#DemoSessions4 – Clarkey & J-Delerious with MC Leggett & Shutts (2014)

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DJs: Clarkey & J-Delerious
MCs: Leggett & Shutts
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Dubcore, EDMCore, Drum & Bass
Length Mix: 01:16:52
Tracks: 28 (twenty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 175 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Demo Sessions – Facebook Fanpage

It’s been many months since they released the last Demo Sessions, to be precise it was released on the 9th of April, which is a very long time ago. The boys are back, with a brand spanking new mix, and it’s a good one. As usual, they play the finest tunes out there from a wide range of genres, from Drum & Bass to Dubcore/Drumcore. DJ Clarkey and DJ J-Delerious are behind the decks, and the MCs are Shutts and Leggett. 4 very experienced artists on one mixtape, would that would? Well, they’ve done it in the past with 6 people, so 4 will not be an issue. They haven’t changed the layout, the formula stays the same: good tunes from the beginning to the end, and the MC do what they do best, and get a carte blanche (that’s French). They say whatever is on their minds, so if there are kids out there who want to listen to this mix, make sure your mum and dad are near, because this mix is filled with explicit lyrics. And if you are too young to know the meaning of the word ‘Explicit’, it’s time for you to go back to school, and get off the internet.

Not many people still play Dubcore/Drumcore, which is a pity. This is such an underrated style, and I reckon I am the only one in the Netherlands who really appreciates it. Don’t know why there aren’t more, because it’s nasty, and the Dutch like it nasty. Maybe it’s still too happy for us? Hopefully one day soon Dubcore/Drumcore will take over the world, because it deserves to be played out loud, from Singapore to Nottinghamshire, from Reykjavik (or however you spell it) to New York. This is an exquisit style, and if you have never heard it before, sit back and enjoy: the two talented DJs Clarkey and J-Delerious are taking you on a ride, and it’s called Dubcore/Drumcore (what is it? which one?).

Nothing to say about the MCs, they always deliver. They were given a microphone (or two) and the result is astonishing. They know exactly when to spit bars, and when to let the music speak. Talented MCs, they are.

Tracklist, if you are interested?!

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01. Nero – Act Like You Know
02. Gammer – Nostalgia
03. Sigma – Summer Calling (Tantrum Desire Remix) 
04. DJ Hazard & Distorted Minds – Mr Happy
05. Prospect – Addicted To Shotguns
06. Krewella – Lights & Thunder (Darren Styles Remix) 
07. Modulate – Dagger
08. Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven (Kove Remix) 
09. Darren Styles – Flashlight (Re-Con Remix) 
10. Tyl3r – Yin Yang
11. Paranoia/Kyoto Mash Up 
12. Petruccio & Modulate – Skanky Kingdom (Mash Up)
13. Dougal & Gammer – Monster (Ayobi Remix) 
14. Dougal & Gammer – Don’t Give Up
15. Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix & Like Mike – Tremor (Invader! DnB Edit) 
16. Nicky Romero vs Nervo – Home (Chris Unknown Mash Up) 
17. Re-Con – Scared
18. Breeze – Brixton
19. Darren Styles – Cutting Deep (Petruccio Remix) 
20. Au5, Danyka & Nadeau – Follow You (Rhythmics Remix) 
21. Modulate – 3 By Your Side (Mash Up)
22. Darren Styles & Modulate – To The Stars
23. Tantrum Desire – Pay Your Own Way
24. Modulate feat Jay Jacobs – Call Me
25. Prospect & Michael Scout feat Becci – Slow
26. Foo Fighters – Best Of You (Dougal & Gammer Remix) 
27. Re-Con & Klubfiller – Good For Me
28. Matrix & Futurebound – Magnetic Eyes (Smooth Remix) 

A very interesting tracklist. Diversity is what they offer, and you can see that when you glance at the tracklist for a second. Such a wicked tracklist, I really find that interesting.

