Tag: UK Hardcore

Happy Hardcore Classics 125 ‘Sy & Unknown: The Anthems Pt 2’ (2018)

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From Dutch Happy Hardcore to UK Happy Hardcore: today the focus is Happy Hardcore, and that makes this Saturday a wonderful one. The previous mix was all about the cheesy and commercial Happy Hardcore, and this new mix is focussed on the UK Happy Hardcore duo, which we all love and have embraced: Sy & Unknown. The legendary duo who dominated during the 90s and early 00s. And the people behind ‘History Of Happy Hardcore’ made this second instalment. There’s a logical reason behind it: Sy & Unknown made so many memorable anthems, you can’t fit them in one mix. Or you could, but then the mix would be several hours long. And this second mix is 2 hours and 22 minutes long. So imagine making one mix… it must be at least 5 hours long. #weaintgottimeforthat Read More

Pod Noodle Episode 1 – Alexander Norman (2018)

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I was asked today to review one of the biggest mixtapes in the UK Hardcore scene right now: the Pod Noodle podcast. You might be wondering what the hell I’m on about? Should it be pot noodle? Nah, that’s the one you shove down your neck, but this one is a word play on pot noodle. Don’t know why they’ve selected this name, but who cares? I’ve seen worst names. Anyway, let’s focus on the music, and not the title of the mix/podcast. The music is presented to us by Alexander Norman. And if your mind works the same way as mine, I had to think really hard who this man is. I was wrong, it’s not one name but two: Ed Shock and MC Whizzkid. They have joined forces and this new collaboration is named Alexander Norman. Read More

M@rt!n-J – Evolution Records (200) [The Remixes] (2018)

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Scott Brown’s label ‘Evolution Records’ have been an established name in the UK Hardcore and Gabber scene for a few decades, and to this day he makes sure that the fans get what they want and need. The label has produced many memorable tunes over the years, and for this celebration he released a few special digital EPs, called ‘The Remixes’. What does that mean? Well, it means the original tracks (which were made by Scott Brown) remixed by well known UK Hardcore DJs. And also a few new and exclusive records.

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DJ Mauler – M1 2018 (LSE411)

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It’s been a while since I last heard a UK Hardcore mix. The sad thing is, is that many of these mixes do not come with a tracklist, so they are not reviewed by yours truly. But I remembered this morning that I had a mix ready in my favourite list on Soundcloud, a mix by Mauler for his show London Sounds Exposed. And where can you find this? On HappyHardcore.com , every Thursday at 21:00 UK time. Read More

Stamina Records Radio 002 – Hosted By Greg Peaks (2018)

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It’s a new month, and a new podcast has arrived. Yes, the Stamina Records radio show is back, and this time it has been presented by the one and only Greg Peaks. And if you are a Freeform fanatic, you know this mix will be special. This will be like nothing you’ve ever heard before. He’s a gifted producer and DJ, and for this latest Stamina Records radio podcast he went all in, with a lot of exclusive records, some background information, and more. You won’t be disappointed.

Like the first episode, this new instalment will continue on the same note: providing us with the finest Freeform records. Not only Stamina Records’ own catalogue, but also records from Bornless Records (a new label from Finnbarr), Tesla Tracks (obviously Greg’s own label), Skeny Tracks, and Energy Field (Cyrax’s new label). This proves to me that Freeform is alive and kicking like never before. There’s a new buzz going through the scene, and we are getting somewhere.

We’ll dive straight into the tracklist, because it’s just a piece of art. It’s as beautiful as the Mona Lisa! True!

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01. DJ Neon – Tribute
02. Digital Commandos – The Catalyst
03. Transcend – Focus
04. Finnbarr – The Divine
05. Greg Peaks & Kevin Energy – Bang Clara
06. Greg Peaks – States Of Consciousness
07. Poisecore feat Aaron Thomas – Promised Land
08. Greg Peaks – Darkness
09. Substanced – F.E.A.R.
10. AMS – Fuck The Beatz
11. Greg Peaks & Transcend – Reboot
12. Greg Peaks & Kevin Energy – Mongo Smack
13. Greg Peaks – New World
14. Obsys – Stolen Dreams
15. Aeon & A.B – Marge Legged

A lot of excellent-ness in an hour long mix. Greg Peaks has done it. He has literally blown my mind into a billion pieces. Fuck the state of art, I’m in a bad physical state now. This has generated so many great feelings, the hunger for Freeform has started again. I need more music like the records Greg has used in his mix. And it’s as tight as a badger’s ass.

