Shimotsukei – Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix (2015)

Shimotsukei - Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix (2015)

Shimotsukei – Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix (2015)

DJ: Shimotsukei
Genre/Style: Freeform, Hard Trance
Mix Info: Watchtower Vol. 3 Mix – 2015-08-08
Length Mix: 00:41:10
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 94.2 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Shimotsukei – Soundcloud Page

Last week I discovered a new mix (which is actually an ‘old’ one) by Shimotsukei, and after listening to it, it blew me away. Sadly I went on a holiday, and had no time to review it, but I saved it as a favourite on Internet Explorer, and only today I went back onto my computer, and there it was! I could not leave this mix aside, and review another one, I simply couldn’t.

For those who are unaware of what Watchtower actually is, it’s a CD compilation, focussed on spreading ‘underground’ music, mainly Freeform. And this third instalment was released back in 2015, and it contained artists such as Alek Szahala, Transcend, Eryk Orpheus, Endemic, Douglas, Qygen and more. Back in 2015 Shimotsukei made a promo mix for this album, but it only recently emerged onto Soundcloud. Don’t ask me why, don’t have a clue. But it’s good that, even though it’s 2 years later, it was uploaded onto this platform, because it’s really a dope mix!

If you want to hear some dark, edgy, yet beautiful and inspiring Freeform, check this mix (and the actual album) out. Let me show you the tracklist, you will be impressed.

tracklist

01. Qygen – Soul Survivor
02. Alek Szahala – Avalanche
03. Rik Arkitech – Heart Is A Flutter
04. GULD vs Betwixt & Between – Hatral (GULD 2013 Mix) 
05. Le Dos-on & Psycho Stalker – Chemical Wash
06. Substanced – Ghost Of The Future (Alchemiist Remix) 
07. Aryx – Helix
08. Epyx & Cyrez vs Tyranoid / Strongstream – What Lies Below

The tracklist is short, but the mix is very good and rough. I’m really entertained from the first to the last second, and the 8 tracks Shimotsukei has selected are all really good. This is Freeform the way I like it: dark and edgy. A lot of Trance influences, but a bit faster and tougher.

I can honestly say that this mix rocks hard. If Freeform is your thing, and you are digging it the way I do, you should definately check this mix out. Not a lot of tracks, but they are played as long as you can imagine, no short radio edits. And they’ve been carefully mixed by Shimotsukei, and it’s a good promo mix. It nearly made me buy one, but I reckon all copies are sold out. Wouldn’t know where to get a copy.

I could talk for days, but I am simply not going to do that. You just go and play this mix right now. No mucking about, no waiting until tomorrow, do it now! And be amazed. Let this mix be your guide on this dreadful and boring Saturday morning. This is the way all ravers should wake up: play the finest mixes out there on maximum volume level.

What are you waiting for? Have you pressed play yet?

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Electric Retox Ep. 174 – Mixed By MrPanda (2017)

Electric Retox Ep. 174 - Mixed By MrPanda (2017)

Electric Retox Ep. 174 – Mixed By MrPanda (2017)

DJ: MrPanda
Genre/Style: Drum & Bass, UK Hardcore, Powerstomp, EDMCore, Freeform
Mix Info: Electric Retox Ep. 174 – Mixed By MrPanda
Length Mix: 00:57:53
Tracks: 32 (thirty-two)
Download/Listen: NOT YET AVAILABLE
File Size: 320 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: MrPanda – Facebook Fanpage

The perks of being a reviewer are tremendous. You get sent mixes, t-shirts, CDs, etc. And today I’m going to talk to you about a mix made by MrPanda. Yes, the name might sound familiar, and you’ve guessed it: it’s not the first time this name appears on my website. So you are in for a misleading treat. Why am I saying that? Well, that’s because this is a preview, and the actual mix ain’t being released yet: it will be released on the 11th of February, so keep an eye out for this mix via MrPanda’s Facebook page.

