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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Multigroove - The Ultimate Rave Selection Volume 1 (Multigroove) (2022)

The first working week of 2023 is about to end. Just a few more hours, we can hold onto the thought of the upcoming weekend. It is so close, I can almost taste it! And to sign off the first week, why not end it on a high note? And before you start commenting, let me remind you that sometimes your opinion doesn't matter, ok? Yes, this is the second mix I have reviewed in less than 2 weeks, done by Marc Acardipane, but is that a problem? Have you got an issue with the Godfather of Hardcore? No, didn't think so. So let's move on, and focus on this glorious gift he's given us for 'free'! A mix CD, and it's not even a mix CD from the 90s, one released in 2022! How about that?

Yes, only a handful of days ago (back in 2022, remember that year?), I found his Thunderdome 2022 set, and reviewed it. Before that, it was his Hard Dance NYC set, and before that it was the Heroes Of Hardcore album, which he had one disc to himself, and the other two discs were mixed by The Stunned Guys and Promo. Oh, and don't forget his Thunderdome Hardcore Stream from 2020, and his 'Reclaim Your City' set, or his set at Defqon.1, back in 2015. Yeah, I do myself a bit of Marc Acardipane, but truth be told, he's the pioneer that shaped the Hardcore scene. He's the legend that gave us countless Hardcore anthems, anthems so strong, they stood the test of time!

And you can say whatever you like, but he knows what the raving community wants to hear. So when Multigroove decided to release a new album, they went to the Godfather, and asked if he wanted to compose/mix it for them. And the result? Well, he did it, and they released it back in 2022. And at first glance, you might be thinking (wrongly though) that it's filled with records only made by Marc. I thought exactly that, and I was wrong, when I heard songs by Miro, and Da Bulldozer Project. Or, for a brief moment, I was questioning myself. I know he has got a billion aliases, but was he part of Da Bulldozer Project? I get why he chose these songs: they are by the same people he's worked with for so long. And they are fucking solid Hardcore anthems.

But which tracks are on this album? You are curious, aren't you?

  1. Mescalinum United & The Mover - We Have Arrived (Original Mix)

  2. Marc Acardipane - 9 Is A Classic (Ultimate Rave Remix)

  3. Marc Acardipane - Disaster Area (Original Mix)

  4. Marc Acardipane - Immortal (Original Mix)

  5. Marc Acardipane - Stereo Murder (Original Mix)

  6. Marc Acardipane - Bleep Blaster (Original Mix)

  7. Miro - Purple Moon (Miro Remix)

  8. Marc Acardipane feat DJ Cirillo - Deal Wit' Beats (Original Mix)

  9. Dr. Macabre - Poltergeist

  10. Da Bulldozer Project - Something Special (Original Mix)

  11. Marc Acardipane - Intruder (Original Mix)

  12. Marc Acardipane - E-Ternal (Original Mix)

  13. Miro - Shining (Original Mix)

  14. Miro - Bass Machine (Original Mix)

  15. Miro - E-Shifter (Original Mix)

  16. Marc Acardipane - A New Mind (Cold Rush Phuture Mix)

  17. Da Bulldozer Project - Arise (Original Mix)

  18. Dr. Macabre - Danse Macabre

  19. Marc Acardipane - Into Sound (Marshall Masters Remix)

  20. Miro - First Bite (Original Mix)

  21. Marc Acardipane - Return To Zero (Original mix)

  22. Marc Acardipane feat The Ultimate MC - I Like It Loud (Original Mix)

  23. Marc Acardipane feat The Ultimate MC - Hustlers For Life (Live At Club X)

  24. Marc Acardipane - Atmos-Fear (Original Mix)

  25. Miro - Havin' Sex (Original Mix)

  26. Marc Acardipane - Up & Down (Original Mix)

  27. Marc Acardipane - World's Famous MF (Violent Ego)

  28. Marc Acardipane - Pitch-Hiker (Original Mix)

  29. Marc Acardipane - Drunken Piece Of Shit (Mix 1)

  30. Marc Acardipane feat Dick Rules - Are You With Me (Energie Hallen Mix)

  31. Marc Acardipane - Slaves To The Rave (PCP Mix)

  32. Marc Acardipane - 6 Million Ways To Die (Original Mix)

  33. Marc Acardipane - Hardcore Muthafucka (Original Mix)

  34. Marc Acardipane - At War (Remix)

  35. Marc Acardipane - Greatest Work, Pt. 1 (Original Mix)

I started listening to this at 7am, and it's now nearly 4pm, and I'm still listening to this. It's been on a continuous loop ever since I opened my eyes today, and I've felt never better! It is exactly what I wanted to hear. This album really contains the records that define a generation long lost. And to me it is indeed the ultimate rave selection. Can't wait for the next instalments, to hear more rave anthems. But can they beat Marc Acardipane's mix?

Marc, being the Godfather, has had a huge impact on the scene, and over the years, given us many memorable anthems, most of which you can find in this mix. Of course, he wouldn't be able to do a set without the magical 'Stereo Murder', 'I Like It Loud', and more, and they are classics. Classics that won't become annoying if you hear them more than once. Timeless Hardcore classics. But he's done so much more.

OK, there are a few stinkers in here. Unfortunately it's Miro's 'Having Sex' that tops the list of the poorest songs in this mix. Well, looking at the tracklist again, it's the ONLY poor song in this mix.

But now the quest starts: which one is the greatest? You want my opinion? Well, it is 'Disaster Area'. That, to me, is a true dancefloor smasher, and if you are on some kind of narcotics, I can only imagine you experiencing the weirdest feeling in life. I am sober, but even I feel like my head is spinning and I'm floating in air, from one side to the other. Bouncing up and down. It's the speeding up and slowing down that freaks me out. But in a good way!

This is truly an astonishing mix CD, and even though you can listen to it for free on Soundcloud, I would urge you purchase this. Solid songs, solidly mixed together. A truly legendary album, by the legend himself (Marc Acardipane), released on a legendary label (Multigroove). This does define rave music from the 90s, that's for damn sure!

DJ: Marc Acardipane

Genre/Style: Hardcore,

Mix CD Info: Marc Acardipane – The Ultimate Rave Selection Volume 1

Length Mix CD: 01:19:17

Tracks: 35 (thirty-five)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2022

Label: Multigroove Records

Product Number: MGR001

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