Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Who's Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] (2016)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform, Happy Hardcore, Gabber
Release Year: 2016
CD Info: Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two] CDs: 2 (two)
Length CD: 01:54:31
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Label: Stamina Records
Product Number: STMCD003
Buy Here (via Stamina Records): BUY HERE
More Information: Stamina Records – Facebook Fanpage

Just before the year ended I received an album via the mail AND via e-mail. How’s that possible? Well, let me answer your question in a second, but first let me announce the album I received: Stamina Records’ latest album called ‘Who’s Got The Stamina?! [Volume Two]. The long awaited follow-up to the succesfull first instalment, which is nearly sold out, only a handful left in the whole wide world. Hint: get both albums before they are sold out, and you will never ever be able to get these tracks ever again! And if you are a DJ, it’s not a mixed album, it’s an album especially for you!

A couple of days ago I reviewed a mix done by M@rt!n-J, a dedication mix to Stamina Records, which was filled with records from this album. It received the highest score possible, 5 out of 5. It’s logical, because it was packed with awesome tunes. Straight after typing the whole review I decided to purchase the album myself, because I bought the first one and was highly impressed, and I didn’t want to miss out on this new album.

After purchasing the album via Stamina’s own webstore, I received a mail saying the downloads were ready?! And I thought ‘what’s going on? I thought I purchased the album itself, not a download album?’. Turns out you pay for not only the physical album, but you also get all the tracks as a wave file! You just go to the Stamina webstore, and you get the download. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

So basically you pay for one album and you get it twice. But what an album it is! It’s worth every penny, and if you are part of the Purple Revolution, you get even more (see Stamina Records’ Facebook page for more information).

tracklist

Disc One (Unmixed) 
01. A.B – Promise Me (Scott Brown Remix) 
02. A.B vs Finnbarr – Stick Together (S3RL Remix) 
03. Darwin & 3Star – Nebulous
04. A.B – Miami (Jakka-B Remix) 
05. Aethral – Reminiscing
06. Vitalsoundz – Warehouse
07. Alex BassJunkie – Fireball (Extended Mix) 
08. Lost Faith – Magicka
09. Finnbarr – Chant Of The Freeformers
10. Substanced – Artificial Reality
11. Rikki Arkitech & Cyrax – Destroyer Of Worlds

Disc Two (Unmixed) 
01. Kevin Energy & Cube::Hard – Voice Of Carme (Transcend Remix) 
02. JD-KiD & Arun Presents Stardust – Gaia
03. Digital Commandos – War Of The Machines
04. A.B vs Synthwulf – Genre This! (Ales Remix) 
05. Finnbarr – Beauty And The Beat
06. Lost Faith & Spectrum – Orbital Descent
07. A.B – Shudder
08. A.B vs K-Wire – Twisted (Kounta Kulture Remix) 
09. Tamerax feat Alanna Sterling – Rise
10. Marc Smith & Little Fella – Hardcore Crazy
11. Skinny & Darwin – Like A Boulder

There are too many great anthems on here, it’s probably Freeform’s greatest album of the year. Name another album this great, this good. Come on, accept the challenge and name one!

The album looks great. Loving the colours. MC Obie has done a smashing job with the artwork (he always delivers), and it makes the album stand out compared to other bland albums. Not only does it look good, it sounds good too! 2 discs filled with 22 tracks from artists such as Skinny, Darwin, Marc Smith, A.B, Finnbarr, Substanced, and more. What could you ask for?

Liking this album a lot! Not only bound to Freeform, it touches several styles. It’s good that Stamina promotes not only the well known artists but also the upcoming acts, names I’ve never heard of before, but from now on I will and must. Listen to Aethral’s song ‘Reminiscing’, or Tamerax’s ‘Rise’. Beauties, that’s what they are.

What’s my favourite record on this album? Crikey, that’s difficult. There are a few. ‘Magicka’ is epic, ‘Beauty And The Beat’ just astonishingly good, ‘Shudder’ a dancefloor smasher, ‘Rise’ beautiful, and I could go on an on. Ok, let me pick one. ‘Magicka’. Everything is just perfect. And also the drop is bad ass!

