One of the events I really wanted to go to, was Thunderdome ’96. As a young lad Thunderdome dominated my youth, and the 1996 edition turned out to be one of the most talked about Thunderdomes ever. The response it had was tremendous, and even to this day it’s a well remembered night. On Partyflock 74% of the partygoers rated it as aweseom/excellent, and not one bad review. A night to remember, and for only ƒ 50,- you would experience the night of your life, with an incredible line-up: 50% of the Dream Team, Bass-D & King Matthew, Buzz Fuzz, Dana, Dano, Darkraver, Delirium, E-Rick, Gizmo, Hardcor, Neophyte, The Prophet, Uzi, Waxweazle, Weirdo, and 3 Steps Ahead. You cannot deny the feeling you just received after seeing that line-up. And that night had been captured on a CD, and released also in 1996. Read More
It’s Saturday, which means the weekend has landed! So what’s going on peeps? What’s happening? If you are NOT like me, you are going out tonight, having a blast, showing the world how it’s done. If you are like me, you are going to sit on your arse all day, doing nothing. Well, that might be a nice thing to do, but also quite boring. So let me introduce to you yet another amazing mix by Selectabwoy. Yep, you’ve seen his name before, and I’ve reviewed a few mixes, and now it’s time for a brand spanking new one, which is actually 17 years old.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter how old the mix is, it’s all about what the mix actually contains. And it’s a beauty. Music from 1994 until 1997, Jungle and Drum & Bass. Heavenly music. And it was originally recorded onto a Mini Disc! The youngsters don’t even know what the hell that was! I know of its excistence, but never actually owned one. According to my friends from school they were nothing but trouble, so I never bought one. I always walked around with my Walkman until 2017 (nah, just kidding).
So he’s re-upped a mix which was already on his Soundcloud but buried away, hidden away from the world. And I’m so happy for it, because it contains Jungle and Drum & Bass, and there’s no one on this planet who dislikes it.
01. Sixty Six % – Radiate
>> Mobb Deep – Apostle’s Warning
02. Foul Play – Total Control (Origin Unknown Remix)
03. Lemon D – Change
04. DJ Die – Live And Direct
05. Droppin’ Science – Volume 6 – Easy
06. Maximum Style – Hard As Hell
07. Marvellous Cain – The Hitman
08. Elements Of Noise feat MC Det – Stick-Up!
09. Potential Bad Boy – The Bomb
10. The Terrorist – The Chopper
11. DJ Krust – Maintain
12. Roni Size – Physical
13. Sedzy – All My Love
14. DJ Gunshot – Wheel n’ Deal (Marble Mix)
15. Dillinja – Ja Know Ya Big
16. Cybotron feat Dillinja – Go To
17. Doc Scott – Drumz ’95
18. Ganja Kru – Out For Da Loot
19. Gang Related & Mask – Concentration
20. MTS – Brothers And Sisters
21. Trinity – Gangsta (OJ Mix)
22. Dancemaster – Kan U Feel It?
23. Deadly D – Listen Dis
24. Trace & Nico – Mad Different Methods
>> Adam F – Metropolis
Beautiful, isn’t it? This makes me smile a lot. A nice hour and 20 minute long mix, with some serious dancefloor anthems. Or as the MCs would say: rewind-records.
He never seems to disappoint anyone with his mixes. They are always tight, and always highly entertaining. And bloody catchy too! This contains highly addictive records, and I’ve got to say that the one that stayed in my head the longest has got to be ‘Marvellous Cain – The Hitman’. Just listen to it and you will know exactly what appeals so much to me.
Oh, and let’s not forget ‘Metropolis’. An all time classic.
This deserves to get more plays. This needs to be higher, much higher. Selectabwoy’s mixes are always very intoxicating. Even though this mix is 17 years old, it’s still suitable to listen to. No errors, no f**k ups, absolutely nothing wrong with it at all!
If I could start every weekend with a mix this good, life would be so much better. Maybe next week he’ll upload another one. Let’s hope so!
