Pila – back2school 2013 Promomix

Pila - back2school 2013 Promomix

Pila – back2school 2013 Promomix

DJ: Pila
Genre/Style: Early Hardstyle, Hardstyle, Hard House, Hard Dance
Mix Info: back2school 2013 Promomix
Length Mix: 01:01:23
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: B2S – Facebook Fanpage

Some days you are on Soundcloud and find nothing, and some days the mixes just come flying towards you, non stop. Today was such a day! It won’t stop, the music kept on pouring and pouring. One of those mixes I had to share with you all, it might be a couple of years old, but it’s still fresh as a daisy! A mix to promote the event which obviously already took place: back2school in 2013. So there’s no need of you all getting hyped up for this specific event, but you could look out for similar events in the near future. And whilst waiting, you could listen to this mix, made by DJ Pila.

I’ve seen the name Pila fly by every so often, but I can’t tell you anything about this DJ. Don’t know nothing about him (or is it her?).  I’m sorry for not knowing each and every artist on God’s given Earth, but bear with me, and I will look it up. Oh, it’s a him by the way, and he’s been in the scene for quite a while (looking at one of his releases on Discogs, which dates back to 1995). I told you I’ve seen the name fly by a couple of times, but that was all.

Anyway, before we go on and on about the same thing, it’s time to focus on this promomix, which he made back in 2013. It’s packed with the finest Early Hardstyle/Hard Dance tracks, those I really miss. This is the kind of music I fell in love with when it emerged. This is the Hardstyle I love. Still digging the new stuff, but the early 00s stuff is much better.

tracklist

01. Derb – Coole Sau (DJ Isaac Remix) 
02. Walt – Let The Music Play
03. Clive King & Scott Marten – Total Confusion
04. Showtek – Brain Crackin’
05. The Raiders – Disk Warrior (Warrior Mix) 
06. Hardstyle Guru – Girls
07. Southstylers – Wraow
08. Dutch Masters – Take Some
09. Tuneboy – Housenation (DJ Isaac Remix) 
10. Zatox – Tanz Elektric
11. The Pitcher – Grindin’

This is so awesome to hear these tunes again! I remember buying ‘Bitte Ein Beat’ CDs and they rocked. They were unique and fresh, and back in the early 00s they were basically the shit. Shit hot. This music was so refreshing, and even listening to this in 2017 it’s ground breaking stuff. Quality over quantity, and many producers can learn from these producers who made Hard Dance music.

Pila’s selection is awesome! I know each and every track, and have played them over and over again. I’m sorry if the amount of Soundcloud plays have gone up in the last couple of hours, it’s just me pressing play over and over again! What a brilliant mix, quality tracks in it. And you wonder what happened to this specific sound, eh?

Yes, this is the mix you were after on this dreadful, cold and miserable Sunday. This will enlighten your mood, unless you are too young to remember what Early Hardstyle/Hard Dance sounded like. Enjoy it no matter what!

Which is my favourite track in this mix? Got to be ‘Grindin”. Just a brilliant anthem!

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HDUK 2016 Yearmix

HDUK 2016 Yearmix

HDUK 2016 Yearmix

DJ: MKN
Genre/Style: Hardstyle, Hard Dance
Mix Info: HDUK 2016 Yearmix
Length Mix: 00:45:15
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 103 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: HDUK – Facebook Fanpage

Even on the last day of 2016 I keep on learning new things! Never heard of HDUK before, but it turns out that it’s another label, representing Hard Dance music in the UK. Well, if I knew each and every label in the whole wide world, I would go on Mastermind, and my subject would be ‘music labels’. But seeing as I’m not a walking Wikipedia, I will learn every day new things, and today it’s the label HDUK that came to my attention (thanks to DJ Cally). Their latest mix can be found on Soundcloud right now, celebrating 2016 and the releases they had. A good mix to end the year with? Well, we are about to find out.

So what can we expect in this mix? Well, according to what’s written underneath the mix on Soundcloud ‘tracks from many of our artists’. Again, this is all new to me, I only know a few artists, but with mixes such as this one my knowledge gets expanded. And the good thing about this, this is a Hardstyle mix, so I’ve got more artists to follow, depending if their music is any good. And because the tracklist was kindly provided, I now know who made each single track. Does that mean the mix is good? Nope, a tracklist alone doesn’t make the music good, but in this case the music is indeed good. Excellent music.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Rawstyle mixes lately, it’s good to go back to the origins, back to Hardstyle. And it’s pleasant to hear these tunes at 8 o’clock in the morning on NYE.