I can not mention this in each review, I can’t. This will be the last time I will ever mention this, and hopefully it will have a long lasting effect on everyone: Stamina Records is the world’s greatest Freeform label. They are the best of the best. And for releasing yet another astonishing album that not only looks great but also sounds EPIC I must give the highest score possible:

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M@rt!n-J – Have You Got The Stamina! Vol.2 (2016)

M@rt!n-J - Have You Got The Stamina! Vol.2 (2016)

M@rt!n-J – Have You Got The Stamina! Vol.2 (2016)

DJ: M@rt!n-J
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform
Mix Info: Who’s Got The Stamina?! Volume 2 – Promo Mix
Length Mix: 01:12:48
Tracks: 20 (twenty)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 166 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Stamina Records – Official Website

The end of the year has emerged, and it’s also that time of year when you can find a lot of good albums being released, one of them being Stamina Records’ own album called ‘Who’s Got The Stamina?! Volume Two’. Boy oh boy, if it’s like the previous album it’s a good one! Frankly they only release the best of the best, never heard anything bad coming from this label. Stamina Records is the benchmark for quality and quantity all combined. They do release quite a few records, but it’s only quality tunes they release. I don’t think that there’s another label so sophisticated and so well run and so focussed on quality as Stamina Records. Not bashing other labels, but come on: name one bad thing about this label? See, there’s nothing bad, only good!

This mix you are about to listen to was made by DJ M@rt!n-J, and no, it ain’t me (my name is Martin.. used to have the name M@rt!n-! on several pages), who obviously thinks that this album is epic, and he’s got a point. I do not have the album yet, I’m hoping Santa Claus has left this present underneath the tree (doubt it, because I haven’t mentioned this to my girlfriend/Santa Claus), but if he hasn’t I must order the album as quick as I can, because this will sell out, already 1/3 of the stock being sold!

I still torn between this album and ‘Best Of Stamina Records 2016’, because the last 2 I got were absolutely epic! I do like DJ friendly tracks, but I am not a DJ. And ‘Best Of…’ comes with a DJ mix done by A.B, who’s my hero. Aargh, I’m torn.

M@rt!n-J has picked 20 tracks from the album and made a fantastic mix, and here’s the tracklist!

tracklist

01. jD-KiD & Arun presents Stardust – Gaia
02. Tamerax feat Alanna Sterling – Rise
03. Aethral – Reminiscing
04. A.B vs K-Wire – Twisted (Kounta Kulture Remix) 
05. Finnbarr – Beauty & The Beat
06. Darwin & 3Star – Nebulous
07. A.B – Miami (Jakka-B Remix) 
08. Lost Faith – Magicka
09. Digital Commandos – War Of The Machines
10. Kevin Energy & Cube::Hard – Voice Of Carme (Transcend Remix) 
11. Substanced – Artificial Reality
12. A.B vs Synthwulf – Genre This! (Ales Remix) 
13. Alex BassJunkie – Fireball
14. Lost Faith & Spectrum – Orbital Descent
15. Vitalsoundz – Warehouse
16. Finnbarr – Chant Of The Freeformers
17. Rikki Arkitech & Cyrax – Destroyer Of Worlds
18. A.B – Shudder
19. Skinny & Darwin – Like A Boulder
20. Marc Smith & Little Fella – Hardcore Crazy

Damn, this looks quite tasty! Turkey can f#*k off, who needs that when you’ve got a very good looking and good sounding album?! And for God’s sake, get rid of the Christmas tunes on the radio, Stamina Records should take over the airwaves and penetrate our brains with music 24/7. Mariah Carey, do one!

M@rt!n-J made a very good mix, and has selected 20 amazing tracks! This has blown me away, seeing as I haven’t heard any of the clips yet from the album (I actually never do, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise: I simply buy it and once received I will hear what’s on it). I knew the majority of the tracks, because I’ve seen them in other mixes, or I heard them live in front of me, but still this made my mouth drop so low, I looked like a cartoon character who sees a beautiful and stunning woman!

The mix was tight, maybe a few tiny mixing errors, but still extremely enjoyable. You can find another mix by M@rt!n-J on Soundcloud, also dedicated to Stamina Records. We both know (because we are Martin’s and we know the score) that it’s the best label in the whole world, and the music is just astonishing!

Get this album right now! I might place an order, seeing as Santa is a bit lazy. And if I were you, I would do the same. But if you haven’t heard the album yet, listen to this mix and let Freeform dominate this time of year. Christmas all of a sudden sounds much better with Freeform, doesn’t it?

Best track? Can’t pick, simply can’t pick. Too damn difficult. All of them.