Dubcore/Drumcore is the future, if you agree or not, we all know it will happen one day. It’s good to hear a few classics in this mix, from ‘Dagger’, ‘3 By Your Side’, ‘Cutting Deep’ etc. The Dubcore/Drumcore selection is awesome, the Drum & Bass selection is amazing, the UK Hardcore selection… well, it’s good, but not excellent. The ‘Best Of You’ remix has got to be the weakest track ever remixed, I really dislike it. The original version is good, but this version is a disgrace. Not what I’m used to hear from Dougal & Gammer, not their best remix. Probably their worst remix.

The best track in this mix? Oh, difficult. ‘Brixton’ is amazing, ‘Follow You’ is gorgeous, ‘Monster’ is just spot on. There are too many to mention, so I won’t. What I can tell you that during the first bit there are a few mixing mistakes. Errors some might say, and I do to. Cross fading didn’t go quite as smooth as planned, and sometimes they jump in too early, and it ruins the transition from one track to the next. Really a shame, because during the last bit of the mix there are no errors to mention!

The MCs do their best to motivate the listeners to dance in their living room, and it works. Even though they use a lot of F-words, they made me dance, and MC out loud (even though I can’t MC at all, I can’t even say my own name without stuttering!). Shutts and Leggett are on fire. Someone send them a fire extinguisher, they probably need it.

This is a good mix, but not the best Demo Sessions so far. Number 3 was excellent, and slightly better than this mixtape. Even though I love their passion and enthusiasm, it can not beat their previous mixtape. This only gets 4 out of 5. Sorry guys. Still something to be proud of though, small errors and a hugely shite track, that is all.

Make sure you like them on Facebook, and keep an eye out for Demo Sessions 5, it will probably be released in 6 months?

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Dowster and Wotsee – Candy Crush Music Promo Mix June 2014

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DJ: Dowster
MC: Wotsee
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Drum & Bass
Length Mix: 00:40:45
Tracks: 10 (ten)
Download/Listen (via CandyCrushMusic Official Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 93.2 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Candy Crush Music – Official Website

Candy Crush Music is back with a brand new promo mix! Uploaded only a few hours ago, already played 1200 times, the boys always deliver a great mix! As usual, you get a promo mix, made by or Dowster and/or Vagabond, and MC Wotsee on the mic. This month Dowster and Wotsee teamed up to make a brand new and fresh promo mix, showcasing the label’s latest and exclusive tracks. I could say that they showcase their talents, but is that really necessary? These two already have so much talent, it’s unnecessary to showcase their talents. Both are experienced to the bone, and also Hardcore to the bone. No need for them to big up their own talents, we already know that these two are legends. This mix a showcase for the label, what they are going to release in the near future.

As usual, this mix is jam packed with UK Hardcore tunes, but this month they’ve decided to add tracks into the mix, non UK Hardcore tracks! I never knew that Dowster and Vagabond made Drum and Bass too?! Using an alias (Terminal 1), you will hear 2 new tracks in this mix. I’ve got to say that I wasn’t expecting them to make Drum and Bass, but it’s sounding good! They should make more Drum and Bass, but not too often: we don’t want to loose Candy Crush Music, we love their UK Hardcore.

Let’s see the tracklist?!

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01. Dowster – Everybody Ready
02. Dowster and Vagabond – Universe
03. Dowster and Vagabond feat Amy – Hidden Fantasy
04. Terminal 1 – Make You Move
05. Terminal 1 – Feel It
06. Dowster and Vagabond feat Amy – Memories
07. Dowster and Vagabond – People Like You
08. Dowster and Vagabond – Baby Baby (BHC)
09. Dowster and Vagabond – Watch This Shit
10. Dowster and Vagabond – Feel Like Calling

A short mix, as they always do, but a very good one! A new and fresh mix, it’s been a while since we last heard a Candy Crush Music promo mix. We were all waiting for a new one, and our prays are heard! Excellent stuff!

MC Wotsee does what he does, and he does it beautifully! One of my favourite MCs of all time, he deserves most of the credits. As always, he MCs like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, you do hear a few of his known lyrics, but also a few new lyrics. Maybe I’ve missed his, but no ‘Jordan’-lyrics? A true legend, fact.

