Category: Techno

FACT Mix 486 – Dave Clarke (Mar ’15)

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DJ: Dave Clarke
Genre/Style: Electro, Techno, Breakbeat
Mix Info: FACT Mix 486 – Dave Clarke
Length Mix: 01:14:14
Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 170 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: FACT Magazine – Official Website / Dave Clarke – Official Website

The Baron of Techno is back! Well, he never left at all, but you know what I mean! A brand new mix,  uploaded 25 days ago onto Soundcloud, and it’s a good ‘un. Specially made for FACT magazine, you can download this bad boy right now from their Soundcloud page, and seeing as it’s done by one of the world’s finest Techno DJs, you should not hesitate, because it’s a mix which will blow your mind away! Has Dave Clarke ever let us down? Every mix he has ever done is a good one, so download this amazing mix right now, and you won’t be disappointed. Trust me, and trust Dave Clarke’s legacy!

In another review I wrote down a thing or two about this legendary British/Dutch DJ and producer, so there’s no need for me to type it again. This man has been in the game for many years, and provided us with the finest tunes. You might wonder why I call him British/Dutch: he was born in Brighton, but he spends more time in the Netherlands than anywhere else. On his Twitter page it says ‘lover of Amsterdam’, so he deserves it being called Dutch. Or as I call myself and others who are both Dutch and British ‘Brutch’. He has a special connection with the Netherlands, and anyone who loves the Netherlands gets bonus points, just for being awesome. And Dave Clarke is awesome.

On the 14th of March he played at Fabric’s Room 2, and seeing as the event has passed, it’s too late to talk about it. So we should focus on this mix, and we will. An unusual mix, in which the Baron plays literally everything he wants to play, from Electro to Techno, from Techno to Breakbeat. He’s in control of everything, and he decided to play whatever he wanted to play, and the result is an unusual mix. Carefully mixed by the Baron, and during the mix, he doesn’t take any prisoners. The only thing he cares about, is fabricating a fantastic mix (as usual). It’s up to you to decide: is this worth a download?

tracklist

01. Lectromagnetique – My Darkness
02. Time Zone – Wildstyle (Dynamix II Remix) 
03. Visage – Pleasure Boys
04. Dijital – Alien II
05. Dez Williams – Hellll
06. Ohverclock – Rezonation
07. Will Web – Das Werk Von Robotern
08. Dez Williams – Working With Machines
09. Mazzula – Carl Craig Always Did
10. Das Munster – Spétfolgen
11. T Linder – Liver-Noise
12. Ohverclock – Illuminati Reptiles
13. Pip Williams – Concerning Irregular Figures
14. Sync24 – Fallen Moon
15. CWS – Backpropagation
16. Keith Tucker – We Are Detroit (Mix 1) 
17. Will Web – Who’s Your Daddy (50 Shades Of Detroit Mix) 
18. The Exaltics – A2- The Crash
19. Kitbuilder – City Of The Damned (Radioactive Man Remix) 
20. Adan & Ilse – By The Way (NÖVÖ Remix) 
21. Radioactive Man – Ram
22. Vivien Goldman – Private Armies (Dub)
23. Martin Rev – Temptation
24. Toob – Clipto (Instrumental) 
25. Visage – Frequency 7
26. The Soft – Derelicht
27. The Holy Ghost – Mad Monks On Zinc

I’m out of touch, when it comes to Techno. I don’t know a single artist in this mix! A few tracks did sound familiar, but the names don’t ring any bells whatsoever. I should pay more attention.

An unusual but exciting mix. with a couple of amazing tracks. The darkest track of them all (which is ‘Helll’ by Dez Williams) is such a wicked track, had to rewind it several times. A good choice by Dave Clarke to add this track to the mix. My favourite track in this wonderful mix.

He plays the finest tunes in his collection, and the result is a mix you should download! As I said before, Dave Clarke never disappoints, and with this mix he shows us all why he’s the Baron of Techno. Pure, raw, and perfect. He stays true to the core, and his expertise after being so many years in the game led up to this wonderful mix. Absolutely nothing wrong with it.