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Finnbarr – SummerBash2016

Finnbarr - SummerBash2016

Finnbarr – SummerBash2016

DJ: Finnbarr
Genre/Style: Freeform, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: Hardcore Summer Bash 2016
Length Mix: 01:00:58
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Finnbarr – Facebook Fanpage

It’s no secret, and I simply can’t deny it anymore: I am a HUGE fan of Finnbarr. And when I say huge, I mean huge! I’ve been listening to his mixes so often recently, I know the build-up, I know each and every record he used, and I go to sleep with his music still banging in my head. I never thought I was going to follow someone so passionately, it becomes frightening. Don’t worry Finnbarr, I’m not going to lay in your front garden, spying on you. But I will follow you musically, if you don’t mind. And I will share everything you will ever do. Well, unless it’s shite, which I don’t believe it will ever be,

A couple of weeks ago he uploaded his contribution to the Hardcore Summer Bash 2016. If you don’t know what that is, you’ve missed out on one hell of an online event. So many artists joined in: Alex Prospect, Andy The Core, Eufeion, Fracus & Darwin, IYF & Nobody, Jason UFO, Klubfiller, M-Project, Mark Breeze, Nuton, S3RL, Slipmatt, Squad-E, Substanced, Thumpa, Vinylgroover, and over 130 artists more! One of those DJs was Finnbarr. And his mix is definately one you need to check out! This is a must listen to mix! And believe me when I say that Finnbarr is the future, not just of Freeform, but also of UK Hardcore in general!

Compared to his other mixes, this is the longest. And the best one! Check this tracklist out, what a beauty!

tracklist

01. Finnbarr – Havin It Larger
02. Finnbarr – Hidden In The Light
03. Finnbarr – Taste Like Sunshine
04. Finnbarr – The Bornless One
05. Finnbarr – Replete With Wisdom
06. Assemblage 23 – Disappointed (Finnbarr Remix) 
07. Finnbarr – Chant Of The Freeformers
08. Sunburst – Eyeball (Finnbarr’s Larger Remix) 
09. Finnbarr – Beauty And The Beat
10. Finnbarr – Light Bearer
11. Finnbarr – Prayer
12. A.B vs Finnbarr – The Cabal
13. Finnbarr – Freedive
14. Finnbarr – Nasty Things
15. A.B vs Finnbarr – Dead Fairy
16. Finnbarr – E=mc2
17. Finnbarr – Loosing My Mind

I can say in all honesty that I’ve listened to this mix several hundred times, and it still hasn’t lost my interest! Come on, you must give this mix a go, and tell me afterwards that he’s a shite producer and a shite DJ! Well, you can’t. He’s a top notch bloke, and also a quality producer and DJ! Check this mix out right now, nothing will make your day better than this.

It’s got a brilliant intro. Proper London intro. And from his C-word moment on it’s beat after beat. I’ve loved this mix since the first time I’ve played it, and I haven’t stopped listening to it. So many great anthems in here, most of them are sadly underrated, but give it time, and Finnbarr will be the highest paid DJ in the industry. If he becomes that, hopefully he will remember his Dutch friend, and shove a few entrance tickets for the dopest clubs in my pocket. Imagine that.

This man knows how to produce quality tunes, and he doesn’t stop! It’s like he wakes up every morning, visits the loo, and after that goes straight into his studio, making his own music, until it’s time to go to bed. Well, Finnbarr, keep it up! It might be unhealthy, but we need more of your music! This is heavenly, and I think I can say (with my hand on my heart) that this is the best mix I’ve heard in 10 years!

Sadly not downloadable, but still HIGHLY enjoyable. Check this mix out, share it with your mates, and become a fan. You won’t be disappointed (Finnbarr remix).

Best tune? From the first to the last. All are quality, all are soul touchers, all are just songs written for angels. Heaven is here, and it’s an hour long!

Finnbarr is a God.

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Finnbarr Interview (2016)

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London, United Kingdom

I’m about to interview the quirkiest Freeform DJ and producer out there, and his name is Finnbarr. You might have seen his tracks passing by in many mixes, and if you are lucky you probably heard a few of his own mixes. And if you were in Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago you might have seen this man doing his thing at BMH Freeform, where he played for the first time in front of a crowd. As I’ve said in many reviews he’s the future of Freeform, so it’s about time for me to talk to this mysterious, quirky, yet very talented producer. 

Finnbarr!!! How are you doing? How’s everything in your life?
“Hey man, everything is going really well thank you. I can’t complain about any thing at the moment.”

