Carl Cox @ Amnesia House – The Big Bank Holiday Bash – 1994

Carl Cox

DJ: Carl Cox
MC: Magika
Genre/Style: Rave, Breakbeat Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Happy Hardcore
Liveset Info: Recorded @ Amnesia House – The Big Bank Holiday Bash 01-05-1994
Length Liveset: 00:59:51
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Carl Cox – Official Website

It’s Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, and most people are relaxing, or getting ready for yet another day of partying. So many events have taken place last weekend, and I reckon there are still a lot of parties going on. The British do know how to party when they’ve got a long weekend. Back in 1994 there was a party in May, on a day which is exactly the same day as today (not the date): a Bank Holiday. The event was called Amnesia House – The Big Bank Holiday Bash. One of the DJs performing there is the now legendary Carl Cox, king of Techno. But in 1994 he wasn’t just playing Techno, he was a man on a mission, to get the ravers dancing, whilst playing out the Breakbeat Hardcore tunes out loud.

Why did I go on Soundcloud and review this liveset? Well, that’s because of a show on Sky Arts called ‘The Agony and the Ecstacy’, in which many well established names in the industry talked about the early days of the rave culture in the UK. I told my missus that this is the period I would go back to. This is the era of awesome music, and happy people. The whistle crew (how did that come about) and the shouting/screaming ravers went out every weekend, demolishing dancefloors everywhere. It’s was the start of something unique, and events like Amnesia House are still in people’s minds to this day, being unique, refreshing, and literally sticking two fingers up to the established order (c.q. the government and the media).

If you need more information about Carl Cox, because you don’t know who he is, you should hit yourself on the head with something heavy, until you start to bleed. Carl Cox has got to be one of the greatest names in the music industry, EVER. So I’m not going to say anything, because every raver should know who he is.

Let me point out to you the following: this isn’t just his set, but also Neil Trix’s set. This is literally taken from a cassette, and 1 1/2 of the tape was Carl’s set, and the 1/2 was Neil Trix’s set. The uploader didn’t cut the set apart, so you get two sets for the price of one.

tracklist TCD

01. Dougal & Mickey Skeedale – DJ’s Mixing (Remix)
02. DJs Unknown – Volume 2A
03. Man From Uncle – Powerclass
04. DJ Mongoose – Straight Up
05. Jumping Jack Frost – Osmosis (Ratty Remix)
06. Chaos & Julia Set – Fear The Future
07. Frantic & Impulse – Volume 1 Side A
08. Clone I.D. – Happy Acid Moves
09. Two Terrorists – Jurrasick Park (DJ Paul Mix)
10. Dyewitness – Only If I Had One More (Remix) 
11. Mad Dog – Rumbled
12. Evil D – Dub Plate Style
13. DJ Slipmatt – Breaking Free
14. DJ Anthems – Volume 1 (Carl Cox Remix) 

01. Eternal Bass – Infinity
02. The House Crew – Side B (Untitled)
03. Original DJ Vibes – Let The Beat (Move Your Body)
04. LTJ & DJ Stylist – Untitled
05. Liftin Spirtis – Giggle N Rush
06. Code Blue – Angels In Rhythm
07. A-Zone – Calling The People

The set starts with ‘DJ’s Mixing’ and ends with ‘Volume 1′. The next set starts after that records. The music fades away during Evil D’s ‘Dub Plate Style’, but that’s not because the DJ turned the volume down, it was because the cassette needed a turn around. Yeah, kids nowadays don’t know the fun we had back in the 90s.

Carl Cox might be the king of Techno, but he was certainly an all round guy in the 90s. Starting early, he’s been in the game for so many years, and it looks like he’s not going to retire any time soon. Which is always a good thing. But judging his set back in the 90s, he would have never guessed he was going to be one of the greatest in the world. So raw, so rough, so dark, but oh so good. This was the time where DJs had to cross the country, and get paid up to 200 pounds. Now it’s obviously more, but back then things were basic. Only a handful DJs remained in the game, and are now considered to be pioneers, legends. And Carl is one of them, without a shadow of a doubt.

His set is really cool. You’ve got the legendary MC Magika giving his all, and the whistle crew are going insane! I did aswel, no lie in that. I have listened to this set, and goosebumps emerged on my arm. Sadly I was too young and living in the wrong country at the time, but I can hear and feel what the ravers felt in 1994. The tunes were good, and carefully mixed together by Carl, accompanied by MC Magika. The set is a blinding set (even Neil Trix’s set is a good ‘un).

