Tag: House

Ben Sims – The Jackin’ Zone (House, Acid House + Techno) (2010)

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I know, it’s a glorious day, and the majority of you lot are watching the World Cup being played in Russia, and what am I doing? Basically f*** all. Just chilling behind the computer, listening to whatever is uploaded. Firstly I listened to a few brand new and exclusive mixes, and I felt the urge to go back to the roots, and wanted to hear some Acid House music. Didn’t need to look very far: Soundcloud suggested Ben Sims’ mix immediately.

Why does this name ring a bell? I need to Wikipedia him, give me a second. See, I knew it, this is a well known name in the music industry. I must have seen his name fly by over the years, but can’t put my finger on it which albums they were, or which mix. But the name did ring a bell. So maybe there’s a reason why I am listening to this right now.

Soundcloud kindly showed me this 8 year old mix, but it still packs a punch. He decided to go all in with a nice mash of several styles like Acid House, House and Techno, and made this hour long insane mix. It does contain the finest records, and also a few I’ve never heard before. But that’s just the positive thing.

That’s so good about House and Techno. They just blend together beautifully. No need to make the sound change completely: it’s adaptable, and suitable. I’m loving the vibes already, and I’ve only played this 23 times today.

Let me show you the tracklist. It’s a necessity.

tracklist TCD

01. The H Men – Scream (Acid-Pella Mix) 
02. Da Posse – The Groove
03. Da Posse – The Groove (Remix) 
04. Fingers Inc – I’m Strong
05. Jeuce – Zooooommm
06. Robot DJs – Energy
07. Model 500 – The Chase
08. Paradise Inc – House Music Control
09. Santos – Space The Box
10. Sleazy D – I’ve Lost Control (House Mix) 
11. Marcus Mixx – Psycho House
12. Sleazy D – Trust Track
13. Armando – World Unknown
14. Risque Rhythm Team – The Jacking Zone
15. Melissa – Love To Love (Funky House Groove) 
16. Annette – Dream 17
17. Blake Baxter – When We Used To Play (Dance Classic Remix) 
18. Pleasure Zone – Fantasy
19. Ron Trent – Altered States
20. Psyche – Neurotic Behaviour
21. Tyree Cooper – T.C.X
22. The Sweat Boyz – Do You Wanna Jack
23. Ego Trip – Dreamworld
24. Farley Jackmaster Funk – This Acid Life
25. The Children – Freedom (Crucial Mix) 
26. Da Posse – Strings (Fingers Mix) 
27. Kool Ma Kool – World Turns Around
28. Video Mind – Do It For Me, I’ll Do It For You
29. Plebz – Can’t Stop (Acid Rain Forest Mix) 
30. Marcus Mixx – House Flash Back
31. Suburban Knight – The Art Of Stalking

Now that’s a very pleasant looking tracklist. And carefully selected and mixed by Ben Sims. The end result is an hour of absolute bliss. I’ve really enjoyed this, especially the way he plays three styles all together, and also the records he has selected.

Everyone experiences this mix their own way, but my experience, well, it’s been absolutely amazing. The feelings this generates is beyond belief. Yes, he used the well know records, like ‘World Unknown’, ‘I’ve Lost Control’, ‘Space The Box’, but also a lot of records I’ve never heard of before. And that, exactly that, makes this mix so interesting!

An hour of absolute bliss. Who doesn’t want to experience that? Well, if you are into football and you think that we might stand a chance of winning, good luck. But just be realistic: press play on this mix and be educated. These are the true jewels of dance music.

Best record? ‘World Unknown’ by Armando. Just listen to it and you will know why.

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DJ: Ben Sims
Genre/Style: Acid House, House, Techno
Mix Info: The Jackin’ Zone (House, Acid House, Techno)
Length Mix: 01:02:49
Tracks: 31 (thirty-one)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 143 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Ben Sims – Soundcloud Page

Blapps In Da Mix (2016)

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Earlier today I reviewed a nice Freeform mix, and now I’m about to review a mix from 2016 by the Blapps! Posse. Some of you might know the name, and it does ring a bell, but that is all. Don’t know who’s behind the Blapps! Posse, but what I do know is that they made a very interesting Old Skool mix. Well, when I say ‘they’, I mean DJ Aston. And it does contain a few big anthems from the golden age, Acid House-ish. So what are we waiting for?