If you love Techno, and you think Dave Clarke is a Techno God, you should not hesitate, and download this right now. Play it out loud, let your neighbours know that Dave Clarke is in the building!

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Mark Archer Bloc 2011 Promo Mix

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DJ: Mark Archer
Genre/Style: Oldskool Rave, Oldskool Techno, Oldskool Hardcore, Belgian Techno
Mix Info: Bloc 2011 Promo Mix
Length Mix: 00:46:43
Tracks: 16 (sixteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 106.9 MB
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Mark Archer – Facebook Fanpage

If it’s Sunday and you are bored, you should check out Soundcloud. Hours of fun, if you are a lover of music. I was looking for something unusual, and I think I found it. Actually, I was looking for Mark Archer’s mix he did for the KTRA podcast, and immediately my eye wasn’t focussed on this mix, but on one of his older mixes, one he did back in 2011. A Bloc Promo Mix, and seeing as I do not know what Bloc is, I reckon it was an event Mark played at 4 years ago. This mix can be found if you look for it, and it’s worth your time.Trying to escape from this mix is impossible: once you’ve pressed play, it will haunt you. Taking us back to those wonderful years, 1990-1991, when Belgian Techno ruled the world.

If you are as picky as I am, you have seen that I didn’t knew the file type and bitspeed, and that’s because the server has problems. If you are trying to download this mix and have the same issues, wait a couple of hours, and it can be yours.

Mark Archer really doesn’t need an introduction. One half of the legendary Altern 8, and one of the pioneers of Rave music in the UK, he has been in the game for many years, and still plays all over the world as Mark Archer, Nexus 21 or Altern 8. One legendary DJ and producer, and who knows a thing or two when it comes to Oldskool House/Rave/Techno/Hardcore. So expect a wicked set with a lot of Belgian Techno tunes. All done in one take, but that’s not something you should worry about, Mark knows how to mix, he’s a bloody pioneer!

A mix focussed on Belgian Techno from 1990/1991? Who doesn’t want to hear that?!

tracklist

01. Incubus – The Spirit
02. Beltram Vol. 2 (Joey Beltram) – My Sound
03. Trigger – Stratosphere
04. X-ES – Roller-Coaster
05. Spectrum – Brasil (Original Mix) 
06. B-Sides (Frank De Wulf) – Magic Orchestra
07. Destroyer – Senses (Hooligan Mix) 
08. John + Julie feat Auriole – Circles (Vicious Mix) 
09. Modular Expansions – Cubes
10. Ravesignal lll (CJ Bolland) – Horse Power
11. Set Up System – Music And Noise
12. One Tribe – Get Hype
13. Trigger – Wisdom (Uproar Mix) 
14. Nitrous – Moonwalk
15. Holy Noise – Get Down Everybody
16. Tech-Noise – I Luv U

This is amazing! Mark Archer, thank you for a wicked promo mix! So many classic anthems are in this mix! That’s why he’s a legend!

There are too many anthems in this mix to mention, but let me just name a few which took me by surprise, because I haven’t heard them for a while, and forgot how powerful they were: ‘The Spirit’, ‘My Sound’, ‘Brasil’, ‘Circles’, ‘Music And Noise’…. basically every track in this mix is amazing. Not a fan of Holy Noise though, they were a bit too rough for me back then, and the only track they’ve ever made and made me dance the night away was ‘James Brown Is Still Alive’. And I liked that track because it was the opposite of ‘James Brown Is Dead’ by L.A Style, the first single I ever bought. ‘Get Down Everybody’ is quite dull.

Favourite track? ‘Circles’. Bloody Nora, what a great track. I’m not a producer, so I can’t tell you what the exact word for it is, but the cracking sound, the drop… everything seems to work well. And nice and simple vocals. Pure filth.

Mark Archer’s mix is a good one. Takes me back to the good days, when we went to the record store and bought new music, which was actually new music for all of us. It was new, exciting, and took us all by surprise. How anything made on a computer could be exciting, no one expected it to survive, or last very long, but look at it now, 25 years later the music is still alive and kicking. This is the music I grew up with, and still love.

