Kniteforce Records

Kniteforce Records

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UK label founded in 1993 by Luna-C (part of Smart E's who made that Sesame's Treat tune) and produced a mixture of dark and happy hardcore moving toward a purely happy direction by 1994. Mostly known for uplifting anthems like "High On Life", "Shining Bright" , "Most Uplifting". KF records were very successful in Germany as well.
In 1997 Luna-C was in debt and had to sell the rights of Kniteforce and some sublabels to Death Becomes Me.
DJ Force & The Evolution and DJ Ham were going their own way. The label ended in 1998. In 2002 Kniteforce was revived as "Kniteforce Again" trying to bring back the Old Skool attitude, not just the sound, because Old Skool Hardcore was about experimenting and pushing the boundaries.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
Billy Billy "Daniel" Bunter New Sensation / The Way I Feel(10", RE, RM) Just Another Label UK 2022 Sell This Version
9902285 Various - Happy Hardcore 3 Various Happy Hardcore 3(2xCD, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade, ID&T 9902285 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
ATR01 Various - All The Rave 1991 Various All The Rave 1991 ATR01 UK 2019 Sell This Version
ATR01 Various - All The Rave 1991 Various All The Rave 1991(12xFile, FLAC, Album) Kniteforce Records ATR01 US 2020
ATR01CD Various - All The Rave 1991 Various All The Rave 1991(CDr, Mixed + CDr, Comp + 12") Kniteforce Records, Kniteforce Records ATR01CD US 2019 Sell This Version
ATR04 Various - All The Rave 1994 Various All The Rave 1994 (EP) ATR04 UK & US 2020 Sell This Version
ATR04CD Various - All The Rave 1994 Various All The Rave 1994(2xCD, Comp, P/Mixed) Kniteforce Records ATR04CD UK & US 2020 Sell This Version
ATR04CD Various - All The Rave 1994 Various All The Rave 1994(CDr, Mixed + CDr, Comp + 12") Kniteforce Records, Kniteforce Records ATR04CD UK & US 2020 Sell This Version
BARRY 1 Evoke* - Runaway (Jimmy J & Cru-L-T Remix) Evoke* Runaway (Jimmy J & Cru-L-T Remix)(12", S/Sided, Ltd, W/Lbl) Remix Records, Kniteforce Records BARRY 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
BARRY 2 Jimmy J & Cru-L-T - I Want To Be Forever Jimmy J & Cru-L-T I Want To Be Forever(12", S/Sided, Ltd, W/Lbl) Remix Records, Kniteforce Records BARRY 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
BOSSCD001 DJ Luna-C* - B.O.S.S - Breakbeat Old Skool Sessions Volume One DJ Luna-C* B.O.S.S - Breakbeat Old Skool Sessions Volume One(CD, Mixed) Kniteforce Records, Just Another Label BOSSCD001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
BREED02 DJ Demo - Inner Axis / The Power Of Darkness DJ Demo Inner Axis / The Power Of Darkness(12") Kniteforce Records, Knitebreed BREED02 UK 2021 Sell This Version
BREEDCD01 Paul Bradley (10) - A-Class Speed Paul Bradley (10) A-Class Speed(CD, MiniAlbum, Ltd) Knitebreed BREEDCD01 2017 Sell This Version
CD J4U 1 Various - Hardcore Happiness Various Hardcore Happiness(CD, Comp) Stage One CD J4U 1 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
CDRAID 520 Various - Happy Anthems Volume One - The Heart Of Hardcore Raving Various Happy Anthems Volume One - The Heart Of Hardcore Raving(CD, Comp) Rumour Records CDRAID 520 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDRAID 522 Various - Happy Anthems Volume 2 - The Heart Of Hardcore Raving Various Happy Anthems Volume 2 - The Heart Of Hardcore Raving(CD, Comp) Rumour Records CDRAID 522 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CDRAID 526 Various - Happy Anthems Volume 3 - The Heart Of Hardcore Raving Various Happy Anthems Volume 3 - The Heart Of Hardcore Raving(CD, Comp) Rumour Records CDRAID 526 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CD TOT 18 Various - Happy Hardcore Various Happy Hardcore(CD, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' CD TOT 18 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CD TOT 22 Various - Happy Hardcore 2 Various Happy Hardcore 2(CD, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' CD TOT 22 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CD TOT 26 Various - The Happy Album Various The Happy Album(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Jumpin' & Pumpin' CD TOT 26 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CD TOT 37 Various - Happy Hardcore 4 Various Happy Hardcore 4(CD, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' CD TOT 37 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CSR CD5 0075 Jimmy-J + Cru-L-T* - 6 Days Jimmy-J + Cru-L-T* 6 Days(CD, Maxi) Central Station CSR CD5 0075 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
DECSIX013 Various - Hardcore Various Hardcore(3xCD, Mixed + 3xCD, Comp + Box) Decadance UK DECSIX013 UK 2004 Sell This Version
JKF 01 Luna-C - Kniteforce Remastered: Luna-C Volume 1 Luna-C Kniteforce Remastered: Luna-C Volume 1 (EP) JKF 01 UK 2016 Sell This Version
JKF 02 Force + Evolution* - Kniteforce Remastered: Force + Evolution Force + Evolution* Kniteforce Remastered: Force + Evolution (EP) JKF 02 UK 2016 Sell This Version
JKF 03 Cru-L-T - Kniteforce Remastered: Cru-L-T Cru-L-T Kniteforce Remastered: Cru-L-T (EP) JKF 03 UK 2016 Sell This Version
JKF 04 Future Primitive - Kniteforce Remastered: Future Primitive Future Primitive Kniteforce Remastered: Future Primitive (EP) JKF 04 UK 2016 Sell This Version
JKF 05 Various - Kniteforce Remastered: Rarities Various Kniteforce Remastered: Rarities (EP) JKF 05 UK 2016 Sell This Version
JKF 06 Various - Kniteforce Remastered 6 Various Kniteforce Remastered 6 (EP) JKF 06 UK 2017 Sell This Version
JKF 07 Various - Kniteforce Remastered: Vinyl Is Better Various Kniteforce Remastered: Vinyl Is Better (EP) JKF 07 UK 2017 Sell This Version
JKF 08 Force + Evolution* - Fall Down On Me Force + Evolution* Fall Down On Me (EP) JKF 08 UK 2018 Sell This Version
JKF 09 Trip -  	Kniteforce Remastered: Trip Trip Kniteforce Remastered: Trip (EP) JKF 09 UK 2018 Sell This Version
JKF 10 Alk-E-D -  	Kniteforce Remastered: Alk-E-D Alk-E-D Kniteforce Remastered: Alk-E-D (EP) JKF 10 UK 2018 Sell This Version
JKF 11 Luna-C - Kniteforce Remastered: Luna-C Volume 2 Luna-C Kniteforce Remastered: Luna-C Volume 2 (EP) JKF 11 UK 2019 Sell This Version
JKF 12 DJ Ham - Kniteforce Remastered: DJ Ham DJ Ham Kniteforce Remastered: DJ Ham (EP) JKF 12 UK 2019 Sell This Version
JKFCD01 Various Mixed By DJ Jedi* - The Repress Mix Various Mixed By DJ Jedi* Various Mixed By DJ Jedi* - The Repress Mix(CD, Album, Ltd, Mixed) Kniteforce Records, Jedi Recordings JKFCD01 2018 Sell This Version
KAPT02 N-Zo & DJ Invincible - Big Up The DJ EP N-Zo & DJ Invincible Aim 2 Pleez (EP) KAPT02 UK 2021 Sell This Version
KBN05 Nut-E-1 - Off The Nut Vol 1 Nut-E-1 Off The Nut Vol 1(12", RE, RM) Bear Necessities KBN05 UK 2020 Sell This Version
KBN07 A-Sides & NUT-E-1 - The Bell / Tonight A-Sides & NUT-E-1 A-Sides & NUT-E-1 - The Bell / Tonight(12", RE) Bear Necessities, Kniteforce Records KBN07 UK 2021 Sell This Version
KBN09 Mat* - Phat + Phuturistic Mat* Phat + Phuturistic(12", RE, RM) Bear Necessities, Kniteforce Records KBN09 2021 Sell This Version
KBOGR45T Baraka - On One Against One Baraka On One Against One (EP) KBOGR45T UK 2021 Sell This Version
KBOGR46T Baraka - Nutty Bass / I'll Be There EP Baraka Nutty Bass / I'll Be There (EP) KBOGR46T UK 2021 Sell This Version
KBOGR47T Baraka - Nutty Bass (Hyper On Experience Remix) / I'll Be There (Ant To Be Remix) Baraka Nutty Bass (Hyper On Experience Remix) / I'll Be There (Ant To Be Remix) (EP) KBOGR47T UK 2021 Sell This Version
KF 00 Various - Remix Records & Kniteforce Present 'The Remix's' Part 13 Various Remix Records & Kniteforce Present 'The Remix's' Part 13 KF 00 UK 2017 Sell This Version
KF001 Luna C* - The Luna C Project Luna C* The Luna C Project (EP) KF001 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 01RM DJ Luna-C* - Project One DJ Luna-C* Project One (4xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 01RM UK 2016
