I'm a massive fan of all rave styles. :)

Soundcloud | Mixcloud | Youtube
Recent Activity
posted a review of Various - The Songs Of Tony Sly: A Tribute. 9 months ago
This tribute album is brilliant and poignant in equal measures. The list of contributors is a who's who of the great and good in recent (and not-so-recent) punk. It's not a straight-up punk album though. Frank Turner, Old Man Markley, Rise Against et al. ... See full review
posted a review of Darren Styles / Breeze* / Hixxy - Clubland X-Treme Hardcore 4. about 1 year ago
CXH4 is a hardcore album full of bangers! It's very heavy on the vocal cheese and big anthems. For me, it's exactly what hardcore should be: euphoric supersaw-driven uptempo dance music. It's easier to name the tracks that I didn't love; "Girlfriend", ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Hype - FabricLive. 03. over 2 years ago
Wtf was up with that shitty beat play Hype was doing during "Bodyrock"? Honestly, how could anyone think that sounded good? I reckon he had an arsehole full of ket that day.
posted a review of Ajaay & Chaos (9) - Poppy Horror. over 2 years ago
Flawless hardcore remix of Chicane's "Poppiholla". One of my favourite UK hardcore bootlegs. :)
posted a comment on DJ Demo - I've Got A Feeling. over 3 years ago
There's the original mix, Bonkers mix and Brisk & Ham remix.

Not sure whether it's the original or Bonkers mix pressed on this vinyl but you're almost certainly looking for the other one. Hope that helps! :)
posted a review of Lol (11) - Me Me. over 3 years ago
This is how Mistabishi kept himself entertained on his post-scandal hiatus from drum & bass. Monster of an LP and exactly the kind of quality you'd expect from him.

It's a mixture of lo-fi dubstep, experimental downtempo and "wow, what even is this?" ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Fresh* Featuring Stamina MC & Koko (9) - Hypercaine. over 3 years ago
Hypercaine was jump up??
posted a comment on DJ Fresh* Featuring Stamina MC & Koko (9) - Hypercaine. over 3 years ago
Hypercaine was jump up??
posted a comment on Hixxy, Sharkey & Dougal - Bonkers 3 - A Journey Into Madness. over 3 years ago
Good luck mate. I can't help you but I can tell you that it was never released.
posted a comment on Hixxy, Sharkey & Dougal - Bonkers 3 - A Journey Into Madness. over 3 years ago
Good luck mate. I can't help you but I can tell you that it was never released.
posted a comment on Dillinja Featuring Tate Williams (2) - Time For You / Play Away. over 3 years ago
How does someone go from "The Angels Fell", "Grimey" and "Valve Sound" to this? No, seriously, please tell me, I want to know.
posted a review of Relentless Digital. over 3 years ago
After Kevin Energy retired from hardcore, the new recruits (X-FIR3 et al.) basically carried the label on. They did a great job for a while with huge EPs coming out on a regular basis but now it seems to have gone quiet again. Oh well, another hardcore ... See full review
posted a comment on Pendulum (3) - In Silico. over 3 years ago
Could've sworn you used to be able to delete comments on here..
posted a review of Rob Swire. over 3 years ago
Bit too outrageous so I've edited my comment. Sorry to the guy who replied who now looks silly but he was making a fair point at the time. :P
posted a review of Ham* - Run To You / Fashion / Skream. over 3 years ago
One of my favourite releases of 2011. It never really garnered the attention I felt it deserved.

"Run To You" is a huge vocal anthem with the patented Next Gen spin on it. Brilliant lead sound, melody and vocals. Love everything about it!

"Fashion" is ... See full review
posted a review of Stone Gods. over 3 years ago
The Stone Gods story is one of massive disappointment for me.

I'll start by saying that when I first gave Silver Spoons & Broken Bones a proper listen through, I was super-excited by this band. I still listen to the album on a regular basis; it's ... See full review
posted a review of Electrik Euphoria Records. over 3 years ago
I followed EE throughout its entire lifespan and was gutted to see the announcement that it would be shutting up shop. Some of the newer releases especially (not listed on here) were brilliant. My recent highlight would have to be Robbo's "Turn It Up" ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Ham. over 3 years ago
If I had to make a list of my 3 favourite hardcore producers, there's no way I could leave out Ham. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the most musically talented guy the scene has ever known.

He produced some breakbeat and happy hardcore bangers, ... See full review
posted a review of Usual Suspects - Spawn / Hole Punch. over 3 years ago
Like most Hardware releases at the time, these two tracks are so simple and repetitive that they would bore drum & bass kids these days to tears.

