Friday, April 20, 2018

GABBERS GATHER - Crossbones + Drop The Bomb = Ravers Graveyard (New Cross, London, May 26)

On Saturday 26th May, veteran free party crew Crossbones join forces with rave promoter Drop The Bomb to bring you a night of the darkest hardcore techno music - Ravers Graveyard - running the full spectrum from primordial Dutch / Belgian darkrave through to gabber and gloomcore.  

Location is The Stretch, Dixon Road, New Cross.

DJs and performers include: 

Fifth Era -  London's original doomcore pioneer 

Mental Fear Productions (Frankfurt) - 100% live hardware set 

Easygroove - UK's pioneering gabber DJ

"nothing but hardcore (no mellow beats)" 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

freez-E style


01. Tanochinjaii - Fallen Angel 02. 8 A.M. - The Fog Track 03. Cypher - Marchin' Into Madness 04. Rave Creator - Thru Eternal Fog 05. Pilldriver - Impossible X-T-C 06. Cypher - H-Flash 07. Rave Creator - Bleep Blaster 08. Freez-E-Style - Doom Dancer 09. Reign - Show 'Em 10. Cypher - Skyhigh (Rave Creator's Black Gold Mix) 11. Pilldriver - Pitch-Hiker 12. The Mover & Rave Creator - O.K. Bassquake 13. Freez-E-Style - Awake In Neo Tokyo 14. Freez-E-Style - Enter The Gates Of Darkness (Stay Strong, Raise The Flag And Spread The Spheres Of Light) 15. The Mover & Rave Creator - Atmos-Fear 16. Pilldriver - Apocalypse Never 17. The Mover & Rave Creator - Astral Demons 94 (Cold Planet Remix) 18. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder 19. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder (Reign's Olymp Remix) 20. Tilt! - Hell-E-Copter

mix by Low Entropy, maker of many tributes to hardcore of yore

like this  Praxis trib mix

and this trib mix to Lory D and Rome's Sounds Never Seen label

and this early French hardcore mix

dude's Youtube channel is a trove of  deepest underground hard-fast-dark-doomy  -  some of fearful obscurity, names I don't recognise at all

like this lot!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Nicely does it / Gavin it large

Really like the additive logic in this one - building itself up by layers, in a leisurely, almost lazy, definitely non-urgent manner  -  in comes a vamp, and then a vamp at a slightly cross-ways angle, and then another vamp, and then a vocal lick, and then a pulse, and another non-verbal vocal bliss bit...     

also really love the promise of that "it's not ovah!" (coming in courtesy of First Choice at various intervals), reassuring dancers looped into the groove that this track will just go on and on and ON (and it does go on and on for a full eight minutes)

Thought i did not know this SL2 remix and then within 10 seconds it's "ah!"  

but it sounds a bit hectic after the E-Z groovin' first mix, which i prefer, having grown fond of it through  repeated play over the years of this rather compilation by Aphrodite (where "Hypnosis" only goes on for just shy of six minutes - not the full eight - and still feels endless and E-ternal, in a good way, a very good way)

Ah, i did not know that there was a follow up to Classic to the Core and it looks just as fine

Back to Psychotropic - apparently this is the Definitive mix of "Hypnosis" or so it self-proclaims

but I beg to differ - the original is still the greatest

Did Pyschotropic - Gavin Mills + Nick Nicely, which Discogs is taking to be the Nick Nicely of Eighties neo-psychedelia cult renown -  did they do anything else of note?

Well, after "Hypnosis" there was "Psychosis"

And before "Hypnosis" there was  "Only For the Headstrong"

with that perennial wonderful phased-vocal intro to Raw Silk's "Do It to the Music"

possibly they sampled it via this 2 in A Room sample-intermediary -  although the original Raw Silk tune was a big hit in the UK in the early Eighties and thus part of the dance folk-memory of the country ( i remember being stunned almost to the point of swooning when i first heard "Do it to the Music" on Top of the Pops, just for that intro) 

And then there was also this by Psychotropic

Then getting a bit tougher and ever so slightly baleful

It's all good stuff - particularly the 1990-91 breakbeat house stuff -  but nothing quite as perfect and perennial as "Hypnosis"

And here's a remix, from early 2000s, aimed at what scene I can not quite figure - tech house?