KF002 Luna Luna "C"* Luna "C" Project 2 - Mission Of Madness EP (EP) KF002 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF003 DJ Force And Evolution* - Fall Down On Me DJ Force And Evolution* Fall Down On Me (EP) KF003 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 03RM DJ Force & The Evolution - Fall Down On Me DJ Force & The Evolution Fall Down On Me (3xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 03RM UK 2016
KF 004 Cru-L-T - Krull EP Cru-L-T Krull EP (EP) KF 004 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 04RM Cru-L-T - Krull EP Cru-L-T Krull EP (4xFile, WAV, EP, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 04RM UK 2016
KF005 Alk-E-D - Selector / Absolutely Flying Alk-E-D Selector / Absolutely Flying KF005 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 05RM Alk-E-D - Selector Alk-E-D Selector(3xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 05RM UK 2016
KF006 Phuture Primitive* - Full Metal Jacket / Twinkie Phuture Primitive* Full Metal Jacket / Twinkie KF006 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 06RM Future Primitive - Full Metal Jacket Future Primitive Full Metal Jacket(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 06RM UK 2016
KF 007 Trip - The Snowball Trip The Snowball(10", S/Sided, Whi) Kniteforce Records KF 007 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF007+KF010 Trip 1 & Trip 2* - The Snowball / The Erb Trip 1 & Trip 2* The Snowball / The Erb(10", Ltd, RP) Kniteforce Records KF007+KF010 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KF 07RM The Trip* - The Snowball The Trip* The Snowball(File, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 07RM UK 2016
KF008 Alk-E-D / Trip-One* - Selector / Snowball (Remixes) Alk-E-D / Trip-One* Alk-E-D / Trip-One* - Selector / Snowball (Remixes) KF008 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 08RM The Trip* / Alk-E-D - Remixes 1 The Trip* / Alk-E-D The Trip* / Alk-E-D - Remixes 1(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 08RM UK 2016
KF009 Poosie* And Cru-L-T - Knite In Paradise / Hear Me Hear Me Poosie* And Cru-L-T Poosie* And Cru-L-T - Knite In Paradise / Hear Me Hear Me KF009 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 09RM Poosie* And Cru-L-T - Knite In Paradise Poosie* And Cru-L-T Poosie* And Cru-L-T - Knite In Paradise(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 09RM UK 2016
KF 0010 Trip - The 'Erb Trip The 'Erb(10", S/Sided, Gre) Kniteforce Records KF 0010 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 10RM The Trip* - The 'Erb The Trip* The 'Erb(File, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 10RM UK 2016
KF0011 DJ Force + Evolution* - Twelve Midnight / Lost It DJ Force + Evolution* Twelve Midnight / Lost It (EP) KF0011 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 11RM DJ Force & The Evolution - Twelve Midnight DJ Force & The Evolution Twelve Midnight (2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 11RM UK 2016
KF012 Luna Luna "C"* 3 'Death of a Psychopath' KF012 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 012RM DJ Luna-C* - Death Of A Psychopath DJ Luna-C* Death Of A Psychopath(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 012RM UK 2016
KF 013 Cru-L-T - I Can't Take The Pancake / Latch The Door Cru-L-T I Can't Take The Pancake / Latch The Door KF 013 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KF 13RM Cru-L-T - Freebie Cru-L-T Freebie(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 13RM UK 2016
KF 014 T3 (3) - Morning Mist / Dark Glory T3 (3) Morning Mist / Dark Glory KF 014 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 14RM T3 (3) - Morning Mist T3 (3) Morning Mist(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 14RM UK 2016
