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M@rt!n-J - Best Of Hardcore Heaven Vol. 1 (2018)

Remember when Hardcore Heaven released this album? The first of four? I can't, because I wasn't into UK Hardcore then, but I think it must have created a true buzz out there, and when I got sucked into the scene (not literally of course) this compilation was amongst the first few albums I bought. And what a joy it brought me. Can't believe it's 13 years ago since the first one was released. Time does fly by, and the sound has changed so dramatically.

M@rt!n-J has brought this to my attention, and I would like to thank him for doing so. This regular to this site has made a dedication mix, hand picked the best records from the four albums, and if we are lucky, he might come up with volume 2, containing more records from this majestic compilation (which has been taken over by Hardcore Underground, if you didn't know).

The good thing about Hardcore Heaven was the fact that it wasn't just UK Hardcore, but also Freeform (or as it was called Trancecore back then), and that's what got me into Freeform. So it has done a lot for me. And it also had the finest cover girls out there. Thing had to be said.

Let me show you the 19 records M@rt!n-J has selected for his mix. And they are good! Be prepared for an hour and 20 minutes of excellent music!

01. Asa & S1 - Makin' Me Wanna Dance (Sy & Unknown Remix)

02. Plus System - Bassline Of The Century

03. DJ Ham - Hardcore Velocity

04. Seduction & Gammer - Put Ya Hands Up

05. Frisky & Hujib - Believe

06. Sy & Unknown - Make It Bounce

07. Brisk & Vagabond - The Time Has Come

08. Gammer - Let It Go

09. Sy & Unknown - I Feel On Fire

10. Brisk & Ham - In Your Life

11. DJ Phospor - Booty Calls

12. Dancelordz - Promises

13. AC Slater - 27 Hits

14. Alek Szahala - Lumi

15. Kevin Energy - Crescendos Of Ecstacy (K Complex Remix)

16. Lost Soul - Too Strong

17. Nomic & Pain On Creation - Make Me Real

18. AMS - Hard Bass

19. Scott Brown - Neckbreaker (Nu Style Mix)

I've got to say that this mix looks tasty. And he has done a nice thing by dividing the mix into three sections: the UK Hardcore bit, Freeform, and a bit of Gabber at the end. The result is a mix which has already received 2k+ plays within a short period of time! There's still a lot of love for Hardcore Heaven, even after so many years!

I was being sarcastic: how can you NOT love Hardcore Heaven? Only a numpty could hate them. And the albums are just amazing! When I used to live in the Netherlands I even had them imported from Australia (because that was the cheapest option?). I sadly don't play CDs anymore, but only mixes, and to hear an astonishing mix like this one brings a smile on my gob!

Credit where credit is due: he has made a very interesting mix. And I can only thank him for doing so. The tracks are all amazing, the vocals from time to time piss wet (like 'Booty Calls', don't like the vocals at all, but everything else is wicked). And in this mix there are a few awesome records I can't choose from. So, I'll just select all Next Generation/Blatant Beats records as my favourite. Done.

A mix worth listening to. Check it out, and check his previous mixes out too!

DJ: M@rt!n-J

Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Freeform/Trancecore, Gabber

Mix Info: Best Of Hardcore Heaven Vol. 1

Length Mix: 01:19:36

Tracks: 19 (nineteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 182 MB

File Type: mp3

Bitspeed: 320kbps

More Information: M@rt!n-J - Soundcloud Page

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