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?

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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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Slipmatt – Live @ Helter Skelter 03-12-1993

Slipmatt - Live @ Helter Skelter 03-12-1993

Slipmatt – Live @ Helter Skelter 03-12-1993

DJ: Slipmatt
Genre/Style: Hardcore, Oldskool, Rave, Jungle, Happy Hardcore, SlipmattCore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Helter Skelter 03-12-1993
Length Liveset: 00:37:51
Tracks: 16 (sixteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 34.9 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 128kbps
More Information: Slipmatt – Official Website

Sometimes you just crave for some Oldskool music, some proper tunes flying through your speakers, straight into your ears, penetrating your skull. For some it’s a way of living and they listen to it every day, and I did that for a long period of time, but after a while you want something else making you mad (in a good way). As you all remember I kept on writing reviews nearly every week, and at least one review per week was for a mix or liveset by the Godfather of Rave: Slipmatt. I stopped, because I think I annoyed him, but now I just wanted him more than ever! And there’s a reason behind it: his SMD album being released soon! It’s a Christmas present (I told the missus to get me it). So more Slipmatt is coming my way, but for now we focus on a liveset recorded at Helter Skelter back in 1993.

He has earned his rights amongst the superstar DJs walking on this globe, but back in the early 90s he was still a young lad, working his way up, already gaining a huge following with his sets. Nowadays it’s nearly mandatory to become a DJ, but back in the good ol’ days it was only for those who had the talent. And Slipmatt was one of them. One of the rare artists who had the gift to turn thousands of ravers into monkeys on acid. He had the gift, and even to this day he hasn’t lost it. And he’s all in all a generously nice guy: never heard a DJ in a pub shout my name! He’s the bloody famous person, not me!

Anyway, I had to look hard for a tracklist, and I think I found it:

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01. Oaysis – Incredible Bass (Awaited Remix By Slipmatt) 
02. Jim Polo & Neil Vass – Rolling Energy (DJ SS Drum & Bass Mix) 
03. Red Alert & Mike Slammer – Ruffer
04. Hyper On Experience – Lords Of The Null Lines (Foul Play Remix) 
05. The Criminal Minds – Drums Of Doom (Slipmatt Remix) 
06. DJ Anthems Volume II – DJ Anthems Volume II
07. Remarc – One 4 Da Vibes
08. Frantic & Impulse – Volume 1 Side A
09. Jack N Phil – We Are Unity
10. Ramos & Supreme – The Journey Part 1
11. EQ – Total Xtacy (93 DJ SS Remix) 
12. SMD – Volume 2AA
13. SMD – Volume 3A
14. DJ Seduction – Solid Bass
15. S. McCarthy & D. Charlesworth – Side A
16. SMD – Volume 1A

Now this is a proper tracklist! This is what it’s worth: you might think it’s old and boring, but you simply don’t have a clue how good the tunes were made! This is quality over quantity, and if you don’t understand it and it doesn’t move you in the slightest way, you ain’t a raver. This is gospel for the true raver!

This set can only be described as heavenly! No joke, this is superb to listen to during any time of the day. From light piano anthems to darker and edgy stuff, Slipmatt balanced it nicely back in 1993, and he must have destroyed the dancefloor. You can hear the whistle-crew and the MC, and it just makes sense. Slipmatt was in 1993 a God, and in 2016 he’s more than a God.

So dark from time to time, and so many tracks in such a short mix. They were carefully mixed using two turntables and a mixer, and Slipmatt knows how to work these bad boys. The amount of wicked tunes is just undescribable. Best tune? ‘Total Xtacy’ is obviously the main anthem for a generation, but let’s not forget ‘One 4 Da Vibes’.

I have never had the honour to see Slipmatt play a set with tunes such as these ones, but I will make it a ‘to do’ thing. I must see the Slipmatt again, he’s the only one who can literally rock the dancefloor like no other. The times I saw him he only played Breakbeat stuff (which isn’t bad though, don’t get me wrong), but the darker, early 90s stuff is just what keeps my heart pumping. This is what defined the 90s, and it’s a set which should go on the history books as one of the finest.

Slipmatt. Respect him. Respect the legend. Respect the ultimate God of Rave. From 1993 to 2016, he might age but his skills and the music he mixes together never does. Slipmatt, you deserve the greatest award of all time: thousands of people screaming out your name whilst blowing their whistles. Oh wait, he already experienced that a million times……

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Billy Daniel Bunter – Helter Skelter 94 To 95 Hardcore Mix (2013)

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DJ: Billy Daniel Bunter
Genre/Style: Hardcore, Rave, Happy Hardcore
Mix Info: ’94 / ’95 Helter Skelter Hardcore Mix
Length Mix: 01:25:44
Tracks: 38 (thirty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 78.7 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 128kbps
More Information: Billy Daniel Bunter – Facebook Fanpage

I do apologise in advance if I have reviewed this mix in the past, but seeing as I’m not sure if I have, I might give this mix a(nother) go. I’ve seen thousands of mixes, reviewed half of them, and my previous website layout and content have been deleted by Trojan horses. I reckon I haven’t reviewed this mix yet, but I have reviewed more than 1 mix made by the legendary DJ Billy Daniel Bunter. so if I have, I do apologise. But it’s all about spreading the music, and I think it’s time we recognise DJ Billy Daniel Bunter’s strength as a DJ, a producer, a record label owner and one genuine nice guy. A bit of a lunatic too, but that’s not important.

