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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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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Louk – Defqon.1 Festival 13/06/2009

Louk - Defqon.1 Festival 13/06/2009

Louk – Defqon.1 Festival 13/06/2009

DJ: Louk
Genre/Style: Hard Trance, Hardstyle, Tech Trance
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Defqon.1 13/06/2009
Length Liveset: 01:22:08
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Download/Listen (via Mixcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: DJ Louk – Facebook Fanpage

It’s been a long time since I last heard a Louk mix. Maybe a bit too long, if I’m brutally honest. Don’t even think I’ve got any mixes of him on this new website? Nah, don’t think so. It must have been years ago, and I feel dreadful. But thank God I found a new mix we can all listen to and appreciate. It was his set at the mighty Defqon.1 in the Netherlands ofcourse, where he played a majestic set. A Hard Trance/Hardstyle/Tech Trance set. According to the information provided, it was his first international booking, and it also happened on his 24th birthday. How cool is that, to play at Defqon.1 is already a dream coming true, and also to celebrate your birthday on stage, doing what you love doing?

This set already reached the 86th position in the Hardstyle chart on Mixcloud, which is an achievement, seeing as it was only uploaded 3 days ago. But there’s a catch: no download. You can only listen to it when you are on your phone or behind your computer. Well, that’s not really a worry, is it? You can still appreciate this brutal set, which will blow your mind away. It’s Louk, playing at Defqon.1! What else do you need, or want?

Really digging the set, it’s what I was after to get me through this weekend. A very enjoyable set by someone who should get his own event. Louk, the Festival. Wouldn’t that be another dream coming true? He deserves it, just listen to this set and you will know why he deserves his own event!

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01. Organ Donors – Looking For Drugs (Vandalls Under The Knife Remix) 
02. Organ Donors – 4 Tribes (Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’) (Will Atkinson’s Under The Knife Remix) 
03. Kutski vs Bioweapon – 4th Dimension
04. Kamui – Thrill Kill
05. Louk – Happy Days
06. Dark Alliance vs O’Callaghan & Kearney – Genetic Pendulum (DJ Mogey Bootleg) 
07. Joe-E & Brian Eddie – Acid Rocka (Demo Mix) 
08. Louk & Brian Eddie – Critical Level
09. Zero3 & Mark Doc – R.E.C.T. Theme
10. Nomad – Acid Dream
11. Tube – Wake Up
12. Tiësto – Lethal Industry (Andrea Montorsi Bootleg 2009) 
13. Hardforze & Soul T – Let The Beat Drop (Nomad Mix) 
14. DJ Medowz – After Hours Club
15. S.F.M. – XTC
16. Ian Cross – Sexy Beast
17. Joe-E vs Busho – Music Matters (DJ Thera Remix) 

A beautiful mix, isn’t it? Louk’s set from Defqon.1 is definately one you want and need to get you through the weekend. A smashing mix, I can imagine the crowd loosing themselves when Louk entered the stage and dominated this event. He wasn’t the only one who played at this event, but he must have left a long lasting impression on those who witnessed him!

I can talk for hours and hours, but I will not. I think you just need to listen to this liveset, and enjoy it as much as I have. From the first moment to the last this kept me moving. Something different, sometimes a bit quirky, but highly enjoyable. The weather ain’t good this weekend, but there’s only one cure that might get you through this weekend, and I’m guessing you already know what it is: this wonderful liveset.

Louk, you deserve your own event. Or maybe your own stage at Defqon.1. The Louk stage. With Louk styled dancers, Louk styled lights and Louk styled speakers, everything should be focussed on Louk. Louk is a legend. Powerful set. Let the weekend start with a bang! Thanks Louk.

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