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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

MIX #71 | PITCHED-UP HARDCORE CLASSICS | 160 - 205 BPM (2023)


OK, OK. I said that it was probably going to be the last review when I was finishing up the previous review, but I could not resist a mix I only found about 2/3 hours ago. I found this mix, which was uploaded onto Hardcore Power Radio's Soundcloud channel, which contains pitched-up Hardcore classics. Now those are words I can work with, and words I do love. Early this year I discovered this channel, and reviewed their megamix (which got 3 out of 5 stars), and they've slipped through the cracks somehow. But don't you worry, this mix I could not ignore, as the first impressions are good. Hardcore? Check. Pitched up? Check.

The concept seems simple, and it is. Just classics, pitched up. Voila, concept is born. It's not always required though, as the original versions might be perfect, but sometimes the pace needs to be a bit faster than normal, and for those moments, the tunes need to be pitched slightly. Not too fast though, because if it's too fast, it becomes unlistenable. You don't want to hear songs that are normally around 150/160 BPM all of a sudden be 250 BPM. That becomes rubbish in a split second. Pitch it perfect, and the song becomes even better?!


At first glance, looking at the tracklist, it's got some sick anthems in here. Some new ones too, but it's a mixture of old and new. And it also has a few tracks in here you don't hear that often. Oh, and Hardcore Power Radio has added a lot of DJ Promo records in here. You might even think they are a fan of Promo. But name me one who isn't? Promo is a legend. But so are the others too in this mix.


Now you are curious, right? Well, here's the list for you ravers out there:


  1. Promo - What The Fuck?

  2. Catscan - Enemy On The Run

  3. Razzle Dazzle Trax - Rattlebrain (DJ Isaac's Overdrive Mix)

  4. Mad Dog - You Don't Belong

  5. D-Passion - Blacklist Amok

  6. Promo - Patterns In Chaos

  7. Promo - Emotions Over Anger

  8. Promo - King Of Pain

  9. Menace II Society - Chronic Disorder

  10. Marc Acardipane - Atmos-Fear (DJ Mad Dog Remix)

  11. The Darkraver & DJ Vince - Thunderground (KELTEK Remix)

  12. DJ Waxweazle - Hardcore Power '97 (DJ Promo Remix)

  13. Promo - Running Against The Rules

  14. Placid K - G Member

  15. Ophidian & Tapage - The Mine

  16. Tommyknocker - Sometimes

  17. Mindustries - Facerocker

  18. Miss K8 - Icebreaker (Nosferatu Mix)

  19. Angerfist - Buckle Up And Kill

  20. Lenny Dee - The Dreamer (Promo Remix)

  21. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - DJ Fuck

  22. Promo - Cheating Bitch (Dedicated)

  23. Masters Of Ceremony - Hardcore To Da Bone (N-Vitral Remix)

  24. T.O.P.D.R.O.P. - Achtung 2010 (Angerfist Remix)

  25. Lil Texas - 400 Rounds


This is literally a mixture of everything Hardcore, be it old and new. We jump backwards and forwards constantly, and that makes the mix interesting. Also the records used in this mix sound good.


Quick question though: is KELTEK's remix of Thunderground Hardcore, or more Hardstyle?


I do like the selection, and they are quite diverse. And I'm not even complaining about the DJ Promo records, as they are everyone's favourite records. If not, please go away. You cannot hate the legend, the Millennium master.


The mix itself is OK, and I really like the majority of records. Not feeling the KELTEK or Lil Texas song though, but that could just be me. I do get why you end with '400 Rounds'.


My favourite song is one made by Mad Dog. As he's had an insane few years, he's given us the urge to appreciate Downtempo, and take it back to the roots of Hardcore. 'You Don't Belong' is such a masterpiece of a record. Come on, there's no denying it!


Some tiny mixing errors and two 'meh' records. Not bad to be fair though. This mix has been on loud since I pressed play, and you should do the same. Pitch it the fuck UP!


Act: Hardcore Power Radio

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Early, Millennium Hardcore, Downtempo

Mix Info: MIX #71 | PITCHED-UP HARDCORE CLASSICS | 160 - 205 BPM

Length Mix: 01:04:29

Tracks: 25 (twenty-five)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 147 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2023



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