DJ Aston is one half of the Blapps! Posse. And as I said before, he has mixed a few big anthems together in this hour long mix. Not only by themselves, but also a few you need to know about, if you want to know the roots of everything EDM related. These records are ground breaking, and even to this day they stand the test of time. Play these records at any gig, and people will love them. You can’t sit still. So guess what I’m doing right now? Moving my body to the beats. Yep, the Old Skool has got the power to get everyone moving. Even those who dislike it.

Let me show you the tracklist!

tracklist TCD

01. Aston – Intro
02. Jazzy Jason – Faster Than Fast
03. Fast Eddie – The Sound (Blapps! Posse Remix) 
04. Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder
05. Project X – DeeJays And Emcees (Blapps! Posse Remix) 
06. Paradox – Jail Break
07. The Dynamic Guv’Nors – I Can’t Live Without You
08. Break Freak – Just A Break Freak
09. The Blapps! Posse – Bus’ It (It’s Time To Get Busy)
10. Outlander – Vamp
11. The Blapps! Posse – Do What U Want To
12. The Blapps! Posse – The Beat That’s Hype
13. Phuture – Acid Trax
14. The Dynamic Guv’Nors – Rock The Discotheques
15. Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream (Speech)
16. The Dynamic Guv’Nors – These Guys Are Doper Than Dope
17. Epitome Of Hype – Revenge Of The Ladies With An Attitude
18. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
19. The Blapps! Posse – Don’t Hold Back (Acapella)
20. Pirate Jams – Acid Party People
21. Turntable Symphony – I Can’t Stop (Blapps! Posse Remix) 
22. Ripgroove – Double 99
23. The Blapps! Posse – Don’t Hold Back ’91

If you have never heard of this posse before, this is a nice introduction. And truth be told, I’m probably a bit thick for not knowing them like all of you do. But it’s never too late to hallucinate, eh?

I have pressed play, and have not stopped listening to this mix.It’s been on for a few hours, and I’m still amazed by the tunes selected by DJ Aston. Nice, smooth, and extremely sexy. I was not aware of their strength as a posse, but they do bring the heat. The records fly through your speakers towards your ears, and there’s no stopping them.

Normally I would go on and on about mistakes, or talk about something uninteresting. But let’s focus on the best record in this mix. I’m deeply in love with ‘Just A Break Freak’ by Break Freak. Big anthem. This is what causes damage in my house right now!

Let’s not underestimate the other records too. So many brilliant records. An hour of pure filth. Old skool finest records, carefully selected and mixed together. The weather is perfect for it, so let’s enjoy it to the max.

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DJ: Aston
Genre/Style: Acid House, House, Breakbeat, Hip House
Mix Info: Blapps In Da Mix
Length Mix: 00:58:02
Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 132 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Blapps! Records – Soundcloud Page

Old School Rave (Circa 89-92) (2013)

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If anyone could help me out, that would be amazing. At the moment I don’t know what’s wrong with me in all fairness. I’m having an Oldskool vibe going through my system. Is it a disease? Can it be cured? And if the answer is yes, can you please hide away the cure from me, because I don’t want to be saved/rescued. I reckon by now you’ve guessed it correctly: TCD has found yet another cool and amazing mix, containing oldskool tracks. And yes, that’s exactly what I have found.

This mix is 5 years old, and only listened to it today. Or was it yesterday? Whenever it happened, it made me feel brilliant. It’s a mix made by someone called IN3RTIA, and it has had 20.8k + plays. People seem to love it, and loving the vibes this mix has caused. And if we are going to talk about this mix, we need to talk serious stuff. Yes, it does contain the well known records, but also those forgotten by many. You don’t hear them as often as we should. And genre-wise IN3RTIA has picked several styles: House, Techno, Acid House, Breakbeat, Rave and more. So be ready for a ride down memory lane.

tracklist TCD

01. VIM – Maggies Last Party
02. Twin Hype – For Those Who Like To Groove
03. Expansions – Move Your Body
04. S-Express – The Theme From S-Express
05. Stakker – Humanoid
06. DJ Dick – Weekend
07. Cubic 22 – Night In Motion
08. Turntable Terror – Break
09. A Homeboy, A Hippy, And A Funky Dread – Total Confusion
10. Kid Unknown – Nightmare
11. 4 Hero – Mr. Kirk’s Nightmare
12. Acen – Close Your Eyes
13. Rabbit City Records – 001
14. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go
15. 2 Bad Mice – Hold It Down
16. Psychotropic – Hypnosis
17. Hyper Go Go – High

This is what I’m talking about! You have spotted those classic gems, but also the forgotten anthems you don’t hear that often. But what the DJ has done, is take the known and also the forgotten and crammed into an hour long mix! And the result is, as I said before, a trip through memory lane!