KF15 Various - Remixs II Various Remixs II KF15 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF015R Trip - Special Toke Trip Special Toke KF015R UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF15RM The Trip* / Future Primitive - Remixes Two The Trip* / Future Primitive The Trip* / Future Primitive - Remixes Two(3xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF15RM UK 2016
KF16 DJ Force + Evolution* - Poltergeist / Perfect Dreams DJ Force + Evolution* Poltergeist / Perfect Dreams (EP) KF16 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 16RM DJ Force & The Evolution - Perfect Dreams DJ Force & The Evolution Perfect Dreams (2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 16RM UK 2016
KF17 Cru-L-T - Timz Change EP Cru-L-T Timz Change EP (EP) KF17 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 17RM Cru-L-T - Timz Change EP Cru-L-T Timz Change EP(4xFile, WAV, EP, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 17RM UK 2016
KF018 Future Primitive - Swift Half Future Primitive Swift Half (EP) KF018 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 18R Future Primitive - We're Flying / Swift Half (Remixes) Future Primitive We're Flying / Swift Half (Remixes) KF 18R UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 18RRM Future Primitive - Swift Half Remixes Future Primitive Swift Half Remixes (2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 18RRM UK 2016
KF019 DJ Force And The Evolution* - Perfect Dreams (Remix) DJ Force And The Evolution* Perfect Dreams (Remix) (EP) KF019 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 19RM DJ Force & The Evolution - Perfect Dreams (Remix) DJ Force & The Evolution Perfect Dreams (Remix)(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 19RM UK 2016
KF 020 Alk-E-D - Shine On Me / Shining Bright Alk-E-D Shine On Me / Shining Bright KF 020 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 020 Alk-E-D - Burn Baby Burn Alk-E-D Burn Baby Burn(12", TP, W/Lbl) Kniteforce Records KF 020 UK 1993 Sell This Version
KF 20RM Alk-E-D - Shine On Me Alk-E-D Shine On Me(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 20RM UK 2016
KF 021 DJ Ham - Green Eggs And........ / Slow Motion DJ Ham Green Eggs And........ / Slow Motion (EP) KF 021 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 021R DJ Ham - Green Eggs And....... (Remix) / Most Uplifting DJ Ham Green Eggs And....... (Remix) / Most Uplifting (EP) KF 021R UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 21RM DJ Ham - Green Eggs &... DJ Ham Green Eggs &...(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 21RM UK 2016
KF21RRM DJ Ham - Green Eggs &... (Remix ) DJ Ham Green Eggs &... (Remix )(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF21RRM UK 2016
KF 22 Trip - The Crack Trip The Crack KF 22 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 22RM The Trip* - The Crack The Trip* The Crack(File, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 22RM UK 2016
KF 023 Cru-L-T - Snow In Summer / Sky High / Future Vision Cru-L-T Snow In Summer / Sky High / Future Vision KF 023 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 23RM Cru-L-T - Snow In Summer Cru-L-T Snow In Summer (3xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 23RM UK 2016
KF 024 DJ Force & The Evolution - High On Life / Raining Smiles DJ Force & The Evolution High On Life / Raining Smiles KF 024 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 24RM DJ Force & The Evolution - High On Life DJ Force & The Evolution High On Life (2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 24RM UK 2016
KF025 Luna-C Featuring Mad Mind Jox And K.E - Piano Progression / Onward Luna-C Featuring Mad Mind Jox And K.E Luna-C Featuring Mad Mind Jox And K.E - Piano Progression / Onward KF025 UK 1994 Sell This Version
KF 25RM DJ Luna-C* - Piano Progression DJ Luna-C* Piano Progression(2xFile, WAV, RM) Kniteforce Records KF 25RM UK 2016
KF026 Future Primitive - Lift Me Up / Infect Me Future Primitive Lift Me Up / Infect Me KF026 UK 1994 Sell This Version

