Feel free to contact me about records in my wantlist, although I won't always be able to afford them. Ditto your Ebay sales.

I will also consider swaps, but most of my collection I won't part with unless it's a really good deal, so don't be upset if I say no!
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posted a comment on Tieum - Tcher No Beat 1. 3 days ago
Most of Tieum's early records got a lot of play in the UK, and for me this is his best. Mostly for the tune "Speedragga" - which despite the name has no ragga samples I can hear. Instead, there's a great hip hop break with a very famous funk sample (as ... See full review
posted a review of Coco Bryce / DJ Y? - Knock Out. 8 days ago
I'm a huge fan of Coco Bryce in general, but this EP in particular might be my favourite to date. Before it came out, he released three "Faces of Bass" mixtapes on the Myor Bandcamp site - mostly focusing on classic Dutch and Scottish hardcore / gabber ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Thunderdome VII - Injected With Poison. 11 days ago
Probably worth noting that the Buzz Fuzz single which is supposed to contain "Horrorz", actually does have DJ Gizmo - Prayer on it. (Happy Hardcore EP). That would suggest that this version does in fact have the same tracklisting as the standard ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Imperial Mastery E.P.. 16 days ago
The track "Deep Inside" is for me one of the greatest examples of that classic "artcore" early hardcore sound. The main riff is introduced quite cleverly - starting in the breakdown quietly, building up to drop into full on twisty juno madness with the ... See full review
posted a review of The Headhunter (3) - Modular Breaks. 23 days ago
This record is another highlight in Martin Damm's catalogue. It's mostly similar to his earlier Biochip C releases on Force Inc, I would say.

"Iron Man" is the most well known, as it was licensed to Mokum as a Search & Destroy tune (although it sounds ... See full review
posted a review of Overlords - Activate. 24 days ago
This is a fun more "party" oriented hardcore EP by 2 thirds of DOA.

"Gimmie Some" was a favourite of DJ Producer back in the day - with a deep distorted kick, insistent one-note riff leading up to another simple riff and the classic sample "gimme some ... See full review
posted a comment on Cybermind - Subgabba E.P.. 24 days ago
Toxic was an obscure little Swiss hardcore label that only released 5 records in the mid 90s - but each of them is a cut above most other hardcore from the time.

And this is maybe my favourite of them. Mostly for the A side, "Subgabba". Around this ... See full review
posted a review of Tripax - Tripax Volume 2 (TP2). 29 days ago
I would guess the most well known track on here is "Raw", sampling Ol' Dirty Bastard. There is a US hardcore track from the year before with the same sample (Mike Ski - Ol Dirty Beats), which is incredibly rare - possibly an inspiration for this? I ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Intense - Get Down Everybody. about 1 month ago
You would guess that this EP is from Scotland, or maybe the Netherlands, from the sound. But it's actually English - from the South Coast (Isle of Wight), from around 95/96. And although the South Coast was home to many of the big English hardcore labels ... See full review
posted a review of Jon Doe - Black And White / Feel The Bass. about 1 month ago
This record is an early example of what you could call the "second wave" of breakbeat hardcore. By 1997, happy hardcore had largely phased out breakbeats, and there were a few producers concerned that hardcore was moving too far from its roots. So in ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Isaac & Pagan* - 2 Definitions. about 1 month ago
In the mid 90s there were quite a few Dutch labels which latched on to the bouncy hardcore style first developed by Scott Brown - and Dwarf in particular (alongside sister label Babyboom) was one which did it particularly well, with a string of essential ... See full review
posted a comment on Mannik - Buy This Record To Become A Genious. 2 months ago
Of all the Kniteforce releases of the last few years, this is probably my favourite. It's not quite the style most associated with Kniteforce (although they've never stuck to that exclusively) - this is more underground 92/93 style. Not particularly dark ... See full review
posted a review of Dutch Concert - Slammin. 2 months ago
In Terror Traxx's catalogue, this is definitely one of the more unusual releases. It's by Rob Fabrie, before he moved in a happier direction as Waxweazle later in the year. This is closer to his releases on Dance international. A bit darker, but mostly ... See full review
posted a comment on CJ Lehan - EP. 3 months ago
I was referring to Photek being the polar opposite of Bass Generator, the original version of this tune is jazzy d&b
posted a comment on Energy Zone - Overground Resistance. 3 months ago
Going by the YT soundclips, "Energy Zone" was released last year on the "Raveology EP" as "Tear Around The Place", with 3 other tunes. (One of which might be the A side here, perhaps!)
posted a comment on N8 Productions - Interfaze. 3 months ago
By a weird coincidence, I found this record in a charity shop in N8 London - Oxfam Music in Crouch End. A lot more gentrified than N8 when this record was made no doubt, but there's something nice about the fact it was found in the same postcode it was ... See full review
posted a comment on Cheddar - Cheddar Vol IV Remix / Cheddar Vol III Remix. 3 months ago
The remix of Cheddar 4 is very similar to the original, they tweaked the production a bit but basically all the elements are the same. Still good fun - I'm a sucker for an inappropriate rip off!