One score. Because it’s a Mark Archer mix. And it’s goooood.

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Ramos Mix – Off Yer Nut In The Millenium (1999)

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DJ: Ramos
Genre/Style: Techno, Trancecore, Acid Techno
Mix Info: Off Yer Nut In The Millenium, CD 4, Released in 1999
Length Mix: 01:11:36
Tracks: 18 (eighteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 126 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 245kbps
More Information: Ramos – Facebook Page

Don’t get too excited, this is not the whole album I’m about to review, it’s only DJ Ramos’ mix I’m about to review, seeing as it’s the only one I could find on Soundcloud. RSR Recordings nicely uploaded Ramos’ mix a couple of days ago, and it’s a big one, if you love Acid Techno/Trancecore. The original CD compilation had 8 DJs on 5 discs, and if you’ve got the original one, you should treasure it, because it’s a good CD. You can find the other CDs on Youtube, mixed by legendary DJs like DJ Brisk, Vinylgroover, Fury, Energy, Jimmy J, Slam, Demo and ofcourse DJ Ramos. Released back in 1999, this CD has everything a raver wanted to hear. Happy Hardcore, UK Hardcore, Breakbeat, Techno, and the list goes on.

When I first spotted the mix on Soundcloud, I thought it was going to be a Happy Hardcore/UK Hardcore mix, but I was wrong. After downloading it, I was proven wrong. My judgement was thrown in the bin. I have reviewed a ‘Off Yer Nut’ mix in the past, I think it was DJ Brisk and Demo mix, and they were Happy Hardcore from start to finish. Ramos decided to not play Happy Hardcore, but a nice Acid Techno/Trancecore tunes instead. He had a whole disc on his own, so he was given the opportunity to go absolutely wild. Not that he became bonkers, the mix is actually quite calm, and extremely pleasing. 18 tracks, carefully selected, carefully mixed by the legend.

DJ Ramos doesn’t need an introduction. So I won’t write one. If you don’t know the legend, it’s time for you to get off those porn sites, and start to educate yourself, by looking for results on Google, our trustworthy friend, and read all about the legends that shaped the scene as we know it.

Tracklist anyone?

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01. Interphaze – Velocity Control
02. Jack Shit – Ice K
03. Smoke System – Smog
04. Rozzer’s Dog – The Pimp, The Pusher & The Panther
05. Punk Floyd – Top Banana
06. 2 Waveform – White Dwarfs
07. Dave The Drummer – Freedom Fighter
08. Ramos & UFO – Dreamesque (Special Tekno Mix) 
09. Colone – Overview
10. Molecular – Slaker
11. DDR & The Geezer – Mad Cows On Acid (Rozzer’s Dog Remix) 
12. Ramos, Supreme & UFO – Judgement Day
13. DJ Reche – KWM (Don’t Work)
14. DJ Fury – Comin’ Up For Air
15. Helix & Fury – Sanctus Dominus
16. Ramos & UFO – 1 To 1
17. Thrillseekers – Downlaod
18. Seducer – Emotions

This brings back memories. A lot of memories. These tunes are classics, can’t believe that they are at least 15 years old, they still sound fresh and timeless.

DJ Ramos’ track selection is awesome. I have been listening to this mix continuously for the last 2 days, and it still blows my mind away. The quality of Ramos’ mixing skills, the tracks that he picked.. everything is good. Not one dull moment throughout this mix.

The funniest thing when you are actually listening to this mix, is how Trancecore sounded like back in the 90s, and how it has evolved into Freeform. Two different worlds, Freeform sounds absolutely nothing like the tunes from the 90s! The Techno side of this mix sounds timeless and is, in fact, timeless. Techno tunes can be 26 years old, and they still sound fresh. The sound hasn’t evolved like Trancecore has, which is in itself something amazing. Yes, Techno has evolved into a sound a tad harder if you compare it to the older tunes, but still it sounds similar. Trancecore on the other hand doesn’t excist anymore, and Freeform has taken over, filled the gap after Trancecore vanished into thin air. Not saying that it’s a bad thing, I do love the Freeform sound, but I just want to point out the difference.

