ATTLAS – Storyline: Vol.2 (2016)

ATTLAS - Storyline: Vol.2 (2016)

ATTLAS – Storyline: Vol.2 (2016)

DJ: ATTLAS
Genre/Style: Tech House, Mellow, Electronic Dance Music, Dance, Progressive House
Mix Info: Storyline: Vol. 2
Length Mix: 00:57:31
Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: ATTLAS – Facebook Fanpage

If there’s one artist I’ve been looking out for, it’s ATTLAS. And yet I’ve completely forgotten about him. Am I a fan? Yes. His previous mixes were so amazing, they blew my mind away, and I have listened to them at least once a week. So the amount of plays on Soundcloud can mostly be credited to me. But I haven’t seen his latest mix, which was released last year in December! How stupid am I? I’m so fascinated about his previous mixes, and I’ve missed this one completely. That’s a shame. Don’t know why I decided to go to his Soundcloud page today at work, but I was in search for something calm and relaxing, and yes, there was a brand new mix! Storyline Volume 2! Volume 1 was breathtakingly beautiful, so would 2 be as good, or even better?

Better. This man combines music with films, and the combination is just astonishing! He takes your breathe away. I don’t know what his secret formula is, but it’s worth its value in gold! This is valuable, a commodity that many artists would like to have, but not one has. It’s so darn good, it becomes emotional, even after hearing it for the first time. He starts off with an amazing intro, and the music just flows through your speakers towards you. Instead of being hit with angry fists in your face, this feels like someone’s hugging you constantly, protecting you from the angry side of life. That’s how I feel during an ATTLAS mix. Embraced by his mix, and it won’t let me go.

Another mix added to my ‘favourites’. And will at least have 10k plays by me. Just me. This is so addictive.

tracklist

01. Lambert – As Ballad
02. Johan Johansson – Kangaru
03. Booka Shade – In White Rooms (Hunter/Game Remix) 
04. Max Cooper – Organa
05. Joris Voorn – Sweets For Piano
06. ATTLAS – Colours
07. Rival Consoles – Slow Song
08. Grandbrothers – Prologue (DJRum Remix) 
09. Two People – If We Have Time (Ryan Davis Remix) 
10. Percussions – Digital Apreggios
11. Slow Hearts – Sub 37
12. ATTLAS – Shadow Play
13. Eagles & Butterflies – Kolleckt
14. Lambert – Stay In The Dark
15. Four Tet – Gillie Amma, I Love You
16. Clavis – Alcine
17. ATTLAS – Bloodwork
18. ATTLAS – Ryat
19. ATTLAS – 86cc
20. DJ Raff – Completed
21. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (ATTLAS Remix) 
22. ATTLAS – Thanks

I don’t have a clue who 85% of these artists are, but for once I’m not bothered about the names. The music means more to me, and does the most for me. And boy, this is really a mix we’ve been waiting for.

70k+ listeners so far, and yet no one I know recognizing his name. He’s to me a truly gifted and talented DJ and producer. Someone who’s capable of touching hearts without any effort. The combination of music and films just works astonishingly good, and the way he does it, I haven’t seen before. Yes, people make music with bits from films in it, but the way ATTLAS does it, it’s scary. How does he do that? How does he make it work?

I don’t know which films these bits are from, and I don’t care. ATTLAS, you are a hero to me. From the first to the last second you take me on a ride throughout musical heaven, and the feeling it generates can not be topped by anything else. I like many styles, and most of the times I listen to harder, rougher and tougher music, but ATTLAS’ mixes are just untouchable. They make me loose myself. I feel more human.

Can’t pick a favourite, because it’s the combination that you need to think of, and in my case judge. The whole mix, it’s pure heaven. ATTLAS must have been sent from heaven, because only angels can make a mix work like he does.

ATTLAS, thank you. I don’t need drugs or alcohol to get me high. Your mix does that without despair. Are you an angel?