This mix is so exclusive, I completely forgot about it. I do mean it, MrPanda sent me the link, and because I was so busy, I forgot about it. Thankfully he asked me to listen to it, and I’m happy that I did. I’m sorry MrPanda, I truly am. It’s not often (sadly) that I get to listen to previews, so I should embrace them with open arms.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of diversity. And MrPanda always delivers awesome mixes, not bound to one style or one genre. And in this mix he touches several styles, such as UK Hardcore, Drum & Bass, Freeform and more. Definately worth a listen (once it’s out)….

tracklist

01. Ak1200 – Deja Nu (Math3matics Remix) 
02. Jenna G feat Chase & Status and Switch – In Love
03. Jinx & Dawn Raid – Strife
04. Dub Fx – Wandering Love (Robo/Tech & Schematix Remix) 
05. Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This (Sigma Remix )
06. Enei – Homeworld
07. Cyantific & Logistics – Brighter Day
08. Pegboard Nerds – Get On Up (Jakka B Remix) 
09. Hotchkiss – I Can See It
10. IYF & Nobody – The Other Side
11. M-Project feat Jonjo – Right Now
12. Anthem Power – It’s Gonna Get
13. LH4L – Neoprene (Skrillex Remix)(S-Worx EDIT) 
14. A.B – This (Westfest VIP) 
15. Breakage feat Detour City – Treading Water (Revision-X Remix) 
16. Ham – Anything For You
17. Technikore & JTS meets Al Storm & Weaver – Feeder (2 Minutes Of Hell Mix) 
18. Clarkey – Party Like Us
19. Sc@r – Acid Porn Monkey
20. J-Mac – Let It Roar
21. Fracus & Darwin – Music’s Hypnotising
22. Joyride – Give My Love (Jakka B Edit) 
23. Tyl3r feat Reynolds MC – I.C.F.I.
24. MNEK & Zara Larsson – Never Forget You (Stu Infinity Remix) 
25. Gammer – Good Life (Bad Day)
26. Technical Difficulties with Shok Ghost – Way To Go
27. Breeze & UFO – Dirty
28. Cyantific – Ice Cream
29. Chris Unknown – Killah Sound
30. Anglerfish & Lucider – This Is How We Do It Hard
31. Darren Styles & Modulate – To The Stars
32. Hotchkiss – Reflections

Diversity is what matters, and it’s what you get in this mix. Yes, the main focus is obviously UK Hardcore, but it turns out it blends in nicely with other styles such as Drum & Bass and Freeform and Powerstomp. And MrPanda knows how to grab your attention.

He used 4 decks (if I am correct) for this mix, and it’s quite impressive. The tracks he has selected are not the easiest tracks to mix together, but it sounds effortlessly. A few tiny mistakes here and there, but it’s really good what the end result is.

There are some slammers in here, some serious dancefloors smashers! ‘Let It Roar’, ‘Party Like Us’, ‘Anything For You’, ‘Killah Sound’, ‘This’, ‘I Can See It’, but my favourite track in this mix … well, there are three:’Give My Love’,  ‘Feeder’ and ‘It’s Gonna Get’.

A couple of tracks aren’t my cup of tea (of coffee, whatever you prefer). But all in all a very entertaining mix, and if you want to hear a really diverse and to be fair, quite sexy mix, you don’t need to look any further. Just like MrPanda on Facebook and on the 11th you will get a notification about this mix being aired on Soundcloud!

Ps. Obviously once it’s been released, I will add it underneath this review. But for now you’ve got to wait!

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Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Who's Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform, Happy Hardcore, Gabber
Release Year: 2016
CD Info: Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] CDs: 2 (two)
Length CD: 01:54:31
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Label: Stamina Records
Product Number: STMCD003
Buy Here (via Stamina Records): BUY HERE
More Information: Stamina Records – Facebook Fanpage

Just before the year ended I received an album via the mail AND via e-mail. How’s that possible? Well, let me answer your question in a second, but first let me announce the album I received: Stamina Records’ latest album called ‘Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two]. The long awaited follow-up to the succesfull first instalment, which is nearly sold out, only a handful left in the whole wide world. Hint: get both albums before they are sold out, and you will never ever be able to get these tracks ever again! And if you are a DJ, it’s not a mixed album, it’s an album especially for you!