This mix is excellent, and if I’ve got to pick a favourite, it’s going to be very difficult. I do love ‘Feel Like Calling’, but I do love their Drum and Bass stuff too. Oh, let’s not forget the tracks with vocalist Amy, she’s got a very sexy and sensual voice. Gosh darn it, I can’t pick. They are all good! A proper mix.

Check out their website for more information about release dates, and more! If you have an account on TID, Beatport, Amazon and/or iTunes, make sure you check Candy Crush Music for releases: they know how to make proper UK Hardcore. And Drum and Bass too!

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Krewella – Troll Mix Vol. 12: To 150 BPM And Beyond (2014)

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Artist: Krewella
Genre/Style: Drum & Bass, Drumstep, Drumcore, Dubcore, Hardstyle
Mix Info: Troll Mix Vol. 12: To 150 BPM And Beyond
Length Mix: 00:57:40
Tracks: 38 (thirty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Krewella’s Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 132 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Krewella – Facebook Fanpage

Am I the only one who didn’t knew who Krewella was? Am I the only one who had to look up all the info about Krewella? I’ve stopped listening to the top 40 since 2000, since the music became a nuisance. Maybe that’s why I’m not familiar with new artists/bands, and Krewella was one of them. I do know that they made music, I’m not that thick, but I didn’t knew that the group had 2 female singers and one DJ. A very succesfull group/band, who are known all over the world, play all over the world, and all this happened because the group decided to leave school and focus more on making music. And what a succes they had, I’ve been checking their Facebook fanpage, and there are quite a lot of awesome pictures on it. Also a few free mixes, which you can get after ‘liking’ their page. This ‘Troll’ mix is their latest mix, and if I’m honest: it’s a good one.

Let me remind you: dropping out of college can lead to succes, but it’s not always the case. Krewella has got to be the exception. Their fanpage and Twitter page already have thousands/millions of fans, and there are probably thousands of teenagers who think that dropping out of college is a good thing, seeing as it worked out for Krewella. But there’s only one Krewella, and you’ve got to have it to make it in the real world. Now I’ve got no doubt that there are many out there who think they’ve got it, but the world might be harsh, and tear them apart. Dreams might become shattered, all because they pursue a dream. Don’t copy Krewella, let Krewella be Krewella. Go to college and listen to their mix during break, not during class, because that’s just not nice, you need to learn. During the break you can dance and go mental, and I reckon people will.

Enough serious talk. I feel like an old man, trying to persuade kids to stay at school. Let’s talk about the music. This mix has got to be one of the weirdest ones I’ve ever heard. I haven’t heard any of Krewella’s previous mixes, so I’m not familiar with their way of mixing a set all together, but this has got to be the weirdest build-up, if you can call it a build-up. From Hardstyle to Drum and Bass, from Drumstep to Drumcore. You jump from style to style, from genre to genre. Most mixes build-up, start slowely and progress and raise the BPMs. Krewella didn’t. F**k the mainstream. Is this the future? Sounds awesome, but does it work on the dancefloor? Does it work in your house?

The good thing about this mix, is that they played Drumcore/Dubcore tracks made by UK Hardcore DJs such as Gammer, Re-Con, Darren Styles, Modulate, Petruccio and more. And seeing as I’m a huge fan of UK Hardcore, I love it that their music is appreciated by Krewella and their fans from all over the globe. It’s time for UK Hardcore to expand all over the world, the time is right. And by appearing in well played mixes such as this one, they will get recognised and accepted. But maybe we need to explain to the children what kind of music they make: on Soundcloud one listener replied “I love Hardstyle” when it was clearly a Drumcore/Dubcore track. See, stay at school and you will know the difference.

Tracklist anyone?

