Category: UK Hardcore/Freeform/Powerstomp

Shimotsukei – Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix (2015)

Shimotsukei - Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix (2015)

Shimotsukei – Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix (2015)

DJ: Shimotsukei
Genre/Style: Freeform, Hard Trance
Mix Info: Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix – 2015-08-08
Length Mix: 00:41:10
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 94.2 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Shimotsukei – Soundcloud Page

Last week I discovered a new mix (which is actually an ‘old’ one) by Shimotsukei, and after listening to it, it blew me away. Sadly I went on a holiday, and had no time to review it, but I saved it as a favourite on Internet Explorer, and only today I went back onto my computer, and there it was! I could not leave this mix aside, and review another one, I simply couldn’t.

For those who are unaware of what Watchtower actually is, it’s a CD compilation, focussed on spreading ‘underground’ music, mainly Freeform. And this third instalment was released back in 2015, and it contained artists such as Alek Szahala, Transcend, Eryk Orpheus, Endemic, Douglas, Qygen and more. Back in 2015 Shimotsukei made a promo mix for this album, but it only recently emerged onto Soundcloud. Don’t ask me why, don’t have a clue. But it’s good that, even though it’s 2 years later, it was uploaded onto this platform, because it’s really a dope mix!

If you want to hear some dark, edgy, yet beautiful and inspiring Freeform, check this mix (and the actual album) out. Let me show you the tracklist, you will be impressed.

tracklist

01. Qygen – Soul Survivor
02. Alek Szahala – Avalanche
03. Rik Arkitech – Heart Is A Flutter
04. GULD vs Betwixt & Between – Hatral (GULD 2013 Mix) 
05. Le Dos-on & Psycho Stalker – Chemical Wash
06. Substanced – Ghost Of The Future (Alchemiist Remix) 
07. Aryx – Helix
08. Epyx & Cyrez vs Tyranoid / Strongstream – What Lies Below

The tracklist is short, but the mix is very good and rough. I’m really entertained from the first to the last second, and the 8 tracks Shimotsukei has selected are all really good. This is Freeform the way I like it: dark and edgy. A lot of Trance influences, but a bit faster and tougher.

I can honestly say that this mix rocks hard. If Freeform is your thing, and you are digging it the way I do, you should definately check this mix out. Not a lot of tracks, but they are played as long as you can imagine, no short radio edits. And they’ve been carefully mixed by Shimotsukei, and it’s a good promo mix. It nearly made me buy one, but I reckon all copies are sold out. Wouldn’t know where to get a copy.

I could talk for days, but I am simply not going to do that. You just go and play this mix right now. No mucking about, no waiting until tomorrow, do it now! And be amazed. Let this mix be your guide on this dreadful and boring Saturday morning. This is the way all ravers should wake up: play the finest mixes out there on maximum volume level.

What are you waiting for? Have you pressed play yet?

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[UPROAR – Big Birthday Bonanza Promo Mix 2] – Shax & MC Rainah (2017)

[UPROAR - Big Birthday Bonanza Promo Mix 2] - Shax & MC Rainah (2017)

[UPROAR – Big Birthday Bonanza Promo Mix 2] – Shax & MC Rainah (2017)

DJ: Shax
MC: Rainah
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Makina
Mix Info: UPROAR – Big Birthday Bonanza Promo Mix 2
Length Mix: 00:33:28
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 76.7 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: UPROAR Big Birthday Bonanza – Event Page

Ever been in Birmingham? The answer is probably yes. But now, the question that matters is: are you going to be there on the 3rd of March, raving the night away at the Tunnel Club? Uproar is back with a brand new event, and you’ve probably seen the banner on my homepage, or seen the event page on Facebook. Let me give you a couple of reasons why you should go: Lisa Pin-Up, Andy Whitby, Sy, Hixxy, Scott Brown, Chris Unknown, Ajay, Macks Wolf vs Callum Higby, Thumpa, and the list goes on. Need more reasons why you should go? I don’t think so.

You can still get tickets, and I think you should go and get them right now. Whilst you browse online for the tickets, why not listen to this promo mix, made by DJ Shax, accompanied by MC Rainah? You might give this a go, seeing as you are getting hyped up for a wonderful night. Unless you are not a fan of Makina, which I highly doubt. Who isn’t a fan of Makina? Well, I’m not a huge fan, because I don’t hear many Makina mixes, but I’m liking it a lot.

DJ Shax behind the decks and MC Rainah behind the mic. What’s the end result? A promo mix they should be proud of.

tracklist

01. Axeler8 – No Good For Me
02. Dmb – Blue Space Flower
03. Dmb – Inaugural Address
04. Alphalfa Industries – Paradise 2013
05. DJ Lozza vs Andy Static – Request
06. K9 – The Island
07. DJ Lozza – The Universe Was Born
08. DJ Lozza – All The Right Places
09. K9 – Aliens And Indians
10. Axeler8 – High Voltage
11. Dmb – Sense Of Style

In all fairness, I’m fairly new to the Makina scene, and now absolutely no-one in the scene. Maybe M-Project, but there aren’t many other names familiar to me. I know the sound, but not the producers. So I can’t talk about the artists who made the tracks, they are unknowns to me.

