A.B & Thumpa feat MC Octane @ HTID/Ravers Reunited Summer Gathering 30.07.2016

A.B & Thumpa feat MC Octane @ HTID/Ravers Reunited Summer Gathering 30.07.2016

A.B & Thumpa feat MC Octane @ HTID/Ravers Reunited Summer Gathering 30.07.2016

DJs: A.B, Thumpa
MC: Octane
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform, Happy Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ HTID/Ravers Reunited Summer Gathering 30.07.2016
Length Liveset: 01:01:28
Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 140 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: A.B / Thumpa – Facebook Fanpage

A much talked about set on social media. I won’t go into details, you will find more information on the world wide web. But let’s talk about this set, which is obviously why you are here. This year’s Summer Gathering looked absolutely amazing! So many areas, so many great artists performing here, and one duo performed in the HTID/Ravers Reunited area: A.B & Thumpa. Alongside MC Octane they demolished the tent. They weren’t the only one at Summer Gathering 2016: Darren Styles, Joey Riot, Gammer, Dougal. Kutski, Breeze, Squad-E. Scott Brown, Alex Prospect… well, basically each name on the picture added above this review. You can read this, so read the flyer.

I don’t know when Thumpa or A.B decided to do sets together, but it’s a good combination. Saw them recently at BMH Freeform, and they demolished the dancefloor and the speakers. A lot of fist pumping and rave faces, but it was good (music wise). That’s probably why they were asked to play at Summer Gathering: because these two are good behind the decks. They make sure that the crowd is going nuts, and they only play the finest tunes money can buy.

The tracklist was kindly provided by Thumpa himself, have a look and be amazed!

tracklist

01. Finnbarr – In Your Eyes
02. Gammer – Yabai
03. Avi8 – The Forgotten Star (Macks Wolf & Clarkey Remix) 
04. Gammer & Whizzkid – Love You Everyday (Redux) 
05. A.B – Shudder
06. Gammer – Red Drink Foam Party
07. Alex Prospect & Spyro – Up To No Good
08. Nuton – Rockin!
09. A.B & Finnbarr – Stick Together
10. A.B – Miami (Jakka-B Remix) 
11. Jekyll & Clarkey – Mallorca
12. A.B – Promise Me (Scott Brown Remix) 
13. A.B – Crowd Geoff
14. Firelite – Burning’ Up (Riko & Genic Contagious Power Bootleg) 
15. Scott Brown vs Bass X – One 2 Three
16. Chris Fear – First Serve (Jakka-B Remix) 
17. Tamerax – Bring It Up (170 Mix) 
18. Dougal & Gammer – Snakebite
19. Double Decka – Transformed (Remane Remix) 
20. Callum Higby – Headshot
21. Impact – DJs Calling (Denile & Eufeion 2016 Remix) 
22. Skinny & Darwin – Like A Boulder
23. Chwhynny & Darwin – Nothing There (Blu The Roof Mix) 

This liveset looks amazing! Not really a hundred percent focussed on Freeform, which can be good from time to time. I was expecting a full on Freeform mix, but I was amazed to hear such a diverse mix! Great track, carefully selected by Thumpa and A.B, and accompanied by MC Octane!

There are some great anthems in here! There was obviously room for Freeform, so they squeezed in some tracks by A.B, Finnbarr, and more. And I have to say that with this set they’ve found a good balance between Freeform and UK Hardcore, and also a bit of Hardstyle/Gabber towards the end. It’s nice to hear a wicked set by these two legends.

MC Octane does his thing well, and gets the crowd going. The music pushes the crowd toward the stage, and it made me rave in my living room hard as hell.

Maybe one or two tracks weren’t my cup of tea, but let’s focus on the best tracks in this liveset: ‘Forgotten Star’, ‘Shudder’, ‘Miami’ and more. I love the records they have selected, and it’s really a non-stop blast of music, pouding through my speakers.

This ‘threesome’ works, and I can feel  the vibes coming through my speakers. I am happy after an hour and a minute, this really made my day. More of these combinations please, and also more sets which aren’t focussed on only one style. Diversity is key to make everything work. Freeform and UK Hardcore blend in well.

A.B and Thumpa and Octane, wicked set!

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BMH Freeform… the day after….

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London, United Kingdom

As you’ve seen it in many blogs, on the 23rd of July (which was yesterday), the only place you needed to be at, was Eden Club in Bournemouth. I was there, and I had a wonderful time. For me it was one of the coolest nights out in a very long time, and before my memory makes me forget completely what happened, here’s a detailled (well, as far as I can remember it) description of BMH Freeform, the journey towards it, and the absolutely dreadful journey back. 

