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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Best of British Hardcore (2023)

It has been nearly 7 years since I made the move from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, and it's been a pleasant one. Obviously I had to leave the comfort of my home country, the place of my birth, all behind, and had to 'start' again. Nothing too dramatic, I assure you. But it has been a difficult move. I had to sacrifice certain aspects, but I gained a new life instead. It isn't as easy as one, two, three, but it is worth it, if you put your shoulders under it. I now consider myself a Dunglish person, or a Brutch person (that last one sounds a bit sexual, and not appropriate, so let's leave it at Dunglish), and it makes me love two countries at the same time. And I had to grow accustom to a new way of living, and it came with so many benefits!

One being the music. I am now closer to the source, to one of the music styles I appreciate a lot. British Hardcore. Some might like it, some might hate it. I do love it, but I still have a lot to learn. There are still so many artists I need to listen to, and haven't even heard about. So many unknowns to me, and I love exploring the genre on a daily basis. And will you Adam and Eve it, did I just find a mix, made by J.O.E., fully focussed on British Hardcore music, from 1995 to 1997?

He has added a few names in this mix who I know. Not personally, but I know of their existence, and know of their music. But there's still a lot of stuff in here I've never heard or seen before, and I'm not exaggerating. And I fucking love it! It is truly amazing, being nearly 40 years old, and still feeling young again. It's like every day I go on an adventure, to find new music, which isn't technically speaking new, but to me it is.

So what's he got in store today? For this 46 minute long mix, he mixed 13 records together. Want to know which ones? Well, you are in luck:

  1. Nemesis - Aftershock

  2. Suburban Delay - All I Need (Eurostomp Mix)

  3. DJ Eclipse - Ultraworld 5

  4. Auriga - Isotope (Scott Brown Remix)

  5. Scott Brown - Rock That Body (Scott's Twisted Vinyl Mix)

  6. Druid & Bananaman - Tweedle Dee

  7. Sass - Uprising

  8. Ramos, Supreme & UFO - Terminator

  9. Supreme & UFO - Rave Station

  10. D-Tox - Trancer

  11. The Vampire - Technostorm (Sharkey Remix)

  12. Stu J & UFO - Resin B

  13. Tripswitch - Diztruxshon

It is a short, but very powerful mix. It is J.O.E.'s favourite tracks from 1995 to 1997. Within those 46 minutes he delivers an excellent set.

I still find it astonishing that, even though we call it Hardcore, every country had their own style, their own way of making the music their own. This could not sound any more different compared to European Hardcore, especially the Dutch, Belgian, and German Hardcore. It is so British.

A bit more drawn towards the happier side of Hardcore, but I do love that. The Brits might be hard as nails, but when it comes to Hardcore, they love it happy. And that makes me happy!

You can hear songs that would inspire the next phase of Hardcore, when it became more UK Hardcore-ish (the Millennium sound) and when Trancecore became a thing, and evolved into Freeform at a later stage. All in this short mix. It's unbelievable, Jeff!

Not much to say. A wicked mix. Short and sweet. A true energy creating mix. If this doesn't give you a boost, nothing will.

And obviously I had to select 'Technostorm' as my favourite one in this mix. An all time classic! Truly wicked song, love it.

Now get down them apples and pears, head down to your local pub, and drink a few pints, and go out, and have it large, bruvva!

DJ: J.O.E.

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Trancecore, Hardcore Techno, Bouncy Techno

Mix Info: Best of British Hardcore

Length Mix: 00:46:14

Tracks: 13 (thirteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023

More Information: J.O.E. - Soundcloud Channel

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