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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD


It is now the 28th of December 2023, and we've all gone through the few festive days we like to call Christmas. I hope you all had a wonderful time, and have recovered from the amount of food and drinks you have stuffed down your throat. It is still 2023, but not for long. 3 more days until 2024, which sounds weird, but let's end this year with something special. A mix by a legendary Rawstyle DJ and producer DJ Jason Payne. He has uploaded a mix just before Christmas, and you might have already spotted it, but if you haven't, check it out right now.

A few years ago I discovered Jason Payne, and fell in love with his mix, and the songs he made. I can't remember which mix it was, could have been a promo mix for an event. I cannot find it anymore, but what I still know (and have today), is love for his music. His latest mix is called 'Break The Rules Yearmix 2023', and even though I spend a lot of time on Soundcloud, I don't know anything about this 'Break The Rules'. Can anyone update me please, on what this is all about? Is it a new label? A collective?

Whatever it is, I'll find it out. But for now, let's focus on this mix. And the mix is only 52 minutes long, and it contains 21 unknown records (to me). The only name that rings a bell, is the name of the DJ (no, not Chosen Few): Jason Payne. So seeing as I go into this mix blind, let's just dive straight into it, and let me show you the tracklist, and maybe you, the connoisseur, might know who the other artists are and know their tracks...

  1. Jason Payne - Never Let You Go

  2. Undesired - Reason

  3. Proteaz & Solutio - Luminous

  4. CREST - Anything Is Something

  5. Cybershock - East Coast

  6. Undesired - Bring It

  7. Proteaz - Child's Play

  8. Undesired - Raving Crew

  9. Jason Payne - Turn Up The Noise

  10. Cybershock - Money Drop

  11. Undesired - Oldschool

  12. Cybershock - Me Against The World

  13. Animosity - Click Clack

  14. Undesired - Darkness

  15. Jason Payne - One Shot

  16. Sabotage - Do My Thing

  17. Cybershock - The Business

  18. Undesired & Fatal - Ungrateful Little B!tch

  19. Jason Payne & Collusion - DNGRS

  20. Fatal - Live Or Die

  21. Undesired - The Psychopath

This (to me) looks like an interesting tracklist, but it's all about the music. And the music is what kept me focussed on this mix from the start to the finish. And I've had this on repeat, I am that dedicated to this. I really love Rawstyle, and love the music, as it's raw, rough, and tough, and hearing new music always makes me smile a bit more.

This Break The Rules yearmix is a good one, and if you are into Rawstyle, you will appreciate it a lot. And you even get festive wishes from a few of the artists throughout the mix, which is a nice addition.

There's a plethora of awesome records, but the records that made me move the most, are the ones made by Undesired, especially 'Raving Crew' and 'Bring It'. A new name to me, but one I will certainly look out for. The melodic aspects of Undesired is what makes me love the songs.

Jason Payne's year mix is a solid one, and if you haven't checked it out yet, make sure you do! You won't be disappointed, and as there's fuck all on the radio between Christmas and New Year, why not let Rawstyle be your guide throughout the last few days of 2023?

DJ: Jason Payne

Genre/Style: Rawstyle, Hardstyle Mix Info: BREAK THE RULES YEARMIX 2023

Length Mix: 00:52:15

Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023


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