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posted a comment on Various - Red Hot & White Labels 2. 20 days ago
Brainstorm 'Respray' is like Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era's scratchadelic style meets Bizzy B's 8-bit Amiga style, and the results are as great as you'd expect. Such a shame that this tune remained exclusive to this album and never got a full... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer - Don't Need Your Love / In Effect. 21 days ago
There are 2 very similar pressings of this. One pressing has 'In Effect' on the logo side, whereas the other has 'Don't Need Your Love' on the logo side.

On the copies that have 'Don't Need Your Love' on the logo side, the message "Pepsi. Your name... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Vibes & Wishdokta* - Gonna Be Alright / Givin' It All I Got. 29 days ago
Although this was not actually released until 1996, "Givin' It All I Got" was doing the rounds on plate as early as February 1995. So for anyone who has reservations about dipping their toe into the world of post Toytown happy hardcore, fear not:... See full review
posted a comment on SDR & Subsonic - Bad MF / Terminal 2. about 1 month ago
+1 for blowie's comment below about 'Physical Data' which is an outstanding tune with some incredible drumwork, eerie vibes, and the occasional blast of reese bass.

'Bad MF' is also good with a prowling suspense that conjures images of a backstreet... See full review
posted a comment on Hyper-On Experience* - Deaf In The Family (A Sad Title For An Otherwise Splendid EP). about 1 month ago
HoE certainly had a unique sound. Undoubtedly one of the most creative outfits in the scene, they managed to weave together random chaos without it ever falling apart at the seams and turning into a complete mess. That can't have been an easy thing to... See full review
posted a comment on Various - The Judgement Day - The Mayday Compilation Vol. III. 2 months ago
NRG 'It Gets No Ruffer' is a firing piece of breakbeat hardcore which combines trancey riffs, Vamp piano stabs and an LL Cool J sample to great effect.

I would love to see it released on its own piece of wax with an extended mixdown. If any bods... See full review
posted a comment on Substance (2) - Rude Girls / The Killing / Crazy Horse. 2 months ago
A solid 3-tracker, although my absolute fave is Crazy Horse.

Some Native American sounds make up a low-key intro before it's straight down to business. I love those drum rolls every 8th beat and how the action is interspersed with sounds of gunshots... See full review
posted a comment on In-Fluence - H2O Experiment. 2 months ago
Great bit of obscure upbeat Techno, which going by appearances alone could easily pass you by whilst digging in the crates (the artwork to my eyes looks more like something I would expect to find on a 60s-70s Prog-Rock album). Chances are, if you take... See full review
posted a comment on Fat Controller - In Complete Darkness / Doina De Jale (Light Of Experience). 2 months ago
@ Fat Controller - the tune you ripped-off wasn't even released on promo until December '93 Rollo Goes Camping - Get Off Your High Horse, so it's simply not possible that this could have existed in October.

Of course you could prove all of us doubters wrong if you were able to... See full review
posted a comment on Cru-L-T - Snow In Summer / Sky High / Future Vision. 3 months ago
I was too young to experience raving in the early 90s, but I grew up being absolutely obsessed by it, so by the time I was old enough to brave my first big rave at Dreamscape 27 (NYE '97), me and my best mate promptly headed for the old skool room.... See full review
posted a comment on VIP Crew - Special Request. 3 months ago
Lovely summertime vibes on Special Request, with its chunky drums and warm, lazy bass to help you get loose. The tune is broken up by a couple of uplifting breakdowns courtesy of strings lifted from the Zen mix of Deskee - Let There Be House, which is another great... See full review
posted a comment on Beverlee - Set Me Free (Adrenalin Remix). 3 months ago
The 'Industrial Techno Mix' uses the same underpinning melody as Dave Angel's Nightmare Mix on Eurythmics - Angel / Sweet Dreams Nightmare Mix. Both releases are 1990, although if I were to guess I would say it was Beverlee who pilfered the sample. Regardless of who was first, both tunes... See full review
posted a comment on Various - The Eclipse - A Blast From The Past Part X. 4 months ago
The Grooverider tape in my copy of this pack is completely blank. I bought it brand new from the shop, so not sure if they were all like this or if I just got unlucky.
posted a comment on Solo - Rainbow. 4 months ago
The best thing to come from this release is the opening loop of the 'Original Sample Free Mix' which PFM worked into a thing of beauty on PFM - Wash Over Me / Love & Happiness. other than that, this is pretty naff.