Billy Daniel Bunter is one of those DJs who has been in the game since the early days, he has seen it grow and expand to biblical proportions and also the decline of it all. He has been there since day one, and from that day on he has provided us with amazing music, and also his passion and enthusiasm for it. His enthusiasm for the music has resulted in him getting booked to play at the biggest events in the UK and all over the globe, and to this day he keeps on providing us with good music. Not only can you witness the legend at events, he also has his own radio show on Koollondon. But if you think that’s all he does, you are wrong! He has a huge following on Facebook and Twitter, and he keeps on videoing himself getting pissed (well, compared to me, he drinks more in one video than I drink in a year!) and he keeps us entertained by posting banter on his page. But recently he has changed his game, and started organising his own party (alongside other DJs such as Slipmatt, Kenny Ken, Uncle Dugs and more), and his own label keeps on producing monster compilations by artists such as Slipmatt, Kenny Ken, DJ Vibes, Mark Archer and more. If you think that this man can sit still, you are wrong!

This mix was dedicated to the good ol’ years of Hardcore/Rave, when Helter Skelter organised amazing events. Sadly I have never been, but the response after all these years are still amazing. People seem to miss the good ol’ days. To showcase these glorious years, he made this mix about a year ago, and if I’m brutally honest, it doesn’t matter when you press play: if you play it now for the first time or in 2045, it doesn’t matter. The music remains timeless and powerful. If you combine DJ Billy Bunter’s passion and enthusiasm for the music and the knowledge he has about the music, and also combine it with his excellent DJ skills, you get an awesome mix. The result? Well, you are already listening to it, aren’t you?

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01. SMD – SMD 4 A
02. SMD – SMD 2 A
03. Fat Controller – In Complete Darkness
04. Red Alert & Mike Slammer – You Are The One
05. Norty But Nice – Give It To Me Baby
06. N Zo & DJ Invincible – Funky Sensation
07. Just Another Artist – Rhythm (Billy Daniel Bunter & JDS Remix) 
08. Luna C – Piano Progression
09. Force & The Evolution – High On Life
10. Force & The Evolution – Perfect Dreams
11. Future Primitive – We’re Flying (Vibes & Wishdokta Remix) 
12. Red Alert & Mike Slammer – In Effect (Slipmatt Remix) 
13. Happy Trax – Pink Champagne
14. Dougal & Vibes – Feel Free
15. DJ Seduction – Drop The Bass
16. Slipmatt – Hear Me
17. Seduction & Dougal – Better Day
18. Vibes – Feel Good
19. Jimmy J & Cru-L-T – Take Me Away (Slipmatt Remix) 
20. SMD – SMD 3 A
21. Psy Quest – I Believe (Vibes & Wishdokta Remix) 
22. Hixxy – Ultimate Seduction
23. Ramos, Supreme & Sunset Regime – Crowd Control (Slipmatt Remix) 
24. Billy Daniel Bunter & JDS – Let It Lift You
25. Hixxy & Sunset Regime – Peoples Party
26. Sy & Unknown – Let The Bass Kick
27. DJ Seduction – Sample Mania
28. JDS – Higher Love
29. Jimmy J & Cru-L-T – 6 Days (Brisk Remix) 
30. Billy Daniel Bunter feat Gem – Can You Feel It
31. Billy Daniel Bunter feat Gem – The Way I Feel
32. DJ Ham – Most Uplifting
33. Future Primitive – Feel It In The Air
34. DJ Demo – Fantasy
35. Oaysis – Incredibass (Slipmatt Remix) 
36. Billy Daniel Bunter & Dzyne feat Gem – Ride Like The Wind
37. Billy Daniel Bunter & JDS feat Correlle – Come Alive
38. Vibes & Wishdokta – No More Tears

If you grew up in the 90s and you were raving away whilst hearing these tunes, this tracklist must have given you goosebumps. DJ Billy Daniel Bunter has chosen the most fantastic tunes, and he put them all together.

A wonderful mix, flawless. I do love the 90s, especially the two years Billy has chosen. 94-95 were the golden years, and still to this day people adore the music. If you glanced at the tracklist, you have seen too many great anthems, it’s hard to pick a favourite track. Billy has done his upmost to create the ultimate Helter Skelter dedication mix, and it has worked beautifully! He has made many great mixes in the past, but this one stands out, compared to the previous mixes.

Again and again you can feel Billy’s enthusiasm for music in general. And that’s why thousands of people adore him. This mix showcases his strength as a man who can do everything, and does it well. If you are an up and coming DJ, producer, record label owner, or just up and coming, learn from the master, and the master is Billy Bunter. Where would we be without him?

He’s the Oldskool God. Without the white beard.

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