Which records is the best one of this set? ‘Volume 1′, remixed by Carl Cox himself. The original was ace, but this version rocks harder.

I love the diversity he brings to the table. Not only Breakbeat Hardcore, but also a bit of Dutch Gabber/Hardcore. Who would have thought eh, the mighty Carl Cox playing a set like this one? Don’t know if he does it nowadays, or if he’s focussed on Techno 24/7? Would be cool to hear him play a set like this one in 2017.

A blinding set. Only one score available.

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Casketkrusher – Rougher & Tougher (2015)

Casketkrusher - Rougher & Tougher (2015)

Casketkrusher – Rougher & Tougher (2015)

Artist: Casketkrusher
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Rave, Gabber
Release Year: 2015
CD Info: Casketkrusher – Rougher & Tougher
CDs: 1 (one, unmixed)
Length CD: 01:14:56
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Label: MOB SQUAD TOKYO
Product Number: MSTCD020
Buy Here: Casketkrusher – Bandcamp Website
More Information: Casketkrusher – Facebook Fanpage

I’m not a huge fanboy at all, I do like everything and everyone, but when you find an artist so unique and fresh and making music the way you like it, you can’t help yourself and embrace his music. Not the artist, I wouldn’t go that far, but the music, yep, that’s the reason why I am a changed man. The name of the artist? Well, you’ve seen his name fly by recently, and even on my main page the album I’m about to review can be seen; Casketkrusher. Don’t know much about the artist (keep an eye out, you might see an interview soon here on TCD), but what I do know is that he loves the early Hardcore stuff.

Earlier today he was on Gabber FM, playing those early tunes. I couldn’t catch his whole show, but what I did hear sounded awesome. What makes his music so interesting? Well. That’s a good question, but I do have an answer: he’s one of the few that still makes Happy Hardcore/Gabber the way people did in the 90s! The raw kick, the tough beat, the cheesy vocals,.. basically everything which made Happy Hardcore sound so good. He still makes it, and he’s one of the few who can produce it well. And mix it well, let’s not forget about that. I noticed his mixes before I noticed the album. Technically speaking I only found it out the other day, and now, just now, I ordered the bloody thing and it will be posted a.s.a.p. Imagine if we lived in a world without the internet, it would take days/weeks before an album was delivered.

The album was released back in 2015 and it does contain 15 tracks by Casketkrusher, and they are worth checking out. One bonus track, but that’s what you certainly want. A treat, and you can still get a copy for yourself, or your mother-in-law, or your neighbour… but first, let’s check out the tracklist!

tracklist

01. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – Resident Evil (Boogie Night’s Remix) 
02. Casketkrusher – Love Is…
03. E-Core – Breakbeat
04. The Manipulator – Right About Now (Casketkrusher Remix) 
05. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – At War
06. Casketkrusher vs E-Core – Ready To Rave!
07. E-Core – Happy Tune
08. The Soul Seeker – The Smoker
09. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – Resident Evil (Original Mix) 
10. Casketkrusher – Here It Comes (Original Mix) 
11. The Manipulator – Right About Now (Maynor Remix) 
12. Casketkrusher – Kinetic Energy Penetrator (The Penetration Mix) 
13. The Soul Seeker – Riffs & Beats
14. Casketkrusher & The Soul Seeker – The Screamer (Rougher & Tougher) 
Bonus Track
15. The Manipulator feat The Soul Seeker – Game Over

For only a few quid you can get an album so unique, when you’ve got it on display everyone will ask who the artist is, and you can say proudly that it’s Casketkrusher! They might not have a clue, but who cares? Spread the Hardcore love, support the artist!

The album has got quirky bits, the picture up front makes you wonder why they decided to take this picture? And the font of the letters, it reminds me of a major player in the Hardcore industry, or is that just me?

Well, let’s talk about the music. And the music is good! The album starts off with a quirky song, at first I was a bit bedazzled (or whatever the word is), I thought that this sound slightly too cheesy for my ears, but I gave it another go, and I really liked it! That really applies to each and every track. The way Casketkrusher uses the already familiar sounds/bits/bobs just makes it sound even better! We are already used to it, and he found a way to make it work, even back in 2015!

Not that there’s still a huge market for Happy Hardcore (sadly), but with an album such as this one it takes you back to the early 90s, and makes you happy again! So many underrated records, never heard by the masses, but I think it’s time for the album to reach a broader fanbase, so I would urge you all to listen to this album, and start embracing Happy Hardcore again. We might have fallen out of love, but secretly we still adore the living daylight out of it!

