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NYE Mix By Painbringer (Play! Festival) (2020)


2020 has come to an end, and what a year it has been. The only good thing about 2020 is that it's over. 2021 is the year of our Lord, and let's hope we can all go out again, Out, and rave again. As hard as fucking possible. I can tell that there are millions of people out there who feel the same, and want the same. Sadly we shouldn't risk our lives, and we are to stay indoors, but that day will come, when we will hear 'COVID has been defeated'. That day will a glorious day for mankind, and millions of people will purchase tickets for events, and I'll be one of them.

Some might even look to see where specific artists play. If you are a fan of Hardcore music, you might even want to look and see where Painbringer plays. This Hardcore legend recently played at Play! Festival at NYE, and his set can now be found online. A full on Gabber set, with a lot of his own productions in it.


I am always impressed when I see 'new' names appear, who keep the glorious old Hardcore/Gabber sound alive. Painbringer is one of those names. I was introduced into his wonderful world when I hear 'Words Of '95' for the first time. My God, did that song capture 1995, for sure! He's been on my radar ever since, and when I saw that he uploaded his NYE mix, I had to have a look (and listen, of course). The tracklist persuaded me to have a go, and I wasn't to be disappointed!


Here's the tracklist for all you early Hardcore lovers!



  1. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth

  2. MD&A - Blow

  3. Knightvision vs Wedlock - Wayz Of The Core (Teaching)

  4. MD&A - Kick It Down (Painbringer Remix)

  5. Omar Santana - From The Dark Side

  6. Predator - Turbulence

  7. DJ Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski - Young Birds

  8. Painbringer - In Your Memory

  9. Painbringer - Everything Or Nothing

  10. Predator - Filled With Power

  11. Painbringer - Ghosttown

  12. Painbringer - Words Of '95 (Remastered)

  13. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - DJ Fuck

  14. Party Animals - Used & Abused (Amnesia Mix)

  15. Painbringer - The Religion

  16. Painbringer - Grave Splitter (2006 Mix)

  17. Painbringer - Never Say Die

  18. Omar Santana - Get Ready Mothafukas

  19. Predator - Human Blood

  20. Juggernaut - Got 2B A Ruffneck

  21. Painbringer - Hardcore Future

  22. Painbringer - Sidious

  23. 3 Steps Ahead - Gangster (Feel So Good)


I have to say, that it's nice to hear new 'old' records. Painbringer is someone who is keeping the music alive, with a 2020/2021 approach to the early Gabber sound. And it's definitely a bliss to hear new music. It's good that it's kept alive, it is such a wonderful sound. You don't hear it that often anymore: everyone is focussed on the rougher and harder sound, but give me the 90s every single day, and I wouldn't moan about it.


I'm not familiar with this event, so I can't tell who else played at this event. So our focus is on Painbringer and his set. And his set is fucking epic. Mixed together live, so there might be a few tiny errors, but nothing major. But what you are all waiting for, is my personal judgment on which record is the finest, right?


Well, there are two excellent anthems. One is called 'Blow' and it's by MD&A, and the other is called 'Everything Or Nothing'. 'Blow' just reminds me of the catchy 90s anthems, and 'Everything Or Nothing' just sounds new, but still maintains the 90s sound. And it's got bits of the Batman film in it. That's cool.


A wonderful set. If you love the 90s, and you think Hardcore/Gabber is dope, check it out. And definitely check out Painbringer on Soundcloud. Such an underrated producer who deserves more credit. Hardcore 4 Life, yeah!



DJ: Painbringer

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Early Hardcore

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Play! Festival 2020

Length Liveset: 00:59:40

Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 117.6 MB

File Type: mp3

Release Year: 2021

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

More Information: Painbringer - Soundcloud Page



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