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01. Sigma – Nobody To Love
02. Netsky – Detonate
03. Tim Ismag – Hell Racing
04. Krewella – Come & Get It
05. Skrillex – Ragga Bomb
06. High Maintenance – The Future (Original Mix) 
07. Modulate – What You Got
08. Petruccio feat Mark Slammer – Side By Side
09. State Of Mind – N0-Operative
10. High Maintenance & Mediks – Watching Me (Original Mix) 
11. HeRobust – Sheknowshebad (Grabbitz Remix) 
12. Adam F & Corey Enemy – When It Comes To You (Adam F DNB Remix) 
13. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Violator
14. DVBBS & Borgeous feat Tinie Tempah – Tsunami (Jump)
15. Gold Top – I Know
16. Major Lazer – Get Free (Andy C Remix) 
17. Party Favor – Touch (Jorgen Odegard Remix) 
18. Elliphant – Revolusion
19. Dillon Francis – Bootleg Fireworks (YEAHDubz Booty Bounce Bootleg) 
20. Krewella – We Go Down (Darren Styles Remix) 
21. Krewella – We Go Down
22. Krewella – Party Monster
23. Headhunterz feat Krewella – United Kids Of The World (Flosstradamus Remix) 
24. Pegboards Nerds – Hero
25. Energy Syndicate & F.O.I.D – Sandstorm
26. Andy Whitby, Cally Cage & Klubfiller – Everythings Alright (Breeze & Modulate Remix) 
27. Flosstradamus – Mosh Pit (Nick Thayer Remix) 
28. Nicky Romero & Krewella – Legacy (Wildstylez Remix) 
29. Gammer & Re-Con – I Know You (Drop This)
30. Krewella – One Minute (DotEXE’s Dopest Dope Remix) 
31. The Prototypes – Lights (Original Mix) 
32. Krewella feat Gareth Emery – Lights & Thunder (Darren Styles Remix) 
33. Torro Torro – Go Deep (Killagraham DNB Edit) 
34. Sub Focus – Turn Back Time (Metrik Remix) 
35. Le Castle Vania – Disintegration (Memtrix Remix) 
36. Bel Heir – Kiss The Devil (Just A Gent Remix) 
37. Joe Ford feat Tasha Baxter – The Moment
38. Krewella – Killin It (Dirtyphonics Remix) 

So many tracks in such a short mix. You jump from one style to the next, from one genre to another within seconds. Has it worked for you? It has for me, even though it’s not balanced, it seems to sound alright.

It’s a good mix, with a couple of killer tracks in it, mostly made by UK Hardcore producers. I’m sorry Krewella, but Darren Styles’ version of ‘We Go Down’ is much better. Maybe it’s because it’s my kind of music, the music I adore more than anything in this world? That’s actually the best track in this mix, without a shadow of a doubt. F**kingtastic track.

I love the weirdness of this mix. Expect anything and nothing, and this mix will be a bliss for you. There’s actually one tiny thing I want to add: there’s one track that I didn’t like. ‘Sandstorm’ isn’t good, but that’s just a personal thing. You might like it, I think that nothing can beat the original version, made by Darude (it was Darude, wasn’t it?).

A good mix, it will make you bounce wherever you are. If you are about to clean your house, press play and go nuts. If you are on your way to work, open your windows (in your car) and let the whole area around you enjoy it too. Turn up the volume to the max when you hear ‘We Go Down’, and especially Darren Styles’ remix. Go bananas. You know you want to.

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Goldie – Timeless (1995)

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Artist: Goldie
Genre/Style: Drum and Bass, Jungle
Release Year: 1995
Info: Goldie’s first studio album
CDs: 1 (one)
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Length CD: 74 minutes
Label: FFRR/Metalheadz
Product Number: 3984282112
More Information: Goldie’s Website / Metalheadz Website

A couple of weeks ago I was in London, and walking around the West End with my wife, because we were looking for a huge CD store called HMV. We looked for hours (actually minutes, but I like to dramatise things), and when we did find it, we spend hours looking at CDs and DVDs. For a strange reason, I was looking for Goldie’s latest album, which is called “The Alchemist: The Best Of 1992-2012”. I couldn’t find it, looked everywhere, but it wasn’t in the Drum and Bass section, nor the pop artist section. I was dissappointed, because I was in HMV for a reason, and it wasn’t there. I was sad, because most CDs were not my cup of tea, but I didn’t wanted to go home empty handed. My eye quickly spotted this masterpiece, hidden behind a Spice Girls album. I don’t know who put it there, but we don’t need to worry: I’ve got it. It had a small sticker on it, stating the price. And it was cheap?! I was shocked again, a masterpiece for 6.99 pounds? How in Gods name is that possible? A painting only increases in value the older it gets, but a CD doesn’t? Weird world we live in…..

