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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Rave-O-Lution Mixtape #007 - Fer-D (2022)

Friday is here, and we need something hard and rough to get us through the last few hours of this day, to get ready for the weekend. Hope everyone is going to experience a good weekend, and if you decide to go clubbing/raving, enjoy it as much as you can, but do it safely. And let's kick off the journey towards this weekend with a Hardcore mix. I did discover this mix a few days ago, and remembered that the last Rave-O-Lution mix I found was also done by the same DJ, and I think the review I did was back in 2020? I might be wrong, which I am so very often though...

The mix you are about to listen to, contains the big hits which were played at the big events back in the 90s. You might have been to one of these events, like Thunderdome, Hellbound, Hellraiser, Mysteryland, Earthquake, and more. Events that took place around 1996, which is the year Fer-D is focussing on for this mix. He has taken tracks released in this specific year and crammed them all together in the 76-minute-long mix.

26 tracks, 76-minute-long mix. And it's so weird to realise that all these tracks were from the same era! They are so different sounding, but it highlights the scene at that stage. The music was growing, evolving, turning into this majestic thing. For those uninitiated among us, Hardcore wasn't just straight forward, 160+ BPMs and the same riff and melody. It went through an evolution, and this mix shows how in 1 year the records released couldn't be as far apart from each other. From happier to darker, from Industrial sounding records to the bouncier records, from Artcore to whatever it might be. It was a very diverse year, and it was GLORIOUS.

But the records, that's what you are interested in, right? Well, Fer-D picked these 26 for good reasons!

  1. DJ Sim - 24K Solid Bass

  2. The New York Terrorist - Short Fuse

  3. Da Grimreaper - We Control Da Sound (X-Press Yourself)

  4. The Lawyer - Yo DJ (Original Mix)

  5. Beyonder - The Wish

  6. DJ Paul Elstak - Unity (Bodylotion Remix)

  7. Paradox - What Is Wisdom?

  8. Dennis M - Music For The Future

  9. Lockjaw - 4 My Sense

  10. The Coalition - Drop It

  11. The Chicago Hardcore Party Force feat DJ Dave - Rave Machine

  12. Bio-Forge - Turbulence

  13. Omar Santana - Noise Dive

  14. Lenny Dee - The Dreamer

  15. Neophyte - Rockin'

  16. DJ Arjuna & Beyonder - Rock On Till The Break Of Dawn

  17. Tellurian - Get Raw

  18. Ectomorph - The Fall Of Babylon

  19. MD & A - The Cracken

  20. Dark Destination - Don't Fuck With Me

  21. DJ Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski - Young Birds (Original Mix)

  22. DJ Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski - Young Birds (Buzzy Goes BZRK Mix)

  23. DJ Dano - Starting Up

  24. Tripax - What The Fuck Are You Laughing At?

  25. Technological Terror Crew - Where Angels Fear To Tread (Remix)

  26. 3 Steps Ahead - Gangster (Feel So Good)

Now this is insane! A wicked tracklist. These are the tracks you don't hear very often, especially in this configuration! Well, some you might do, like these big ones: Gangster, Young Birds, 24K Solid Bass... but there are so many 'forgotten' and hidden gems in this mix that deserve more respect and honour for what they actually are: Hardcore anthems!

Fer-D's mix is an interesting one. It opened my eyes to some of those forgotten records. For example, when I heard 'Unity' by Paul Elstak, remixed by Bodylotion, I turned into a teenager again, dancing in my bedroom with his 'my first Sony' headset on. I know the original, but it must have been at least 20 years since I last heard this version. An underrated version, and an even better version of this song. The original sucks, but this one rocks.

One record stood out from all of the records selected, and that's because I've not heard it before, and it is a highly addictive record: 'Rave Machine'. Fuck me sideways, the vocals are soooo damn catchy, I'm sitting here, and it's now been 30 minutes since I last heard them, and I still have them circling around my head. Is it the best Hardcore record ever made? No, that's for sure, but it's certainly one that remains in your head for a long, long time!

A good mix. Fer-D and Rave-O-Lution have done it again. Brilliant mix, chaps!

DJ: Fer-D

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Happy Hardcore, Rave

Mix Info: Rave-O-Lution Mixtape #007 - Fer-D

Length Mix: 01:16:00

Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 174 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2022

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