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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Paradox - UK Hardcore Classics (2023)

OK. OK. First review of today was all around oldskool Hardcore, the second one was focussed on Underground Resistance and their awesome back catalogue, but now, the third review, will be about a few UK Hardcore classics you might appreciate. I am going back in time today, and I'm loving the early vibes I am experiencing. Maybe it's because I don't want to get older, and I miss the 90s/early 00s vibes? Who knows? I do miss the good ol' sound, but by listening to Soundcloud a lot, I do get my daily fix of mixes I really wanted to hear. And this has been a favourite for a few weeks now, and I thought today would be a great day to share it with you all.

Paradox. Not encountered the name before, but after finding the first instalment of this mix, I quickly gave the DJ a follow, and found 2 other mixes, dedicated to UK Hardcore classics. You could not make me happier at all. Finding three mixes all with UK Hardcore classics. That's a hard one to beat, as I'm one of the few Dutchies out there who appreciate UK Hardcore. I only discovered it around 2001/2002, but I'm so happy that I jumped in at the right time, because my life would have been miserable not knowing the tracks that dominated the dancefloors in the UK around that time.

He selected 20 records for this first mix, and boy, are they solid as a rock? They are true UK Hardcore classics from a forgotten era. And it makes my hear beat faster, hearing these again. It's a trip down memory lane, and some have already posted positive feedback underneath this mix. So if you are bored, sitting indoors as the wind is too ferocious, why not have this play instead the dross you would normally listen to? Get out the glow sticks and the whistles, and have a party at home? We are allowed to WFH, why no PFH (party from home?)

  1. Injured Rezz feat Kristy - Ride Like The Wind

  2. Sion - Oh Oh Oh

  3. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna - All The Tears I've Cried

  4. Lisa Abbott - Blow Me Away (Hardcore Mix)

  5. Seduction & Al Storm - Ready To Rock

  6. Bubble & Squeak - Free

  7. S3RL - Keep On Raving Baby

  8. United In Dance - Rocking With The Best

  9. Dougal & Gammer - Don't Stop Go

  10. Adam Harris vs One Republic - Apologise

  11. Gammer feat Cat Knight - A New Feeling (Let It Shine)

  12. Brisk & Ham - Crazy Love 2008

  13. Brisk & Ham - Angel Eyes (Re-Con Remix)

  14. Michael Mansion - I'm The One (DJ Himbo & Ben X-Treme Remix)

  15. Dougal & Gammer - Know The Score 2

  16. Dougal & Gammer - Tell Me A Story (Sy & Unknown Remix)

  17. Gammer - This Is Mind Blowing

  18. D-Code - My Direction (Squad-E Remix)

  19. Darwin - Adagio

  20. Lee UHF vs Devastate - Push It Good

There are some amazing classics in here. And a few forgotten anthems too. And one that I really never liked, but was played at nearly every event, as it's quite a catchy song to sing-a-long to.

Paradox's mix is intoxicating, and it's a good throwback to the good old days. You cannot beat this sound coming out of the scene. It has evolved, granted, but sometimes I wish the sound would not evolve, and we would hear records being made the same way like in the noughties and we would never call these songs classics. I hate time moving forward: I want to go back in time. Please, has anyone got a time machine yet? Elon Musk, you've got money and you are an inventor, have you not invented such a thing yet?

It's a good mix, but 'Apologise' is not my favourite record in this mix. Every rave I've been to, back in the day, had this one playing, and the crowd would sing as loud as they could. Never liked the original, never liked this version (sorry).

Which record did make me smile from ear to ear? There's a few, but 'All The Tears I've Cried' has to be the number one. The vocals just take it to the next level, right?

The mix is OK. Some tiny errors. It's not flawless, but it's nothing too major. The records selected are awesome (but not the one I'd already mentioned). A nice trip down memory lane. And I've already checked out the other two mixes by Paradox, so if this one mix isn't enough, go check out the others.

DJ: Paradox

Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: Paradox - UK Hardcore Classics

Length Mix: 01:01:41

Tracks: 20 (twenty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023

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