A couple of days ago I reviewed a mix done by M@rt!n-J, a dedication mix to Stamina Records, which was filled with records from this album. It received the highest score possible, 5 out of 5. It’s logical, because it was packed with awesome tunes. Straight after typing the whole review I decided to purchase the album myself, because I bought the first one and was highly impressed, and I didn’t want to miss out on this new album.

After purchasing the album via Stamina’s own webstore, I received a mail saying the downloads were ready?! And I thought ‘what’s going on? I thought I purchased the album itself, not a download album?’. Turns out you pay for not only the physical album, but you also get all the tracks as a wave file! You just go to the Stamina webstore, and you get the download. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

So basically you pay for one album and you get it twice. But what an album it is! It’s worth every penny, and if you are part of the Purple Revolution, you get even more (see Stamina Records’ Facebook page for more information).

tracklist

Disc One (Unmixed) 
01. A.B – Promise Me (Scott Brown Remix) 
02. A.B vs Finnbarr – Stick Together (S3RL Remix) 
03. Darwin & 3Star – Nebulous
04. A.B – Miami (Jakka-B Remix) 
05. Aethral – Reminiscing
06. Vitalsoundz – Warehouse
07. Alex BassJunkie – Fireball (Extended Mix) 
08. Lost Faith – Magicka
09. Finnbarr – Chant Of The Freeformers
10. Substanced – Artificial Reality
11. Rikki Arkitech & Cyrax – Destroyer Of Worlds

Disc Two (Unmixed) 
01. Kevin Energy & Cube::Hard – Voice Of Carme (Transcend Remix) 
02. JD-KiD & Arun Presents Stardust – Gaia
03. Digital Commandos – War Of The Machines
04. A.B vs Synthwulf – Genre This! (Ales Remix) 
05. Finnbarr – Beauty And The Beat
06. Lost Faith & Spectrum – Orbital Descent
07. A.B – Shudder
08. A.B vs K-Wire – Twisted (Kounta Kulture Remix) 
09. Tamerax feat Alanna Sterling – Rise
10. Marc Smith & Little Fella – Hardcore Crazy
11. Skinny & Darwin – Like A Boulder

There are too many great anthems on here, it’s probably Freeform’s greatest album of the year. Name another album this great, this good. Come on, accept the challenge and name one!

The album looks great. Loving the colours. MC Obie has done a smashing job with the artwork (he always delivers), and it makes the album stand out compared to other bland albums. Not only does it look good, it sounds good too! 2 discs filled with 22 tracks from artists such as Skinny, Darwin, Marc Smith, A.B, Finnbarr, Substanced, and more. What could you ask for?

Liking this album a lot! Not only bound to Freeform, it touches several styles. It’s good that Stamina promotes not only the well known artists but also the upcoming acts, names I’ve never heard of before, but from now on I will and must. Listen to Aethral’s song ‘Reminiscing’, or Tamerax’s ‘Rise’. Beauties, that’s what they are.

What’s my favourite record on this album? Crikey, that’s difficult. There are a few. ‘Magicka’ is epic, ‘Beauty And The Beat’ just astonishingly good, ‘Shudder’ a dancefloor smasher, ‘Rise’ beautiful, and I could go on an on. Ok, let me pick one. ‘Magicka’. Everything is just perfect. And also the drop is bad ass!

I can not mention this in each review, I can’t. This will be the last time I will ever mention this, and hopefully it will have a long lasting effect on everyone: Stamina Records is the world’s greatest Freeform label. They are the best of the best. And for releasing yet another astonishing album that not only looks great but also sounds EPIC I must give the highest score possible:

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ViperStar & JAJ – A Mix Of Awesome TUNAge Vol 2 (2016)

ViperStar & JAJ - A Mix Of Awesome TUNAge Vol 2 (2016)

ViperStar & JAJ – A Mix Of Awesome TUNAge Vol 2 (2016)

