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Omar Santana - Fire In The Brain (1997)

magpie303. Where would I be without his endless stream of music? His channel is one of the dopest ones on Soundcloud, if you are into Hardcore music. His page contains so many old mixes, livesets and more. And only recently did I find a dope ass mixtape from 1997 by the mighty Omar Santana! Never knew this mixtape even excisted! But from the first moment I heard it, I was hooked The tracklist also looked very appealing!

I know nothing about this mixtape. Nothing at all. I had to Google it to find a bit more information, but it mostly came back negative. It's a mysterious mixtape from 1997, obviously recorded onto a cassette, and was divided into two sections. The first mix was on one cassette, and the other on the other. Simple. Time was much simpler back then. Cassettes and Sony's 'My First Walkman', more you didn't need. Oh, and an open mind, that could have been useful.

Omar Santana, this American legend, his mixtape is ridicilous! Just look at the tracklist, enough reason to give you goosebumps!

01. DJ Bomber - Rambo Goes Riot

02. Omar Santana - Am Mayhem

03. Omar Santana - Kick Some Shit

04. Tellurian - Guyver

05. Dano - Starting Up

06. Masoko Solo - Pessa Pessa (Prophet Mix)

07. Neophyte - Execute

08. Networxx - On Your Own

09. 3Dom - Nasty Drums/Confusion

10. Nasenbluten - Cut Her To Bits

11. DJ Mike Ski - Old Dirty Beats (Mike-Ski Original Mix)

12. The Nightraver & DJ Trevor - Rave Is The Word

13. Omar Santana - Noise Dive

14. Omar Santana & Scott Brown - Shoot This MF

15. New York Terrorist - Short Fuse

16. Lunalotic - Happy House...??

17. The Coalition - 9MM

18. Human Resource - Dominator '96

19. Omar Santana - Mad Creator (Hard Mix)

20. Predator - The Strongest Gang (The Hood)

21. DJ Freak - I Am The Master Of Techno

22. Cybernators - Not Responsible !!!

23. Omar Santana - Slamma Jamma

24. Cybernators - No Out Of Here

This is such an interesting mix! American Hardcore from the 90s was so different and yet exciting. I remember the History Of Hardcore CD compilation, with DJs Rob Gee, Delirium and Omar Santana, I played that one until the CD became unplayable. So damn good, so unique, so rough. Not saying the Dutch didn't do it as hard as they did, but they had this unique sound to it. One that appealed to me.

The focus is on the bass, and you can feel it. Just make sure you are listening to this mix with decent speakers to assist. You can thank me after.

So many forgotten classics! These records are just all-time classics! If I had to choose between this and the present day Hardcore, I would obviously choose this! This is beyond belief. This is powerful Hardcore. So much memories this has generated.

The quality of each anthem is just wicked, and it has stood the test of time! 22 years later it's still as good as you would expect it! But which record is my favourite? Well, it was difficult. 'Slamma Jamma' is great, 'Rave Is The Word' reminds me of Thunderdome 96, but 'Pessa Pessa', remixed by The Prophet, that's the best. The darkness of this version is just picture perfect. Maybe dated, but from an era when Hardcore was so innovative!

A FANTASTIC mixtape. Listen to it NOW!

DJ: Omar Santana

Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Gabber

Mix Info: Omar Santana - Fire In The Brain - Tape 1

Length Mix: 00:56:28

Tracks: 24 (twenty-four)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

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