2002 – 2006 Classic Hardstyle Mix – By Hardheadz (2017)

2002 - 2006 Classic Hardstyle Mix - By Hardheadz (2017)

2002 – 2006 Classic Hardstyle Mix – By Hardheadz (2017)

DJ: Hardheadz
Genre/Style: Hardstyle, Hard House, Hard Dance
Mix Info: 2002-2006 Classic Hardstyle Mix By Hardheadz
Length Mix: 01:32:22
Tracks: 20 (twenty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Scantraxx Recordz – Official Website

I’m on a roll today, listening to some older tracks and mixes. And mixes focussed on the golden years of a style. This time I’m listening to a mix dedicated to Scantraxx and the year between 2002 and 2006. Can’t believe that some of these tunes are between 11 and 15 years old! I can remember the years like they were yesterday. The music I listened to back then was this, Hardstyle/Hard House music. This was what dominated my life, when my passion for Hardcore faded away. And one of the labels that kept on pushing this new style forward was (and still is) Scantraxx Recordz.

This time machine that I’ve climbed into is a pleasant one. First I went back to the early 90s with a nice mix by Bass-D, and now we go forward to the early 00s, and this mix has been made by Hardheadz. I recognise the name, but that is all. I do know nothing, if I’m brutally honest. My love for Hardstyle has faded away during the last couple of years, so I’ve missed out of a lot of new artists. Or it could be that Hardheards has been in the game for a while and I simply not paid attention.

Anyhow, let’s focus on the mix. 20 tracks in an hour and a half mix. Well, it’s strictly speaking NOT hour and a half, because the last 5 a 6 minutes were silent. But you get your money’s worth. 20 wicked tracks, released by Scantraxx or one of its sublabels. You will love the tracklist.

tracklist

01. Taq 9 – Beatz In Time
02. Marc Arcadipane vs The Prophet – Stereo Killa
03. DJ Duro – Psycho
04. DJ Duro – Cocaine Motherfucker
05. The Prophet – Cocain Bizznizz
06. The Prophet vs Deepack – Stampuhh!!
07. Dana & The Prophet – Pump Dizz
08. Blademasterz – Masterblade
09. Headhunterz – The Sacrifice
10. The Prophet – OG Pimp
11. Headhunterz vs Abject – Scantraxx Rootz
12. A-Lusion – Re-Count
13. Unknown Analoq – Blackout (Brennan Heart Re-Edit) 
14. The Prophet vs Brennan Heart – Attakk
15. Headhunterz – Victim Of My Rage
16. The Prophet – Pornstar
17. Hardheadz – Wreck Thiz Place
18. Brennan Heart – Revival X
19. Headhunterz – Time To Rock
20. DJ Duro & The Prophet – Shizzle My Dizzle

How about that, Hardheadz has a record in this mix! Shame I didn’t pay attention at all lol. Hardheadz must have been in the scene for quite a while. Let’s blow off the dust from my collection and see if the name appears on those old collections. If so, my brain is slightly loosing it.

Focus on the mix, and the mix is good! You get so many records thrown at you, and I’m liking them all. Can’t believe they were released more than 10 years ago! They dominated my youth and the scene. Who can forget those memorable tunes by The Prophet, like ‘Stereo Killa’, ‘Pump Dizz’, ‘Stampuhh!!’ and more. We all have to admit that we went loose when we heard ‘Stampuhh!!’ coming through the speakers. And yes, if you were Dutch this record did the most for you, because the majority of the lyrics are Dutch. But it didn’t matter: the music spoke for itself.

The mix is good. Taking me back to when Hardstyle and Hard House were cutting edge, and exciting. Nowadays it has became slightly bland and boring, but back in the early 2000s labels such as Scantraxx made sure the records were fresh and dancefloor ready.

Hardheadz’s mix is dope. Nothing to comment about. Sit back, relax, and let the beats, basses and melodies come through your speakers. And admit: 2002-2006 were the golden years, without a shadow of a doubt!

