Early Hardcore #3 ('92'93) - The Hell Sessions (2018)
Let's end the day with something hard, rough, and old. It's a series I already wrote about a long time ago, but I only rediscovered it a few hours ago, and thought I'd give it another go. In this series, which is called 'Early Hardcore', there were 5 mixes, starting back in 1991, going all the way up to 1995.The first time I saw this series and wrote about it, was the first mix in this series, dedicated to the years 1991 and 1992, and it was called 'The Full Moon Sessions'. And if you haven't spotted his name on the image above: the mixes were made by DJ Radium.
If there's someone that can provide us with awesome Early Hardcore, it's DJ Radium. Active in the scene since 1994, first known as Micropoint as part of a project, and then creating his own alias, called Radium. He's been on the forefront of the French Hardcore scene, and to this day keeps Hardcore alive and well in France. His discography is an interesting read, so if you have a few minutes spare, go and check his info out, which you can find on Discogs.
For those die-hard motherfuckers who know everything, we move away from his discography, and we dive straight into this mix. For this mix his focus was the years 1992 and 1993, which were still the very early years of Hardcore. Hardcore was still in development, and finding its roots. At certain stages it was fragile and very unstable, but a few records gave it the platform/base it needed to work from, and what they created was something glorious.
But without those early years, we wouldn't have Hardcore in 2023. It would have been as dead as dodos. And we should pay homage to those forgotten and underrated records. Most DJ will go to 1995 as earliest, maybe even dabble in 1994, but before is a no-go. But why not? Give some love to the real OG records. The records that gave us Hardcore 4 life. Yep, I said it. Without 1991/1992 & 1993, we would have nothing.
Synthadelic - I'm A Secretary
Michael Whiteline feat Armageddon - Cocaine (Hardcore Club Mix)
Juggernaut - The World Of The LSD User
Wedlock - Bass For Your Face
Juggernaut - State Of Mind
Reanimator - Bigger And Bolder (CPR Mix by Maurice Steenbergen)
Undercover Anarchist - Work It (To The Bone)
Dyewitness - I Am The Creator
Vitamin - The Point
Lenny Dee & Ralphie Dee - Power Dominion
Sigma 909 - Blow Your Mind
Overboust - Lost In New York
Influid - Push The Button
Vitamin - Alice In Donderland
Vitamin - Cosmic Trash
Vitamin - De Woeste Man (Geb. 101 Mix)
Lenny Dee & Ralphie Dee - Brain Confusion
Hardsequencer - Feels So Good
Sigma 909 - Power Surge
SP 23 - Network 23
ID - ID
Leathernecks - At War
Sigma 909 - KNOR
Bass-D - Blow Your Mind
Sigma 909 - Stay Down With The Hardcore
C-Tank - Nightmares Are Reality
Sigma 909 - Power Of XTC
Zekt - External
If you are a regular to this page, you know I love my music hard, and this mix had got some hard hitting records in it. Especially toward the end, shit all goes down, and Radium cranks up the temperature. You will certainly need to cool down after this session.
This is a very solid looking tracklist. It's beautiful. This is early Hardcore. Yes, very early. They certainly don't make Hardcore like this anymore. Which is a pity, in my honest opinion, as it was so freaking ace. It was everything and nothing at the same time. As said before, Hardcore was developing itself, growing from some disgusting creature into a beautiful butterfly, and around 1992/1993 it started to shed the cocoon it was in. But there were still some rough edges around it, which you can hear throughout this mix.
The records are just pure pleasure for your ears. I really enjoyed it.
It isn't flawless, there are some mixing errors in here, but nothing too major.
Generally speaking, this mix flows well, and has got a few excellent tracks in here. I couldn't choose, so I picked these three as my favourite: 'SP 23 - Network 23', 'Hardsequencer - Feels So Good', and 'Zekt - External'. Those are really the best in this mix.
A solid mix. If you want your Hardcore rough, tough, and blunt as possible, this is it. Hardcore at its finest. The finest years of Hardcore, am I right?
Genre/Style; Early Hardcore, Hardcore Techno, Acidcore, Industrial Hardcore
Mix Info: Early Hardcore #3 ('92'93) - The Hell Sessions
Length Mix: 01:04:34
Tracks: 28 (twenty-eight)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE
File Size: 148 MB
File Type: mo3
Bit Rate: 320kbps
Release Year: 2018
More Information: DJ Radium - Soundcloud Channel