0005

Olivier Abbeloos – Early Techno Mix (86-88) (2016)

Olivier Abbeloos - Early Techno Mix (86-88) (2016)

Olivier Abbeloos – Early Techno Mix (86-88) (2016)

DJ: Olivier Abbeloos (a.k.a. T99)
Genre/Style: Techno, Acid House, Tech House, Detroit Techno, Chicago House
Mix Info: Early Techno Mix 86-88
Length Mix: 01:00:00
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Olivier Abbeloos – Facebook Fanpage

A couple of months ago I found a mix on Soundcloud which was made by the same man who made this brand new mix: Olivier Abbeloos. The man who was responsible for shaping the 90s into this beautiful thing, who lives and breathes oldskool music. His previous mix was focussed on his own productions, from 1988 to 1996, but this mix isn’t, it’s more focussed on the early Techno tracks from 86-88, mainly from Detroit and Chicago, and we all know that Detroit is the city in which Techno was born. A dedication mix you might call this, and if you love that kind of music, sit back and relax: press play and let yourself go!

Not many oldskool sets can be found on Soundcloud, most mixes are filled with brand new tracks, so when you do find a proper oldskool one, it can make your day even better. This mix has, and according to Soundcloud I was the first one listening to it (which I highly doubt), and I think it’s time for you to indulge yourself into this wonderful world we all grew up with. These oldskool tunes made this decade unique and refreshing, and shaped the future. They were unaware of what they started when they came up with Techno, and in all honesty if they haven’t pushed this sound forward, the Dance scene would be completely different, or would not have existed. We owe everything to Techno music, and with this mix we can listen to those wonderful productions which shaped the scene into this force people should watch out for.

Olivier’s mix is tight, really tight, and the tracks he has selected are amazing! Worth checking out!

tracklist

01. Model 500 – No Ufo’s
02. Rhythim Is Rhythim – Move It
03. Reese & Santonio – How To Play Our Music
04. Intercity – Groovin’ Without A Doubt
05. Da Posse – Strings
06. Model 500 – Off To Battle
07. Seperate Minds – First Bass
08. X-Ray – Let’s Go
09. Reese & Santonio – Force Field
10. Blake Baxter – Forever And A Day
11. Paradise Inc – House Music Control
12. The Children – Work The Box
13. Phuture – Spank Spank
14. Neal Howard – Perpetual Motion
15. L.n.r. – Kream

The mix is tight, I told you. The tracks are all amazing, even thought I haven’t heard most of them. You have to remember I was only 3 years old in 1986, and the only thing I listened to, were cassettes filled with Abba and Barry White music, nothing Techno-ish at all. Never too late to learn, never too late to hallucinate, eh?

There are so many dope tracks in this mix, quite intoxicating! Once you’ve pressed play there’s no stopping it, the music keeps on coming. An hour will fly by with ease, and after it has finished, the first thing you do is press play again. Olivier has made a very interesting and groovy mix, worth checking out.

Best track? Gosh, that was difficult. I like them all, but ‘Perpetual Motion’ deserves my full attention, seeing as it’s such a dope track. You don’t hear tracks like this one anymore, so powerful and real dancefloor material. This is what got ravers onto the dancefloor and rave the night away!

Olivier is a hero. Why? Well, many reasons, but to me the main reason is him posting mixes every so often onto his Soundcloud page, keeping the oldskool alive. Where would we be without early Techno/House? Exactly, nowhere!!!

0005

Retro & Nition Present The 4×4 Skank & Vibes Volume 1 (2015)

6zp0Yzi7Cbk

DJs: Retro & Nition
Genre/Style: Organ House, Speed Garage, Deep House, Tech House, Bassline
Mix Info: The 4×4 Skank & Vibes Volume 1
Length Mix: 01:15:19
Tracks: 17 (seventeen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 172 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: ——-

More new music for you all to embrace. A brand new mix was sent to me the other day via Facebook, and it’s a  new mix made by DJ Retro and Nition, and it’s called ‘The 4×4 Skank & Vibes Volume 1′. You should really give this one a go, seeing as it’s a good one, judging the mix and the tracklist. It’s filled with 17 bangers, and were carefully mixed by Retro & Nition. Worth a download, to be honest.

This isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed a Nition mix, but I can’t remember if I had the honour of reviewing a Retro mix before. The previous website got deleted, and the reviews have disappeared completely. So sorry if I’m not sure, but at least I’m listening and reviewing this mix right now, eh?

