I wonder what the Mokum office was like in 1995: I Wanna Be A Hippy is a worldwide hit song, the Fucking Hardcore CDs are selling well, the labels' big DJ, Dano, is huge and part of The Dreamteam, putting on Mokum parties and Chosen Few was about to release the Hardcore anthem Name Of The DJ. The label was doing so well, they were able to get producers from other countries to release music on Mokum, making the catalogue look diverse and very appealing. In 1995, the Mokum Urban Guerilla Posse were pumping out some great records, this is one of them.
Edge Of Panic has to be one of the fastest tracks Stephan Scheltema ever wrote, clocking in around 190-200 BPM. The main synth riff starts off with nicely spaced out synth stabs before they are slammed together causing Gabber mayhem. The low key Acid riff is accompanied by a tough Hip Hop sample. Although they doesn't last long, the quieter moments are nice to listen to. Of the four tracks, Edge Of Panic is maybe the most well known as it appears on Fucking Hardcore #3, Terrordrome, Ravers Night and DJ Dano's amazing Tokyo mix on the Cyberdrome CD. I wonder if the song title comes from Public Enemy's 1988 DJ cut, Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic?
Stringz and Feeling can be talked about together as they are similar in structure and feature the fabulous Rodney Balai! Stringz starts with an awesome manipulated Choir-esque Pad, perfect to start a set with. Initially there's a solid quick riff to get things going. The main melody is a dark but beautiful synth that is well constructed but still catchy. The secondary sound used is a very unassuming spaced out low sounding stab that I've always like. Although its not implied, I think Stringz is a remix of String-X on Cyanide's previous Mokum release. I also like the little rollups employed throughout the track. Like Stringz, Feeling also has a gorgeous intro, I love it. Amazing Pads and a dreamy Piano riff. This leads into a rich and intense Alpha Juno synth that kinda reminds me of KNOR Records. The female vocal used is effective. In the last section, the Alpha Juno builds up nicely and delivers a slightly alternate version of the main Juno synth, which finishes the track on an upbeat vibe. Rodney Balai crushes it again, I wonder if the tunes were made on Rodney's Juno 2 or Stephan's Juno, which also at the time was producing legendary material for Ruffneck Records.....
Funnily enough, the track I play most is Heartbreak, since it blends nicely with other Happy Hardcore but sounding a bit different as well. I think this is Da Predator's attempt at English Happy Hardcore, and its a damn good attempt! It has a slightly more flatter kickdrum and noticeably pronounced Breakbeats. The main sound is a skidding Alpha Juno stab with a faint Happy edge to it. It's the second and fourth breakdowns that I enjoy, uplifting Pad and a lovely little riff that gives the song that happy feeling. Even the chipmunk vocal sounds OK.
Possibly a track for this record, there's a Cyanide track called Dark Knight that only appears on the Cyberdrome CD, that's a solid tune as well. Tremendous four track EP that showcases the talent of Da Predator and Beyonder. It would take 24 years before Cyanide would return with a new tune. Another record that will keep your Fucking Hardcore basses pumping!
No doubt that this is a 5 star rating release. Actually it's in my all time Top 5 Mokum releases for sure. Every song on here is good.
"Edge of Panic" is quite the banger and it reminds me with his filtered melody immediately of things like I'll Show You My Gun by Annihilator. In the quieter parts you can hear detail in sound.
That dark Choir intro from "Stringz"... god I love it. The structure of the main melody reminds me highly of MOK 27 Madness Revisited, it resembles the harmonies. But it's really well produced and again very creative, for example love that usage of Snare. Awesome track.
"Feeling" is a song that would have worked in some other genre as well, the main part comes off dreamy and it has a nice melody. There is a slightly different version on the Terrordrome III Compilation.
The last one on here is "Heartbreak", which is often underestimated or not mentioned at all, but is also not to be despised. What we can hear are beautiful harmonies paired with breakbeat, hoover and pitched vocals.
One of the most beautiful and kicking track on this record is "Feeling".With that sweet "girl-next-door" voicesample singing the words "Feeling" / "Feeling....I can feel it" ,must trigger the interest of all good old hardcorehouse addicts.
While the intro already reveals part of the vibe in this track ,it's power truly comes foward when the bass kicks in.A low dark full booming drumbeat combined with the trancy intro and the "Feeling" sample makes this track one of it's kind ,and the other tracks are also worth listening to....Mokum-38 A true masterpiece !