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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

i-DJ: casual gabberz (2019)

Casual Gabberz. If you haven't been on social media lately, you obviously missed out on a short video of them performing at a Boiler Room session, which intrigued me into investigating my time into their music. Today was going to be the day I would start listening to them a bit more, not only for a minute or two (this was the length of the Facebook video of their set at the Boiler Room). So, after visiting their Soundcloud page, I found a mix they made as a collective for i-D. Never heard of this global platform, but it is focussed on fashion, culture, individuality and youth, and music fits in there beautifully.

Casual Gabberz, you guessed it, they are focussed on the Gabber sound, originated from a small country called The Netherlands. We coined the phrase 'gabber', meaning pal, mate, friend. So Casual Gabberz, they are just casual friends, mates? Well, whatever they might be, they are from Paris, and love their music rough and tough. For this online platform they made this Hardcore mix, and there's also a short introduction prior to you finding the mix on i-D's website. It's all in German, so if you can read that, you might want to click here and go nuts. If you cannot read German, and you are like me, you just want to see the tracklist and dive straight into it. Casually, of course (see what I did there?)

01. Astral Projection - Mahedava

02. Clouds - Another Day

03. DJ Jon Piemel - Inhale

04. Kabaal - Blow That Shit

05. Raine - Dominating

06. Black Knight - Keep It Going Now

07. Mos Phat - Infectious

08. SMF - Hahaha!

09. Microwave Prince - I Need Love

10. Darrien Kelly feat The Unknown MC - The People Want More (Arcadipane Remix)

11. DJ Buby, DJ Giangi & DJ Max - Musica Nevrotica

12. Ophidian - Angel (Drake Remix)

13. Manic - Illusion

14. Critical Mass - Believe In The Future (Weirdo & Sim Remix)

15. Von Bikrav - Casse Des Murs

16. DJ Rob & Tim B - Bleeding Ears

17. Wedlock & Nosferatu - Bulletproof

18. Beyonder - The Wish (The Philosopher Remix)

19. DJ Buby - A.E.I.O.U.

20. Dolphin - Devastator Dominator

21. Tellurian - Guyver (Chosen Few Mix)

22. Zenith - The Flowers Of Intelligence

23. IDF - Interlude I

I love quirky sets. And this has got to be one of the weirdest sets of all time. I was expecting a full on Gabber mix, but the oppossite happened. You get literally everything, not just Gabber music. Also a bit of Hardstyle, Trance, Happy Hardcore, and more. But does it work?

Well, yes and no. I would expect a flow in each set, and in this the flow can be a bit off. From a raging Hardcore bit to a slow section. As many would know, Hardcore fanatics love their music to be straight forward hard, rough and tough. This crosses all the boundaries, and touches upon others too.

So, what is this mix? One quirky mix. Jumping (as I mentioned before) from one style to the next. Expect literally everything to be thrown at you. Hard House? Check. Hardcore? Check. Hardstyle? Check. But for me, does it work for me? Well, I'm not sure.

I don't know their background stories, and don't know the true meaning behind this collective. Maybe it's just them having fun and not giving two fucks about what the 'normal' way of life is. That became apparent when I watched the Boiler Room teaser. Unusual, to say the least. Would I give this set another go? Well, I think I have to, to understand what the meaning behind this set is.

For now I will give this a 3.5 out of 5. Maybe that might go up, after a few more sessions. Or maybe I need to be more intoxicated to appreciate it? I don't know it yet, I'll let you know.

If you are looking for something different, you will love this.

Act: Casual Gabberz

Genre/Style: Gabber, Hardcore, Hard House, Hardstyle, Trance, Drum & Bass

Mix Info: i-DJ: Casual Gabberz

Length Mix: 00:44:41

Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

File Size: unknown File Type: unknown Bitspeed: unknown More Information: Casual Gabberz - Soundcloud Page

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