We started early, me and the missus. She had to see one of her friends, and I woke up with her at the same time. She wished me good luck and hoped I had fun, and I was hoping this day time rave was going to be good. She got me the train tickets (bless her). So I decided to take her out on Thursday and Friday. But these are different stories. Anyway, the day started well, nervous as hell because I was going to a rave where most of my legends would be at, and we would share the same train. Ready to go at 10:00? Not really, still had to go through my wardrobe, searching for something decent to wear. 10 minutes before I wanted to leave the missus told me that the tube trains had a delay… this is not what I wanted.

Ran towards Oakwood station. Got there on time. Jumped in the first train to Waterloo station, and this journey was alright. Once I arrived at Waterloo I was a bit stuck: I’ve seen pictures of these DJs before, but what do they look like in real life? Bloody hell, not one wore anything Freeform-like. I would have expected A.B to wear the whole Stamina outfit, but nope. Waited for a while, and we met in front of WHSmith. Met Finnbarr, his lovely missus, and A.B . Rikki Arkitech was getting ready, by buying food and ‘refreshments’.

We jumped on the 12:20 train to Bournemouth. We had to change once, but we were able to do so. Don’t ask me the name of the station, who cares anyway. Rikki had to ‘refresh’ himself again, and after he did, we jumped on the next train. Arriving in Bournemouth it appeared to me like a nice place to spend your weekend at/in. The sun was shining on us, the clouds disappeared, but we still needed to go to the club. Found a lovely cab driver, and she took us to the hotel Finnbarr and missus stayed in. A short walk from the hotel to the club, we decided to leave Finnbarr and just hit the club. When we arrived, we were in a bit of a shock!!!

This looked nothing like the club we had in mind! This was some kind of cocktail bar, and the people who were there already, weren’t ravers at all! Were we at the right place? This can’t be it, surely?! After refreshments we asked the bartender and he told us that we were at the right place, only needed to take the next entrance. Ok, pfew, we were at the right place. So walked into the club, and there was Dean Rogers, the man who organised this. Sweating already, seeing as the booth he was in didn’t have airconditioing. But downstairs, where the music was being played out loud by the first DJ (Cyrax), it was much cooler.

We walked downstairs, and the club actually looked cool! Two levels, a nice smoking area, lovely staff. The day time rave was about to happen! I couldn’t believe it, I was in a room with these legends (and some were on the train with me!): A.B, Rikki Arkitech (who was going to sober up before 7), Finnbarr, Transcend…. more DJs would come later, but for now it was Cyrax smashing the tunes out. And he did a good job, sweating behind the decks, giving sexy poses to the photographer.

Drinks were going down my neck, and seeing as I don’t drink often, I was getting hammered. But who cared? No-one, we take care of each other, the Freeform family does.

Next up was Finnbarr, and my God, he was smashing it! As he said afterwards he made 2 or 3 small mistakes, but I didn’t notice. Not because I was drunk, especially when I’m listening to music I become a critic, and in his case I was critising his debut set. And from where I was standing, Finnbarr was smashing it! A name you should write in your diary, this man is the future of Freeform!

Transcend was next, and he started on a good note. Between sets I had to go upstairs to smoke, it was hot inside. Talked to several ravers, and we were all having a great time. Throughout the night I would meet other people like C-Kay and K-Wire, it was good to see people coming out to support Freeform.

A.B  and Thumpa were next, and for the first time in my life, I saw someone who was slightly older than most of us: Thumpa took his dad to the rave! No joke! And boy, were these two smashing it! I can remember their set being absolutely dark and edgy, and also that Thumpa was doing the dad dances behind the decks (I was probably the only one who noticed it). A.B was smashing the air with his fists, and not only were these two smashing it, we were all loving it!!!

Solution was next. Sadly didn’t see his whole set, me and A.B had to leave earlier, we needed to go back to London. If I left without saying goodbye, it was my fault: I was drunk. But at least I said to Thumpa’s dad that his son is a legend. I tried to say goodbye to as many as I could. Please forgive me.

We took a cab to the station, and once we arrived at the station, there were some young kids making a scene. We couldn’t be bothered, we wanted to head home. But the train was jamn packed, so we had to stand for quite some time. And some other ravers decided to join us, and eventually take the mickey out of me (yes, I fell asleep standing up, or at least I tried).