It also contained a few record I have not heard before, like ‘Maggies Last Party’, ‘001’, ‘Hypnosis’ etc. But let’s not underestimate them. Or those well known, the dancefloor fillers. ‘Don’t Go’ can literally played at ANY event, and the crowd will loose their shit. But which record did the most damage to my speakers? ‘Weekend’ is stil an underrated but powerful anthem, ‘Night In Motion’ one of the first Techno records I have ever heard, but ‘Hold It Down’ is just way better. Pure, raw, and rough. They don’t make tracks like this one anymore.

IN3RTIA, thank you for a wonderful trip to the golden years of music. Not saying that the EDM world is crap, but when you reach a certain age the oldskool sound becomes way better. It’s like you never want to age, and adapt to the new stuff. I have become my parents. Damn.

Download this bad boy now, and go back to 89-92! You will, if you close your eyes and let the music do the rest!

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DJ: IN3RTIA
Genre/Style: Breakbeat, Rave, Oldskool, House, Acid House, Techno
Mix Info: Old School Rave (Circa 89-92)
Length Mix: 01:02:30
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 57.2 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 128kbps
More Information: IN3RTIA – Soundcloud Page

TAFKAMP At Unpolished 2018

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Sometimes you find an artist online, and you don’t know who’s behind it, or what the artist’s mission is, and with TAFKAMP i’ve got just that feeling. The artist formerly known as minister president. Imagine if it’s really the former prime minister. That would be ace. But it sadly isn’t, and the identity still remains a mystery. But the hype around TAFKAMP has been growing for many years, and I’m one of those people who fell in love with the first mix I found many moons ago. His name got stuck in my head, and ever since I listen to everything he uploads. But what I was looking for, was a nice long set with a tracklist, and yesterday I found it (again). I liked it on Facebook, but not saved it.

He played at this year’s Unpolished, and the line-up was big. And people had only positive feedback after the event (judging Partyflock). 2 days of complete madness, with artists such as The Mover, Miss Djax, Manu Le Malin, CJ Bolland, I Hate Models, and more. People were getting hyped up, not just about the line-up, but also the actual venue. I’ve never been to Warehouse at the Elementenstraat in Amsterdam, but it turns out the sound is excellent.

And now it’s time for the tracklist from TAFKAMP’s set. 2 hours of madness, and I do mean madness. It’s pure pornography for the true Dance enthusiast. So many classics!!!

tracklist TCD

01. Terrace – Illegal Moves
02. Aphex Twin – 2×202-St5
03. Phandenberg – twaalf
04. Tecno Flight – Fuck You
05. R.S.H. – Laughing When Intoxicated (Dope House Mix) 
06. Neil Landstrumm – Leaving Edinburgh Humor
07. Matrixxman – Opium Den
08. David Vunk & Danny Daze – No Headroom
09. Cybersonik – Backlash
10. Friends Of Alex – What Is…? Fick Dich
11. De Klootzakken – Wat Betekent House Nou Voor Jou (Deel 1) 
12. Fast Money – One $
13. Universal Indicator – Green (U1) 
14. Lenson – Heute Abend
15. Blue Maxx – Link
16. TAFKAMP – Take Me Away
17. DJ ESP – Narrow Escape
18. X-101 – Sonic Destroyer
19. Cybonix – Let Your Body Rock
20. Total Groove – Reanimator
21. Reese & Santonio – Bounce Your Body To The Box
22. Rotortype – Be Yourself (Eye C Yourself Mix) 
23. The Project – Here We Go
24. Rave Crusader – Energy Overload (Acid Changes Mix) 
25. Phandenberg – Een
26. Lenson – Nice Town I’ll Take It
27. DJ Skull & DJ ESP – G-Rated
28. Henning Baer – Fighting The Dogs
29. DBX – Frogger
30. TAFKAMP – SHHHH
31. Space Opera – Space 3001 (The Trance Mix) 
32. TAFKAMP – Boy Is Banging
33. OPH – I’m Every Woman
34. Deniro – Kairuku 2
35. MCMXCII – Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt. Ich Bin So Schön (EQ-Lazer Mix) 
36. Lenson – Mystical Beliefs
37. Space DJz – AK-47 (Umek Remix) 
38. Neil Landstrumm – Minneapolis Bass Treatment
39. Brainstorm – Do I Feel Lucky
40. Anthony Rother – Omnitronic
41. Maurizio Braccagni – Megamix Maranza
42. Holy Noise – The Nightmare (Power Mix) 
43. DJ ESP feat DJ T-1000 – Faces
44. Christian Morgenstern – Miscellaneous II (B2)
45. Greg C – Speed Talking
46. Thomas Bangalter – What To Do
47. Yvette – Pump me (May Day Mix) 
48. Alien Christ – The Eagle Has Landed
49. DJ Gizmo – Claustrofobie (Hall Of States Mix) 
50. Cameo – Money (Beltram Hardsell Mix) 
51. Muslimgauze – Untitled 1985
52. Robert Armani – Up
53. Mindscape – Me & Him (Aciddrop) 
54. DJ Deeon – Work Dat Body
55. Traxmen – Overload
56. Max Walder & Manu Kenton – Norton
57. Dutch Department Of Techno – Starwood Party (Gijs Vroom Mix) 
58. TAFKAMP – Please Make Love To Me

