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Marc Acardipane @ Defqon.1 Festival 2015 Black

Marc Acardipane. The Godfather of Hardcore. You know he is. And we all appreciate his imput in the scene since the early 90s. Or was it the late 80s? I can't remember, I was too damn young. But Marc has been on my radar since the mid 90s, and have been ever since. I've actually seen him perform at Mysteryland 1998 Outdoor, and the set was live. Proper live. And the other day I stumbled across a set he did, and it sadly didn't have a tracklist. But I really wanted to review a set by the Godfather, so I went looking online, and found this set, recorded at 2015's Defqon.1.

The other set I wanted to review, was his Boiler set. But sadly no one composed a tracklist yet. So this Defqon.1 set had to be the replacement, and truth be told, it's not a bad set. Some have complained that he played the most notable tunes, and not his early stuff, or the underground stuff, but frankly, I do not care about their opinion. Marc is a living legend, and proof that Hardcore never dies, and whatever he plays, is Hardcore. Unless it's a remixed version of his all time classic, to appeal to the top40 masses, but we'll not talk about that.

Marc is proof that Hardcore is timeless. And for his 2015 set he played the finest tracks Hardcore had to offer. The proper old stuff, but not the early stuff. Old as in late 90s and Millennium stuff. When you see the tracklist you will smile and have goosebumps. Like me, but that's also because the heating isn't on, and I'm sitting here at home with shorts and a t-shirt. The tracklist is a thing of beauty. Hardcore porno.

01. DJ Bike - Bike's Drum

02. Catscan - Enemy On The Run

03. Tommyknocker - The Aftermath

04. Promo & Catscan - Midnight Impact

05. DJ Mad-E-Fact - The Hustle

06. Razzle Dazzle Trax - Rattlebrain (DJ Isaac's Special Remix)

07. Promo - Up Yours!

08. Base Alert - Ojeeoink

09. Armageddon Project - Spawn Of Misanthropy

10. Promo & DJ X-Ess - Vicious Circle

11. Promo - Emotions Over Anger

12. DJ Promo - Phreak Ya Speaka

13. Angerfist - Criminally Insane

14. Promo - King Of Pain

15. The Masochist - Killing Scum (Promo Meets Shaolin Remix)

16. The Stunned Guys & DJ Paul - Thrillseeka

17. Menace II Society - Chronic Disorder

18. Bodylotion - How Much Can You Take (Catscan Remix)

19. Tschabos - Gib Mir Die Bass

20. 6-Pack - Drunken Piece Of Shit

21. Neophyte - Braincracking

22. Neophyte vs The Stunned Guys - Get This Motherfucker

23. Neophyte & The Viper - '98 To Your Mind

24. Angerfist & Crucifier - Broken Chain

25. Tha Playah - Fuck The Titties (The Viper & Tommyknocker Remix)

26. Rave Creator & The Mover - Atmos-Fear

27. Inferno Bros - Slaves To The Rave (PCP Mix)

28. T.urbulence - 6 Million Ways To Die

29. Bodylotion - Always Hardcore

30. Masters Of Ceremony - Hardcore To Da Bone

31. Neophyte & The Stunned Guys - Army Of Hardcore (2009 Remix) i

32. Rob Gee - Ecstacy, You Got What I Need

33. Smash? - Korreckte Atmosphaere

34. Leathernecks - At War

I have to say that I really enjoyed the other set, which contained for the majority only Marc's own back catalogue, but this Defqon.1 set is fucking ace! Probably one of the dopest sets of all time, containing those records that I've never seen on one disc, all together! If I could only buy an album with each of these records, I would be a happy man. These are all solid Hardcore anthems, and they still get played over and over, and I'm not fed up hearing them at all. No joke, I can hear them on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, fuck, even on a Sunday, and I wouldn't be bothered.

His selection is truly awesome. Yes, it would have been nice to hear more of his own stuff, but he's the DJ, and read the crowd. The crowd wanted this, and got what they wanted. If I'd been there, I would have raved my Nikes until the heel would fall off. Fucking epic mix.

I also love the fact that he used records by other amazing producers, such as Promo, Neophyte, Angerfist, and more. Not bound to only a specific group of artists or a specific sound, he plays whatever he wants to play, and the set therefore gets all the credit it deserves. It does have a few small mixing errors, but he deserves nothing but respect for the set in its entirety.

So many great anthems. 33 amazing records. Not a fan anymore of Rob Gee's song, but that's just personal preference. I've heard it too many times, I need at least another decade of not hearing this to appreciate it.

The best record of this set? The last. What a record to end this set with. Proper Hardcore anthem sped up to ridicilous level. Blisters? Check!

A legendary set by a legend.

DJ: Marc Acardipane

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Millennium Hardcore, Early Hardcore

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Defqon.1 Black 2015

Length Liveset: 01:27:13

Tracks: 34 (thirty-four)

Download/Listen (via Mixcloud): LISTEN HERE

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