tracklist

01. Psyko Punkz – Spaceship (J-Trax Reverse Bass Edit) 
02. Hardforze – Slammin’ (Oppozite Twinz Remix) 
03. Alphaverb, Aeros & Blackburn feat MC Shocker – MZKTRS
04. MKN & MCP – Freak
05. B.R.K. – Dance To The House (Cally Remix) 
06. MKN – We Are One (Hardstyle DNA Anthem 2016) 
07. Toxic & Ash Bash – Get The Fuck Back
08. Malfunction & MadDog – PEM v’s Warcry (Mashup) 
09. Ed E.T. & D.T.R. – The Black Hole
10. Kashi – Gang Related
11. DJ Y.O.Z. – Edge Of The Universe
12. Stephanie feat Natski – My Vibrator And Me

A nice looking tracklist, with one amazing title (this brought a smile on my face). ‘My Vibrator And Me’? Lol. That’s a definate contender for 2016’s funniest track title. This track probably won’t go into the official Top 40. Imagine it being number 1 in the UK, and kids screaming for it being played. Could be good for shops that sell sex toys. Anyway, back to the mix.

I love music, and I love to hear Hardstyle coming through my speakers again after a while. And the music does sound good. Not in your face, annoying you all the time. This is just perfect, nicely balanced, with nice melodies too. Many artists have forgotten that the melody is needed to compose a good Hardstyle track. And if you listen to ‘Edge Of The Universe’ (for example) you get exactly that!

Great mix, great anthems. HDUK is new to me, but this mix has intrigued me quite a lot. I’ve started to follow them, and I urge you to do the same. A very good mix to end the year with. Happy NYE, and if you are staying at home, why not listen to this instead of that dreadful stuff on telly at 12:00? Make your choice, I know I made my choice. I rather listen to this.

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Lab4 ILHB Promo Mix (2016)

Lab4 ILHB Promo Mix (2016)

Lab4 ILHB Promo Mix (2016)

Artists: Lab4
Genre/Style: Hardhouse, Hard Dance
Mix Info: ILHB Promo Mix
Length Mix: 00:43:40
Tracks: 9 (nine)
Download/Listen (via Facebook): DOWNLOAD HERE
File Size: 99.9 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: ILHB Insane Asylum – Facebook Event Page

Many years ago I went to ILHB for the first time, and it left a good impression. A very good impression! I think it was actually the first ever ILHB, they have organised many after, but I was there at the first one. Seeing as it’s been many years since I last went, I became a very happy boy when a couple of weeks ago ILHB announced the return of it, and that the party would happen in October at The Qube Project. With a line-up so good, it will make you dribble like Homer J. Simpson! Lab4, BK, Proteus, Sharkey, Kevin Energy, Nick The Kid, Tim Samsara, K90, Rikki Arkitech, Fracus & Darwin, Ben Stevens, Greg Peaks, A.B & Thumpa, Dummy, and Laith. You must be a complete tool if you are going to miss this event!

They’ve been very busy, promoting this event. And for me it has worked: I will be going. Unless something bad happens, but for now everything looks good, and I will be raving on the 7th of October. To promote the event even more, Hard Beats Collective interviewed their main act: Lab4.  Not someone who knows a lot about Hard Dance, I have seen their names on compilations before, but never knew who was behind it. And still, after reading the interview, I am still unaware of who is behind Lab4, but I do know they make excellent music.

This might be a short promo mix, but if you want to hear Lab4 play a bit longer, you know what to do: get your tickets now!

tracklist

01. Intro 
02. Hard Force vs Soul T – Let The Bass Drop
w/ Lab4 & Unit 13 – Last Night
03. Lab4 – We Live We Love We Dance (Original Mix) 
04. Lab4 – Ground Zero
05. Opeum Audible Forensics – Encoded
06. Hardwell & Joey Dale feat Luciana – Arcadia (Psyko Punkz Remix) 
07. Lab4 – Fuck What You Heard (FaderHead Bootleg) 
08. Lab4 – Sensory Reload
09. Lab4 – Rave Revolucion

A short but exciting mix. This is what you need to hear on a Saturday morning! This will make your weekend a good one, even though the weather forecast is shite. Turn up the speakers, let them explode!

If you want to know a bit more about Lab4, I suggest you read the interview, download this mix whilst reading it, and buy your tickets! This event will sell out: if it’s as good as their first event, this will blow your mind into a million pieces! ILHB has always been on top of my list, I needed to visit their parties, but never could due to distance issues and work, but now I’m in the UK, I’ve got no excuse. And if you live in this majestic country, you haven’t got an excuse either. Unless there is an excuse, in which I apologise. But if you are a raver and you can come, what’s stopping you?