I picked up this album (and several others too, I could not resist myself), and walked out of HMV with a smile on my face. On another note: please keep HMV open! I’m from the 80s and grew up in the 90s, and I was never into vinyl, I was a teenager who adored (and still does) CDs, and I like to spend hours in a CD store. If you take that away, my childhood really comes to an end. And I never want to grow up. You see, for an oldskool DJ, going through vinyl boxes/crates is probably the closest thing to heaven, but to me, it’s going through CDs crates/boxes. I love it. I used to spend hours in a CD store in my hometown which is called ‘Satisfaction’, but due to the declining market, the amount of CDs they sell isn’t like it used to be. Don’t take it away, keep HMV open. Please! How else am I going to find those masterpieces? Online? Nope, thanks….

If you want to know how this masterpiece was made, there are a million interviews online, where Goldie explains everything. Even when he walked into Pete Tong’s office with his dog, it’s all on Youtube. One of the most inspiring interviews was the one where Goldie was asked questions by an Australian man (don’t know his name), and Goldie talks about literally everything. It’s quite inspiring stuff, and if you think that the music on this album is brilliant, I would suggest you to go into the mind and soul of mr Goldie, and watch it. But there’s so much information on the world wide web, it’s unbelievable. To really understand the music this artist made, you can listen to him talking about how the album was made etc, but to my knowledge, the only thing you need to do, is to open your soul, and let the music flow into your soul, and if it touches you, it will never let you go. NEVER.

It’s not hard to find the whole album on Youtube, each single has got at least 10 videos, so to actually listen to the album isn’t hard. But I would suggest to buy the actual album, if you can find it. Sadly, on the Metalheadz website it’s not listed, but if you go through those CD boxes in HMV, you might be able to find a copy. You might be lucky. Or try certain websites like Ebay, because you need this album. This was made several years ago, and still remains timeless, and the older you get, the more you appreciate the effort the artist made, to make the perfect album.

Here’s the tracklist of my copy of it, but there are (as stated on Discogs) 19 versions of this album?! I’ve got the one CD copy, but there were 2 CD copies made, with obviously more tracks. If you find a 2 CD copy, do buy it. The more tracks, the better!

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01. Goldie – Timeless (Inner City Life, Pressure, Jah)
02. Goldie – Saint Angel
03. Goldie – State Of Mind
04. Goldie – Sea Of Tears
05. Goldie – Angel
06. Goldie – Sensual
07. Goldie – Kemistry
08. Goldie – You & Me

Many people have heard the most famous Goldie tune ever, which is called ‘Inner City Life’, but that specific track was actually part of a three way masterpiece, called ‘Timeless’. But you can not release a single which is 21 minutes long. Back in the 90s, when MTV ruled the world, the longest you could air your track, was around 3 minutes. I do remember many videos passing by too quickly, and during the 90s, many artists had to cut tracks to make it work on the radio and television. People would get bored if a track went on and on and on. I never liked radio edits or TV edits, they took away the power and feeling behind a certain track. Sometimes you just got to play the original track at it’s original length. But 21 minutes, that’s long. Or what about ‘Sea of Tears’? Such a beautiful track, but no video was made for it (I can’t find any on Youtube). If there was ever a video made of this, it should have been sponsored by a tissue company, because it will cause tears to fall/drip down your face. The sea, the whales/dolphins (I’m not a zoölogist, I can’t hear the difference), the beautiful guitar section: it works.

The second track on this CD, ‘Saint Angel’, is also a beauty. Well, each track is, but this one is ruff and raw, but touches a nerve, a sensitive nerve. You feel the urge to dance, and to open your heart and let the misery come out, and let this distinctive sound penetrate your soul, and clean it from bad karma. The drops are gorgeous, even the ‘tuned-up/distorted’ bird sounds work.  Dark, edgy and beautiful.