What’s my favourite record? I do love ‘At War’, ‘Love Is…’, ‘Resident Evil’, but the one that makes my spine tingle in a good way is ‘Riffs & Beats’. Sweet Lord, this should have been out in the 90s and it would have dominated the dancefloors all over the world! He knows how to build a record up like a pro. No cheap skate producing skills, but proper skills. Many producers would be jealous of it!

Casketkrusher, you are a hero. A true hero. Someone who shares the same passion as I do. And there aren’t many! Thank you for my dream not being shattered, because Happy Hardcore is STILL ALIVE!

Ps. don’t think that he worked with so many artists, Casketkrusher has got so many aliases…

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stranger – ’91/’92 Conceptmix (2017)

stranger - '91/'92 Conceptmix (2017)

stranger – ’91/’92 Conceptmix (2017)

DJ: stranger
Genre/Style: Oldskool, Techno, Rave, Acid House
Mix Info: ’91/’92 Conceptmix
Length Mix: 00:58:34
Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: stranger – Facebook Fanpage

Sometimes you see on Soundcloud a mix being reposted, but when a mix is good, you see multiple reposts coming past on your timeline. One of those mixes, well, I couldn’t ignore. Reposted so many times, it was a sign, I reckon. A mix done by stranger, focussed on the Techno side of life, but with a twist. What might that twist be? Well, it’s focussed on 1991 and 1992, as most of us will know it as the pre-Gabber era. This is when Techno became slightly darker and edgier, and created sounds which would be used in the Gabber/Hardcore scene only a few years later.

Most of these tracks are dark, edgy, and yet extremely beautiful. You can hear the Gabber influence in them.Well, I do mean the other way around, Gabber was influenced by this kind of music a lot. And when I say a lot, I do mean a LOT. If this doesn’t make you move, it could mean 2 things: or you are too young and do not understand it, or you are stupid. How can you not like the early Techno sounds? The tracklist will literally blow you away, it certainly will!

stranger, he’s a stranger to me, but his concept mix is one you need to listen to. If you like or dislike Gabber, this is a must listen to mix. Check out the tracklist!

tracklist

01. Unknown Artist – Countdown FFM V (B3)
02. Gangsters Of Techno – Lost In A E
03. Two – Rescue Me
04. Bhab & Cas – Pulsiv
05. The Suburban Knight – Infra Red Spectrum
06. Alien Christ – The Art Of Shredding
07. V-Room – G-Hertz
08. Missing Channel – Edge Of Infinity
09. Jimmy Crash – Crash Course
10. Frank De Wulf – I Love You
11. Carl Cox – Let The Bass Kick
12. Poltering Rhythm Traxx – Armed Conflict
13. Nasty Django – Ey Dude (Totally Fucked Up Mix) 
14. Program 2 – Twister
15. The Gateway Experience – Living Body Map
16. Jeff Mills – DNA
17. Final Exposure – Vortex
18. Spark – AC3
19. Technotrash – Noise!
20. Teknoboys – Mad Beat
21. Bhab & Cas – Radiate
22. DJPC – Insomniak
23. Ace The Space – 9 Is A Classic (Bay Area Drive-By Mix) 
24. Noise Factory – Bring Forward The Noise
25. Control DC – Ritmo Dell Diavolo (Inferno Mute Mix) 
26. Beyond – Bang!

When you hear tunes such as these, it immediately takes you back to the wonderful 90s. The early 90s to be precise. Those wonderful years are still amazing, event though time has flown by so quickly. But the music still remains as good, and the vibes it generates can not be topped by any of the new-age styles at all. Yes, Techno is timeless. There, I’ve said it!

Even to me most of these tunes are unknown. Yes, of course I do know DJPC, Ace The Space (wasn’t that Marc Arcadipane?), Nasty Django, Carl Cox (duh!), Frank De Wulf, but the other artists are not known to me. It’s good to learn from the good old days, and it’s never too late to hallucinate, eh?

stranger’s mix is tight, really tight. He’s picked the right tracks, and the overall feeling I get is happiness. Euphoric from time to time. Which track is the one that made me feel so nostalgic the most? Well, I am a raver, a Gabber, and I love ‘Ritmo Dell Diavolo’. Never heard it being played so slow (is this the original speed?), but even being played slow it makes me get goosebumps. I can just picture ravers at a rave in 1991-1992 and hearing this track for the first time and literally be flabbergasted by its strength and rawness!

stranger, whoever you might be, your mix is dope. Extremely dope. More mixes like this one should appear on my timeline. Please Soundcloud, make it happen!!!!

