When Gammer Was … A Knobber! (2017)

When Gammer Was ... A Knobber! (2017)

When Gammer Was … A Knobber! (2017)

DJ: M@rt!n-J
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Freeform, Hardcore Techno
Mix Info: When Gammer Was … A Knobber
Length Mix: 01:10:55
Tracks: 19 (nineteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 126 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 250kbps
More Information: DJ Gammer – Facebook Fanpage

Normally I only hear dedication mixes every so often, but today I had two in a row! The first one being Menno De Jong’s tribute mix, and now a Gammer dedication mix. Gammer, one of the biggest DJs in the UK Hardcore scene, really doesn’t need an introduction. Literally everyone knows him, and now he’s expanding his passion and dedication into the EDM world. The music he makes nowadays is so different to what he made when he started as a wee-little-lad. As M@rt!-J mentioned underneath the mix on Soundcloud, the records he selected were taken from the period ‘when I liked Gammer’s productions’.

The records selected by M@rt!n-J are all Gammer’s own productions, with a few collaborations with artists such as MC Smiley, JB-C, and Michael Scout. All the others are Gammer’s own, or remixes he made. Truth be told, I do love this stuff more than his recent stuff. I’m getting a bit bored by the EDM world, and the mixes are getting more bland and boring. No depth into it all. Gammer might still be amazing behind the decks, but the tunes coming out of the EDM world are only one day flies. A hit one day, the next already pushed aside by another record. Not these tunes, the tunes that made Gammer the DJ and producer he is nowadays.

These are the big records. And I do mean big. If you are a fan of the early stuff by Gammer you won’t be disappointed at all! This will bring a smile so huge, people in North Korea will be able to see you smile!

tracklist TCD

01. Clear Vu – Never 2 Late (Gammer Remix) 
02. Gammer & JB-C – Bigger & Bolder
03. Uplift & Stargazer – Statik (Gammer Remix) 
04. Gammer & JB-C – Turn Up The Bass
05. Gammer – Ready 2 Go
06. Gammer – Bassik
07. Gammer – A New Feeling (Original Mix) 
08. Gammer & MC Smiley – Unity
09. Gammer – Now It’s My Turn
10. Gammer & MC Smiley – Deep Down
11. Gammer – Dropzone
12. Gammer – Pressure
13. Gammer – Ambient Angels
14. Gammer – 34mm
15. Gammer – I’m Coming Hardcore
16. Gammer – Kickin’ Hard
17. Gammer – Let’s All Say ****
18. Gammer – This Is Mind Blowing (Nu-Style Mix) 
19. Gammer & Michael Scout – Bye Bye

Yep yep yep. These are the anthems! These are monsterous anthems! These were the records that made Gammer big. As most of you lot know, he was big with a certain DJ called Dougal, but on his own he was capable of keeping his head up high, and came up with some of UK Hardcore’s finest productions. And you can find a few of them in here.

This mix contains his finest work, and there are some really amazing records in here. The best record? Well, let’s go straight to that one, and you are probably thinking of a completely different record, and you will be amazed when I say the title of the record I like the most, but it is ‘Pressure’. Haven’t heard that record in a while, but it’s still a killer anthem. A bit of the Trancecore movement in it.

I’m liking this mix, and liking the Gammer productions too a lot. Sadly Gammer has moved into a more EDM friendly zone, but it’s good for him too. He has progressed, and is playing at the biggest events in the world. He might make different music, but wouldn’t you agree that progression is important too?

M@rt!n-J’s mix is tight, really tight! Yet another dedication mix I liked! More of these please!

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Future_Proof Sounds Mix Series 005 – Shimotsukei (2017)

Future_Proof Sounds Mix Series 005 - Shimotsukei

Future_Proof Sounds Mix Series 005 – Shimotsukei

DJ: Shimotsukei
Genre/Style: Freeform, Trancecore, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: Future_Proof Sounds Mix Series 005
Length Mix: 01:06:15
Tracks: 16 (sixteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 151 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Future_Proof Sounds – Facebook Fanpage

Remember last year, when I went to Bournemouth for a rave? Yep, that was a rave, organised by the people behind Future_Proof Sounds, the Freeform label who keeps on pushing new talent forward, and already well established names. Still small, but slowely growing every day. They’ve recently had an album being released, and the second instalment is on its way. But if you think that this is all they do, you are wrong! They keep on pushing stuff forward, and they do so via their mix series, which already reached the fifth instalment.

I haven’t listened to all of them yet, but I will. The other day I was reminded by the DJ who made the mix for this latest mix (Shimotsukei) that the mix was up and running! The first thing I always ask is if it has a tracklist, and if it doesn’t, if I can get it. Well, it took maybe a few minutes, but I received it. And it’s a beauty. Well, the majority of mixes done by Shimotsukei are literally mind blowing. Slightly different compared to the usual Freeform/UK Hardcore mixes, but that doesn’t necessarily has to be a bad thing.