Ramos has created a timeless mix. Not the only mix he has ever made, but definately one he should be proud off. If you’ve got the original CD, make sure you blow the dust off, and put it on the mantelpiece. This deserves the best spot in the house. Brilliant mix.

Ramos is king. Fact.

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Mark Neenan – Crate Diggin’ Mix No 1 (2014)

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DJ: Mark Neenan
Genre/Style: Techno, Acid Techno
Mix Info: Crate Diggin’ Mix No 1.
Length Mix: 01:10:49
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 162 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Filth Infatuated Facebook Fanpage

I know, I know. Many people will look at the picture above and think ‘that’s not the picture that Mark Neenan added to his mix’?! That’s true, but the reason why I can’t add it, is because Soundcloud is being a knob. So there you go, I had to add a picture, and I found one on his Facebook page. I have been trying to find the original picture on my good ol’ friend Google, but after 30 minutes, I got bored. At least I’m sharing the mix, don’t be picky!

Mark Neenan, one-third of Filth Infatuated and one-half of Naked Van Mirk (what a name!?) knows a thing or two when it comes to Techno music. I have listened to many of his mixes in the past, being part of Filth Infatuated, but recently he uploaded this new mix, which features tracks which he played using only two turntables and a mixer. Vinyl is what he used, hence the name of the mix. A beautiful Techno/Acid Techno mix was the result. If you love that, you might want to follow this man on Soundcloud, seeing as he’s going to upload more of these mixes onto it.

The first mix he has uploaded contains a few classic tunes. Some forgotten tunes, and they take me right back to the wonderful years of Techno, when I went to Techno parties, and raved the night away. It’s wonderful to hear these classic anthems, and it’s good to hear that there are still people out there who share their passion for vinyl, and keep the vinyl scene alive. Doesn’t this mix make you want to go through your own collection, blow off the dust of those memorable tunes, and dance the night away?

Mark’s mix is a good one, unless you don’t appreciate Techno/Acid Techno. If you don’t, leave this page right now!

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01. Holy Ghost – Hand Of God (Live In Amsterdam)
02. Throb – Torsk
03. Shaft Punk – Squat Rock (D.A.V.E. The Drummer’s Tonal Shift Remix) 
04. Jel Ford – Cynical Part 2
05. Adam Beyer & Henrik B – Sound Identification (Par Grindvik Remix) 
06. Throb – CPJAVELBASKAGGE
07. Robert Natus – Packhucke
08. Vince Matson – Mutator
09. Magnum Force – Unlucky Punk
10. The Trapeze Artists – Barstow
11. Rozzer’s Dog – This Old World Is In A Helluva Fix
12. Fabulous 23s – Over The Limit
13. Rozzer’s Dog – World War 303
14. Immersion – Fat Acid
15. K-Tec 001 

What a splendid mix! This really brings back some memories! The good ol’ days, eh? Makes you feel old.

The mix starts off with an immense track, and track after track Mark Neenan impresses us with the tunes he has selected. His crate must be magical, seeing as he found these tunes in it! I think I ment to say record box, but you know what I mean.

A very powerful mix, never dull, from the start to the end this mix has got everything you want. It can be quite dark and edgy, but a second later it’s quite bright and emotional. Surprising, to say the least. Is it as good as Mark Neenan/Filth Infatuated’s previous mixes? It’s as good as! Even though they played much more recent stuff, the quality of it all is splendid.

Sadly, I wish I could say that I would go through my vinyl collection, but I can’t. I was a CD boy, but I can’t still play a couple of ol’ CDs.

Mark Neenan has done it yet again, a wonderful mix. This is quite impressive, and should encourage others to ditch the CDs and play those round black discs called LPs. They are quite cool, you know (if you are under 18 years of age, you might want to ask your grandad what these things are).

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