This mix has made the Dutchman very happy. I woke up the whole neighbourhood, and I couldn’t care less. Only a month and a couple of days left until this wonderful event. Are you going? Lab4 is there, for God’s sake! Do you need more? Well, I’ll be there, maybe that might persuade you?

A wonderful mix. Nothing to say which might sound negative. A spot on mix, right from the start. Lab4, whoever’s behind the masks, you are heroes.

Best track? ‘Sensory Reload’. Why? Listen to it and you will know why!

No Soundcloud or Mixcloud player: you can only get this mix if you read the interview. Underneath it there’s a link, and if you right-click it and save it, it’s all yours.

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Hard Island Log 002 – Cally (2016)

Hard Island Log 002 - Cally (2016)

Hard Island Log 002 – Cally (2016)

DJ: Cally
Genre/Style: Hard Dance, Hardstyle
Mix Info: Hard Island Log 002
Length Mix: 01:04:26
Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Hard Island – Facebook Fanpage

How come I always find mixes when the actual event is already in the past? Damn damn damn, I only found this mix a couple of days ago. So there’s no point in me promoting this event. Maybe if you want to go next year… I could already promote next year’s event. Yeah, let’s do that! Make sure you get ready for the next Hard Island in 2017. This promo mix is to get everyone excited.. for next year. My God, if that was actually true, that would be devastating: waiting a year for a party? It would drive me mad!

Cally, the legendary Hardstyle DJ, made this promo mix, and without a shadow of a doubt I have to say that he doesn’t need an introduction. A nice Hardstyle mix, filled with awesome tunes by well known names. Well, you could have listened to this mix on your way to Hard Island 2016, because the line-up was seriously insane: Wasted Penguinz, Audiofreq, Brennan Heart, Mad Dog, The Stunned Guys, Anime, Angerfist, Da Tweekaz and more. 4 days of madness, who wouldn’t want to experience that? If you were there, you probably had a magical time. The reviews are all good. Damn, why am I always too late?

Well, the tracklist is something you need to see. Let it blow your mind!

tracklist

01. Ran-D – My Way (Cally Reverse Bass Intro Edit) 
02. Hardwell feat Harrison – Sally (MCP RVRS BASS Edit) 
03. Steve Hill vs Technikal – Right Here Right Now
04. Cally feat John Harris – Awaken
05. Skrillex & Zomboy – Ragga Bomb (Kamikaze Bootleg) 
06. Dr. Rude – Apocalypse
07. Kutski & Audiofreq feat Ragga Twins– Hookshot (McBunn Edit) 
08. Reklus – When I Drop The Bass
09. Cally & MKN feat Biggzy B – Run Away
10. Mark With A K – See Me Now (Da Tweekaz Remix) 
11. Zatox – Indigo (J-Trax RVRS BASS Edit) 
12. Atmozfears & Energyzed – WAT
13. Sound Rush feat Exilium – Unshakable
14. Geck-O & Aeros – Give It To Me (Cally Reverse Bass Edit) 
15. Deorro & ZooFunktion vs Hunter Siegel – Hype (Greater Than & Olly James) (Reklus F*k Up Bootleg) 
16. Martin Garrix & Usher – Don’t Look Down (Zany ReWork) 
17. Raxtor – Revelation
18. Zedd – Find You (Atmozfears Remix) 
19. Demolite – Chronicles
20. Devin Wild – Compound
21. Cally & Riot – World In My Hands
22. Francesco Zeta – HeartBreak
23. Riot vs Elov8 & S-Worx – I Know
24. Razihel feat TeamMate – Legends (Zatox Remix) 
25. Audiotricz – Infinite (Live Edit) 
26. Pavelow – I Just Wanna Know (Cyber Remix) 
27. Cally – Zenith

A very tasty looking tracklist, doesn’t it? It has the finest tracks in it, those tracks which makes the dancefloors all over the world fill up with ravers, and rave the night away. Cally’s selection is excellent.

The tracks are amazing! I really feel the vibe from the first to the last second. Not a huge fan of the EDM remixed tracks such as ‘Don’t Look Down’ or ‘Find You’, but they keep the flow going, and the flow is good. My favourite track of this mix has got to be to the biggest tune of this Summer (well, I think it is the biggest tune): ‘Unshakable’. My God, this tune does more damage to me than 32 years of living on this Earth! My eardrums are still bleeding!

Cally must have rocked hard at Hard Island. I wish I was there. Finding mixes after the event took place makes me feel devastated, but at least there’s a Hard Island 2017 already being planned! So let this be the mix that persuades you to go to Hard Island 2017. Unless Cally doesn’t play there, ofcourse.

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