Well, the music is good. I’m liking the happiness of these tunes. They are fun, quirky, bouncy… basically everything you need to hear when you are at a rave. This style combines several styles into one, and it will get the crowd going. And if the music wouldn’t get you going, MC Rainah will do his best to get you moving. And during this mix he does exactly that.

DJ Shax has selected powerful tracks, and mixed them together beautifully. Can’t say anything or mention anything bad about this mix. Also got nothing bad to say about MC Rainah’s skills. Really feeling this mix.

If this doesn’t persuade you, you are not worthy to go to UPROAR’s upcoming event. Go and get tickets, because you will get a sick line-up, and also Shax will be there, and let’s not forget his MC partner Rainah. This will be an epic night!

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Summa, Hale And Thunda (2017)

Summa, Hale And Thunda (2017)

Summa, Hale And Thunda (2017)

DJ: Summa Jae
MCs: Thunda & Riddle
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, EDMCore, Happy Hardcore
Mix Info: ‘Summa, Hale And Thunda’
Length Mix: 00:44:05
Tracks: 16 (sixteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 100 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Summa Jae / Thunda / Riddle – Facebook Fanpage

A couple of weeks this mix was the talk of the town. Well, not the town I live in. And when I say town, I mean Facebook. Can’t remember when I first noticed the picture on Facebook, but I was feeling good after reading about a new upcoming mixtape. I do love mixtapes a lot, my whole UK Hardcore folder is filled with mixtapes from the mid 90s to 2017. And this is the most recent one I’ve added. Three artists from three major labels (Futureworld Records, Lethal Theory and Justice Hardcore) have come together, and the result is a mix called ‘Summa, Hale and Thunda’.

Yes, you’ve got Summa Jae, Thunda, but no Hale. Instead of Hale you’ve got MC Riddle. The title is quite funny, it has to be said. But does that mean when you are around Summa Jae it’s always hot, when Thunda walks into the room he causes mayhem and thunder, and when MC Riddle walks near you, you’ll be soaking wet?

Anyway, before I turn into a BBC weather presenter, let’s talk about this mix. As you would expect, it’s packed with awesome tunes from the big names in the scene like MOB, Mark Breeze, Stonebank, Jakka B, to the very talented Ganar, Macks Wolf, Outforce and more. Summa Jae doesn’t need an introduction, as you would expect, she has turned 16 individual tracks into one blinding mix. Want to see the tracklist?

tracklist

01. Stonebank – Soldier (Assertive Hardcore Edit) 
02. Boaz van Beatz – Partymad (Callum Higby Edit) 
03. Kayzo – Born Again (Darren Styles & Gammer Remix) 
04. Mark Breeze – Be Alone VIP
05. Macks Wolf & Callum Higby – Right Here
06. Outforce & Hartshorn – Put Yo Hood Up
07. Ganar – Acid Rocker
08. Jauz & Pegboard Nerds – Get On Up (Jakka B Edit) 
09. Zero Hero – Energy
10. MOB & Enemy – Iron Heart
11. Macks Wolf – Orgy Of Terror
12. Zero Hero – Home
13. DISKORD – Anything U Want (Macks Wolf x Callum Higby Edit) 
14. Jakka B & Summa Jae – Your Love
15. Darren Styles & Callum Higby – TMA
16. Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS – Gold Skies (Darren Styles & Dougal Remix) 

The tracklist is really good. I’m liking what I’m seeing, and as you are aware of it, I’ve already listened to it, and I’ve got to say that the mix is tight. As tight as… anything that’s tight.

MC Riddle and MC Thunda showcase their skills throughout their mix, and I’m loving the fact that they don’t sound alike at all! Two different MCs, two different styles when it comes to MCing. One’s a bit rougher, one’s a bit softer. But the message comes across: ravers should not sit still when this mixtape is on. They make the ravers go absolutely insane, from Scotland to the South of England, from the Netherlands to Japan, from Russia to Botswana… we are loving it.

The tracks are good. Not liking one track, but that’s just because they’ve used the vocals from one of the worst ‘rappers’ of all time. He sounds like he has no clue what he’s doing on this beautiful Earth. Don’t like ‘Put Yo Hood Up’.

On the other hand, Zero Hero is a completely unknown artist to me, but the two tracks are absolutely dancefloor smashers! ‘Home’ is so damn good, it grabbed me by my throat and made me feel good inside. Oh, and let’s not forget ‘TMA’ by Darren Styles and Callum Higby.