The one responsible for Lucky Lotus made this exclusive mix, so you can imagine there being tracks in here you’ve never heard before!

tracklist TCD

01. Nomic – Falling Star III
02. Morita Yuuhei – Libert
03. Pain On Creation – Adaptation (Live Edit) 
04. Archari & Shimotsukei – Dagor Dagorath
05. Qygen – Black Lily
06. System F – Out Of The Blue (Qygen Bootleg WIP) 
07. Qygen – Crystal Cave
08. Exemia – This Is Synthform!
09. Connected – Fenrisúlfr (Original Mix) 
10. Alek Szahala – Lumi (Original Mix) 
11. Marusha – Deep (Pain On Creation Remix WIP) 
12. Otep – Smash The Control Machine (Evolutionize Bootleg) 
13. Morita Yuuhei – Lost In The Dark (Bootleg) 
14. Invader & Nightforce – Augerstehung (Full Circle DJs Remix) 
15. Betwixt & Between – Disturbed Mind
16. Betwixt & Between – Hollow

See, this is exactly what I predicted: an unusual tracklist. Maybe heard 10% of these tracks before, so it’s also an exclusive mix to me, even though I listen to a lot of music. It’s like Shimotsukei does it on purpose: look for records not many people play, and then throw them into a mix. It seems to be exactly that lol.

There are a few known names such as Alek Szahala, Qygen, Pain On Creation, Marusha, but that is all (oh, nearly forgot System F). All the others are unknown, but very tasty records they are. The way Shimotsukei creates these mixes is just fun. The result? A kind of mix you don’t hear or see very often.With a lot of unknown anthems. Is that the secret behind Shimotsukei?

I found the mix very entertaining. Dark and edgy during the majority of this mix. Fast paced. Controlled. But Freeform all the way. Well, some tracks do divert more into the classic Trancecore stuff, but hey, it’s all called Freeform nowadays.

The best record? ‘Falling Star III’ by Nomic. It’s the perfect track to start your mix with, and it sets the tone perfectly.

There are a few tracks I don’t ‘feel’ yet. Maybe too unknown, not really getting a buzz from them. For example ‘Lost In The Dark’. Bit too quirky for my liking. Maybe if I give this mix a few more go’s it might work?

All in all a very entertaining mix. Well mixed together, and diverse! Can’t wait to hear more from Future_Proof Sounds and Shimotsukei. But something deep down inside of me tells me that this won’t be the last at all. More will come very soon!

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Substanced – Pure Freeform I (2017)

Substanced - Pure Freeform I (2017)

Substanced – Pure Freeform I (2017)

DJ: Substanced
Genre/Style: Freeform, Trancecore, UK Hardcore, Psy Trance
Mix Info: Pure Freeform
Length Mix: 01:00:44
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 139 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Substanced – Facebook Fanpage

I don’t know when it was, the last time I heard a Substanced mix. I seriously can’t remember, but it’s been ages! Too long, I would say. Lately not a lot of proper Freeform mixes are being released (or I’m not looking properly), which is a pity. This is a scene that needs more mixes, and frankly I need more mixes. Only yesterday this mix got released onto Soundcloud, and it has made a lot of people happy: a mix by one of the biggest Freeform DJs/producers from Finland: Substanced! Anyone who doesn’t get excited, is basically a lunatic.

The Freeform scene is ‘big’ in two countries: England, and Finland. Why only these two? I seriously don’t have a clue. to me this should be a style dominating the world, and the universe. Well, at least there is a scene, and it might be small, but still hugely enjoyable. Secluded? Maybe. Friendly? Yes. Music any good? Damn right it is! And with labels such as FINRG Recordings you are getting what you are wishing for: excellent Freeform/Trancecore music. Slightly rougher and tougher compared to the UK market, but still so beautiful and peaceful. It’s Trance, but just a tad faster, and better.

Substanced’s mix is one you really want to hear, if you are a Freeform fan. This will take you into another dimension. Just absorb the tracklist, and you will go to heaven immediately!

tracklist TCD

01. Substanced – Heart To Heart (Intro) 
02. Alek Száhala – Dryad Machine (Hyphen Remix) 
03. Substanced – Artifical Reality VIP
04. Alias A.K.A. – Enter The Microdot (Transcend Remix) 
05. Substanced – Inside
06. Lost Tribe – Gamemaster (Substanced Bootleg) 
07. Substanced & Grimsoul – Harder Than U Think (Substanced 2017  Mix) 
08. Transcend & Cyrax – I’ll Show You The Dark Side
09. Epyx & Cyrez – Can U See Now (Alchemiist Remix) 
10. Transcend & Hedonistik Ritual – Scorched
11. Carbon Based – Cyclone (Substanced Remix) 
12. Pain On Creation & Fea – Unconsiousness
13. Hyphen – Ignition
14. Transcend & Cyrax – Unleashed (Substanced Remix 
15. Qygen – Black Lily

Freeform heaven, here I come! Yes, it’s been a while, but I’m back into the Freeform zone! And what a blessing it is! Substanced is one of those artists who doesn’t need an introduction, because his reputation speaks for itself. And yet again he’s made a wonderful mix, filled with awesome tunes. Mostly made or remixed by himself, but is that a bad thing?