Thank you to those who reposted this mix. Where would I be without this mix?

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DJ Casketkrusher – The Summer Rave Mix (2017)

DJ Casketkrusher - The Summer Rave Mix (2017)

DJ Casketkrusher – The Summer Rave Mix (2017)

DJ: Casketcrusher
Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Rave, Oldskool, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: The Summer Rave Mix
Length Mix: 01:17:01
Tracks: 33 (thirty-three)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: DJ Casketcrusher – Facebook Fanpage

As you all know I am a fan of Oldskool music, and only a couple of months ago I discovered an artist who loves the Oldskool stuff as much as I do, and his name is Casketkrusher. Want to hear something funny? He likes the oldskool UK Hardcore/Rave stuff too! Not just Happy Hardcore or Gabber, but tracks by Q-Tex, Dougal & Mickey Skeedale, Eruption, SMD, and more. And that has made my day even better!

What can I say about Casketkrusher that you already don’t know? He likes the older stuff, and he’s got long hair. Yep, that’s all I know. But what he does, he does it extremely well. Still can’t stop listening to his previous mixes, they are solid as a rock. He’s like King Midas, everything he touches, turns into Gold. And because the Summer is about to happen (or has it started already, never know which date it starts, but the weather is going up and up, so we must be close), he made a Summer mix, full of UK Hardcore/Happy Hardcore/Rave/Oldskool tunes, and I suggest that you give this a go. Today is my day off, because of a holiday in the Netherlands, and it’s perfect to turn up the speakers to the max, and sit in the garden, drink a nice beverage, and embrace the sunshine!

Tracklist anyone?

tracklist

01. DJ Seduction & DJ Dougal – It’s Not Over (Remix) 
02. DJ Sy & Eruption – 12″ Of Love
03. Eruption – Give Me Back My Heart
04. DJ Dougal & Mickey Skeedale – Really Love You (Remix) 
05. Q-Tex – Hardcore Science (Live Version) 
06. Controller 1 – Nonono
07. DJ Davie Forbes – Play Like A Tiger
08. Elation – Force
09. Gordon Tennant & Technotrance – Revenge Of The Cosmic Ice Cream Men
10. Bass-D & King Matthew – What U Gonna Do? (Original Mix) 
11. Elation – The Buzz
12. S.M.D. – S.M.D. #2 [Side A] 13. Hyperbass – Hardcore Domain
14. Q-Bass – Music Man
15. G.T. Sampler & Technotrance – Natural Born Killer
16. Total Confusion – Phazion
17. Assym – Enjoy The Creation
18. Gigglatron – Floatation Tank
19. Matrix Project & Wargroover – Don’t Come No Ruffa
20. Dooms Day Machine – First Sense
21. Overlord – Overeasy
22. Men In Black – Mental Passion
23. Technological Terror Crew – Where Angels Fear To Thread (Original Mix) 
24. Matrix Project & Wargroover – Fokus On The Beat
25. Overlord – I Am The Lord!
26. Creepozoïds – Great Manipulator
27. Ingler – Sandra Hopkins
28. Wargroover – Skank
29. Chosen Few – R.N.O. Theme
30. Men In Black – Dat’s How We Do It
31. Auto Tropp – Magna
32. DJ Agonizer & MC Jerome – Agonizer & Jerome (Happy Hardcore Version) 
33. Ingler – Trek °°

Wow! I am an Oldskool fan, but I don’t know where Casketkrusher got these tracks from, because I only know about 1% of these tracks! They are all new in my books. His collection must be extremely impressive, but now it’s obvious why he loves his Oldskool stuff so much, because he’s got so many amazing records!

Quick rant of the day: who came up with track titles such as ‘Revenge Of The Cosmic Ice Cream Men’? That has got to be one of the weirdest titles I have ever seen!

Back to the mix. The mix is good. Tight (few tiny errors, but nothing big), and the tracks are really good. I think that digging up these forgotten gems is really what more people should do. Yes, we have heard the all-time classics before, but we want to hear more mixes such as this one, filled with tracks most of us don’t even know existed.

Casketkrusher is a hero to me. In the widest range he is. He’s got the same passion as I do, and it’s contagious. I can’t stop listening to it. Rumours do excist that he’s doing a special mix focussed on Thunderdome soon, so keep your eyes and ears open: if that mix is as good as this one of previous mixes, we won’t be disappointed.

Like his page, and share this mix (sadly no download option). Make sure the kids know where the Hardcore sound originated from, and teach them how good the music back in the days was, and still is!

Best record? The first one. What a track to start your mix with! Slamming track!

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