Finnbarr, a name you should write down. But where does the name come from? It doesn’t sound like an English name to me.
“It’s an Irish name which means “the fair haired one.” Funny because I don’t have fair hair. I did when I was younger.”

Explain to those who are unaware who you are and what your talents are what it is that you do for a living.
“I’m 25, Live in London and for a living I used to cut hair at a Barber shop for a year and now I Dj every week with my girl friend  and friends at the nights we organise. The reason why I stopped hairdressing at the Barber shop was because I knew my talents lay where my dreams have always been and that is to create music that I love.”

DJ and producer, and also someone who likes to have fun whilst making promo videos. But there’s another side to you that many people might not know (we will talk about that later). But if you could describe yourself in a few words, which words would you use and why?
“I am difficult to categorise..Maybe I am just an Artist..I studied for many years and graduated from Winchester School of Arts in 2014.”

You are a very talented producer and DJ, and you are a rising star in the Freeform scene. With many excellent tunes already on your name you will rise quicker than anyone ever before. But what got you into Freeform/UK Hardcore?
“Thank you. What got me into UK Hardcore/Freeform is a mixture of things.

 Firstly I was brought up with late 80’s early 90’s House music and Acid House. My parents used to go to the infamous Hacienda in Manchester. My mum told me when I was in her womb I used to kick and move about when House music was playing. So I think that has played a massive role in me being a slave to the 4/4 Kick drum.

In my teen years I was a Heavy Metal fan, but that changed when I started going into Cyber Dog a lot in Camden. Every Weekend I saved up money to buy a different compilation cd. They were mainly either Psy Trance, Hard trance or Hard House cd’s. At that time I didn’t really know what UK Hardcore was but I was always searching for something a bit faster.  

I came across “Bonkers XI Forevolution,” in HMV. By the cover of the album I knew the tunes would be interesting.  Once hearing the album I knew this was the sound that I was looking for. It gave me a feeling like no other music has given me. Pure Euphoria. No drugs were needed. I listened to Scott Browns mix religiously. I was always bad at reading, I am dyslexic ,but his mix for some reason helped me read the books I needed to for my GCSE’S.  

After Hearing that Album I never looked back. I was and still am in Hardcore Heaven.”

I find it always quite difficult to explain to people what Freeform is, but seeing as you live, breathe and basically have become Freeform (24/7), what is it? Can you describe it?
“Freeform for me is like a fine whiskey or a good quality wine. I think the appreciation for the taste comes form age and understanding. When I was younger I much preferred drinking “Alcho Pops” such as “WKD” and “Smirnoff Ice,” just like UK Hardcore. As I’ve got older I prefer a purer taste of Bourbon or wine that has a variety of flavours, just like Freeform has. I still like Alcho Pops and will drink them every now and then I just prefer Whiskey. 

Freeform for me stands for rebellion and shoving the norm under the carpet to create something that flows naturally from the human soul , but still has enough control and order (kick drum and percussion) to create a piece of music or a piece of Art.

I think  the famous artist “Jackson Pollock’s painting “Number 11”  is very Freeform. The painting for me has order and chaos  in it and that is how I see Freeform.”

How come it’s so unique? I’ve been to many raves, and yet the atmosphere at a Freeform event is always unique, very friendly. That’s one of the reasons I like Freeform, but how come it’s so good?
“Freeform raves is a place where people can let go. It doesn’t matter what clothes your wearing or where you come form. The ego doesn’t exist. You can dance as crazy as you like, you can get as messy as you like  and for one night the ravers are one big mental family.”

BMH Freeform

BMH Freeform

You started producing, and already make tune after tune without breathing, and you are currently signed to Stamina Records. But how did you get their attention?
“I was making tunes before I got in touch with Stamina Records, but I wanted to push my name further and get more noticed in Freeform scene. I have always been a fan of what the label brings out to the ravers. I decided to book a studio session with the founder of “Stamina Records” A.B .We made a tune called “The Cabal” it’s out now on “Stamina Records”. During the Studio Session I thought it would be a great opportunity to show A.B what I’ve been making and he took a liking to a few of my tunes. One of them was “The Bornless one” which is also out now Stamina Records.” 

From then Stamina has been releasing my tunes . Stamina also has been promoting my tunes as well as many other Producers and Dj’s so I thank you all for the Support.”

What was their response to your first tune (and which tune was it?)?
It was “The Bornless One.” Stamina said they were blown away by how dark it is.”

Finnbarr - Havin' It Larger/The Bornless One (OUT NOW!!!)