Genre/Style: Jungle, Drum & Bass
Mix Info: 1994-1997 Jungle/DnB Mix Part 1 – 2001
Length Mix: 01:20:49
Tracks: 24+ (twenty-four)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 111 MB
File Type: mp3
More Information: Selectabwoy – Soundcloud Page
It’s 1996, and I’m walking through a record store called ECI, if I’m correct. My mom used to be a member, and you had to buy every so often a book or a CD, and you would get them ‘cheaper’ than the usual records stores or book stores. And that was a complete myth. Nothing would be cheaper. It was such a scam, my mum quickly realised it, and cancel the contract. But just before we stopped visiting, we bought a few things in there, one was a Mysterland 1994 CD, and the other being Joost van Bellen’s ‘Nightclubbing’ CD. This was my fourth CD (seeing as I was still listening to tapes more than CDs, and the quality of my portable CD player was really poor), and it’s still treasured as being one of the coolest CDs in my collection.
And my collection is humongous. And contains literally everything. From my first ever CD ‘Yabba Dabba Dance’ to several exclusives with autographs, I’ve got exactly enough. But Joost van Bellen’s CD is still amongst these great albums, even though I can’t listen to it anymore, scratches have made it impossible to listen to it. I’ve got it thankfully ripped on my computer. What I did notice on Discogs is that he did more Nightclubbing CDs, 2 more. Why I never bought the other ones is beyond me.
Let me show you the tracklist, and I’ll explain after why this CD still stood the test of time!
01. Ashley Beedle presents Revolutions In Dub – Deep Dish Jumpin’ At The Bar – Part 1
02. The Bladed Posse – Right Now
03. Sticky People – Make U My Man (Paradox Stomp Mix)
04. Ralphi Rosario – Sudando Bailando
05. Crime – Flight In 2 Fantasy
06. Robin Breaks – I Get Dubbed
07. Djaimin – You Can’t Touch – Part 1
08. Mood II Swing – Call Me
09. Bone Machine – Pianic (Amsterjammix)
10. Dangerous Minds – Live In Unity
11. JohNick – Play The World
12. Strictly 4 The Underground – Livin’ 4 The Underground
13. Kenlou – The Bounce
14. The Underground Congregation – Lovin Flowin (Underflow Mix)
15. Adrian Morrison – The Week
16. K-Scope – Planet K
17. 7th Movement – Odyssey (Dub Star Disco Mix)
I can say in all honesty that I don’t know any of these names, or have never seen them since I first saw them on this compilation. But it’s not the names that interest me, but the music, and the music is catchy as hell! Joost van Bellen already had a good reputation, and with this mix CD he showed me he did know a thing or two about House music!
Stated on the actual CD is the following: “A full length mastermix of kicking black & Latin grooves, uplifting Garage, soft-core Techno and the deepest of Deep House”. And that’s no word of a lie. That’s exactly what you get. And Joost being Joost, no stupid quick mixing. He takes his time to get the listener into a chilled and groovy mood.
The music is slow, care-free, and beautiful. Sexy at times, dark and edgy when it needs to be. Just comparre ‘Flight In 2 Fantasy’ with ‘Livin’ 4 The Underground’. Two completely different records, and different approach. And I like them both, but the ‘Underground’ sound is more my cup of tea. I’ve always liked my music to be a bit different, rougher and darker.
Van Bellen’s album is still a masterpiece. And I’ve already listened to it 4 times today. I need to be chilled out, and mellow too. And this album really contributes to my mood. Wicked album. If you can your hands on it, I would get it now! The Summer is near, and this would make it even better. Who needs the present day crap, when you can have this?
DJ: Joost van Bellen a.k.a. DJ van Bellen
Genre/Style: House, Garage House, Deep House, Techno
Release Year: 1996
Album Info: DJ Van Bellen – Nightclubbing 1
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:14:11
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Label: Blueprint Music
Product Number: 11 61472
More Information: Joost van Bellen – Official Website
Remember the good old days when CDs were becoming cool, but cassette tapes still dominated the world of music? Those days are long gone, and it’s sad to think that the high tech kids of today don’t have a clue how a tape works, or what a relation is between a pencil and a tape. Tapes were so damn cool, but also so annoying (when the tape got stuck and unwind itself within your cassette player and ruined the cassette forever). I only have a handful of cassettes left, so I wouldn’t say I’m still a fan of cassettes (the quality is just poor), but every so often it’s nice to hear the extreme poor quality coming through your speakers. Like today!