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Scot Project Live-set @ HCOTB 11-07-2015

Scot Project Live-set @ HCOTB 11-07-2015

Scot Project Live-set @ HCOTB 11-07-2015

DJ: Scot Project
Genre/Style: Hard Trance, Hard Style, Oldskool, Rave, Early Hardstyle
Liveset Info: Recorded @ HardClassics On The Beach 11-07-2015
Length Liveset: 01:00:31
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information : Scot Project – Facebook Fanpage

The internet is filled with billions of hours of music, splendid music. And it takes a while to actually find music you were looking for. For example: I was looking for some early Hardstyle/Hard House tunes, and by accident I came across this liveset by Scot Project (it’s not written well on Soundcloud nor on the flyer, it’s only with one ‘t’). This set was recorded at HardClassics On The Beach, on the 11th of July 2015. The line-up was good: Pavo, Scot Project, DHHD, Deepack, Luna, Daniele Mondello, Freestyle Maniacs, The Viper and more. With such a line-up the event must have been good, and according those who went (and rated the event on Partyflock), the event was very good!

One of those sets can be found on Soundcloud. Scot Project’s liveset. And you get what you were hoping for! For starters he played a few really oldskool classics, and after that he goes all in and plays the finest tunes you can get! Most of them being remixes by himself, but you can’t go wrong with him. Seriously, Scot Project has made so many great anthems, I prefer his tunes over any new Hardstyle/Hard Dance tracks. Come on, ‘L’ (I Want Your Love)…. can’t go wrong with that track.

The tracklist was kindly provided, and it’s a beauty. Call yourself a true Dance music lover? You will dig this a lot!

tracklist

01. The Ultimate Seduction – The Ultimate Seduction
02. Speedy J – Pullover
03. Mauro Picotto – Lizard
04. Derb – Derb
05. Hennes & Cold – The Second Trip (DJ Scot Project Remix) 
06. Mike Dragon – Orange Song (Emphasis Hardclub Mix) 
07. Yakooza – Cocaine (DJ Scot Project Remix) 
08. Derb – DFC (DJ Scot Project Remix) 
09. Thomas Rubin – Cold Night (DJ Scot Project Remix) 
10. Beam vs Cyrus – Thunder In Paradise
11. Twister’s Silence – Listen To Me Mama (DJ Scot Project Remix) 
12. Marcel Woods – Advanced (DJ Scot Project’s Set You Free Remix 2006) 
13. DJ Scot Project – FM2
14. Walt – Let The Music Play
15. Showtek – Expansion

Sweet Lord, what a tracklist!!! Impressive tracks, Scot Project has picked most of his own remixes, but they are so f**king worth it! Look at the track, just look at them!

For crying out loud, why can’t they make music as good as these tunes? When I first fell in love with it, it must have been the early 2000s. And still they demolish my braincells. I love so many tracks in this mix, such as ‘The Second Trip’, ‘Cocaine’, ‘Cold Night’ (the drop is IMMENSE),’Listen To Me Mama’, but the one that does the most damage to my emotions is ‘FM2′. The one track I can’t remember, or maybe never heard of before.

There might be small errors in this set, but I forgive Scot Project. He makes up with a shitload of dancefloor smashers! When these tunes dominated the dance scene I was raving the night away, and hearing these tunes coming at me full blast! These tunes dominated my youth, and to this day they make me smile from ear to ear!

A wonderful, exciting, and all in all a beauty of a set! I should search for more Scot Project, I need to take a time machine trip at least once a day, those early days can not be beaten. Quality over quantity, and Scot Project was the man to go to, to make an excellent remix. This set is sublime!

No I’ve changed my mind about the best record. Sorry Scot, ‘Cold Night’ still has the drop that no one saw coming. Or the build up that no one has ever improved (because it’s ace). Yep, ‘Cold Night’. All day!

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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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