These three have come up with the perfect mixtape. I don’t know the weather in Australia, but I reckon it’s absolutely the opposite compared to the UK. This mixtape turns this dreadful and miserable Saturday into one of the most amazing days of 2017! Go out, and enjoy life. Put your headphones in, and press play! Or download it, and listen to it wherever, whenever!

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Electric Retox Ep. 174 – Mixed By MrPanda (2017)

Electric Retox Ep. 174 - Mixed By MrPanda (2017)

Electric Retox Ep. 174 – Mixed By MrPanda (2017)

DJ: MrPanda
Genre/Style: Drum & Bass, UK Hardcore, Powerstomp, EDMCore, Freeform
Mix Info: Electric Retox Ep. 174 – Mixed By MrPanda
Length Mix: 00:57:53
Tracks: 32 (thirty-two)
Download/Listen: NOT YET AVAILABLE
File Size: 320 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: MrPanda – Facebook Fanpage

The perks of being a reviewer are tremendous. You get sent mixes, t-shirts, CDs, etc. And today I’m going to talk to you about a mix made by MrPanda. Yes, the name might sound familiar, and you’ve guessed it: it’s not the first time this name appears on my website. So you are in for a misleading treat. Why am I saying that? Well, that’s because this is a preview, and the actual mix ain’t being released yet: it will be released on the 11th of February, so keep an eye out for this mix via MrPanda’s Facebook page.

This mix is so exclusive, I completely forgot about it. I do mean it, MrPanda sent me the link, and because I was so busy, I forgot about it. Thankfully he asked me to listen to it, and I’m happy that I did. I’m sorry MrPanda, I truly am. It’s not often (sadly) that I get to listen to previews, so I should embrace them with open arms.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of diversity. And MrPanda always delivers awesome mixes, not bound to one style or one genre. And in this mix he touches several styles, such as UK Hardcore, Drum & Bass, Freeform and more. Definately worth a listen (once it’s out)….

tracklist

01. Ak1200 – Deja Nu (Math3matics Remix) 
02. Jenna G feat Chase & Status and Switch – In Love
03. Jinx & Dawn Raid – Strife
04. Dub Fx – Wandering Love (Robo/Tech & Schematix Remix) 
05. Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This (Sigma Remix )
06. Enei – Homeworld
07. Cyantific & Logistics – Brighter Day
08. Pegboard Nerds – Get On Up (Jakka B Remix) 
09. Hotchkiss – I Can See It
10. IYF & Nobody – The Other Side
11. M-Project feat Jonjo – Right Now
12. Anthem Power – It’s Gonna Get
13. LH4L – Neoprene (Skrillex Remix)(S-Worx EDIT) 
14. A.B – This (Westfest VIP) 
15. Breakage feat Detour City – Treading Water (Revision-X Remix) 
16. Ham – Anything For You
17. Technikore & JTS meets Al Storm & Weaver – Feeder (2 Minutes Of Hell Mix) 
18. Clarkey – Party Like Us
19. Sc@r – Acid Porn Monkey
20. J-Mac – Let It Roar
21. Fracus & Darwin – Music’s Hypnotising
22. Joyride – Give My Love (Jakka B Edit) 
23. Tyl3r feat Reynolds MC – I.C.F.I.
24. MNEK & Zara Larsson – Never Forget You (Stu Infinity Remix) 
25. Gammer – Good Life (Bad Day)
26. Technical Difficulties with Shok Ghost – Way To Go
27. Breeze & UFO – Dirty
28. Cyantific – Ice Cream
29. Chris Unknown – Killah Sound
30. Anglerfish & Lucider – This Is How We Do It Hard
31. Darren Styles & Modulate – To The Stars
32. Hotchkiss – Reflections

Diversity is what matters, and it’s what you get in this mix. Yes, the main focus is obviously UK Hardcore, but it turns out it blends in nicely with other styles such as Drum & Bass and Freeform and Powerstomp. And MrPanda knows how to grab your attention.

He used 4 decks (if I am correct) for this mix, and it’s quite impressive. The tracks he has selected are not the easiest tracks to mix together, but it sounds effortlessly. A few tiny mistakes here and there, but it’s really good what the end result is.

There are some slammers in here, some serious dancefloors smashers! ‘Let It Roar’, ‘Party Like Us’, ‘Anything For You’, ‘Killah Sound’, ‘This’, ‘I Can See It’, but my favourite track in this mix … well, there are three:’Give My Love’,  ‘Feeder’ and ‘It’s Gonna Get’.

A couple of tracks aren’t my cup of tea (of coffee, whatever you prefer). But all in all a very entertaining mix, and if you want to hear a really diverse and to be fair, quite sexy mix, you don’t need to look any further. Just like MrPanda on Facebook and on the 11th you will get a notification about this mix being aired on Soundcloud!

Ps. Obviously once it’s been released, I will add it underneath this review. But for now you’ve got to wait!

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