3 stars for 'Cobalt' which is "ok".
posted a comment on Fat Controller - In Complete Darkness / Doina De Jale (Light Of Experience). 4 months ago
Undoubtedly a classic, however, not quite the masterpiece that some would have you believe since as others have already mentioned, it’s essentially just a sped up version of the 'Big, Bold Brassy Mix' of Rollo Goes Camping - Get Off Your High Horse which must have taken Slipmatt (Fat... See full review
posted a comment on Substance (2) - Damn Right / Eyes. 9 months ago
Damn Right is simply one of the most funky, irresistible pieces of jump-up drum & bass ever produced. If that big phat bassline doesn't send you leaping around the dancefloor like a grinning lunatic, then you are a joyless waste of blood and organs.
posted a comment on Decoder - Fog / The Difference. 9 months ago
A good analogy for Fog is the scene from 'Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade' where the nazi-baddie sends a hapless soldier into the temple to retrieve the Holy Grail, only for some hidden booby-trap to lop his head off and send it tumbling back down... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Rap & Aston - Jeopardy (Remixes). 9 months ago
The only other tune I can think of with the same break off the top of my head is Survival on this release Klute - F. P. O. P. / Survival
posted a comment on Source Direct - The Crane / Artificial Barriers. 9 months ago
The Crane is not one to listen to if you are in a delicate state of mind. From the moment it starts with those incredibly tense strings, the atmosphere is one of overbearing dread. That intro continues with unrelenting menace before you are... See full review
posted a comment on Pandemic - Slammin'. 9 months ago
If there was some sort of record for the most amount of rave stabs packed into 6 minutes, then Slammin' (Original Sheer Panic Mix) would be serious contender. Every 8 bars or so it switches up into a new sound or melody. It's especially refreshing... See full review
posted a comment on Acen - Window In The Sky Parts One & Two. 9 months ago
This was one of the first ever records I bought when I caught the vinyl bug. I bought it blind after being a big fan of Acen's other tunes like Close Your Eyes and Trip To The Moon. However, when I got it home it confused the hell out of me as I... See full review
posted a comment on Foul Play - Suspected. 9 months ago
Love the lurking menace of 'Strung Out' with it's low-key pads and echoed guitars. Feels like taking a ride in the back of Travis Bickle's taxi whilst he talks about washing the scum off the streets.
posted a comment on Ed Rush . Nico* - Technology (Boymerang Remix). 9 months ago
How is it that the original version of Ed Rush - Nico* - Technology has a release date of 1997, yet somehow this remix was released in 1996!?

The earliest example I can find of the Boymerang mix appearing in any tracklists is an Ed Rush and Trace show from One In The... See full review
posted a comment on The Freshblood Organisation - 0272 (I Want Everything). 9 months ago
The 'Alternative Edit' was a big unknown from an old DJ Tin Tin set @ the Eclipse for a number of boffins in the old skool groups on Facebook.

It's one of those late '91 to early '92 crossover tunes tough enough to be played in a Hardcore set, but... See full review
posted a comment on Adelphi - The Ladder EP. 9 months ago
This is an outstanding piece of atmospheric drum and bass which has remained under-the -radar, most likely due to the artist and label being completely outside of the scene's periphery.

'Adelphis Ladder' manages to seamlessly fuse pianos, saxophones,... See full review
posted a comment on The Invisible Man - Stormfields / Spiritual Awareness. 9 months ago
An incredible amount of work has gone into the production and arrangement of Stormfields. All the different elements interweave with each other in perfect harmony for 10 minutes of pure bliss.

It's refreshing to hear someone from this period... See full review
posted a comment on Wishdokta & Ravemaster Vibes* - A New Direction. 9 months ago
Generally a bit of a lower-tier label, Boogie Beat pulls out a couple of star signings for this release, and what a release it is!

Few people could tinkle the old ivories like Wishdokta, and he really brings those keys to life here, working up and... See full review
posted a comment on Thunderhead (2) - Lost In Time. 12 months ago
The artist name and logo is most probably a reference to Gilius Thunderhead, the axe-wielding dwarf from the classic arcade game Golden Axe.
posted a comment on Fugees - Rumble In The Jungle (Drum & Bass Remixes). 12 months ago
I've always understood to be by Special K too. Definitely sounds like his production.
posted a comment on DJ X Rated - DJ XX EP. about 1 year ago
Definately 1992. Tin Tin plays it at Quest in October. At the time of writing you can hear the set here:

https://m.mixcloud.com/dj_pinhead/tin-tin-pilgrim-quest-3rd-october-1992/

Tune appears towards the end of the set at around the 1 hour 25 min mark.
posted a comment on DJ Solo + DJ Aura - Justice. about 1 year ago
The white label version of this release does not have the pressing fault mentioned below in case anyone should find one of those knocking around the marketplace.

'Gone Clear' is the pick of the two tunes for me. It's a no-nonsense, Hip-Hop sampling,... See full review
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posted a comment on Doughbwoy 'N' Crashead - Two Evil Eyes. about 1 year ago
Back before Discogs was a thing, there was a local 2nd shop in Hull where I live. It was one of those places with so many records that they had long spilled out of the racks and were stuffed into every available inch of the shop. There was no order to... See full review
posted a comment on Together - Hardcore Uproar. about 1 year ago
I was 10 when this came out, and at that time I wasn't into music - I was into computer games. My Spectrum 128k was my most prized possession.