The mix is jam packed with a lot of Organ House/Speed Garage/Deep House/Tech House/Bassline tunes, and the feeling you get when the mix is playing, is of pure bliss. Nothing can change your mood, this is really a good mix, the tunes they’ve selected are all good, even the ‘Call Me Maybe’ remix. I know it’s the world’s most annoying song, but this version makes the song acceptable. Curious yet? You want to see the tracklist?

tracklist

01. Sallis – Soundboy
02. JG feat K Dot – Off Wi Their Head (New Skool Remix) 
03. Retro & Nition – Its Your World (Bassline Remix) 
04. SKL Production feat Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe (Bassline Remix) 
05. Chronicle – All The Things (DJ Nition Special) 
06. Retro & Nition – Gecko (Bassline Remix) 
07. DJ Zeesh – Tight Up Skirt (Bassline Remix) 
08. Nastee Boi – Back II Life
09. Retro & Nition – Full Attention
10. Mystery – Incredible
11. Nastee Boi – Save It
12. Krissi B – Grrrrrr
13. TRC – I Just (Dub)
14. Chronicle – I Feel You (DJ Nition Special) 
15. Nay Nay – Im On It VIP
16. Retro & Nition – Never Say Never
17. Nastee Boi feat MC Bonez – Roll Like That

See, I told you that the tracklist does look gorgeous. It’s nice to see and hear their own productions and remixes in it aswel, and before you all get hyped up too much, you should press play and download it at the same time.

The mix is rather excellent, and even though there are a couple of small errors (mixing into the next track does go slightly bonkers sometimes), it’s a good mix. A nice and calm mix, one mix you really should embrace.

The best track in this mix? Oh, that’s a difficult one, but I have to choose ‘Never Say Never’. Such a wicked track, good vocals, nicely balanced track by Retro & Nition. They are on fire.

A solid mix, with excellent tracks in it. Carefully selected by Retro & Nition. A good first instalment, can’t wait for the second instalment.

Damn, I can’t get ‘Call Me Maybe’ out of my head. Arrrrghhh.

0005

Swedish House Mafia – Until One (Continuous Mix) (2012)

until one

Artists: Swedish House Mafia
Genre/Style: Progressive House, Electro, Tech House, House, Euro House
Mix Info: ‘Until One’ Continuous Mix
Length Mix: 01:19:54
Tracks: 24 (twenty-four)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Swedish House Mafia – Facebook Fanpage

How did I miss it? Back in 2012 the Swedish House Mafia uploaded a mix onto their Soundcloud account, and it’s already been played nearly one and a half million times, and I’ve missed that? How’s that even possible, I spend hours on the world wide web, and don’t miss a single thing. Every meme and every bloody thing people write/upload has been seen by my eyes, but I didn’t see this? I should clearly visit my doctor, I think I’m going blind! But thankfully it’s never too late to hallucinate. And I don’t think I need to explain who the Swedish House Mafia are, they were the biggest Progressive House trio in the whole world. Active between 2005 and 2013, and still their music dominates the dancefloors all over the world. And if you ever had the opportunity to see them live, you must have experienced the unthinkable: a performance you will only witness once, and sadly after they decided to split up, you will never have the chance to see them ever again, as the Swedish House Mafia. The three key artists behind this succesful trio are Axwell, Angello and Ingrosso, and even though they are still quite active in the scene, the Mafia madness isn’t anymore. The only way to relive the past, is by playing this mix out loud, and sing the songs out loud.

The original CD was bought by myself when it was released, and to this day I can’t remember who I lend it to. I can’t find it anywhere, and I know that I gave it away to someone to borrow, but I reckon that I won’t see it anymore.But who cares about that? If you were one of my friends who actually took my CD and never returned it, you should be ashamed. Well, I should focus on the actual mix instead of dwelling on what has happened in the past.

Swedish House Mafia, a trio who have played everywhere, and made history again and again. They have a well impressive back catalogue, with many hits such as ‘One’, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, ‘Save The World’, ‘Greyhound’, and ofcourse their most famous hit ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. Looking at the actual chart list on Wikipedia, ‘One’ was a number one hit in the Netherlands, and not anywhere else, and yet their most famous hit reached the fifth position back in 2012, and number 1 in many other countries. We Dutch are weird, but we do love the Swedish House Mafia.