I think they're both massive!
posted a review of DJ Loxy & DJ Ink* - Straight Up Menace. over 3 years ago
I reckon "Dutty Rock" was a massively underrated tune. Typical of earlier Hardware output, it's repetitive even by drum & bass standards but there's something about that massive sub bass riff that wins me over. Another one where the YouTube + laptop ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Pinnacle. over 3 years ago
He makes cool tunes.
posted a review of Cat Like Thief. over 3 years ago
I think Cat Like Thief retired from hardcore a while ago now. Massive shame really. The guy knew how to produce a big vocal anthem.

You can't go far wrong with anything he's ever released. It ranges from decent to really fucking good.

If you look it ... See full review
posted a review of Betamuse. over 3 years ago
It's a shame that the output on Betamuse seems to have tapered off. The label had lots of quality releases from a collective of great lesser-known hardcore artists. You can't go wrong!
posted a review of Sy+Unknown*, Dougal+Gammer* And Brisk+Ham* - Hardcore Euphoria. over 4 years ago
One of the last truly brilliant UK hardcore compilations. Those were the days.
posted a review of Clubland X-Treme Hardcore Series. over 4 years ago
Started great, became mediocre, brilliant 4th release, slow downhill ever since.
posted a review of Various - Hardcore Til I Die 2. over 4 years ago
If I remember right, this album got a bit of a slating from hardcore fans at the time but I'm declaring it retrospectively underrated. Listen to the last 2 Clubland X-Treme Hardcore albums back to back then let the pining begin.
posted a review of Re-Con & Squad-E - Hardcore Til I Die 3. over 4 years ago
This really doesn't seem so bad with hindsight. Give me another one of these over the current state of the hardcore scene any day.

And "Phantom 7" makes a killer intro. Love that breakbeat bit!
posted a comment on Junior. over 4 years ago
RIP Junior. He played a slow and steady but important part in the hardcore scene for well over a decade. Always loved the timbre of his voice as well.
posted a review of Re-Con / Skepta - The Wheezels / The New Style / Rescue Me. over 4 years ago
"The Wheezels" was a bit of a love it or hate it affair. You either got it or you didn't, and I got it in a big way. It's hard to describe exactly what "it" is though. "The Wheezels" just consists of an oddly entrancing single-bar electro progression ... See full review
posted a review of Scooter vs Status Quo - Jump That Rock [Whatever You Want]. over 4 years ago
I'm mostly indifferent to (and occasionally irritated by) Scooter but I'm a lifelong Quo fan and a massive fan of rave music and its collective ilk. I loved "Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want)" in a guilty pleasure "that's going to the grave with me" ... See full review
posted a review of Hixxy - Sora Blue. over 4 years ago
This is a pretty faithful remix of Timo Maas's seminal 90s track "Final Excess" (most specifically, M-Zone's happy hardcore remix, Timo Maas - Final Excess (The Remixes)). It's more of an update than a true remix but, when the source material is this good, an update is really all ... See full review
posted a review of Technikore & Zander (2) - My Territory / On Our Own Now. over 4 years ago
This was the first in a series of releases by Technikore and Al Storm featuring tracks from their recent Raver Baby EPs (e.g. Technikore + Zander (2) + MC Static - My Territory / On Our Own Now / Heartbreaker / Like The Sun). As Raver Baby was the last vinyl-only UK hardcore label, they released these digital versions through their own ... See full review
posted a review of Marc Smith / Darren Hotchkiss / The Doctor (5) - The 'Notorious' EP. over 4 years ago
This was a largely take it or leave it EP with the exception of Marc Smith's "Slight".

"Slight" followed the epic, multi-movement blueprint of earlier Marc Smith work to great effect. It nabs the vocals from Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" for an ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Hardcore Underground 5. over 4 years ago
It strikes me that if you took the first disc from this great album and Dougal & Gammer's disc from Dougal & Gammer / Sy & Unknown / Joey Riot & Kurt* - Hardcore Heaven Summer Madness!, you'd have something similar to a CXH album, only much better.
posted a comment on Sc@r. over 4 years ago
Sc@r's a very talented hardcore artist. She covers the full spectrum of the genre in terms of styles and maintains a consistently high standard across them all. I've seen her play out once or twice and she's a good DJ to boot.

For my money, "Acid Porn ... See full review
posted a review of Raw Elements (2). over 4 years ago
A varied UK hardcore label releasing everything from typical vocal anthems (Uplift, Sc@r* & Vicky Fee - One / Back Into Time) and trancey tunes (Lukozade - Progression / Concorde) to heavy electrocore tracks (Uplift & Sc@r - Your Destiny) and maintaining consistently high quality while doing so.

