Helter Skelter – Technodrome Classics Vol. 1 (2013)

Helter Skelter - Technodrome Classics Vol. 1 (2013)

Helter Skelter – Technodrome Classics Vol. 1 (2013)

DJ: Paul Kowlessar
Genre/Style: Trance, Techno, Hard House
Mix Info: Technodrome Classics Vol. 1
Length Mix: 01:20:04
Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: ————

Yesterday I found a mix I would not have found, if I didn’t go and browse the living daylight out of Soundcloud. I was looking for something unique, fresh, and something I haven’t reviewed before, and I found it. You might be thinking of something unique and no-one has ever heard before, but it’s not that unique. It’s oldskool Trance/Techno. And I’m talking about Trance music before it took over the world and became a huge success. It was big in the 90s, but it exploded during the early 00s, and the shape it’s in nowadays isn’t the same like these early tunes. This is the music I grew up with and loved to the bone: I bought literally every music compilation which was focussed on Trance music. And yes, I even went through a phase when Hardcore wasn’t exciting enough, and Trance took over.

This mix can not be downloaded, even though it’s written underneath the mix. Could be that this mix is 4 years old, and the pages you are sent to don’t excist anymore. Which is a pity, in all fairness, because these are the tunes I am after. This has sparked my enthusiasm for early Trance tunes again, and I will go through my collection again, listen to those magical anthems which took the world by storm.

I know absolutely nothing about the DJ, never seen his name before. Maybe he’s just an enthusiastic person who loves to compose mixes, sharing his passion for it. But I can’t say anything else, because I know nothing else. Let’s focus on the mix and the tracklist, eh?

tracklist

01. DJ Quicksilver – Cosmophobia
02. Fridge – Paradise (Nu-Gray Mix) 
03. Arpeggiators – Freedom Of Expression (DJ Scot Project Remix) 
04. Pulsedriver – Kiss That Sound
05. Plug & Play – Parade 2000
06. Aquaplex Meets Junk Project – Brightness
07. Dejure – Sanctuary
08. Liquid – Nebular B
09. The Olmec Heads – Spiritualised
10. Pulser – Cloudwalking
11. M-Traxx – Summer Love
12. Yves Deruyter – Feel Free
13. Junk Project – Control
14. Cascade – Transcend (Moonman’s Trancendental Flight Remix) 
15. Tom Stevens – Outface 2000 (Fridge Remix) 
16. The Olmec Heads – Lift Off
17. Parker & Clind – Cosmos
18. Breeder – Twilo Thunder (Stoked Up Mix) 
19. Prototype – Sound Piercing
20. Chrome & Price – Automatic (Hitch Hiker & Dumondt Mix) 
21. Megamind – Taub (Picotto Mix) 
22. Joshua Ryan – Pistolwhip
23. Plastic Angel – Enter The Darkroom (Club Mix) 

See, this tracklist is awesome! This takes me back, way back. Back when Trance was new and refreshing. Nowadays it’s a bit bland. That’s why I like to hear mixes like this one.

Don’t know what this mix has got to do with Helter Skelter, and the Technodrome? This ain’t Techno, to be precise. Maybe they played this at Helter Skelter, I don’t know, sadly I’ve never been. But if they did, it must have been an experience of a lifetime, because the music is simply epic!

So many great anthems in here, it’s astonishing to think these tracks have stood the test of time, yet you don’t hear them often anymore. You’ve got to look closely to find them, and when you do, it’s in mixes like this one. Don’t know why the oldskool Trance doesn’t get as much airtime anymore. I do miss it.

This is really an interesting mix. Sadly can’t download it, but you can feel the music coming through your speakers, and the music is good. Maybe a few tiny mixing errors, but it’s still highly enjoyable. Sit back, and enjoy!

Which track is the best? ‘Taub’. It’s filth, that’s what it is!

