View Full Version : if you could choose only one hardcore mix for the uninitiate

10-10-2018, 09:35 PM
i mean for me the temptation is to go for one of randall's edge sets but that's maybe a bit too anti-populist.

context: my mum, who has never been exposed to black music save what's on turkish tv actually said she was into the idris muhammad and ambient jungle and detroit electro i was playing.

she says she's gonna rank all the music i play in the house. so why not the first real love, hardcore.

But you know, you need those plinky plonky oh my gosh mdma is so magical fuck sex im 14 white bangers don't you amongst the noise factory and shit, yer sy kick upside, rachael wallis I feel this way, infiltrate 202. etc etc etc. no liquid sweet harmony though. hate that tune.

i mean these days i just listen to dev null mixes for white labels or whatever.

10-10-2018, 09:41 PM
the key is to have the pop and the headfuck rubbing against each other. maybe Woebet's london dreaming mix?

10-10-2018, 09:53 PM
oh found this one on the hd, billy daniel bunter epidemic 91-93.

has dj solo axis next to underground software different ting on it so yeah.

think it will do nicely. even tho it's really famous tunes.

10-10-2018, 10:35 PM
That one Zomby, Actress and Sam Blair put together was decent.


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I never heard these tracks in a rave – I didn’t reach my first rave until 1993 – these were tunes that I first heard on the tapes being passed around at the time either recorded in raves or mixed by the older kids in my school who were ahead of the game – ahead of us anyway. A few of the tracks I came to later as I dug around in second hand shops. No point even starting to list the tunes that aren’t on here…

Ridiculous that this tune isn’t played in full – but the mix is only made up of tracks that I have on vinyl and I missed this one so was grabbed from youtube as it had to be on there one way or another, BODYSNATCH – EUPHONY, AKA ‘Just 4 U London’. If ever London needs its own anthem look no further – makes me ache with pride – but you don’t hear that vocal here, or the beat, just this sound from the intro.

Over that you have Robbie Dee mc’ing at a Fantazia rave in ’92. Used to sit around smoking weed at an Olympic level, twisting our half-formed, adolescent minds listening to tapes like this. It always made you feel like you had come into the scene too late. And moments of mc’ing could become biblical.

Then straight into MANIX – SPECIAL REQUEST. First bought the record for ‘Feel Real Good’, but this track is the killer for me and I wanted to avoid the whole piano thing and keep the mix darker and tougher but still with that rave sound to connect it to the Zomby album.

Out of that into STRUCTURAL DAMAGE – REALLY LIVING which was on a Fantazia tape we used to listen to. The sounds of those stabs do something strange to me – fuck, I’m back in Duffy’s bedroom!

Again, I bought 2 BAD MICE – 2 BAD MICE (REMIX) for its more famous a-side ‘Bombscare’ but it was a toss up between this and ‘Waremouse’ for pride of place on the mix. For some reason this won.

CODE 071 – A LONDON SUMTIN is another track to get the cockney pride rising, and has to be one of my favourites on here even though I came to it late during a Reinforced crate digging session. Incredible.

Could have chosen almost any of Goldie’s early releases, but went for RUFIGE KRU – MENACE. How many ideas are there in this tune? When I first started listening to this stuff Goldie was a complete mystery, almost a myth, the guy that made ‘Terminator’ which was the tune that really opened me up to hardcore.

He features again on 4HERO – THE ELEMENTS (FIRE AND WATER REMIX), credited alongside Marc Mac and Dego. Came to this tune late too – my giddy teenage mind wasn’t ready for this shit.

Next up, time to get the rave started, DMS – VENGENCE, produced by Acen, another hardcore legend who helped really define the sound. Good times.

CRIMINAL MINDS – BAPTISED BY DUB made perfect sense to my stoned 15 year-old mind with its reggae flavoured build up and jump into frenetic e’d up mayhem. I’m getting sentimental now.

Time to take it back down with 4HERO – STUDENTS OF THE FUTURE (THE 4TH DIMENSION 4HERO REMIX), though I’m now wondering if it’s the (NOSTRADAMUS: REVELATION RUGIGE KRU REMIX), the picture disc is confusing. Either way it’s bad.

After the pirate radio clip ¬we drop into STUDIO 2 – DIRTY GAMES, the ultimate floppy bass monster. What the fuck is this music?

JOHNNY JUNGLE – FLAMMABLE is from ’93. Hardcore? Jungle? Somewhere in between I guess.

Then a clip of MC GQ – ‘look at the crowd’ from a World Dance rave I was at, and a snippet from a Kaotic Chemistry track ‘Space Cakes’ which would have been on here if I could have found the record in my collection, and then into INTA WARRIORS – YOUR LOVE IS YOURS, produced by Grooverider.

Back to Robbie Dee pushing the boundaries of the English language with his ‘Are you still fucking mental out there yet?’ question. Then into DUB II – BADMAN (TUFFNESS MIX). It doesn’t get much more hardcore than this track. Brash, incessant, relentless and contributed to a generation of English kids talking in patois.

Last up is DJ TRACE – LOST ENTITY, another from ’93, just felt like putting on a heavy Amen tune.

And that is that. Too many tunes that aren’t on here. Too many tunes I don’t have, or lost over the years.

10-10-2018, 11:52 PM

11-10-2018, 12:08 AM

this is an "old skool" set in the sense of it being done later as a nostalgia trip, rather than from the time itself - Slipmatt on One in the Jungle, Radio 1 1997

but a really good guided tour from about late 1990 to late 1992

happy but without being happy-hardcore

the sound is a bit muddy on MixCloud, i have brighter louder MP3 of it i did off the cassette I made off the radio

11-10-2018, 12:15 AM
imo the best slipmatt mix ever is the one he did at arc leeds april 1993. one of the maddest sets ever.

06-11-2018, 05:51 PM

06-11-2018, 11:16 PM
imo the best slipmatt mix ever is the one he did at arc leeds april 1993. one of the maddest sets ever.

https://img.discogs.com/2IE_IMc85FPqsjMMgWtB8Tk5stg=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():qualit y(90)/discogs-images/R-204235-1215423981.jpeg.jpg

Slipmatt's studio mix on this 3CD pack is perfect. It was released fully 5 years after it all happened, but even that's 21 years ago now.

Force & Styles and DJ Hype on the other two CDs, but they cannot compare. Makes my hair stand up for an hour or more, every time. Pavlovian.

The mix out of Breakin' Free into In Effect near the end is what came to mind when the Daily Mash wrote “When the universe eventually implodes, there will still be hardcore, just banging away in the void." (https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/hardcore-will-never-die-say-scientists-2013071976321)

finally up on Youtube too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJE1J0noh2E