Finnbarr – Havin’ It Larger/The Bornless One (OUT NOW!!!)

You decided to focus your life completely to Freeform. Wasn’t it a bold move, and is it paying off yet?
“At the moment I am living with my family so I am lucky to give my full commitment to making Freeform/Hardcore. The neighbours haven’t complained about the music so they must like it..

I think it is paying off. My name is slowly getting more popular and people are enjoying my tunes.”

Basically everything you make is released on Stamina Records’ label. I think you release more than any other artist before in such a short notice. What’s the secret behind Finnbarr and him producing only quality tunes? Would you like to share that with all of us?
“Don’t Think Just Do….”

Which track are you the proudest off, and why?
“It would have to be “Havin It Larger.” It’s such a feel good tune and the feedback for the tune has been great.”

When can we expect a Finnbarr album? Isn’t it about time for you to release it?
“It is something I have been thinking about for a while. I will most definitely get one sorted out for next year. I want to get more of a following before releasing one.”

Producing wise you don’t need to be taught how to make music sound amazing. You’ve already worked with A.B, but who would you like to work with and produce records with, who would it be and why (besides A.B ofcourse)?
“I would like to work with Scott Brown one day. His tunes have inspired me through out the years and his music has put me in a good place when I’ve been low. I know he makes more UK Hardcore, but I think it would be interesting to combine our styles and see what we can create. It would be an honour to work with him and to create something epic.” 

Recently you played at BMH Freeform, and it was your first DJ set. I had a wonderful time, and your set literally blew me away, the hamburger shirt just made it even more special. But how was it for you?
Glad you like my shirt. It was awesome I felt really relaxed. I was in my zone, it was a great feeling seeing ravers dance to my music that I make in my bedroom.”

Being a magician behind the decks or behind a computer, Finnbarr is a crowd pleaser. But you are not just a Freeform producer… tell us all your little secret: you are also make and Dj Rockabilly music ! How about that?
“I also make Rockabilly / Garage Punk which is raw 1950’s / 60’s Rock n Roll music. I go under the name  “Rookie Finn” and have had one of my songs released on OHA Records which is on 45 Record.” 

Finnbarr

Finnbarr

Two completely different worlds. How did you get into 50’s and 60’s music? Most people jump from one style to the next if they are similar, but these two are just the complete opposite?
“Well I was into Freeform and Hardcore before I got into Rockabilly and Rhythm & Blues ect.. I’ve always liked a wide variety of music and have always dug deep to find music I’ve never heard before. There is some amazing music from the 50’s and 60’s that is as raw and dirty as the music that  the ravers listen to. The sound of the genres are different, but they both have the same attitude to celebrating rebellion and freedom.”

Back to the Freeform world: what’s next for Finnbarr?
“More Tunes of course. And hopefully get booked to play at more raves.” 

You keep on producing and uploading mixes. One for BMH, one production showcase mix, and also the SummerBash 2016 mix. Which mix are you the proudest off, and why?
“The Summer Bash mix because I had such a funny time making the intro at Stamina Records Studio.”

What are your future goals? What will be your ultimate goal?
“My future goals is to really push my self into being the best that I can be in producing and to expand my artistic ability. Also to sort out a monthly Freeform / Hardcore night in London. It will be amazing.”

Finnbarr, you are truly an inspirational DJ and producer, and genuinely nice bloke. But if you have to share one little secret no-one knows, what’s the secret?
“My farts are not human….”

Ok, last and most difficult question: Freeform or 50s/60s music?
“Hard question the genres of Rockabilly and Rhythm and Blues  gives a different feeling to Freeform and Hardcore ,but it’s going to have to be FREEEEEFORM!!!!”

Thank you “ The Crazy DutchMan”for interviewing me and showing your support and interest in what I do . It means a lot and it makes me and it makes me want to expand and get better in what i do and thats making Freeform . 

I would also like to thank the Dj’s, Producers, friends and family that have showed their support.

Cheers 

Finnbarr 

I would like to say ‘thank you to Finnbarr for such a wonderful and exciting interview. I was thrilled when he said ‘yes’ to an interview, and after reading these answers I have become a bigger fan than I already was. Finnbarr is the future of Freeform, and he’s worth checking out!

Also, check out his latest mix, one he made for this year’s Hardcore Summer Bash! I would review it, but it would be a boring one, seeing as Finnbarr only gets 5 out of 5 stars. Check it out and spread the Finnbarr love all over the world!