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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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Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

Organ Donors - Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy (2008)

Artist: Organ Donors
Genre/Style: Oldskool, Rave, Techno, Hard House, Hard Trance, Breakbeat, Acid
Release Year: 2008
CD Info: Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:18:35
Tracks: 15 + 1 secret track (fifteen + one)
Label: Tidy
Product Number: TIDYOSA
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 179 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Organ Donors – Facebook Fanpage

You know it’s Christmas when you find hundreds of presents underneath the tree. But sometimes you don’t even need to look underneath the three to find something magical! This year the legendary Organ Donors decided to give a wicked Christmas present to all of us by giving away their 2008 album ‘Oldskool Autopsy’, which you can find on Soundcloud right now! Ain’t that something? That’s beautiful, free music. And especially when it’s made by the Organ Donors and it concerns Oldskool music. What else could you wish for this year? We’ve got all that we wanted! Thank you Santa.

The album is obviously focussed on the Oldskool side of things, and the Organ Donors have been influenced by artists such as KLF, Joey Beltram, Massive Attack, Moby, and more. Basically what they’ve done back in 2006 to 2008 is take Oldskool anthems and give it the Organ Donor twist. And I’m impressed. You look at the tracklist and you know immediately who made the originals, and you wonder how it sounds like after the Organ Donors gave it a twist. That’s not 100% unique, I think it’s normally called a remix. But in this case they took the whole record apart (autopsy), put the most important bits back in place and added bits here and there, thankfully not creating a Frankenstein, but a beautiful creature.

The tracklist will make you go ‘oh yeah, I know that one’ or ‘mmm, who made the original again?’ You know the anthems, I’m sure of it. Whilst you are waiting for the download to commence, why not like the boys on Facebook, just to show your appreciation for their awesome Christmas present?

tracklist

01. Organ Donors – Oldskool Autopsy
02. Organ Donors – What Time Is Love
03. Organ Donors – Activ8
04. Organ Donors – Go
05. Organ Donors – Made In 2 Minutes
06. Organ Donors – Acid In The System
07. Organ Donors & Vinylgroover – Good Life
08. Organ Donors – 2v231o
09. Organ Donors – Teardrop
10. Organ Donors & Dr. Willis – Moog Eruption
11. Organ Donors – Mentasm
12. Organ Donors – Super Mario Brothers
13. Organ Donors & Alex Kidd – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
14. Organ Donors – 9 Is A Classic
15. Organ Donors – Inner City Life
16. Organ Donors – The Answer Phone (Secret Track)

The way they’ve composed these tracks is amazing! They still left the Oldskool-ness in each and every track, and even though this album is from 2008, it still sounds fresh and wouldn’t sound off when it would have been released 8 years later, in 2016.

On Discogs you can find more information who made the original. But I’m more focussed on the Organ Donors and their take on these classic anthems. Did it work? Was it worth it, spending 2 years in a studio, fabricating each track? Was it worth the time and effor they’ve spent on them? The answer is simply ‘yes’. It’s always good when people give their own twist to an Oldskool track. Not often does it work, because nothing can top the original. But on this album the Organ Donors have done the originals justice by making their versions excellent.

You sometimes hear an album with remixes and you face-palm yourself, wondering how in God’s name the remixer came up with that crap. Not in this case. Not one face-palm moment during this album.

These are classics. And I’m not talking about the originals, these versions of classic anthems are on its own classics. Maybe not the last track, because that’s just a weird track. But for example ‘Mentasm’ is such a good remix. The original was tight, but this version rocks too! Or ‘Go’, an all-time classic by Moby. This version does the trick too, shake the dancefloor.

Really good album. And for free. Thank you Organ Donors for it. This has made my Christmas even better! Download this right now, and you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t, and I’m not easily pleased!

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Alex Kidd – Goodgreef Album Three (2005)

Alex Kidd - Goodgreef Album Three (2005)

Alex Kidd – Goodgreef Album Three (2005)

DJ: Alex Kidd
Genre/Style: Hard House, Hardstyle, Hard Trance, Techno
Mix Info: Goodgreef Album Three
Length Mix: 01:18:49
Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 108 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 192kbps
More Information: Alex Kidd – Facebook Fanpage

Sometimes Soundcloud can be very useful. Very useful. Music for everyone. Brand new music. But sometimes you just want to go back in time, and find old mixes, mixes you used to listen to. And I found one that I technically didn’t listen to, but the tracks in it are known to me. And it’s also for free! A mix made by Alex Kidd for the album ‘Goodgreef Album Three’. Two discs with awesome Hard House music (the other was mixed by Yoji Biomehanika). Not many artists upload older mixes for free, so why not grab this one, and have a wonderful Sunday?