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SECU

SECU

February 2, 2020
One of the best labels out there, I have forgotten how much I like Luna-C that it reminded me to buy his book and a few of the represses from the Music Mondays site.
Quality.Control

Quality.Control

October 9, 2019
I have quite a lot of respect for Luna-C for releasing this label and its sub-label's entire catalogue digitally. Specifically, because he did it PROPERLY (at least, for the vast majority of the releases I have checked, about 60+ of them).

Before I explain why I say he's done it properly, and therefore deserving of praise, I will first give only a couple of SMALL criticisms. First, a couple of releases are vinyl recordings and not from the original DATs. Whilst this isn't ideal, I am happy to forgive this since it is literally only about 3 or 4 tracks (from the hundred or so that I've checked) for which I presume the DATs were lost. It's unfortunate, but never mind. Second, most if not all of the DJ Force & Evolution tracks have been edited slightly shorter than their original vinyl releases. Presumably Luna-C was honouring an agreement with the artist to not digitally release their tracks in full for some reason. Nevertheless, I will give credit that these edits have been done subtly and respectfully so they don't sound "weird" like many edits so often do, where phrases are cut too short to sound good or are omitted entirely, or they have simply been faded out making the track sound unfinished. No, the edits done on this label generally only include editing out a few bars (say two or four) from sections where the bars repeat. It's not really a problem, but I would prefer it if they weren't like this.

Now, on to the much deserved praise.

Some years ago, perhaps ten at the time of writing this, Luna-C very generously released this entire label and various other bits and pieces as 320 kbps MP3s for free - this was incredible and I for one deeply appreciated it, as I expect many others did. As well as the fact they were all for free, I was astounded by the fact that the files were of such good quality: taken straight from the DATs and encoded at a high bit rate - this was something I didn't know of any other (oldskool) label doing.

Shortly after, Luna-C decided to release these tracks in lossless quality on various music webshops. This was brilliant since, as good as 320 mp3 is, for audiophiles and obsessives like me lossless is "better". At first, though, I was concerned because at first I saw that he had remastered the files. Remastered files are a subject for debate, in my opinion. Typically, a remaster simply involves boosting the volume of the tracks to compete with modern productions, which are generally mixed down louder, so that the old tracks don't sound disappointingly quiet when mixed with new tunes. I can appreciate why remasters are desirable from a DJ's perspective but from the perspective of a casual listener I don't like them at all. Since remastering a tune in this way involves compressing the waveform, the dynamic range is also compressed. The consequence of this is the listening experience can become boring and even unpleasant - literally painful if the tunes are compressed to extreme levels.

So, when I noticed that Luna-C had made available BOTH remastered versions and the original, unremastered versions straight from DAT, I was over the moon. It was the best of both worlds. I was happy and the DJs were happy. This is something that no other oldskool label I know of has ever done.

Additionally, from what I saw of the remastered versions (which admittedly was only a handful of tracks) they did not seem to have been mangled by other remastering techniques such as noise or click removal, which are difficult to use effectively at the best of times - let alone by some idiot half-arsing the job (which does happen).

Lastly, I don't think I have found any lossless files that have been transcoded from lossy formats, such as MP3, which is a problem that inexplicably happens far too often these days.

Considering how poorly so many other labels have released their back catalogues - either remastering them badly, or passing off worn out vinyl recordings as DAT recordings, or transcoding them from mp3s, or suffering from some other ridiculous problem - I have great respect for Luna-C for doing it properly. Other labels should take note.

Also, unrelated to these digital releases, I get the impression that Luna-C seems a genuinely decent chap with a good sense of humour, which I find quite endearing. All too often I hear stories about (and have even personally experienced) artists and labels who think too highly of themselves, that they are above criticism and their "legendary" reputation has elevated them above "the common man". I don't get this impression of Luna-C, he seems grounded and decent.

Respect, Luna-C!
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Welli

Welli

November 7, 2009
edited over 8 years ago
Possibly the most influential hardcore label of the 90s. Steadily progressed from a mixture of dark side old skool and lighter hands-in-the-air piano breaks in 1993 to almost exclusively piano-driven breakbeat hardcore in 94 and 95 (sealing its fate as a happy/UK hardcore rather than drum & bass label).

When the genre largely morphed into happy hardcore after 95, Kniteforce refused to be left behind and successfully mastered both genres with consistently high quality releases. Today it still lives on, releasing a combination of "nu old skool" (if you care for the expression) and slightly off-centre UK hardcore, as Kniteforce Again and most recently, with free mp3 releases, as Kniteforce Digital. Kniteforce has been host, past and present, to a number of sublabels that have also had their share of great releases (Remix Records being one of the biggest, with Malice Records and Knitebreed also being significant).

Many, many releases on the label throughout its existence were high quality and groundbreaking. Some of the highlights for me were DJ Force And Evolution* - Fall Down On Me, Brisk - Airhead / Thru' The Knite (from the Remix Records sublabel), Luna-C Featuring Mad Mind Jox And K.E - Piano Progression / Onward, Future Primitive - Lift Me Up / Infect Me and I won't go on because there's really just too many. So many of the regular artists on Kniteforce were at the top of their game for these releases; it's a veritable who's who of the great and good in 90s hardcore.