Sweden, they’ve got more to offer than just Abba, Roxette, Europe, Ace Of Base… not saying that the previous artists aren’t good, they are legendary, but their achievements are on a different level, compared to what the Swedish House Mafia have reached. And ofcourse Sweden has Ikea, but still nothing can compete to what kind of impact the Swedish House Mafia have had on the whole world. Yes, it’s a blessing to build your own furniture, but what’s better: music or spending hours fiddling with small parts, to create something to sit on? Music, indeed.

Anyone, it’s time for you all to see the tracklist, and I reckon that I’m already too late, you’ve probably heard this mix a million times…

tracklist

01. Swedish House Mafia feat Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Extended Vocal Mix) 
02. Swedish House Mafia feat Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Instrumental) 
03. Sander van Doorn – Reach Out / The Source feat Candi Staton – You’ve Got The Love (Acappella) 
04. Laidback Luke & Swedish House Mafia feat Deborah Cox – Leave The World Behind
05. Axwell feat Errol Reid – Nothing But Love
06. Steve Angello & AN21 – Valodja
07. TV Rock feat Rudy – In The Air (Axwell Remix) 
08. Sebastian Ingrosso feat MGMT – Kidsos / Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends (Acappella) 
09. Prok & Fitch pres Nanchang Nancy – Walk With Me (Axwell vs Daddy’s Groove Remix) 
10. Steve Angello – Walking On Tivoli
11. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
12. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat Robin S – Show Me Love
13. Steve Angello – Knas
14. Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South – Meich / Coldplay – Clocks
15. Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South & David Guetta feat Julie McKnight – How Soon Is Now
16. AN21 & Max Vangeli – Swedish Beauty / Louie Vega & Jay ‘Sinister’ Sealee feat Julie McKnight – Diamond Life (Acappella) 
17. Supermode – Tell Me Why
18. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) 
19. Steve Angello – Monday
20. Miike Snow – Silvia (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix) 
21. Axwell feat Max C – I Found You (Remode) 
22. Daft Punk – One More Time
23. Swedish House Mafia – One
24. Swedish House Mafia feat Pharrell – One (Your Name) (Vocal Mix) 

I still regret lending this CD to my so called friend, I wish I still had it in my possession. At least we’ve got the mix, and we can embrace what kind of impact their first studio album had.

If the tracklist is incorrect, I do apologise, I had to go onto several websites to find it. I just copy-pasted it. Well, at least we’ve got the most tracks correct, and those tracks are obviously written and produced by the Swedish House Mafia. Look at the tracks, and remember the impact, the whole world experienced a force previously not seen or heard before. Hit after hit dominated the world, and play it nowadays and you will still get thousands of people going mad in front of you. Or hear it on the radio, and people will sing along, and bounce around like a monkey on acid.

So many great anthems are in this mix. ‘One’ was one of my favourite tracks, but let’s not underrate ‘Leave The World Behind’, or ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’. I’m not a fan of the vocal versions of the original tracks, I do appreciate instrumental tracks more. Thank God there are a couple of instrumental tracks of their hits in this mix. But one vocal version can not be underestimated: ‘Leave The World Behind’ had such an impact, people all around the world still get goosebumps when they hear it, and I do too.

A few tracks in this mix aren’t my cup of tea, mainly because I’ve heard them a million times before, and they were killed by the amount of airtime they got. ‘One More Time’, ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Tell Me Why’ and the list goes on. Thank God the rest of the mix is good and the tracks made by the Mafia stand out, otherwise this would have been a boring mix.

The quality of the tunes made by the Swedish House Mafia is relentless, you can not deny that they dominated the world between 2008 and 2013. Still a highly regarded trio, if they could ever come back, it would be embraced by the whole world.

If you are still a fan, and want to know more, there’s a DVD you can purchase. Go to their website or their Facebook fanpage, and find out more about the trio. In the meantime, why not listen to this mix, and love the Swedes. Not Ikea, not Abba, but the Swedish House Mafia. Who else?

00045