Sweet Lord, what the hell is this? What an amazing set! That’s exactly what it is. It makes my hemmorhoids grow faster, ears bleed quicker and eyesight totally vanish. TAFKAMP is one weird person, but knows exactly when to deliver. What a wicked set, and what a diverse set!

People were looking forward to this event, and now it has happened, the response was really good. A sick line-up, and a wicked set by TAFKAMP. Besides air and water, a human does not need any more. Only the filthiest Techno music, and TAFKAMP delivers. This set is truly astonishing. A lot of oldschool classics, some so rare, I have not heard them since the 90s. Maybe I heard them on a cassette before, but those days are in the past.

This brings a smile on my face. TAFKAMP gives us a really interesting set. 2 hours and 58 records. He keeps the crowd moving, and even though I wasn’t there, I can feel the good vibes coming through my speakers. So diverse, and yet straight to the point, no fucking about. Just Techno, from the first to the last second. This is one of those sets you can listen to over and over again, and you will not be disappointed.

I can’t find a single thing wrong with this. This is Techno, just the way I like it. And TAFKAMP selected the finest and rarest tunes out there. I can only give the man credit for everything. Can’t deduct any points for anything bad, to be fair. Why? Because there’s nothing bad about this set!

Ps. how cool is it to play several Jumpstyle tracks, and slow them down, just fast enough for the crowd to assume these are pure Techno records?

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DJ: TAFKAMP
Genre/Style: Techno, House, Rave, Gabber
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Unpolished 2018
Length Liveset: 01:57:57
Tracks: 56 (fifty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: TAFKAMP – Facebook Fanpage

DJ Van Bellen – Nightclubbing Vol. 1 (1996)

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It’s 1996, and I’m walking through a record store called ECI, if I’m correct. My mom used to be a member, and you had to buy every so often a book or a CD, and you would get them ‘cheaper’ than the usual records stores or book stores. And that was a complete myth. Nothing would be cheaper. It was such a scam, my mum quickly realised it, and cancel the contract. But just before we stopped visiting, we bought a few things in there, one was a Mysterland 1994 CD, and the other being Joost van Bellen’s ‘Nightclubbing’ CD. This was my fourth CD (seeing as I was still listening to tapes more than CDs, and the quality of my portable CD player was really poor), and it’s still treasured as being one of the coolest CDs in my collection.

And my collection is humongous. And contains literally everything. From my first ever CD ‘Yabba Dabba Dance’ to several exclusives with autographs, I’ve got exactly enough. But Joost van Bellen’s CD is still amongst these great albums, even though I can’t listen to it anymore, scratches have made it impossible to listen to it. I’ve got it thankfully ripped on my computer. What I did notice on Discogs is that he did more Nightclubbing CDs, 2 more. Why I never bought the other ones is beyond me.

Let me show you the tracklist, and I’ll explain after why this CD still stood the test of time!

tracklist TCD

01. Ashley Beedle presents Revolutions In Dub – Deep Dish Jumpin’ At The Bar – Part 1 
02. The Bladed Posse – Right Now
03. Sticky People – Make U My Man (Paradox Stomp Mix) 
04. Ralphi Rosario – Sudando Bailando
05. Crime – Flight In 2 Fantasy
06. Robin Breaks – I Get Dubbed
07. Djaimin – You Can’t Touch – Part 1
08. Mood II Swing – Call Me
09. Bone Machine – Pianic (Amsterjammix) 
10. Dangerous Minds – Live In Unity
11. JohNick – Play The World
12. Strictly 4 The Underground – Livin’ 4 The Underground
13. Kenlou – The Bounce
14. The Underground Congregation – Lovin Flowin (Underflow Mix) 
15. Adrian Morrison – The Week
16. K-Scope – Planet K
17. 7th Movement – Odyssey (Dub Star Disco Mix) 

I can say in all honesty that I don’t know any of these names, or have never seen them since I first saw them on this compilation. But it’s not the names that interest me, but the music, and the music is catchy as hell! Joost van Bellen already had a good reputation, and with this mix CD he showed me he did know a thing or two about House music!

