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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Old School Classic Set Stranger At Rotterdam Rave Festival (18-08-18)

Stranger, is a complete stranger to me. I've reviewed one of his livesets before, but still I haven't found the time to dulge myself into who he is, and where he's from. Basically, I haven't Google him yet. But I keep seeing stuff from him online. And yesterday was such a day. I found this set, uploaded onto Soundcloud, recorded at Rotterdam Rave last year, and I immediately fell in love with this set. I wasn't familiar with the event, but I don't live in the Netherlands anymore, nor am I from Rotterdam or surrounding areas. But if you play at an event where Speedy J and Nina Kraviz play, the event must have been good.

This set got my attention because it's got the word 'Old School' in it, and you know I'm a sucker for the early, older sound. And once I pressed play, a new world opened up to me. Sadness and misery were immediately changed into happiness and excitement. 2 hours of early stuff, ranging from Hardcore to Techno, from Breakbeat to well... whatever floats your boat. Stranger's set has got some excellent tunes in here, and very tightly mixed together. Most of these records we all know, but simply haven't heard in a while.

The tracklist is a must-see for those early sound lovers. You will immediately feel 25+ years younger. It has a nice oldskool vibe that I like, even though not all the records are old. It's a nice mix & mash of old and new, but certainly maintaining the early sound. Techno all the way!

01. Poltering Rhythm Trax - Armed Conflict

02. Tellurians - The Navigator

03. Stranger - Take Control

04. Kid Unknown - Nightmare

05. Dax J - Warp

06. Overdog - Fuck You Up

07. Debo - On The Flo (Ju Edit)

08. Envoy - Dark Manoeuvres

09. Joey Beltram - Flash Cube

10. Gecko - Just Close Your Eyes

11. Krid Snero - White Lines

12. ID - Repetition 3

13. Killa Productions - Feelin' Acid II (A)

14. Public Energy - Three 'O Three

15. ID - ID

16. Speedy J - Something For Your Mind

17. DJ Hyperactive - Wide Open

18. Tinfoil - Both Roads To Triogue (Stranger Remix)

19. Two - Rescue Me

20. Format 1 - Solid Session

21. TAFKAMP - Please Make Love To Me

22. Terrace - Far From Reality

23. ID + Jungle Brothers - I'll House You (Acapella)

24. Artefact - Are You Jackin'

25. Mike Dunn - Magic Feet (Edge Of Motion Mix)

26. ROD - Embase

27. ID - Loop 99

28. Robert Armani - Blow That Shit Out

29. The Subjected - Like Warriors

30. The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)

31. Stranger - Ommoord

32. Edge Of Motion - Set Up 707

33. Umek - Brotax

34. Dan Morgan - Flowerchild

35. Carl Cox - Success 'N Effect

36. Dax J - Escape The System

37. CJ Bolland - Camargue

38. Robert Armani - Warning

39. Stranger - Warehouse Memoires

40. Pimps In Garderbelts - Spunk

41. D.Shake - Techno Trance (Yaaah)

42. Dax J - Wir Leben Fur Die Nacht

43. John Thomas - Undisputed Life (Technasia Mix 2)

44. The Prodigy - Your Love (Remix)

45. Joey Beltram - Energy Flash

46. Stranger - Highest Sense

47. Lenson - Calipso

48. The Project - Here We Go

49. 4-Nu-Tek - The Universe

50. House Pimps - Get The Hook (Ilsa Gold Remix)

51. Influid III - We're Always Behind You

52. Equinox - Pulzar (Jeff Mills Mix)

53. DJ Hooligan - B.O.T.T.R.O.P.

54. Fly By Wire - Alkaline 3DH

55. DX-13 - Decimate Intensity

56. Strange Food - Junk Food

57. Sperminator - Uptempo

58. Lt. D'Amato - Sounds Of Frustration

59. Sequential One - Dance

60. Bodylotion - Make You Dance

If you were at this event, and experienced this set, please tell me that you raved like it was 1990! My God, how can you sit still when you hear this awesome set? 2 hours of nostalgia, 2 hours of pure pleasure. And 2 hours of sometimes the weirdest names: Sperminator? House Pimps? Tinfoil? Who comes up with that? Who sat behind their computer and thought 'my artist name is Sperminator'?

Anyway, all jokes aside, Stranger's set is a big one. If you love Techno and everything related ot Techno, you are in for a treat. 2 hours of excellent tunes, and it has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From sheer happiness to anger. Anger in the sense that I wanted to stomp the floor so hard, my feet would go through it. Seriously, when you've got records by all time legends like Carl Cox, Joey Beltram, DJ Hooligan, Umek, The Prodigy, Speedy J, how is it that you can hear this set and NOT want to rave the night away? I found it difficult during my journey home today to NOT drive silly speeds on the M25.

Towards the end,Stranger's set goes full ballistic. Meaning, he starts playing Hardcore. So from nice and mellow Techno to finish with Hardcore, that's exactly how to do it. Just the way I'd like to hear sets.

I need to give the DJ some credit for mixing this beautifully together. A wicked set, with excellent tunes. Carefully selected and mixed together, the result is 2 hours of paradise. And it has given me enough energy to start looking at 2020 with positive vibes, the year I will get back onto the dancefloor. I need more of this. I need more oldskool. I need more!

Stranger, no stranger to me. But still haven't Googled him. I let the music speak for itself!

Best record? Too many to choose from. I can't single one record out. Can you?

DJ: Stranger

Genre/Style: Techno, Hardcore, Breakbeat, Oldskool, Early

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Rotterdam Rave Festival 2018

Length Liveset: 01:59:27

Tracks: 60 (sixty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

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