ViperStar – Handcrafted (2018)

Van Martin van Zeelandt

DJ ViperStar is a regular on this website, and his mixes (and album) have been promoted on this website for many years. And to let you all know, he’s got a brand new mix out, which is called ‘Handcrafted’. And the first thing you have probably noticed, is the cheap picture. Well, it’s all been handmade, so don’t expect a very shiny logo: it’s all done by hand. And so has the mixing, all done by hand (well, how else would you mix something together?).

At ‘We Are Hardcore’ in Brisbane, ViperStar handed out 174 CDs to everyone who wanted a copy. They were all mixed, mastered, stamped, written and packaged by hand. It’s all hands on for ViperStar. And for those who have already listened to it, and wanted to know the tracklist, I’m in possession of it right now, and I reckon you want to see what he has used to compose this ‘handcrafted’ mixtape, eh?

Well, here it is:

tracklist TCD

01. Gammer – The Drop (ELTX Bootleg) 
02. Stonebank – Soldier (Assertive Hardcore Bootleg) 
03. The Prototypes – Electric (Mind Vortex Remix) 
04. DJ Shimamura – The Jams
05. S3RL – Well, That Was Awkward (Ambiguous DJ Edit) 
06. TΔTSÜYΔ – Bang (TΔTSÜYΔ Edit) 
07. Caked Up – Rave Police (Dolphin Hardcore Edit) 
08. Macks Wolf – Vampires (Callum Higby Remix) 
09. ITSUFO – FuckYourPikachu Remix
10. S3RL – Pika Girl
11. Urban Atmosphere – Banana Hardcore
12. Brisk & Scott Brown – Back & Forth (Rob IYF & Gee Atom Remix) 
13. Seventhrun – Back Home
14. – Beautiful (MOB x Enemy Remix) 
15. Inverse & Orbit1 – Welcome 2 Tomorrow
16. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Tweekacore Mix) 
17. Dirtyphonics x Riot – Got Your Love (Jakka-B Hard Psy Flip) 
18. Orbit1 – Project.1
19. Daniel Seven & Triplestar – S.P.A.G.H.E.T.
20. Dave Psi & Lux – Crowd Control
21. Alex BassJunkie & Riche – Hard Prawn Steven Seagull
22. Joey Riot vs Roosy K – Zombie
23. Amnesys – The Purest
24. JeBroer feat Stepherd, Skinto & Jayh – Banaan (Re-Style Remix) 
25. Broken Minds feat Joey Riot – Shake It Up
26. Re-Style – Get It Crackin’ 16

This is a quirky tracklist. It jumps from one style to the next, but that’s what ViperStar does nicely. He plays whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. He ends the mix with a few harder tracks, and that’s nice to hear. A nicely build up mix, and the last couple of minutes you are stomping the living shit out of your feet.

I love his enthusiasm for everything UK Hardcore related. Pushing not only himself forward, but also his label and other artists. That’s generous. That said, there are a few minor thing in this mix, which I can’t get my head around:

the cheesy records. Bloody Nora, he’s played records like these before, but they seem to have become worst. Those records with ‘Pikachu’ in it, or ‘Banana Hardcore’. Or S3RL. Sweet Lord. This doesn’t do the scene any justice. I know there’s a market for cheesy music, but this is just too bad. This makes me want to be deaf. Actual deaf. And that’s not a good thing.

There are a few good records in here, like ‘Back Home’, ‘Soldier’, ‘The Drop’, and the whole gabber section. But it’s not his finest mix. It contains too many cheesy records. If that’s your cup of tea, that’s fine, and you will probably like this mix. But it ain’t my cup of tea. Sorry ViperStar.


DJ: ViperStar
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Hard Psy, Gabber, Cheesy Hardcore
Mix Info: ViperStar – Handcrafted
Length Mix: 01:00:50
Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 143 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: DJ ViperStar – Soundcloud Page

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