Recently, tracks like Sc@r's ... See full review
posted a review of Sc@r & Miss Special K / Sc@r & Tony Benino / Sc@r / Dizzy (4) - Do You Want More / I Feel Nothing / Epiphany / Tranceformers . over 4 years ago
On an EP of decent enough tunes, the stand out here is Sc@r's "Epiphany".

On the A side, I played out "Do You Want More" a few times when it was released. It's not anthem material but it's a solid track to take things down a notch after a huge vocal ... See full review
posted a review of Dougal & Gammer / Sy & Unknown / Joey Riot & Kurt* - Hardcore Heaven Summer Madness!. over 4 years ago
With AATW dropping support for hardcore almost across the board (leading, tentatively, to the end of the new Bonkers series and the HTID series), we really needed a new compilation to come out of somewhere. The way thing's are going right now, it's only ... See full review
posted a review of Noisia. over 4 years ago
At their core, Noisia are neurofunk drum & bass producers and have been hugely important to dnb in that respect. To limit them to one style, however, would be missing the point as they've had successful releases across a whole range of genres from ... See full review
posted a review of The Collective - Kick It (Sy & Unknown's 2011 Update). over 4 years ago
At the end of what I reckon has been a disappointing year for Quosh releases, we finally get this: a belter of an update to the 1999 happy hardcore track "Alive" (The Collective - The Collective EP), which was later renamed "Kick It" when Sy & Unknown contributed their first ... See full review
posted a review of LMC v U2 / Sy & Unknown - Take Me To The Clouds Above (Sy & Unknown Remix) / The Bells. over 4 years ago
In my opinion, the sides should've been pressed the other way round.

The A side is a pretty standard hardcore-remixing-pop affair. Quickly forgettable.

"The Bells" is a really nice piece of hardcore. Relying on a simple progression and basic lead gives ... See full review
posted a review of Australia With Force. over 4 years ago
I really enjoyed following AWF in the 2 years it was around; I didn't like all of the tracks they put out by a long shot but there's some that are really memorable to me. I always get a profound feeling of sadness when a label like this, one whose tunes ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Fresh* - Heavyweight / Fantasia. over 4 years ago
This release made me wonder if Fresh had something against his own label. Not putting out two of his finest efforts for years on Breakbeat Kaos was a bit odd.

The A side is a roller with a slow, deep wobble bass. It truly lives up to its name; it's a ... See full review
posted a review of Pendulum (3) - Ransom. over 4 years ago
"Ransom" is the first track Pendulum have released for several years that's genuinely worth a look-in. Earlier influences can definitely be heard and it's something of a timewarp back to 2003/2004 for older Pendulum fans. The track is no "Vault" or ... See full review
posted a review of Nu Foundation. over 4 years ago
RIP Nu Foundation. He was a great producer. His music had a sense of depth and emotion to it rarely seen in UK hardcore.

Essential listening would be his remix of Cat Like Thief's "It Starts With A Whisper" released, posthumously, for free. I rarely use ... See full review
posted a review of Dougal And Gammer* - Save A Life / Ghost Train. over 4 years ago
The AA side, "Ghost Train", is pretty good but I really wanted to make a point about the A side.

Dougal & Gammer played out a remix of The Fray - How To Save A Life for a long time before this was released. It was completely unofficial and used the original vocals. ... See full review
posted a review of Sigma (8) - El Presidente / All Blue. over 5 years ago
One of the greatest drum & bass releases of the last few years and one of the few where both sides are equally strong. According to a lot of people, the sides were pressed the wrong way round because "All Blue" is widely regarded as the superior track, ... See full review
posted a review of Blokhe4d - Full Circle / Skyline. over 5 years ago
The general standard of Hospital releases these days is tripe. They've bottomed out after a steep downhill over the last few years but, at the time of this release, they were still churning out vast quantities of hugely uplifting mainstream drum & ... See full review
posted a review of Savage Rehab - Walk The Bass / One Shot. over 5 years ago
The A side, "Walk The Bass", is great. The two progressions are both played by a very nice double bass type lead (think Roni Size / Reprazent - New Forms) and really capture the wonderful jazzy sound that V is famous for. A very well produced track and definitely worth hearing if ... See full review
posted a comment on Re-Con - Unreleased Gems EP Part 1. over 5 years ago
Yeah, I've got it now. Cheers. :)