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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Altern 8 Boiler Room Nottingham DJ Set (2016)

Sometimes I wonder how I could miss big sets, seeing as I'm online nearly 24/7. I could have missed this one because it's a Youtube video, and I don't watch videos as much as I should. But a good friend of mine (onderkoffer) has reminded me yet again I should be watching this. A must listen to set. And the main reason for that being that the set was done by the mighty Mark Archer. Yes, one half of Altern 8. And if you remember, I've interviewed him a couple of months ago. Worth checking out too!

But for now it's his set at the Boiler Room in Nottingham. I've seen the concept before and it looks interesting and scary at the same time. The DJ is the centre of attention, and literally stands amongst the crowd. Not high up on a stage, but where the ravers are. This edition they asked Mark Archer to play an hour long set, and seeing him during the set, he seems to have a brilliant time. Loving the reactions from the crowd around him, but also making sure they were treated to the finest oldschool classics. And the crowd, well, they were having it.

Mark behind the decks is a good promise. He's been around for decades and knows exactly how to please but also surprise the fans. When he throws in a classic that everyone loves, the crowd go mad.

I'm getting you hyped up, and now it's time for you to see what kind of tracks Mark used for his set. Be warned: nostalgic feelings will emerge.

01. Xpansions - Elevation (Move Your Body)

02. Bassheads - Is There Anybody Out There

03. K-Klass - Rhythm Is A Mystery

04. CLS - Can You Feel It

05. Gat Decor - Passion

06. The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place

07. House Syndicate - Jam The Mace

08. Blapps Posse - Don't Hold Back

09. Joey Beltram - Energy Flash

10. Outlander - Vamp

11. Cybersonik - Technarchy

12. CJ Bolland - Ravesignal III (Horsepower Exclusive Remix)

13. Bizarre Inc - Playing With Knives

14. Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia

15. Cubic 22 - Night In Motion

16. T99 - Anastasia

17. Moby - Go

18. Rabbit City - Beyond Control

19. The Prodigy - Charly

20. Rhythm Quest - Closer To All Your Dreams

21. Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy

22. Awesome 3 - Don't Go

23. Liquid - Sweet Harmony

24. Johnny L - Hurt You So

25. The Prodigy - Out Of Space

26. Altern 8 - Frequency

I've never seen a DJ laugh this much during a set. He was really enjoying himself. Mark has got such a lovely atmosphere around him: I reckon he's such a legend in real life. Not only music wise though. (just see how many people shake his hand or fist bump him).

The set contains the finest yet well known records, but even though we've heard them a million times, they still rock. Hence why we hear them over and over again: these anthems take us back to the forgotten decade, the decade when everything was possible. We were free. We were alive. We were unique. And it's all down to music legends like Mark Archer.

I can only give the man credit for a wicked set. Smiles for miles. And it's such a joy to hear these classics still being played out loud! These records do deserve a stage every week. I reckon the artists who made these never knew they were going to be played decades after.

Some transitions are just beyond belief. But that's all down to experience: over the years he has perfected his craft, and he makes it look like a duddle. So easy. But don't forget, he's been active for decades!

Mark is a legend. His set is amazing. His enthusiasm and dedication is just beyond belief. We need more sets like this one. With or without the mask (and Vicks), he's still enjoying the scene and leaves his mark on it. Mark Archer. The ledge!

Best record? 'Technarchy'. No doubt about that. But also 'Night In Motion'. Wicked stuff.

DJ: Mark Archer

Genre/Style: Oldschool, Breakbeat, Hardcore, Rave

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Boiler Room Nottingham

Length Set: 01:14:55

Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)

Download/Listen (via Youtube): LISTEN HERE

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