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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Radiate - Ode To The Ruffneck Sound (2020)

It's Saturday, and it's roasting. I'm sitting here, and the Sun is already blasting as strong as it could be. Most of the UK are experiencing a heatwave, like the rest of Europe, and it's messing up my brain. Am I abroad, or still in the UK? This heat is normally experienced somewhere abroad, like Greece, Spain or Italy, but here, in London? It isn't normal, but you just have to get used to it, and move on. To be fair, there ain't a lot of moving going on, as it's too damn hot. The only body part moving at the moment is my head, as it's moving to the tunes I'm listening to right now.

A mix made by DJ Radiate. Not the first mix I reviewed in the last year or so, as he'd been very active during lockdown. I, for some reason, missed this mix, and only saw it the other day. Which is a pity, as I'm a fan of the Ruffneck sound from back in the day. And he's made this mix using vinyl only, so all you oldskool fanatics, be quiet, Radiate has got your back.

The labels run by Ruffneck were successful and the releases were immense. Still highly regarded as the finest Hardcore from back in the days. And Radiate picked these dancefloor slammers, and crammed them in a 53 minute long mix. If you are oldskool like myself, you will know each and every song in this mix. And you'll probably miss this sound a lot.

It's interesting, this mix. Not suitable today, as it's too hot to dance anyway, but head bopping is still allowed. Therefore, my suggestion would be, to listen to this mix right now, save it as a favourite, and revisit it in a few weeks, when it is cooler. Listen to it again, and move your body like never before. You could try and do it now, but you might pass out due to the heat, and we don't want that to happen.

  1. Pinhead - Slammin Beatz

  2. Lockjaw - Smoke Diz One

  3. Predator - Mind Of A Lunatic

  4. Paradox - The Guillotine

  5. Knightvision - Who Is It?

  6. Da Predator - Dubplate Style

  7. Myrmidon - No Response

  8. Cybernators - Not Responsible!!!

  9. Nosferatu - The Future

  10. Myztic - To Da Rhythm

  11. DJ Ruffneck vs Juggernaut - I'm A Ruffneck!!!

  12. Knightvision - The Search For Mariuhana!

  13. Phoenix - Dominate

  14. Da Predator - Art Attack

  15. Wedlock - Children Of Artcore

  16. Nosferatu - Inspiration Vibes

  17. Juggernaut - Got 2b A Ruffneck

  18. Wedlock - Ruffneck (Sound of The Drum & The Bass)

  19. Juggernaut - Ruffneck Rules Da Artcore Scene!!!

This is a very good looking tracklist. If you were into Ruffneck and all the subsidiaries, you will know these records, and love the Artcore sound. It's glorious, and they still hold their place in Hardcore history, many years after their release date. Good choice by Radiate to make this mix, and it's been received very well, judging the comments on Soundcloud.

There are 19 epic anthems in here. And my most favourite would always be 'I'm a Ruffneck!!' But today I might sway a different way, and choose a different record. And I have. 'Dominate' is now my favourite record. Can't remember which Thunderdome CD it appeared on (guessing 12, the one with the spider on it?). But it has been a favourite of mine for years, and even though the others are good, today I'm feeling this Phoenix track even more. An underrated classic anthem.

The Ruffneck vault has got a lot of awesome records in it, and Radiate made a dedication mix. A very good one, and it's also downloadable. So why not go on the page, click download, and let this mix DOMINATE your weekend (see what I did there?). It's a glorious mix, and to this day the best Radiate mix I've found. Could be better ones out there, but I've not found them yet.

DJ: Radiate

Genre/Style; Hardcore, Artcore, Gabber

Mix Info: Radiate - Ode To The Ruffneck Sound

Length Mix: 00:53:41

Tracks: 19 (nineteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 122 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2020

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