Ah, well Gavin Mills went on to be UKG outfit A Baffled Republic - one of those names that has a deep nuumy mystery to me (what on earth is it getting at?) - among many other guises

And you can feel a connection there, between the easy-glide of "Hypnosis" and the slink of "Bad Boys (Move in Silence)"

Later just Baffled

this remix by Steve Gurley eclipses the original though

Cox it up

smashing tune (via Classic to the Core Vol. 1 comp - see following post)

ognat jetproct

crikey i only just noticed the pun in their name!

reminds me of this beloved and venerated tune

E don't wanna E don't wanna E don't wanna E

yeah making well-tardy Clash knock-offs, GNR-aspiring but Bon Jovi-achieving crossover, and Magazine-JoyDiv torment-redux was a far more valid / vital response to the impasses of the Nineties wasn't it?

a very pretty, very clever guy - and endearing -  but if ever someone showed that beauty and brilliance aren't enough w/o a smidge of E-Q (that's emotional intelligence quotient) then it was poor old Richey E

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

X-panded replica-rave /retro-jungle lineage (incomplete, in ruff chronological order)

bleep retro!

lickle bitta breakbeat house for a change of pace:

breakbeat techno!

late breaking additions - 3/26/2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

gabba in the park

i'm fairly certain i was at this  - for at least some of the day - it was only four blocks up Avenue A from our apartment block, so it would have been pretty remiss of me not to attend!

gabba in the outdoors, in the middle of the day -  incongruous, cool, crowd enthusiastic as hell - but in the end somehow not right - it's music for dark doomy dystopian hangars or "huge space arenas" innit

how on earth did they get the permission? the area where the stage and "dancefloor / moshpit" is flanked on either side by children's playgrounds!

army of hardcore

the Mackenzie

a group that inspired Marc Acardipane

a dad and son operation, linked to the Boccaccio nightclub in Ghent, he said

here though they are just keeping in with the crowd, the dominant sound

slaves to the raves

not a cover

perhaps hommage?

Marc Acardipane's favorite current artist

although current isn't quite correct since he's been putting out stuff since 1997

the original is still the greatest

but which one?

I think it's the PCP mix that I always loved

Never even heard these takes

what's this? earlier 'Slaves'?!

ooh quite exciting that one, a real slip n slider of a riff

and this is a later one

which has stolen the title, but the sound is stolen from DHS 'House of God'

Friday, April 6, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

bad girl / bad boy

Chris McFarlane - aka Potential Bad Boy, Bad Girl, C.M.C., et al -  the greatest ardkore jungle producer of them all? Discuss

Based on those five tracks, he's definitely in contention.

And the rest ain't too shabby neither.


Chris's very first release

maybe later I'll do Chapter 2 - Chris Mack's UKG years - for now, a taster

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Man and Boy (time will tell)

That was now (well, a few years ago)

And this was then (an aeon ago)

"We Rock the Most" -  I put that on the Energy Flash CD that was stuck on the first Picador edition book cover .... what an ideas-packed, action-crammed, eventful tune!

What do you know, I never even noticed this EP is called Time Will Tell!

So love love LOVE the "Infinite Hype"/"We Rock the Most" side I always forget the other two tracks on the flipside.

Adore the cover - it might actually be my favorite ardkore cover  (although there is a ton of competition)

Well actually I guess that is the back cover - and this below is the actual front cover -  a bit of a mess, yet cool in its UK attempted wildstyle.

This below is a similar kind of cover  (to the first image, ie. the back cover) from Moving Shadow squad - a cut up (or torn up) montage of Shadow crew messing about / getting messy. There were just kids!

But back to DJ Trax, he also had a hand in these slices of madness (alongside Dev Pandya, aka Paradox)

This a cappella bonus track (only on the promo?) leaves the terribly English rapping rather exposed!

Paradox + Trax also went by the name Brown & Dangerman

I'm sure I reviewed something by them but it wasn't that one, I don't think.

Trax's own stuff seems to have bypassed dark and gone straight from manic euphoria to intelligent and tasteful

There were titles like "Talking Drums", "Scattered Memories", "Distracted Thoughts", "Define Funk?", "Spirits", The Drummer Is The Heartbeat", and even - as we push into the 21st Century - "Frantically Calm", which could be a phrase from one of my own reviews

Well you can't stay a teenager for ever...

I hadn't quite the heart to follow through the trajectory all the way through into intelligence and clean production and downtempo chillage (similar trajectory to another freshfaced fave of that era, Danny Breaks)

Still I rather like that tune up at the top, from 2013, with the video, and Trax looking a bit battleworn

Here it is again -

The number  of times I have walked down Berwick Street! Or up it for that matter. The journeys would invariably take in the two nuum-oriented shops on D'Arblay Street, Reckless (mostly for their rack of old skool tunes) and -   in the middle of the fruit ' n' veg market - that poky branch of Music and Video Exchange (likewise heading straight for the 'hardcore' section but also exploring a bunch of other areas of interest as time went by).

But is that store in the video Blackmarket (if so it's moved to a different building as far as I can tell) or just somewhere equivalent?

Nice to have a snapshot of a shop interior with all the whites in marker-penned sleeves on the wall behind the counter.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

replica rave + retropastiche junglizm + auntologikal ardkore - an incomplete and ruffly chronological lineage

bleep retro!

lickle bitta breakbeat house for a change of pace:

breakbeat techno!

late breaking additions - 3/26/2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

the Noom

hardtrance contiNOOM

there are about twenty different remixes of "Are Am Eye" but i strongly suspect none as good as the immaculate original