Alex Kidd doesn’t need to be introduced. If you love Hard House you know exactly who he is. If you are a fan you probably own this album already? If you haven’t, it’s time for you to go to Soundcloud and download this monster mix, because it contains the dopest tunes from 2005 (well, 2005 or prior to 2005). And as the title of the mix reveals, it has Techno to Hard Trance tunes in it (and whatever’s in between).

This was my kind of music back in 2005! I went ape when I heard these tunes on my portable CD player. I rocked my headphones so hard, they wouldn’t last longer than 1 month. Hard House was big in the Netherlands, but not as big as it should have been. I love the hardness of it, the brutal beats, basses and melodies coming through your speakers, and they would still be able to send you to a higher level of euphoria. Hard House from 2005, where did you go? I miss you!

tracklist

01. Unknown Artist – Opening
02. The Brattice – MC’s From Hell
03. Outburst – Vengeance
04. Cygnific – Vires
05. Public Domain – Luv U More (PD’s Dirty Mix) 
06. David Forbes & Mallorca Lee – Close Your Eyes
07. Avaline – Never Sever
08. Vinylgroover & The Red Hed – Higher State Of Consciousness
09. Q-ic & Ghost – Desire – Go Higher (Club Mix) 
10. D10 – Binary Harder (Part 2)
11. Gaz West – Free Your Mind
12. Masif DJs – Silence (D10 Vocal Mix) 
13. Fallen Angel – I See You In My Dreams (Alex Kidd & Dark By Design Remix) 
14. Sol Ray & Dark By Design – Nowhere To Hide
15. Southside Pornstars – Dirty Girl (Vinylgroover & The Red Hed Remix) 
16. Outburst – Live And Learn
17. Wheels Of Steel – Terroristz Of Bazz (Sam Punk’s Hardjump Remix) 
18. Remy & Roland Klinkenberg – Til Ya Drop!
19. DJ Scot Project – L (Want Your Love)
20. Dark By Design & DJ JP – Noize & Musik
21. Lab 4 – Requiem (The Metatron Remix) 

This contains so many great anthems, like ‘Vengeance’, ‘Desire – Go Higher’, ‘Binary Harder (Part 2)’, ‘Terroristz Of Bazz’, and the list goes on. This will literally change your weekend! Put this on, and your mind will be in a different place. Mine has since the first time I heard it.

They don’t make tunes this dope anymore. The music might still be alive, but as awesome and as euphoric as it was back in 2005 will not be reached. The equivalent to what was made around 2005 is so unique and breathtakingly beautiful can not be reached. The music has progressed, but I still prefer the sound from 11 years ago. Why? Well, listen to this mix and be the judge of it yourself.

Alex Kidd’s mix is really good. I forgot several of those memorable anthems, haven’t heard some for a decade! Yes, I lost my passion for Hard House when it became too commercialised, but thankfully I can reminisce to the good years of it, and thanks to DJs like Alex Kidd enjoy it in 2016. The music was good, the mix was tight, and that’s all we need!

Dangerous mix. I haven’t stopped listening to it. Come on, is there a replacement to Scot Project’s ‘L’? Nope, this is probably the dopest track you will ever hear! The build up is immense, the piano section just gorgeous, the vocal takes my breath away… but it ain’t the best track in this mix, because ‘Binary Harder (Part 2)’ is much better!

Alex, what have you done to me? My mind is filled up with your mix now, and has replaced precious space, which I needed to store my creditcard number, my mobile phone number, the names of all my ex-girlfriends, etc. Thanks. Well, it ain’t bad, to be honest. Having this mix constantly in your head will do you only good.

Alex, you are a boss. This mix still rules in 2016! 11 years old, still sounding fresh and uplifting.

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