DJs: ViperStar & JAJ
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, J-Core, Freeform, Breakbeat, Drum & Bass, Powerstomp
Mix Info: ‘A Mix Of Awesome TUNAge Volume 2’
Length Mix: 01:08:41
Tracks: 31 (thirty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 158 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: ViperStar & JAJ – Soundcloud Page

It’s been more than a year since we last heard from JAJ & ViperStar together on one mixtape. It was released back in May 2015, and it’s been quiet, very quiet, until today! By accident I found this mix on Soundcloud when I woke up earlier, and I was actually the first one to press play and hear it before anyone else did! Sneaky eh, and I didn’t ask for it. Normally I get everything sent to me, but this time I found it myself. I feel so good about myself, now I know why I woke up at this time of day!

What can you expect? Well, something unusual. And when I say that, I do mean it! JAJ and ViperStar have picked 31 of their favourite records, and mixed them together. Nothing unusual here, but when you look at the tracklist and see how many styles and genres they used to compose this mix, that’s the unusual bit. And also the great thing about this mix is that it’s filled with tracks by so many different artists from all over the world! Diversity is key, they say.

Don’t know why it took them so long, but they are back, finally with the second instalment of their fish related mixtape. Tracklist was provided, so here it is:

tracklist

01. Lime – 8-Bit Dreamer (OpitU Remix) 
02. Maxo – Reach You (Mitomoro Remix) 
03. Marcus Kane – Cross The Divide
04. Dave Castellano – Ghost
05. Entity – Something To Say
06. Ultravibes – Fuckin’ Trip
07. Doug Horizon vs Joey Riot – Programmed 2 Ignite
08. Dave Castellano & DJFatSteve – AK-47
09. Syn Cole – Miami 82 (Moomei Bootleg) 
10. MOB & Tom Revolution – Rockstar
11. Hyperforce vs Wiggi – Guitar Tuna
12. Diplo & GTA – Boy Oh Boy (Gammer Edit) 
13. Getty – Frontline
14. Joey Riot & Tom Revolution – Rockstar Movements
15. MOB & Paul EP – The Circus 2014
16. Alex Prospect – Renegade
17. Cruze, Breaks, MC Frikshon & MC Macca – Speaker Shake
18. Dougal & Gammer – Shoulder Lock
19. Empyrean Tears – Easii
20. Special D. & Scott Brown – Elysium (Scott Brown Mix) 
21. Srav3R – Fire Of Spirit
22. Frontliner – Galaxes Collide (Tattttttt Bootleg) 
23. Neoclubber – In & Out (Ultravibes Remix) 
24. League Of Legends – Burning Bright (Andromulus Remix) (Assertive Hardcore Edit) 
25. Team Sly feat Riddle – FRC (Havoc 175 Edit) 
26. Darwin – Electric Pulsedrive
27. Knife Party – PLUR Police (Ren Hagisato Flip) 
28. Limit & Skoda – Khetto Blaster
29. Mitomoro – S.T.F.U.
30. Jimmy J & Cru-L-T – Ool Lortnoc (M-Project & Muzik Servant Remix) 
31. Inverse & Orbit1 – Nu Sensation

Diversity is what they are good at, and this mix is definately diverse from the first to the last second! Credits to JAJ and ViperStar for making an effort in creating a unique mix.

Let me remind you all that I love quirkiness in mixes, and I’m still a newbie when it comes to certain styles and genres, but in this mix it seems right. Maybe the jumps from one style to the next is too quickly, but you’ve got to get used to it. It’s bloody Christmas, sip on an alcoholic drink, and turn the speakers up to the max (the volume obviously). You’ll like this, I bet my life you will.

Some tracks are simply too cheesy for me. Some remixes do not work, like ‘Elysium’. The original is much better, don’t know why they decided they should release this dreadful track. The vocals are absolutely not good, not suitable. Sometimes they should leave the originals alone. Oh, and also the happiest tracks in this mix are a ‘must listen to again’.

What’s my favourite record in this mix? Oh, difficult. I would say ‘Something To Say’ by Entity. Love that track the most.

Hopefully it won’t be another year or so until the next instalment of this mixtape….. want to hear the first one? Click here!

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