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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Niro @ The Maze 03-05-2014 (ISP Invites Ouwe Stijl Is Botergeil)

From UK Hardcore to Early Hardcore. You name it, I review it. And I found a nice Early Hardcore set on Soundcloud, uploaded 5 years ago, by DJ Niro. Recorded at the Maze. Hosted by both ISP and Ouwe Stijl Is Botergeil. And if you were there, you must have had a brilliant time. Let me just name the biggest names from the event: Faniac, Leviathan, MD&A, Bountyhunter, Dano, Arjuna. How about that, eh? That's a nice looking line-up. One of the sets I've found was by DJ Niro.

This is an hour and a half long set, and in it you will find a whole lot of Early Hardcore records. 30 excellent records, selected and mixed together by DJ Niro (I thought it was DJ Miro first). And to be fair, the selection of records is unique: most of these are forgotten gems. Truth be told, he had to play a few of those well known classics, but also a lot of forgotten anthems, some I've not even heard in a decade or so. And that's obviously why OSIB exists: to make sure that the oldskool sound is still alive, kicking, and much appreciated.

The tracklist is a beast. Coming from an Early Hardcore lover, that should mean something. Let me show you the absolutely stunning tracklist:

01. Human Resource - Dominator (Dymar & Maddox Remix)

02. Noize Suppressor vs Placid K - Keep It Smile

03. DJ Lancinhouse meets The Stunned Guys - Fuckin' Sweat

04. Painbringer - Words Of '95

05. Reyes - Rock With Me

06. DJ Promo - Kill Tha Noise

07. Lunalotic - I Can't Hear You

08. DJ Epitaph - Da Core Will Never Die

09. Nitrogen - Bad Bwoy

10. Paradox - What Is Wisdom

11. Scott Brown - Rock With The Sound

12. Masoko Solo - Pessa Pessa (Buzzy Goes BZRK Mix)

13. DJ Promo - Insane Methodz

14. Annihilator - Realm Of Darkness

15. Myztic - To Da Rhythm

16. DJ Roy - Music That Lasts Forever

17. Predator - 20.000 Hardcore Members

18. Bio-Forge - Turbulence

19. Nosferatu - Inspiration Vibes

20. DJ Alex - In Control (Climax Remix)

21. The Prophet & Omar Santana - Power Pill

22. 3 Da Hard Way - Original Rude Boyz (Oh Oh Omar's Mix)

23. Predator - Out Of Control

24. Omar Santana - Omar, Fuck It Up Kid

25. 3 Da Hard Way - Assault In Zwolle (Jokey's Cellblock Mix)

26. Predator - Just Real-x

27. Knightvision - In The Darkness (I Was Made)

28. Nosferatu - Hardcore DNA

29. Bio-Forge - No 1 S-Capes Us

30. Archatos - The Strength Of Unity

That's an insane looking tracklist. Wowzers. Credit to DJ Niro for finding all these amazing records! I've not come across 80% of these records in at least a decade. DJ Niro's record collection must be impressive for him to even remember these records.

I have really enjoyed this early Hardcore set, and let's just jump into the biggest issue with this set: the MC. I do not know who he is, but his mic level is extremely off, and also he does not know when to speak, and when to remain silent. He kind of ruins the set completely. It must have been a completely different story for the ravers there, but hearing him during this recording is just such a let down.

DJ Niro does keep the ravers on their feet, and he does it well. Some small mixing errors have cropped up, but nothing too major. I'm still impressed with the records he has selected. Really awesome looking tracklist. And the best record? '20.000 Hardcore Members'. Just chilling vibes I get when I hear this record.

A good set, kind of ruined by the MC. But at least he doesn't scream constantly throughout the set. That would have been a complete nightmare. Still worth your precious time though. So give this set a go, and appreciate the forgotten early sound!

DJ: Niro

Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Gabber

Liveset Info: Recorded @ The Maze 03-05-2014

Length Liveset: 01:24:15

Tracks: 30 (thirty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 167 MB

File Type: mp3

Bitspeed: 277kbps

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