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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Arps - Rave Day (2018)

Updated: Oct 13, 2018

First of all, I am not a fan of Arps anymore. And you will know in just a second. But let me first explain why today should have been a great day for me: due to health issues I have not been out for a while, and the rave culture is one I'm missing. But big raves weren't my cup of tea yet, I wanted to start 'small', and guess what? Today would have been the day I would go out after a few years, to the big HU vs H.A.S. party. But I can't go. Had to sit in the hospital today for 7 hours, and I am recovering now. So, guess what happened next?

I got tagged in a post on Facebook. A mix for the ravers. Mainly to those who are going out tonight to Milton Keynes. Yep, I am not a fan anymore. And before you all think I'm having a go at hime: please. It's my sense of humour. Of course I'm sad that I'm not there: the line-up was and still is ridiculous, but there's still enough time for me to go out. Health should be fixed first. And he promised me a drink, so I'll have to go out.

Anyway, it's rave day for many. I envy those going. But from the bottom of my heart: I hope you have a fucking ace time! Drink one on me. Have fun. And listen to the tunes from the golden age of UK Hardcore (or Happy Hardcore, as they rather prefer to call it).

What Arps has done, is go through his collection, and what he found were these excellent records:

01. Ponder & Wizbit - New Zealand Story (CLSM Remix)

02. UFO & Marley - Connections

03. Sy & Unknown - Techno Harmony 2003

04. Ajaay vs Chaos - Let Me Be Your Fantasy

05. DFX & Darwin - At Last

06. Re-Con & Squad-E - 1000 Kisses

07. Robbie Long & Stormtrooper - Dopest DJ

08. Eclipse - Before Tomorrow (Breeze & Styles Remix)

09. Paradise - See The Light (Gammer Remix)

10. Sy & Unknown feat Lou Lou - Be With You

11. Breeze & Styles - Come With Me (Petruccio & Modulate Remix)

12. Al Storm feat Amy - Surrender

13. Frisky & Hujib - Partycrasher

14. Brisk & Ham - Angel Eyes

15. Frisky & Hujib - Get Away (Gammer Remix)

16. DJ's United - My Own (Darwin Remix)

17. Al Storm & Euphony feat Daniella - Turn Around (Ravery Baby Mix)

18. Brisk & Ham feat Whizzkid - Crazy Love

19. Heaven 7 vs Al Storm - Dance With Me (Remix)

20. Hixxy & Re-Con - Power Of Love

21. Inverse & Orbit1 - New Sensation

22. Vagabond feat MC Wotsee - True Awareness

I can say whatever I can about Arps, but what I also have to admit is that he made a fucking excellent mix, containing so many amazing anthems from the golden years.

He's probably out raving by the time he reads this. I hope he and others are having fun. I'll be there in spirit. And if this is the kind of music they are hearing, I am jealous. But I will go to the last H.A.S. event next year, I have to. Just to catch a glimpse of the golden years of UK Hardcore. I've never been to a UK Hardcore when it became huge. I joined too late.

Yep, without a doubt one of the sexiest looking tracklists of 2018. These are the records I have played over and over, and actually these were the records that got me interested in this style. Arps' selection is immense. And if you do not understand that, you are probably too young to know your classics.

So many beautiful records in an hour long mix. I give this DJ all the credit for composing this excellent mix. There are a few absolutely amazing dancefloor smashers which still destroy speakers all over the UK nowadays, like 'See The Light', 'Power Of Love', 'Angel Eyes', '1000 Kisses'. And it was a struggle, picking one favourite.

My favourite? It was a struggle, but 'Before Tomorrow'. 'Be With You' was also considered to get the first place, or the vocal bit of 'See The Light', 'Get Away'... well, you catch my drift.

A wonderful mix. A few tiny errors. But HIGHLY enjoyable. Press play if you are getting ready to go to Milton Keynes tonight. This will certainly get you in the mood!

DJ: Arps

Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: Rave Day

Length Mix: 01:14:04

Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 169 MB

File Type: mp3

Bitspeed: 320kbps

More Information: Arps/Arpz - Soundcloud Page

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