) 
11. Break Zero & Deetox – Rock It
12. MYST – The Ultimate Destination
13. Break Zero – Mental
14. MYST – Man Bear Pig
15. Bass Chaserz feat MC I See – Gold Diggah
16. Break Zero – Unstoppable
17. Masters Of Ceremony – Bottoms Up (Digital Punk Remix) 
18. High Voltage & Endymion – Serpent
19. Degos & Re-Done – Die Slowly
20. Degos & Re-Done – Straight Gangsta Shit
21. MYST – The Wolves Descend
22. Warface & High Voltage – Sanctuary

Before I continue, I have to say that anyone who uses bits from ‘Southpark’ should get more credit than he already gets. ‘Man Bear Pig’? How awesome is that? Not my favourite Southpark episode, if truth be told, but still awesome.

The tracks are mixed together beautifully, no errors to be heard, this is all very tight. As I said before, the tunes are flying towards you at an unstoppable speed. You don’t have the time to recapture what just happened. And it’s only 28 minutes long: before you know it you have reached the end of the mix and you are wondering where 28 minutes have gone? Time does fly by when you are listening to awesome music, eh?

Endymion’s mix is really good. Nothing to comment about. Their new direction is one that suits their musical path beautifully, and I’ve got no negative comments regarding it. It’s good that they decided to touch other styles too, and it’s made the Rawstyle scene bigger, and the scene have gained a well experienced trio with years of knowledge, passion and dedication. What else could you ask for?

They might still be in my head an Hardcore act, but my body likes their new adventure alot (dancing in the living room like a beaver on XTC). A good yearmix from a wonderful act and a label I will follow from now on. You should do the same, and share the madness! Let’s end the year on a high and with a smile on our faces!

Best track in this mix? All of them. Can’t dislike any of these. They are just too damn good.

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DJ Rawdust – Raw Up – Tempo 6 (2016)

DJ Rawdust - Raw Up - Tempo 6 (2016)

DJ Rawdust – Raw Up – Tempo 6 (2016)

DJ: Rawdust
Genre/Style: Rawstyle, Hardstyle
Mix Info: Raw Up – Tempo 6
Length Mix: 01:06:44
Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 152 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: ——–

For a strange reason I found this mix the other week, a mix by an unknown DJ called Rawdust. Never heard of Rawdust, don’t have a clue if it’s a he or she, but one thing is for sure: the mix I listened to is ridicilously insane! Before we talk about the mix, let’s talk a bit more bollocks. Or shouldn’t we?

Well, there’s not a lot of information about this DJ on the internet: the added Facebook link doesn’t work. One thing I did spot, which was the city he’s from, which is Heerlen. And what a coincidence, that’s my birth town! How amazing is that? The mix already gets more credit because of this, because Heerlen rocks. Anyway, before we get off topic, I have never reviewed a mix from someone out of my home town.

The mix is filled with Rawstyle/Hardstyle tunes, and they are seriously insane! I’m falling in love every day with Rawstyle even more, and I can’t stop my passion for it. This kind of music has been made to test my car speakers, and judging the bounciness of my back window the speakers are doing their job right, and the music too! The bass is just so nasty, I’ve soiled my pants during several journeys already!

Thankfully he uploaded a tracklist, so we can actually witness the madness he jammed into an hour long mix!

tracklist

01. DJ Rawdust – Intro
02. Caine – There Will Be Blood
03. Radical Redemption – MMIX
04. D-Sturb feat Asa – F#ckin’ Up The System
05. Underground Fighters – Fucking Call
06. Break Zero – Mental
07. Scream Intention – Destructor
08. Nemesis – Witch Hunter
09. Radical Redemption & Digital Punk – Coitus
10. Notorious Two – Take Them Down
11. Chris One – Ready 2 Die
12. Ncrypta – Gods Of Anger
13. The Beast Project – Universe
14. Bluxter – Hellraw
15. Radical Redemption – Smack Bitches
16. Sub Sonik feat MC Nolz – Free Your Mind
17. Radical Redemption & Sub Zero Project – Extreme
18. The Machine – Play A Game
19. Deepack feat MC DL – Anything
20. Deetox & Delete – Alone
21. Deetox & Delete feat MC Livid – Do Or Die (Rebellion Remix) 

The tracklist is really good! Look at it, this is just pure heaven. This has made the hair in my neck stand up straight!

DJ Rawdust has made a very entertaining mix. Maybe a few tiny errors, but they were minute. Not big things. You probably wouldn’t even notice it. Why am I then saying it? Well, I’m not only the Crazy Dutchman, but also the pickiest one.

The music is seriously good. ‘Smack Bitches’, ‘Free Your Mind’, ‘Do Or Die’, the list goes on. This is what I have been missing for many years. Hardstyle became bland and more EDM focussed, when I actually wanted it to become rougher and tougher. This is it.

I don’t know much about the DJ, but he’s made a tremendous mix! One you should check out on Soundcloud right now. And it’s also a free download, so worth your time behind the computer/behind your phonescreen. This is a must have mix.

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