After what seemed hours we arrived at Waterloo station. I was sobering up because I slept on the train, but A.B was tired, and making cow noises (I think he was talking to his bed, saying that he was coming home). A quick bite (two baguettes) and we said goodbye. I hope A.B made it home, could be that he’s still on the same train sleeping. I made it in one piece to Oakwood, and the walk home was a quick one.

What can I say about this night? Nothing much, everyone else has already said it on Facebook and Twitter. The night was amazing, the people are so friendly, and even though not many people turned up, we all had a great time. We supported Freeform, and we will do until the end of days. Dean, thanks for organising this. Maybe next event leave Cyrax off the line-up, maybe you can get more people if he’s not there (nah, just kidding, Cyrax, I love you sir).

This Freeform family is unique. We take care of each other, and we only spread the love on and off the dancefloor. Trying to explain what it is that binds us, is quite difficult. Trying to explain what it is that makes this family so good and different compared to other scenes is impossible. We are who we are, and we are the future.

I love my Freeform family, and I will make sure I will visit the next BMH Freeform event. Maybe book a hotel, or go by car. I am sad because I missed most of Solution’s set and Rikki’s whole set, I really wanted to know if him sobering up after 7 (which he didn’t) had an effect on him playing.

This party might have been small, but big in my book. This has showed me again why Freeform is great, and it’s about time to expand it towards the world. And everyone on the line-up who played (sadly Midas couldn’t come) is worth it, playing the best music in the whole wide world on a bigger stage!

Freeform Family. We missed a couple of cousins and nephews, but we were there. I was there. And I f**king loved it. And I came up with a name for Rikki’s new album: Get F**ked and Get Fabulous! There you go, I said it.

A.B BMH Freeform Promo Mix (2016)

A.B BMH Freeform Promo Mix (2016)

A.B BMH Freeform Promo Mix (2016)

DJ: A.B
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform
Mix Info: BMH Freeform Promo Mix
Length Mix: 00:27:39
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 63.3 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: BMH Freeform – Facebook Fanpage

It’s Thursday, if you haven’t noticed! The weekend is nearly happening, and this weekend I’m going out. No, not to the cinema or to a book club, but proper raving. This weekend the only city to be in, is Bournemouth. Unless you don’t like Freeform, which is a pity. If you don’t like Freeform, please go away. If you do, why haven’t you purchased tickets yet? I think you should get tickets for one of the dopest events happening this weekend with one of the most amazing line-ups I’ve ever seen! Besides Cyrax I am really happy to see each and every one on the line-up (nah, only kidding, who doesn’t want to see Cyrax?),

The line-up is absolutely insane! This does my head in: why don’t more raves contains these names on the same line-up? This is Freeform heaven! Rikki Arkitech, Transcend, A.B B2B Thumpa, Cyrax (who cares?), Midas, and Finnbarr! Now that’s an amazing line-up, but this is not the first time you’ve heard me talk about it. I’ve already reviewed a promo mix by Finnbarr and also interview the man behind this event. Today is probably the last day you will hear me talk about this. Tomorrow I’ll be getting into the zone, and will not be disturbed by anything. Be here, or be… well, somewhere else.

A.B, the hero behind Stamina Records, has uploaded a short but very interesting mix. Want to check it out? You should!

tracklist

01. Digital Commandos – War Of The Machines
02. A.B – Kielo
03. Substanced – Artificial Reality
04. Rik Arkitech & Cyrax – Destroyer Of Worlds
05. Finnbarr – Prayer
06. A.B – Horne
07. Finnbarr – Losing My Mind
08. A.B – Qube (Sacrifice Boot)

Short, but very powerful, and if I’m honest, quite sexy! Yes, I do not say it very often, but when I do, I actually mean it. This is really beautiful, astonishing. If you do not understand Freeform, you will not know how much it means to me and those who have embraced this scene for many years. Open up, let the music penetrate your soul, and let yourself go!

I will be standing there on the dancefloor, loosing myself to the music. With such a killer line-up (and Cyrax… meh) it will be absolutely my kind of heaven. And A.B’s going to be there. You will not have a clue how much that means to me, to actually hear the master of Freeform play these tunes out loud. As long as he plays ‘Qube’, I don’t care about the rest, he could be playing the Pokemon tune and I am happy… as long as he plays ‘Qube’. Oh, and ‘Horne’.

My God, A.B, if you are reading this, you should definately make your own artist album. We’ve seen albums fly by, made by well known and unknown artists, and some were good, some were dull, but yours will rock. The world is ready for an A.B album. I hope that it will happen soon.

