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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

90s Vinyl Gabber Mix Vol. 2 - Early Hardcore (2018)

It's nearly my birthday, and I've been walking this ROUND planet for 34 years and 364 days. Within those years, I've been listening to Hardcore since 1993. So basically as long as Thunderdome has been alive, 25 years. I'm a full on Hardcore raver, or as the Dutch would like to call it 'Gabber'. So to treat myself to something nice, I thought (and please correct me if I'm wrong) it would be great to hear some early Hardcore/Gabber tunes in an hour long mix? If you disagree, go away: don't spoil the fun!

Someone called Mr Scott uploaded 4 days ago an hour long mix, containing records I have not even heard before! I always keep on forgetting that Hardcore was tremendously big, and we had many labels beside ID&T and Arcade. I don't even think I would be able to grasp the amount of actual Hardcore records being released. But for this mix Mr Scott used records from some of these unknown labels, such as Fix, Re-Fuse Special, X-Ecute and 2Phase.

So. Unknown Hardcore records released on unknown Hardcore labels. This should be interesting: could be extremely tasty, or a huge disappointment. I hope it's not the last. Don't want to disappoint a birthday boy?

01. Terrorhead - Get The Fuck Off!!

02. Thulsa Doom - Open Your Mind

03. The Raven - A New Hope

04. Don Diablo - Out There

05. Don Diablo - The Beginning

06. The Brutalist - No Equality

07. The Raven - Surrounded House

08. The Brutalist - The Voice Of Your Conscience

09. The Raven vs Don Diablo - The Arrival

10. Don Diablo - Better Than Better

11. Kesj & Donut - Take It

12. Terror Head - Nitro

13. The Firing Squad - Red Rain

Now I was lying. I do know one record. Just one. 'The Arrival'. And that's just because it appeared on a Thunderdome album. And really enjoyed it. It's not the world's greatest Hardcore track, but it has shown me that Don Diablo could make good music, and not the dreadful cheap EDM music. Don, please come back to Hardcore!

Mr Scott made this mix interesting. This is the unknown side of Hardcore for me, and it shows me that Don Diablo had potential to become something bigger in the scene. Instead of, he decided to choose a different career path. Nice for him. Well, at least we've got the tunes from the 90s.

The tunes are different. Don't sound like 'Early' to me, more like Millennium Hardcore. But it's Gabber, and I like it. It's calm and refreshing. Not the 'in your face' Hardcore. Or the cheesy sell out Hardcore that appeared around that time.

I'm diving straight into my favourite: Kesj and Donut's 'Take It'. Don't know what happened to them, they did appear on some albums, but maybe it was just for the fun of it. But their tunes were really rough and raw. Sad.

A nice mix to get me through my last day as a 34 year old. Tomorrow I will listen to Andre Rieu. Why? Because I'll be old. And grey. And nearly retired. Fuck.

DJ: Mr Scott

Genre/Style: Millennium Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Gabber

Mix Info: 90s Vinyl Gabber Mix Vol. 2 - Early Hardcore

Length Mix: 00:59:52

Tracks: 13 (thirteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 54.8 MB File Type: mp3 Bitspeed: 128kbps

More Information: Mr Scott - Soundcloud Page

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