‘State Of Mind’. Wow. To me, this sounds like Jazz. Drum and Jazz is probably the correct word for it. The power behind the lyrics can be felt, this track has got a feeling deeply hidden within it. The vocalist Lorna Harris takes you onto a journey you have never thought would be possible. It’s the same with ‘Angel’, the vocalist Diane Charlemagne touches you, grabs you with her strong and powerful vocals, and slaps you in your face. This is your wake-up call: open your eyes and get those hidden emotions out! She (for all you music nerds out there) was also the singer in the highly succesful group ‘Urban Cookie Collective’. I never liked the UCC, I prefer her singing bits on this album to anything else she has ever done. And also during this track you hear animals. What’s with animals, mr Goldie?

The drops during these tracks can be unsuspected. During ‘Angel’, this massive sound just grabs your attention, and blends nicely into the soft sections of the track. Even though you might think this track can not go dark, it does. With the next track, ‘Sensual’, Goldie takes us onto another journey. I don’t know if I should get horny or sad, but I do feel moved by this calm at first, banging throughout the rest of the track, masterpiece.

‘Kemistry’ is a beautiful track. It was dedicated to his former girlfriend Kemistry, who he had a relationship with when he made this track in 1993. Little did he knew, that she would die 6 years later. During an interview between Goldie and Uncle Dugs on RCFF, Goldie sheds a tear when he talks about the accident, and what kind of impact Kemistry had on him personally (when she was alive and after she passed away). It’s very moving, and with this track you get a certain weird feeling. Back in 1993, when he made this, she was alive and kicking. But now it’s got another feeling added to it: it’s the ultimate dedication you got give a person. She was into music, she was spiritual, she had such an impact on his life, and with this track, he pays some kind of tribute with all the honours she deserves. Even after all these years, Kemistry still means so much to him, and to all who knew her. This track captures beauty and sadness in one go. Beautiful.

‘You and Me’ is also a beautiful track. The usual characteristic sound and build up can be heard in this track. At first, you hear the piano taking over, but during the next couple of minutes, it blends into a darker and nasty bassdrum filled section. Building up the tension is what Goldie does best on this album, and with a blink of an eye, he takes away everything, takes you onto another road, and brings it back alive with a switch of a button. Magical.

What’s not to like? This whole album is a masterpiece, voted by many other websites and magazines as one of the best albums ever made. It’s voted as one of the ‘1001 albums you must hear before you die’. How’s that even possible? 1001 albums? You only need to listen to this album, and be enlightened. Nothing else has got the strength and diversity as this album has.

Most of the credits go to Goldie ofcourse, but we should not forget that he was joined in the studio with engineer/producer Rob Playford (a.k.a. Timecode), and they both worked on this album. As it says on Wikipedia, “Rob Playford… who did most of the programming and production, with Goldie generating the musical idea, rhythms and arrangements”. 4hero also contributed to this album, and let’s not forget the vocalists. But the main man behind this project, should not be forgotten: without Goldie no Timeless. I know that without the engineer there’s no track, but without the ideas, an engineer is useless. And Goldie provided them with ideas and ways to go to, leading them onto a certain path that no one has ever walked on before. Beautiful album, the only album you will ever need.

It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t like Drum and Bass, because this album isn’t all about Drum and Bass, it’s more. It’s not just Jungle, it’s life in all it’s purity. For example: ‘Timeless’ does reflect a human life. From the bad times to the good times, life does flow in mysterious ways. But it flows. Up and down, round and round. You can not expect to live a life without going through several stages, like happiness, sadness, etc. Life is packed with unprepared emotions, you just need to let yourself go into the flow, and even though it might be hard, try to embrace what has happened, and move on. Live in the moment, don’t look at the past and regret anything, because it made you who you are. And ‘Timeless’ does show me that a human life can be translated into a track.

See what this album does to me? I open myself up to you all, without exposing too much. If it does this much to me, imagine what it will do to you!

A timeless masterpiece. Shame that it didn’t increase in value, I think it’s worth at least a milllion pound. If people pay millions for a fat lady painted on a sheet of paper, they should pay millions for quality music. But if it would be pricey, no one could buy it, unless you were a millionaire, and it wouldn’t be able for the masses to listen to this. Oh, the irony.

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