There are so many great tracks in here, too many to mention. If A.B plays these tunes throughout the day, it’s going to be epic. Come and join the madness and the fun. I can not name another rave you should be at. BMH Freeform. And it’s got Thumpa. Rikki Arkitech. Transcend. Midas. Solution. Finnbarr. And… yep…. Cyrax.

Glad to hear another mix by A.B . The master. The genius. The legend.

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A.B & Thumpa feat MC Obie – Summer Gathering Promo Mix (2016)

A.B & Thumpa feat MC Obie - Summer Gathering Promo Mix (2016)

A.B & Thumpa feat MC Obie – Summer Gathering Promo Mix (2016)

DJs: A.B & Thumpa
MC: Obie
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform, Powerstomp, Gabber
Mix Info: Summer Gathering Promo  Mix 29/30/31 July
Length Mix: 00:29:16
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 66.9 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Summer Gathering – Facebook Event Page

At the end of this month a huge party will take place, and it’s called ‘Summer Gathering’. If you haven’t seen any information regarding this event, you don’t have a Facebook account, or you haven’t been online for at least 6 months. This is probably the biggest event you want to go to. The line-up is insane, and the brands represented at the event are all big ones: Random Concept, HTID, Jungle Mania, TIDY, Ravers Reunited, Illuminaughty, Global Culture… do I need to say more? What can you expect to hear? Well, from Drum & Bass to UK Hardcore to Jungle to Hardstyle to Old Skool to Hard Dance to Psy Trance to Freeform. And everything in between. I’ve already reviewed DJ Kallima’s promo mix for this event, and today I’m going to review A.B and Thumpa’s mix for Summer Gathering.

This mix is for those who love Freeform, and it’s a good one. You’ve the two legends A.B and Thumpa, who need no introduction. Alongside MC Obie (who only speaks during the beginning, where did he go to?) they are making sure that those who are going get really excited, and those who are still thinking of getting tickets get persuaded to purchase them right now. ReBuild Music and Stamina Records, both together in one mix. What else do we need? Freeform is the future, and the stage is set: Summer Gathering is the place to be to witness these legends, and I urge you to do so.

In a week time I will be seeing these two legends and many other Freeform artists at BMH Freeform, sadly can’t make it to Summer Gathering, but this mix made me very excited to see these two B2B. No other Freeform duo have achieved what these two have. Perfect mixes, Sy-like scratching… credit for the two mighty fine DJs.

tracklist

01. Finnbarr – Tastes Like Sunshine
02. A.B & Finnbarr – Stick Together
03. Douglas – M4N1AC P5YCH0
04. A.B – Promises (Scott Brown Remix) 
05. A.B – Shudder
06. Gammer – Yabai
07. Alex Prospect & Spyro – Up To No Good
08. A.B & Finnbarr – Dead Fairy
09. A.B – Crowd Geoff
10. Firelite – Burning’ Up (Riko & Genic Remix) 
11. Scott Brown – Fuck What You Heard

Is it just me, or is Finnbarr the future? In this mix you can find quite a few tracks by this new Freeform producer, and he’s the shit! And I meant it in a positive way. Sadly he’s not playing at Summer Gathering, but he will be next week at BMH Freeform. I can’t wait.

The tracks are good! Really digging everything A.B, Finnbarr and Gammer made. A.B is my favourite Freeform producer, and hopefully Thumpa returns to making Freeform again, he’s also a very talented producer. Imagine Thumpa, A.B and Finnbarr, wouldn’t that be Freeform heaven?

Only one track I don’t like, which is ‘Up To No Good’. A crowd pleaser, but sitting at home behind the screens it doesn’t have the same effect. Maybe I need to hear it being played live. But for now it’s a bit dull.

What’s the best track in this mix? Come on, this is a dead giveaway. Stupid question: ‘Dead Fairy’. Can any of the other tracks compete? Not really, they might come close but aren’t as good as ‘Dead Fairy’.

You must be there at Summer Gathering. You must. If you are not, you are silly, very silly. You’ve got a very hot line-up, and two of the hottest Freeform DJs together B2B. Seriously, what else do you need? If this doesn’t persuade you, you might want to stay indoors for the rest of your life, watching the mould on the walls grow slowely.

A very excellent mix, but were you expecting anything else? Will they ever make a bad mix? Don’t think so. Together they’ve got the skills and experience to make everything they do work extremely well.

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