Cheddar 3 remix is pretty similar for the most part, with ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Barbero - Sacrifice. 3 months ago
Usually on the B side of a makina record from this time you'll find a "base" version of the A side, often with similar samples, just without the main melody, and a newstyle track. Occasionally, there might be a more hard trance style track there instead. ... See full review
posted a comment on The D.O.C. (2) & DJ Outblast - Special Joint. 4 months ago
"IZT" on this EP is the highlight on this EP, a tune that pops up on a few old Producer tapes from the early 2000s. Unlike the rest of the EP it's pretty much industrial hardcore - a really thick distorted kick, some extra FX and sample "can we get a ... See full review
posted a comment on Angel (2) - Take Me Away. 4 months ago
I was a bit disappointed by the A side to this. It's Chosen Few sampling an English breakbeat hardcore classic (as many of his tracks do, in this case Jimmy J & Cru LT "Take Me Away" - normally I'd love this, but it sounds weirdly flat. The kick's quite ... See full review
posted a comment on CJ Lehan - EP. 4 months ago
Highlight of this EP is "Planets" - because it's basically a bouncy hardcore remix of "The Rain" by Photek. I loved this tune before I even knew the sample source - because obviously that jazzy vibe is something you never hear in hardcore really, so it ... See full review
posted a comment on Double R (2) - Never / Shadows. 4 months ago
Apparently this came out at a time when Luna C was losing interest in happy hardcore musically, as well as feeling generally burnt out. But I have to say, you wouldn't necessarily know it from his music around then, as it remained creative, and this is a ... See full review
posted a review of D.J. Mix It - Just Take Your Time / What A Feeling. 4 months ago
Compared to other styles, there's only a few old happy hardcore obscurities - and they do vary in quality. But this is one of them, and it's great. It builds up nicely, with a nice bleepy melody, which is then joined by some trademark rushy piano chords ... See full review
posted a comment on T.Power & The Sandman (4) - Ode To A Deadman / Sounds Of A Concrete Jungle. 4 months ago
Proper underrated release this one, especially "Ode to a Deadman" - killer hoover riff at the start, and an awesome string section in the middle. Some nice synth work on the other side too, alongside a classic stab section. Reminds me of people like Sub ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Buzz Fuzz* - Drop The Pressure (The Mastermixes). 4 months ago
The E-Rick & Tactic and Delerium remixes here are a bit disappointing - not bad, but they don't add much to the original and are neither's best work. The Point 44 remix is better - faster than the others, using the riff as a bassline at the start before ... See full review
posted a comment on Freddy Fudpukker - Drink It In The Sun (Vol. 1). 4 months ago
Freddy Fudpukker is of course Nookie, and although this isn't maybe as familiar as many of his other early classics, it still has that Nookie magic. The two standout tunes are "Midnight Affair", which switches between some darker pads and some nice ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Fury / DJ X-Cess - Droppin' Bombs / Blow Your Mind. 4 months ago
Droppin' Bombs is a great early example of what was called "trancecore" at the time, and went on to be freeform. It starts out quite happy, but the main breakdown gets a little more melancholy, to great effect.

But it's all about the B side, which is a ... See full review
posted a comment on MD & A / DJ Petrov And The House Foundation - Ravers Religion. 4 months ago
The highlight of this EP is without doubt "The Best is Fresh". It's pretty typical 96 hardcore, big 909, breaks and a rap sample lead into a big hoover riff. But then they detune the hoover a bit, making it sound like a record pressed off-centre - which ... See full review
posted a comment on Sy & Demo - Tears Run Cold / U R Da One. 4 months ago
"Tears Run Cold" feels like a follow up to "Devotion", released the previous year - a big, crowd-pleasing vocal track. It's less breakbeat focused than most of Demo's tunes - there's no big amen & sub-bass breakdown. I've never really been a big fan of ... See full review
posted a review of Krazy Kid & Uncle* - Dick Turpin (Rmx). 4 months ago
I love Cool Hand Flex / Uncle 22's releases because they really capture a lot of that chaotic, off the wall, anything goes feel that I love in hardcore, and their work embodies that. Even their label catalogue is in that spirit, in that it's incredibly ... See full review
posted a review of Dark & Moody - Volume 3. 4 months ago
Although this isn't the most sought-after of the Dark & Moody EPs, I think it might be my favourite. The A side fits closely with the name, with two classic slices of 93 darkcore. I think I prefer the A2 slightly - there's a nice sped up horn sample ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Special Forces. 4 months ago
This is quite an odd release. It's on a sublabel of legendary Dutch house/techno label Outland - maybe a little surprising, but given the popularity of hardcore in Holland in the 90s, easily understood. However whereas you might also expect a degree of ... See full review
posted a comment on Source Direct - Secret Liaison / Complexities. 4 months ago
Something to watch out for: I have had two copies of a white label which I thought was this release, with the catalogue number GLR 015, with the R etched more lightly than the rest. However, to my disappointment, it was in fact most likely this release ... See full review
posted a review of Genetik - The Experiment. 4 months ago
I'd never noticed that this EP is by Gordon Tennant and Scott Brown together. That's pretty cool, I guess that makes this Gordon Tennant's first released hardcore production (with the D-Tox EP on Shoop! shortly after it).