Nope, not really. We get quality over quantity. An hour long mix, 15 records. What more do you need? Look at this tracklist, just look at it! It’s a thing of beauty! So many great records by great artists, such as Transcend, Cyrax, Qygen, Lost Tribe, Alek Száhala, and more. He’s picked the right records from his collection, and crammed them into a seriously impressive mix.

There are really a lot of awesome records, like ‘I’ll Show You The Dark Side’, ‘Enter The Microdot’, ‘Artificial Reality’, ‘Gamemaster’, but the true record, the record that is so seriously good, well balanced, and basically well produced, is ‘Scorched’. The build up is worth a mention! The build is really something of a masterpiece. Yeah, Transcend knows how to make a record great, and with this one he worked with Hedonistik Ritual, and the result is the ultimate record of 2017.

Substanced’s mix, check it out right now. This won’t disappoint. This will leave a huge impression on you, and also a big smile on your face! Smiles for miles, eh?

More Freeform mixes please. I’m liking this kind of dark and edgy mixes a lot!

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The Dark Became My World – Cyrax Promo Mix 2017

The Dark Became My World - Cyrax Promo Mix 2017

The Dark Became My World – Cyrax Promo Mix 2017

DJ: Cyrax
Genre/Style: Freeform, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: The Dark Became My World – Cyrax Promo Mix
Length Mix: 00:46:42
Tracks: 13 (thirteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 106 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: DJ Cyrax – Facebook Fanpage

A couple of days ago Cyrax started to tease us with a brand new mix, and today I had the chance to listen to it (secretly at work, but who cares?) The mix has been anticipated by many people, seeing as Cyrax is one amazing DJ and a producer, and sadly underrated for what he does. In all fairness I’ve never listened to a boring or crappy mix by himself, and even when he played in Bournemouth last year it was amazing. You can imagine I was a very happy bunny when I listened to this mix for the first time!

And before you write this mix off, because it’s ‘just a boring mix by that dude Cyrax’, let me warn you in advance: this isn’t your standard mix. This has got so many unreleased tracks and upcoming album tracks in it, it has made me jealous for not being a producer or a very close friend to certain DJs, because I want these tracks too! Sadly they are not out yet, so this is basically not just a promo mix, focussed on Cyrax, but also a promo mix, showcasing the upcoming stuff, music you can expect coming towards you in the Freeform world in the next couple of weeks/months.

The tracklist, wow, it’s a brain teaser. It will make you dribble like you haven’t done before! So beautiful!

tracklist

01. Transcend – Awake State
02. Lost Tribe – Gamemaster (Substanced Bootleg Mix) 
03. Transcend & Cyrax – Chemist
04. Lost Soul – Axiomatic System
05. Substanced – Afterlife Penance (Transcend & Cyrax Remix) 
06. A.B – Kameleon
07. Transcend – Power
08. N3CKBR34KR – ReBorn
09. Transcend & Neptune – Spirit Molecule (SynthWulf Remix) 
10. Transcend & Hedonistik Ritual – Scorched
11. Substanced – Submission
12. Greg Peaks – States Of Consciousness
13. Lab 4 – Candyman (Transcend Victimisation Remix) 

I can tell (and so can you) that Cyrax is a Transcend fan, and it’s a fact: we all are! What a talented producer and DJ! With that first track, the kick, he simply created a new style, a new genre! So f**king filthy, I wasn’t aware my brain got penetrated by such a filth. I only realised something happened when I looked at my pants and it had a huge wet patch on it. I soiled myself. Transcend, you are a GOD!

The tracks I like are all Transcend tracks. For example ‘Chemist’. I like how they lower the level of the voice slowely. ‘Scorched’ is just amazing (lyrics are good), ‘Power’ a definately powerful track, but if I have to choose… meh, difficult. I would choose ‘Awake State’. Transcend, you owe me a new pair of pants!

Cyrax’s mix is dope, seriously dope. He’s eager to showcase his skills and his passion for this underrated style, Freeform. He does it so well, he only makes a few errors, but let’s say that these happened because of his enthusiasm, eh?

I like the mix, I like the picture he used, I like the tracks, I like the darkness these tracks have, I like the way Freeform is growing into this new and something fresh. I like everything. We need more Freeform mixes! Cyrax, we need more mixes for 2017!

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