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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Class Of 2001 | Harder (2023)

I've been silent for nearly a week, and this morning I wanted to make a start, but then I was distracted. Yes, it can happen, but it happened because of the mix you are about to listen to. A mix so damn good, it make a trip to Ikea worthwhile, and made me go the extra mile today. Why, you might be asking yourself? Well, it's a mix that takes me back to my childhood. 2001. That's 22 years ago, and as I'm nearly 40 this year, I was 18 when it happened, and the world was so damn cool. The music was so different and exciting, and Carbs' mix just took me by surprise, and gave me enough energy to completely forget to write something about this mix...

The power of music, eh? Don't underestimate it. It can be so powerful, it might even be more powerful than religion! To me it's life. I wake up with music, and throughout the day I've got music on. Hell, if my wife would let me, I'd have it on throughout the night. Well, only sensible music throughout the night: I'm not a complete toss pot and would like to sleep too. No Hardcore or anything rougher. But maybe Trance throughout the night could work?

So why am I excited to talk about this mix? And why has this mix dominated my day? Well, it's because of the music. The harder stuff. We are talking Hard Trance/Hard House/Hard Dance from 2001. I was in love with the harder sound. But don't forget: I'm a music lover, so I did appreciate the 'normal/slower' Trance too.

I could listen to these songs during the early 2000nd, and would dance the night away. Closed my eyes, raised my hands in the air as high as I could, and stomped my feet as hard as I could. What a blissful couple of years.

Now I'm older and the more I stomp, the more my body starts to make weird noises. Cracking everywhere, even in places I didn't expect. But for as long as my body will allow me, I will dance. Dance like no one is watching!

  1. Yves Deruyter - Rhythmic Bazz (Original Mix)

  2. Reysan Khan - Shi-du 2000 (Mark Shimmon Remix)

  3. Flutlicht - Icarus (The Flight) (Original Daedalus Mix)

  4. Kamaya Painters - Wasteland (Original Mix)

  5. Murphy Brown & NU NRG - Aloa-P (Mr. Pink Mischung)

  6. Marc Et Claude - Loving You (Ratty Remix)

  7. DuMonde vs Lange - Memory (Original Mix)

  8. Angelic - Can't Keep Me Silent (JamX & De Leon's DuMonde Mix)

  9. Foggy - Come Into My Dream (Club Mix)

  10. Fragma - You Are Alive (Warp Brothers Remix)

  11. Warp Brothers - Blast The Speakers (Advanced Mix)

  12. Warp Brothers - We Will Survive (Club Mix)

  13. Public Domain - Rock Da Funky Beats (Original Bass Mix)

  14. Junkfood Junkies - The Journey (Club Mix)

  15. Svenson & Gielen - Beauty Of Silence (Pump Mix)

  16. Svenson & Gielen - Twisted (Svenson & Gielen Energy Mix)

  17. Fragma - Say That You're Here (Hennes & Cold Remix)

  18. DJ Shog - This Is My Sound (Original Mix)

  19. Jan Johnston - Flesh (DJ Tiesto Remix)

  20. Mauro Picotto - Like This, Like That (Megavoices Claxxix Mix)

These songs bring back so many great memories, and it leaves me with a smile on my face. I genuinely do remember these songs on the many compilations I owned throughout the years. I have left so many thousands of euros at my local record store since 1994 up until 2016. They must have been to wonderful holiday destinations because of me.

All funny jokes aside, which aren't really jokes but based on the truth: CARBS' mix is dope as fuck. So many wicked Hard Trance/Hard House/Hard Dance anthems in here. They were the dopest songs to hear in a club or at a rave. And I do remember dancing to these anthems in dodgy underground clubs, and at big events. Blisters galore, but it was all worth it.

They had a distinctive sound to it, that characterised them. And it makes them also sound dated, compared to the present day Trance scene. Nothing sound the same anymore. Nothing sounds like the good ol' days anymore. Which I genuinely dislike. Why can't we have anthems anymore that sound as dope as the tracks used by CARBS? Why did we move forward, and not stayed in this glorious decade? Come on, who dislikes the harder sounding Trance music?

I am in awe of this mix. The memories it brought back gave me enough energy to put bits together, and now a Billy is looking at us in its full gaze in the living room. And for once I've done it correctly. I needed that energy, and this mix gave it to me.

2 hours will certainly fly by, especially when you hear 'This Is My Sound'. Who in their right state of mind would dislike this absolute monster of a track?

Good selection CARBS. More mixes like this one please. 2001 was such a fantastic year for Trance music. And this mix proves just that!

Final note for those that aren't really aware: trust me when I say, and I'm not the only one saying it, but CARBS are good for you! So check his Soundcloud channel out NOW!


Genre/Style: Trance, Hard Trance, Uplifting Trance, Hard House, Hard Dance

Mix Info: Class Of 2001 | Harder

Length Mix: 02:01:06

Tracks: 20 (twenty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown File Type; unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023

More Information: CARBS - Soundcloud Channel

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