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Strange Times [Mixed By M@rt!n-J] (2022)

These are indeed strange times. Three years ago we'd not heard of COVID, we still had a Queen, and gas/electric were still considered 'cheap' and affordable. Those times are long gone now, and we live in a world where society is slowly changing. Many things might change, but thankfully Freeform doesn't change at all. It still remains underrated but freaking cool, and I like that. A stable force in the music scene. Insert, DJ Rikki Arkitech. You might have heard of him, if you are into Freeform music. He made an album, and an appreciation mix has now been uploaded by M@rt!n-J, our regular contributor of the site.

An album many were looking forward to, including Rikki Arkitech. Unfortunately we don't get that many Freeform albums. Can't even remember which album was the last album released, focussed on Freeform only? Just to let you know, I do not have the album yet. I've been seeing a lot of positive posts about it, but I keep on pushing it on my 'to-do' list, but my actions aren't as good as they should be, and I tend to forget things. So I'm judging this album on M@rt!n-J's mix...

Last time I met Rikki was back in Bournemouth. Was it Bournemouth, where the Freeform rave was? A fucking long time ago, truth be told. But he's been a favourite since the first day I discovered Freeform, which was mid 2000s. A very talented producer, and this latest album highlights that he's not just a one-hit-wonder, or bound to just one genre. This man is as versatile as anything! The tracks aren't just Freeform-focussed, but also Hardcore Techno focussed.

There's only one way to find out if this album suits you. Well, there are two ways. One: buy the album. Or two: listen to this mix. You pick your number...

  1. Rikki Arkitech - The Start

  2. Rikki Arkitech - Ghost

  3. Rikki Arkitech - Shape Of The Future

  4. Rikki Arkitech feat Substanced - Scream Out Loud

  5. Rikki Arkitech - A God

  6. Rikki Arkitech - End Of Play

  7. Rikki Arkitech - Prescription

  8. Rikki Arkitech - Beautiful Thing

  9. Rikki Arkitech - Insomniac

  10. Rikki Arkitech - Doctrine

  11. Rikki Arkitech feat Cyrax - Tyrant

  12. Rikki Arkitech feat Kounta Kulture - CRISPR (Hard Mix)

  13. Rikki Arkitech - Alone

  14. Rikki Arkitech - The Physicist

  15. Rikki Arkitech - Breathless

  16. Rikki Arkitech - Sincerity

  17. Rikki Arkitech feat Rhona - Experiment IV

  18. Rikki Arkitech - End Of The World

This is an insane looking list. If you love a bit of Rikki Arkitech, you will certainly enjoy this. I am certainly enjoying it. But not just by looking at this tracklist, but at the same time listening to this mix. It's giving me enough of a boost to get me through today. And I certainly need that, as I'm not WFH...

M@rt!n-J's set is as good as you expect. It's exactly what you wanted to hear. Freeform Friday? Fuck that nonsense, Freeform every Freaking day! And let today be the Rikki Arkitech day.

As mentioned before, I've not got the album yet, but I will certainly go and hunt it down. The 18 tracks in this mix have certainly got me hyped up. Especially 'Beautiful Thing'. Big big track, that's for damn sure.

A bit of Freeform, a bit of Gabber, a bit of everything. Rikki has made a wicked album, one you definitely need to hear before you die. A diverse yet intriguing album. One of the finest artist albums to come out of the Freeform scene.

DJ: M@rt!n-J

Genre/Style: Freeform, Hardcore, Gabber

Mix Info: Strange Times [Mixed By M@rt!n-J]

Length Mix: 00:56:59

Tracks: 18 (eighteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 131 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2022

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