Stated on the actual CD is the following: “A full length mastermix of kicking black & Latin grooves, uplifting Garage, soft-core Techno and the deepest of Deep House”. And that’s no word of a lie. That’s exactly what you get. And Joost being Joost, no stupid quick mixing. He takes his time to get the listener into a chilled and groovy mood.

The music is slow, care-free, and beautiful. Sexy at times, dark and edgy when it needs to be. Just comparre ‘Flight In 2 Fantasy’ with ‘Livin’ 4 The Underground’. Two completely different records, and different approach. And I like them both, but the ‘Underground’ sound is more my cup of tea. I’ve always liked my music to be a bit different, rougher and darker.

Van Bellen’s album is still a masterpiece. And I’ve already listened to it 4 times today. I need to be chilled out, and mellow too. And this album really contributes to my mood. Wicked album. If you can your hands on it, I would get it now! The Summer is near, and this would make it even better. Who needs the present day crap, when you can have this?

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DJ: Joost van Bellen a.k.a. DJ van Bellen
Genre/Style: House, Garage House, Deep House, Techno
Release Year: 1996
Album Info: DJ Van Bellen – Nightclubbing 1
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:14:11
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Label: Blueprint Music
Product Number: 11 61472
More Information: Joost van Bellen – Official Website

This Is Parallels 001 with Dezza (2017)

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This Is Parallels 001 with Dezza

When there’s a new podcast series, most of the time I miss them being released. But not this one. This popped on my timeline, and I was drawn towards it. It’s been a while since I last heard a House mix, so I thought it would be a nice welcome to the standard radio malarkey (c.q. Christmas tunes and pop music). And it also made me aware of two new names: Dezza and Parallels. Never heard of either of them, so it’s a bonus to listen to this very smooth sounding House mix on this dreadful and misty Sunday morning.

For their first podcast they asked Canadian DJ and producer Dezza to compose a mix, and what they got back is a wonderful sounding, hour long mix. Also, on their website (links can be found on Soundcloud) you can read a short interview with Dezza, and you get an insight into his world. He turns out to be a very interesting producer, who has made some really intoxicating records (I had to Google them) and they’ve been played by the biggest names in the scene. Slowely Dezza is growing on me.

As I said before, this is a very smooth sounding mix. For those who love House music (especially Progressive House music) this first instalment will be a very good mix to listen to. It will embrace you, and haunt you. Sexy, that’s for sure.

tracklist TCD

01. ID – ID
02. Paul Thomas, Dylhen – Diablo
03. Rolo Green & Jay Stephens – Sandbach (Rolo Green Remix) 
04. FlyBoy feat Gavrielle – Iceland (Kydus Remix) 
05. Lee Fraser – ID
06. Grum – Inflight
07. Capa feat Clara Sofie – Breathe
08. Yotto – Edge Of Affection
09. Dezza – AC35
10. PROFF & 8Kays – Arcology
11. Pete K – Alegoria
12. Anden – Apologies

Even this tracklist looks sexy. It misses two track titles and one artists name, but the rest of it just looks sexy. Don’t know how that’s even possible, but it does.

After hearing this mix I have to point out three records, which were played in a row. They are all three my favourite in this mix: starting from ‘Breathe’ to ‘AC35′ by Dezza himself. Don’t get me wrong, the others are good too, but these three are just superb, and how they blend into each other makes it sound even better. ‘AC35′ even touches the Trance sound, and that’s a sound I haven’t heard in a while, House and Trance in one record. Dezza, this record is really breathtakingly beautiful.

What a good sounding first instalment. You can check them out on various platforms (links can be found on Soundcloud), and I urge you to do so. I’ve already started to follow ‘Parallels’ on Soundcloud: if this first mix is so damn good, can’t wait for more mixes like this one to emerge.

Bloody Nora, this mix has stayed in my head for hours! And has been on repeat as well. Super sounding House mix! More mixes like this one. Thanks Dezza, for this intoxicating mix!

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DJ: Dezza
Genre/Style: House, Progressive House
Mix Info: ‘This Is Parallels 001 with Dezza’
Length Mix: 00:59:59
Tracks: 12 (twelve)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: 139 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: This Is Parallels – Official Website