Anyway, A side of this is one ... See full review
posted a review of Acido Flamingo - Burned Rubber E.P.. 4 months ago
"Bass Solution" was quite popular in the UK, as it's a 180 bpm remix of the classic old Italian tune of the same name by Maurizio Braccagni. Great idea, although the execution isn't ideal - the track takes ages to build up, teasing the "of the beast" ... See full review
posted a review of R. Wagner - This Is Madness. 4 months ago
Like R. Wagner's previous releases on Dom, this was absolutely caned in the UK by many of the big hardcore techno DJs (much more so than in the Netherlands, from what I can tell). Perhaps they fit the UK style a bit better, being a bit faster and more ... See full review
posted a comment on B.S.E. - Hard Attack. 4 months ago
We're all nerds for different things to be fair, and Star Wars isn't an area of expertise for me, so duly corrected :)
posted a review of Raver's Nature - Stop Scratchin' Remixes. 4 months ago
The Force & Evolution remix on this EP is a real hidden gem. It's everything you'd want from a remix of theirs - solid breakbeat happy hardcore with a perfect piano break. Never heard anyone play it either, which is a shame!
posted a review of Renegade & Static vs. DJ Atomic - Wheels Of Steel. 4 months ago
This is a great Scottish hardcore obscurity back from I think 1995. The two A side tracks appear on the Renegade & Static album on Massive Respect - but whereas their other tunes are typically cheesy happy hardcore, this is very different. "Wheels of ... See full review
posted a review of Syndicate - Affiliated With Death. 4 months ago
I'm sure the Shaftman remix is what most people want this record for (and to be pedantic, the other change in the remix is that it's a fair bit faster) - but for me, this record is all about the A1 and B2, the two breakbeat tracks.

As with their other ... See full review
posted a review of Little Matt & Dark Deas - Give It In. 4 months ago
This is one of my favourites from 1993 - one of those EPs where every track is great (and different).

"Give It In" is dark, but not excessively so - balanced out nicely by a tinkling piano-ish melody and some pitched up vocals. "Losing My Feeling", by ... See full review
posted a review of Sunshine Productions - Above The Clouds / Symphony In September. 4 months ago
The Vibes & Wishdokta remix of "Above the Clouds" is such a timeless anthem that it's easy to forget how great the original version is. It starts out with that classic piano, as heard in the remix - then followed up by a lovely stab section. But my ... See full review
posted a comment on The Fuck-Ups - Rock To The Rhythm. 4 months ago
This EP is pretty typical of Terror Traxx, one of the most consistent Dutch labels of the 90s - solid party tunes but with plenty of variety. And this EP by The Fuck-Ups (Damage Inc + one of the members of Neophyte) is a great example.

"Rock to the ... See full review
posted a comment on Unknown Artist - Ard N Nasty Vol 1. 4 months ago
I think it would be fair to say that one of the staples of happy hardcore has always been sampling old pop tunes. Quite often in a formulaic way. OK, very often. But occasionally you hear it done with a little more creativity, and a great example of that ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Shit - Volume 5: Tales Of Tits 'N Ass. 4 months ago
All the Steve Shit releases on White Breaks are awesome, frankly - but this one might be my favourite, specifically for the tune "Cummin After Ya Ass". It starts with a half-speed hip-hop style break, with some sinister pads...which then doubles in pace, ... See full review
posted a review of D.O.P.E. - The Dope On Plastic E.P.. 4 months ago
The A1 mix of this is of course an undeniable classic, but I do think the Danny Breaks remix on the B side is an excellent companion remix. The breaks are quite skittery, filled out with lots of 909 snares, and the main breakdown has a wonderfully ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Wow - What A Rush!!. 4 months ago
I remember being disappointed by this when it came out, as it felt like a more watered-down version of the happy hardcore sound. In particular the remixes of "Here I Am" and "Eternity" both felt like more subdued versions of the originals (and to my then ... See full review
posted a review of Lenny Dee & Dark Raver* - A Weekend In Bklyn Part I. 5 months ago
Ruff Beats was I think supposed to be the more "fun" side of Industrial Strength, and I think "Toda Rhythm" is definitely its finest moment. The heavy 909 is combined with a ravey off-beat stab, leading into a great riff in the first part of the tune, ... See full review
posted a review of Vinyl Groove - The Weed / Lettin' Loose. 5 months ago
The B side of this is one of the best things on Boogie Beat, using that string sound from "This Sound is For the Underground", chopped into a super catchy riff, with some well used chipmunk rap samples, nicely chopped breaks and tons of sub bass. Does ... See full review
posted a review of GT-Sampler - D-Flash. 5 months ago
Yet another one of those Gordon Tennant releases that deserves more love. The A side is a bouncy hard trance-ish tune, with a huge main breakdown with some floaty pads over a simple hoover riff, topped of with some female vocal snippets. "D-Flash" on the ... See full review