One day, this came on the TV and the connection was instant. It was as if the music in my computer games... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Phantasy - What Possessed You Boyee!. about 1 year ago
I absolutely love Liquid Wax during this era, and this release is a prime example of why.

'What Possessed You' takes a BDP sample and combines it with crisp, punchy breaks and one seriously funky-as-hell bassline that keeps everything bubbling along... See full review
posted a comment on Corky & Yaka - Livin Love E.P.. about 1 year ago
Bit of trivia; Corky and Yaka are the names of two captive killer whales (or orcas). Given that there were two members of Orca, and that another local Bristol guy, Ramjack, is given a shout on the label, I would put good money on this being an Orca... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Selecta (2) & GL2 - Reach Out / Incognito. about 1 year ago
Okay, first off, I love this tune. It’s got all the right ingredients for a quality bit of happy hardcore: pounding kickdrums, breakbeats, great stabs, elements of drum & bass, cheeky film samples etc… they all combine into a tune that is seriously... See full review
posted a comment on Q•Tex* - Equazion Remix E.P.. about 1 year ago
Like Tiddlypeep has already mentioned, the B side is a megamix is four different tunes.

The full release of Celebration is available on: Q-Tex - Celebration
The full release of Integrator is available on: Equazion - (Part Two) Hardcore Nation EP

However, so far as I'm aware, both Equinox... See full review
posted a comment on Sunshine Productions - Above The Clouds / Symphony In September (Remixes). about 1 year ago
I can still remember using my pocket money to bag this back in my school days. I pretty much just played it over and over on my cheapo supermarket hi-fi turntable. I just loved it! The beats, the bass, the chipmunk vocals, the pianos, the way it was... See full review
posted a comment on Love Nation / Donna - I Believed / House Of Heaven. about 1 year ago
Being into both Happy Hardcore and Drum & Bass back in 1996, this release blew me away when I heard it, as it was a perfect marriage between the two. The kickdrum is ditched in favour of a Kurtis Blow break made popular by D&B tunes like Circles (Adam... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Ham - Green Eggs And........ / Slow Motion. about 1 year ago
'Green Eggs And...' is great, obviously. But the flipside is a cracking bit of Ragga Jungle from an artist and label more normally associated with the Hardcore side of things. Skittering amens, ragga chanting, and a lush spaced-out breakdown make Slow... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Kaos Theory 4. over 2 years ago
For those looking to save a few £££'s, buying this promo release for the 4 track sampler is a sneaky way of bagging a couple of pricey tunes such as Streets Of Rage and Searchin' for a fraction of the cost.

The sampler also contains Far From A River... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Rap - A Propa History Volume 2. over 2 years ago
A few bits here that still remain unreleased in physical format, such as 'I've Waited So Long', which is a killer tune played by Rap & Aston during their 1993 P.A. At Dance Planet 'Return Of The Detonator.

It would be amazing if Rap, Aston and one... See full review
posted a comment on From The Man Like The Pennywise - Suspension Of Disbelief / Mystery. over 2 years ago
Suspension Of Disbelief is an unstoppable juggernaut of a tune which makes me feel 10 feet tall whenever I hear it.
posted a comment on New Direction - Run To Me. over 2 years ago
The 'Underground Rave Mix' is a wonderful piece of emotionally charged Hardcore propelled along by some thunderous beats.

It is a shame that the original version doing the rounds right at the back end of '92 never made it onto the release though however. See full review
posted a comment on D'Cruze - Watch Out (Remixes). over 2 years ago
Why-oh-why did Sub Base not release the version Mickey Finn played in his set at Pandemonium 'Eighth Wonder'!?

I mean... these mixes are fine and all... but that Mickey Finn plate was on another level.
posted a comment on DJ Rap & Aston - Jeopardy / More Time. over 2 years ago
DJ Rap plays an early unreleased version of More Time in her September 1993 set at Helter Skelter. The version she plays is much more uplifting with plenty of rave stabs and reggae samples. I can only guess that Sub Base told them to go away and... See full review
posted a comment on Source Direct - Future London / Shimmer. over 2 years ago
My favourite thing about Future London is the way the mood switches the instant the Think break kicks in. One second the mood is bright and breezy, the next it's dark and desolate. Great stuff.
posted a comment on Rhythm 'N' Ryme - Luv Drug. over 2 years ago
Quality bit of under-the-radar Hardcore which (at the time of writing) can be bagged for less than a can of decent IPA.

Personally I could do without the MC, which comes across a little cheesy, but that isn't enough to prevent this from being a 5*... See full review
posted a comment on The Alcan Warriors - Hyp-No-Tize. over 2 years ago
If you like proper hands-in-the-air piano Hardcore from the likes of Rhythm Section, then this tune is for you. The 'In Ya Hed Mix' (which at the time writing is not on YouTube) is my favourite mix, as it's a bit rougher, and keeps the vocals to a minimum. See full review