He starts with an excellent record, and continues for an hour long, providing us with the finest records money can buy. Or not, because some are really not available yet, but soon. Like his own creations, which are truly astonishing! I have to say that his time off has laid him eggs (or whatever the stupid saying is). It has paid off: he’s made some serious dancefloor smashers!

I’ve really enjoyed this mix. So many, and I do mean many, records are crammed in this hour long mix. And to point out just one record is not a simple task. I really liked ‘Focus’, ‘The Divine’, ‘Bang Clara’, ‘Fuck The Beatz’, but ‘Reboot’ is just basically the anthem of a generation. True to the origins of the genre, but also with a dark and edgy twist. This, to me, is the anthem of 2018. No matter when I hear it, I will enjoy it! But would you have expected otherwise: a record with Greg and bloody Transcend? The genius?!

Another succesful episode of the Stamina Records’ radio show. Check it out now, and support your precious Freeform scene!

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DJ: Greg Peaks
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform
Mix Info: Stamina Records Radio 002 – Hosted By Greg Peaks
Length Mix: 01:00:06
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 137 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Stamina Records – Soundcloud Page

Stamina Records Radio 001 – Hosted By A.B! (2018)

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The Stamina Records podcast is dead, long live the Stamina Records radio show! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry. Basically they’ve started the Stamina Records podcast many years ago, and it just died. Slowely. The hype around it was immense, and people really liked it, but it just disappeared from our timelines. But no worries, don’t get too sad, because there’s no need to be sad: they are back! This time they’ve started a new radio show, with the brilliantly name Stamina Records Radio!

So what’s different, if you compare this to the previous podcast series? Well, as it states on Soundcloud they bring this new radio show to us every last Friday of the month, and a different presenter every episode. The first episode had to be presented by the mighty (and he knows it) A.B, the big boss behind this purple Freeform label. And it’s also live streamed on Facebook, which the previous podcast didn’t do.

In this hour long radio show they play the finest Freeform records money can buy, and have left in an item from the podcast series, which was called ‘Way Back Track’. But besides that, it’s all new and refreshing!

Let me show you the tracks A.B has selected for the first radio show:

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01. Substanced – Heart Of Time
02. Hedonistik Ritual – Enjoy
03. Kevin Energy & Paul Hardcore – Midnight Madness
04. Digital Commandos – Serious Shit
05. Aeon – Deserve To Die
06. DJ Neon – Tribute
07. Kevin Energy & Paul Hardcore – Enigma V2
08. Substanced – Oneoroi
09. Way Back Track Lost Soul feat Vicious Precious – Crazy Light
10. A.B & Cyrax – Binary Star
11. Finnbarr – The Divine
12. Plus System – Commence (SynthWulf Remix) 
13. Greg Peaks – Afro Gleann
14. Arex & Dani Delirio – New Life

It’s nice to see that Stamina Records is back, and is promoting not only new music from their own label, but also labels such as Energy Field, Bornless Records, Tesla Tracks, Nu Energy and more. This radio show represents Freeform, and it’s good that this radio show excists. It’s about time people acknowledged the music more, and we don’t have that many radio/podcasts on Soundcloud, eh?

I just love the fact that Freeform has found a new platform to be played on, and it’s a platform created by the biggest label (without a doubt) in the scene. And even though it’s underrated, it’s still one of the most interesting styles ever. Besides Trance music only Freeform has the power to become extremely euphoric!

The hour has been too short. I was hoping for at least 24 hours, but sadly that’s not the case. Anyhow, the hour was jam packed with Freeform beauties, and now, during my recovery after surgery, this radio show just hits me right in the heart. So many great tracks, and they are powerful as never before! And Alex (A.B) brings it to us with enthusiasm. And his mixing skills are through the roof. No errors, no mucking about. But the one thing I missed was his scratching skills. Where have they gone?

Are there any negatives to mention? Well, two records I don’t like, and sadly they are both made by the same artists: Kevin Energy and Paul Hardcore. I just don’t feel it yet. I’m missing something. Maybe if I give this another go I might appreciate them. But for now they are not my cups of tea.

Best records? Oh, that’s not easy. There are two: ‘Heart Of Time’ and ‘New Life’.

Next radio show will be presented by Greg Peaks, so make sure you follow Stamina Records on every social media page. Until then, I suggest you give this first instalment a go. It’s really good! I enjoyed it!

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DJ: A.B
Genre/Style: Freeform, UK Hardcore
Mix Info: Stamina Records Radio 001
Length Mix: 01:00:13
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 137 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Stamina Records – Soundcloud Page