Someone uploaded a mix from a cassette from 1996, which contained Kemistry and Storm’s mix. With the very basic title “Drum’N’ Bass V1”, and a astronaut on the cover, hovering above the Earth. On this first instalment you also had DJ Peshay, but this mix wasn’t included on this upload. I’ve never seen or heard of this mixtape before, so it was a nice welcome to hear this for the very first time. And as we all know, Kemistry and Storm has a chemistry together. Sadly Kemistry passed away too soon, but her mixes will live on forever. And on this mixtape (which is literally a mixtape, and the youngster/millenials would not have known the origins of this word) they went all the way!
I wish I still had my walkman, it was so damn cool. Walking around the street with big ass headphones which covered your whole ears, it was so cool. It was for the very first time you were able to escape the world around you, and create your own bubble. Is that what the cover picture suggest? Astronauts in space are in their own little bubble, floating around our precious Earth? Well, when I had my headphones on, I was indeed floating. And if I’d only knew of its excistance, I would have bought this mixtape. Why? Well, because it’s dope. Seriously dope.
Let me show you the tracklist!
01. Alias – Jamming
02. The Spirit – Synthony
03. Spirit – Fathoms
04. Unknown Artist – Promo #9
05. Dillinja – Vicious
06. Peshay – On The Nile
07. Lemon D – Break It Up
08. Heavyweight – Another World
09. Future Forces – Dead By Dawn
10. Capone – Voice
11. Lemon D – Change (Remix)
12. John B – Sight Beyond
13. Heavyweight – Infinity (Amen)
14. Top Buzz – Living In Darkness (Ray Keith Remix 1)
15. A-Sides & Cool Hand Flex – After Dark
16. John B – Jazz Session Vol 1
17. Decoder – Life
18. DJ Die – Something Special
19. Unknown 60’s – From The Lounge (Jack Smooth Mix)
20. Decoder – Circuit Breaker
21. Indo Aminata – Love Will Be On Your Side (Dillinja Drum & Bass Mix)
22. Goldie – Chico – Death of A Rockstar (Alternative Mix)
23. Danny Breaks – Crime ’96
24. Lemon D – 12.01
To me this kind of music just mellows me down a lot. It’s just so pure and fresh, and extremely relaxing. It’s obviously different when you are in a club listening to this: in the club you give your all to the DJ, and expose your inner demons, and dance like you have never danced before. But at home I’m just sitting here, chilling. Relaxing. Enjoying the music. And the music is great.
Kemistry and Storm knew exactly which records to pick, to make this mixtape worth listening to. I’ve heard most of these records already, but not in this order. And it’s making each individual record fresher than ever! They start off with ‘Jamming’, a dangerously insane record. To start with this record it means you are going to destroy the listener and his/her walkman.
There are simply too many great records in here, and I’ve always said that the Drum & Bass from the mid 90s/late 90s was simply the best. The other day I reviewed Goldie’s Essential Mix from 1996, which contained a lot of insane records (in a good way). And this Kemistry and Storm mix also contains those brutal records, some very nice and calm, and some so straight forward, in your face. Brutal is the right word.
It’s difficult to pick a favourite, but those which were close to my favourite were ‘Jamming’, ‘On The Nile’, ‘Break It Up’, ‘Living In Darkness’, ‘Something Special’, but the number 1 has got to be ‘Chico – Death Of A Rockstar’. Bloody Nora, why don’t we hear this record more often? This is pure filth, one of Goldie’s finest records.
This unofficial releas mixtape is fire. And seeing as this is one of the first DnB mixtapes I’ve ever heard, I will give it the ultimate score, 5 out of 5. Why? Well, at first I was slightly annoyed by the lack of recording quality, but then I had a flashback to the good ‘ol days, and after that I couldn’t be bothered about the quality of the actual mix. I was back in my bubble, like the astronauts in space. Thanks Kemistry & Storm for this truly epic mixtape.
DJs: Kemistry & Storm
Genre/Style: Drum and Bass
Mix Info: Drum ‘N’ Bass V1
Length Mix: 01:29:16
Tracks: 24 (twenty-four)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 205 MB
File Type: mp3
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