Various ‎– XL-Recordings: The Second Chapter (Hardcore European Dance Music)

XL Recordings ‎– XLCD-108
XL-Recordings – Second Chapter
CD, Compilation

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1 T99 Anasthasia (The Scientist Remix)
Producer, Written-By – Oliver Abbeloos*, Patrick De MeyerRemix – The Scientist
2 Channel X Rave The Rhythm
Producer, Mixed By – Oliver AdamsWritten-By – Van Lierop*, Adams*, Khan*
3 Holy Noise The Noise (X-Treme Sounds)
Producer, Mixed By – Holy NoiseWritten-By – P. Elstack*, R. V. Naamen*, R. Fabrie*
4 John + Julie Circles (G.T.O's Europa Remix)
Remix, Producer – G.T.O.*Written-By – Newman*, Wells*
5 Set Up System Fairy Dust (Centripetal Mix)
Producer, Mixed By, Written-By – Danny van Wauwe, Peter Ramson
6 External Group Gravity (External Mix)
Producer – Jean Claude K*Written-By – Kieltyka J-C*
7 Cubic 22 Night In Motion (Original Mix)
Producer, Mixed By, Written-By – Danny van Wauwe, Peter Ramson
8 Digital Boy Gimme A Fat Beat (Frank De Wulf Remix Part One)
Producer – Digital BoyRemix – Frank De WulfWritten-By – Luca Pretolesi
9 Frequency (3) Where Is Your Evidence? (Hard! Harder!!)
Producer, Mixed By, Written-By – Orlando 'Fix' Voorn*
10 The Prodigy Charly (Alley Cat Mix)
Producer, Mixed By – Chaz Stevens, Liam HowlettWritten-By – Liam Howlett
11 Incubus The Spirit
Producer, Mixed By, Written-By – J. Edoo*, P.V. Kerckhoven*
12 Praga Khan Rave Alarm (Underground Mix)
Producer, Mixed By, Written-By – Jade 4 U*, Adams*, Khan*

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℗ & © XL-Recordings 1991
Made in England
Distributed by Warner Musik UK

Tracks 1 & 4 - exclusive and previously unavailable.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012093550824
  • Barcode (Text): 5 012093 550824 >
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): XLCD 108 : 1:4 MASTERED BY NIMBUS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): XLCD 108 : 1:7 MASTERED BY NIMBUS


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May 19, 2016
I was sat in the back of a Vauxhall Cavalier when I first heard this. Brutal CD which put me in the mood. Had to be listened to loud as the music was so dynamic. The Holy Noise "The Noise" track samples the film No Man's Land and still to this day I quote What is this shit definite trash definite trash to anything that is of debatable quality. Was my first glimpse onto the european hardcore scene.


February 9, 2010

XL Recordings were right on the cutting edge to release this compilation in 1991, just at the right moment to celebrate what had become a brand new sound emanating from Belgium and Holland.

New Beat was too slow and had died. It did not make commercial sense in the UK. Ecstasy use was rampant, yet ravers were bored of similarly slow Acid House and north of London, breakbeats were too complex to be enjoyed.

So this new 130bpm techno sound from Belgium was embraced by UK ravers. This compilation highlights many classics from 1991, tunes that truly inspired a generation and cemented the 4/4 aesthetic in Great British raves.

From the obvious anthems such as Night In Motion and Rave The Rhythm through to the more underground likes of Fairy Dust and The Spirit, across to the multi-nation pollination of Frank de Wulf's remix of Gimme A Fat Beat, this is truly a time capsule of an era.

Granted, it's not exclusively four-to-the-floor. The Alley Cat mix of Charly, while not nearly as devastating as the original, is still one of The Prodigy's highlights, and the remix of Anasthasia by The Scientist actually manages to meld the original's groundbreaking satanic chorus ethos to an even more evil Caspar Pound-esque "Hardcore U Know The Score" style 'ardkore.

Alas the cd rounds up with the very weak Rave Alarm pop song where it would have been much more fitting to end with Injected With A Poison, but by this point the listener has been well and truly converted anyway.

Certainly a fitting tribute to the sound of European Techno circa 1991, only to be eclipsed perhaps by efforts from Belgium itself.

The UK had had it's first taste of HARDCORE.


October 29, 2007
Some of this may sound a little dated today but at the time no other compilation did quite as much to capture the moment.

XL were on a roll at the time and could do little wrong in the eyes of many DJs, if you went to a rave in the summer of 1991 you would have heard most of the tracks on this album at least once during the night.

If you want an historical document to the early days of hardcore it does not get much better than this.