Mazzo Presents: Manic Monday (1994)

Van Martin van Zeelandt

As a blogger/reviewer you get the privileges to receive great music via multiple channels, but sometimes people remind you (without it being their fault) of a mistake you made back in the 90s. That’s exactly what happened with the following mix CD I am talking about: Mazzo Presents: Manic Monday, released in 1994. I remember this album really well: it’s the only album I did NOT buy back in the 90s. I have had this album in my hands in a record store called ‘Free Record Store’ in Heerlen, and I always thought I should buy this, just to give it a go, but I was never interested. I did not understand Oldkool music back then, I was a full on Hardcore/Gabber fanatic, and thought this album was not my cup of tea. Oh the irony: I am a huge Oldskool music lover now!

Someone called Onderkoffer reminded me of this album, and I had a quick listen to it on Youtube, and realised that I made a huge mistake back in the 90s. I should have purchased this album. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s a fucking dope album! Mixed by two legends from the scene: DJ Dano and Jeroen Flamman.  Yep, the one from Flamman & Abraxas. And for those who were raving the night away during the 90s, a quick reminder of what Mazzo was: it was a club in Amsterdam, and every week they held a ‘Manic Monday’ night.

Now this album is commemorating those nights. To get this album I could have bought it back in the 90s, which I didn’t. And to go now to Heerlen to the Free Record Store is a no-no, seeing as the company is bust. So the only way is Ebay, and thankfully I found a copy. A bit dirty and a few scratches, but still playable. Thanks Onderkoffer for making sure I would listen to a wonderful mix album. And now you all want to see the tracklist, right?

tracklist TCD

CD 1 
01. Hypnotist – Pioneers Of The Warped Groove
02. The Todd Terry Project – Back To The Beat
03. Casanova’s Revenge – Let’s Work
04. Bazz – House Of Pax
05. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
06. Second Phase – Mentasm
07. Phuture – We Are Phuture
08. Fierce Rulling Diva – Whipped Kream
09. Eternal – Eternal
10. Photon – Doin’ Our Thang
11. DJ Doc Scott – Surgery
12. Tronikhouse – Uptempo
13. The Prodigy – Charly
14. Marusha – Rave Channel
15. Set Up System – Fairy Dust
16. Fierce Rulling Diva – Rubb It In
17. E-Rection – Smoke My Dang Along
18. Spawn – Tension
19. Robert Armani – A.M.B.U.L.A.N.C.E.
20. Tyree – Video Crash
21. Church Of XTC – XTC
22. NRG – Never Lost His Hardcore
23. Immaginazione – Musica Del Futuro
24. Gateway Experience – Twin Freaks
25. Edge Of Motion – Set Up 707
26. Tellurians – The Navigator
27. TD5 – Cyber Trance
28. Nico – The Scream
29. Circuit Breaker – Trac-K
30. Edge #1 – Compnded

CD 2 
01. Science Lab – Flesh & Blood
02. B Sides – Magic Orchestra
03. B Sides – Moribund (Remix) 
04. Time Zone – Praise God
05. Da Posse – Searchin’ Hard
06. 2 In A Room – Somebody In The House (Say Yeah!!!)
07. Set Up System – Factory
08. Techno Grooves – Techno Slam
09. Space Trax – Atomic Playboy
10. Trancemission – No More Mindgames
11. Ace The Space – Nine Is A Classic (Ace The Space)
12. Overdog – Fuck You Up
13. The Mover – Nightflight
14. English Muffin – Ride
15. Mescalinum United – We Have Arrived
16. Monoton – Translated Realities
17. Nighttripper – Tone Exploitation
18. Altern8 – Activ 8
19. Kicks Like A Mule – The Bouncer
20. Inner City – Praise (United Mix) 
21. The Prodigy – Android
22. Return Of The Living – Get Funky
23. Frequency – Kiss The Sky
24. CJ Bolland – Horsepower
25. Kicksquad – Soundclash
26. DHS – House Of God
27. Dr Kevorkian – Suicide Machine
28. D-Shake – Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
29. Turntable Hype – Turntable Hype (A’Dam Mix) 
30. Nico – So Light (On 45!)
31. Phrenetic System – Reality
32. English Muffin – You Should Have Been Smarter
33. O.S.P. – Ooooh Shit!

Wowzers! What a tracklist! And to think that back in 1994 they already concidered this to be ‘oldskool’ music. Hence the bit on the front of the album “a first lesson in rave history”. Yeah, this is Rave history! Carefully mixed and selected by Dano and Flamman. Bloody Nora, this album is great. A bit of everything is in here. From Dutch classics to British anthems, and we all know how much I like British anthems.

The first album is nice and relaxed, the second comes in harder than before. The focus on the second album is Hardcore, and boy, do they play the records hard. And it’s an unbelievable thing, this compilation. Both DJs have selected really cool records. And to think I left this on a shelf in a record store, what a stupid decision I made. But let’s not forget, I was born in 1983, I did not understand the power behind Rave music yet, I was 11 back in 1994 lol. So young and innocent.

It’s a tremendous album. I can not underline the fact that this is a must have album. I do that with a permanent marker. This is everything ravers need to have. They’ve done their best to make this album work, and it has worked beautifully. I can not point out one thing wrong with it.

The first disc’s best record…. simpel answer: ‘Circuit Breaker – Trac-k’. Brilliant record. Second disc’s best record ‘Nighttripper – Tone Exploitation’. Can’t go wrong with these two amazing records.

So all in all a wonderful album. Thanks Onderkoffer for reminding me what a fool I have been in the 90s. But it’s never too late to hallucinate!


DJs: Dano & Flamman
Genre/Style: Hardcore, Acid, Techno
Release Year: 1994
Album Info: A First Lesson In Rave History
CDs: 2 (two)
Length CDs: +/+ 2 hours
Tracks: 63 (sixty-three)
Label: EVA
Product Number: 74321 246372
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 Categorie: CD REVIEW Oldskool

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