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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

The Core Of Madness EP167 - Promo Tribute Hardcore Mix (2024)


Last year I found a mix by Sapher, who made this tribute mix for DJ Mad Dog, who had recently done a lot of damage to the Hardcore scene (damage in the best way possible: demolish speakers). I liked the mix, as the tracks were dope as fuck, and now, for the 167th edition of the Core Of Madness, he decided to make a DJ Promo tribute mix. And it's not the standard Promo mix we know, with all the extremely well known (and much loved) tracks from the 90s and the Millennium years, but the more obscure, less played Promo stuff. That got my attention immediately.

I love DJ Promo. I grew up listening to this legend, this masterful producer. He has made my youth more special. Not just mine, but thousands of other ravers all over the world. Promo has played a huge part in our lives, and still remains a very active player in the Hardcore scene. Promo does what he does best, and that is to entertain the masses. And we all know the well known anthems he created/co-created. He's a living legend, that's for sure


But I do like his darker, edgier, and out-of-the-box music too. He ventured into areas no one dared before, and sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn't. You might like it or you don't, that's all down to you. But at least we can acknowledge that Promo does what he wants to do, he doesn't not follow trends, or conform to the standard, what sells records. He does what his heart pleases.


So this mix is filled with the less known and forgotten about anthems. Which ones? Well, these:


  1. Promo feat DJ Bike - No Commercial Sound

  2. Promo - Someone To Hate

  3. Lenny Dee & Promo - I Called You

  4. Promo & MC Drokz - Thunderdome Anthem 2007

  5. The Wishmaster & Promo - Silence Surrounds Me

  6. Promo - Rising Out Of The Dark

  7. The Wishmaster & Promo - Crazy As Fuck

  8. Promo - Tunnel Vision

  9. Promo - Tester Of The Hard Shit

  10. Promo - So Sick

  11. Promo - Unbreakable

  12. Promo - Spineless

  13. Promo - Eradicate

  14. Promo feat Minckz - True Tonez

  15. D-Passion feat Promo - Deepest Fear

  16. Tha Playah & Promo - Down Below (DJ Mix)

  17. Broken Minds feat Promo - Northlands

  18. Promo & Catscan - De Pure Vorm

  19. Promo - Paid My Dues

  20. Promo feat Ophidian & Myrean - Born To Break

  21. Promo - The Memory

  22. Dither & Promo - Strictly Hardcore

  23. Promo - Everywhere I Go

  24. Promo - Crunch Time

  25. D-Passion & Promo - Last Track Of The Night

  26. Promo - Vergif


This is a list of records you do not see together that often. And that got my attention. And there are plenty of under appreciated records in this mix, which should get more recognition. Sapher has done an interesting job, and it a nice ode to the legendary producer and DJ Promo.


The mix is an hour long, and it's got some big anthems in here. The best one that stands out for me, is 'True Tonez'. That's a beast mode record. Whenever I hear 'this is true tonez', I instantly become happier due to the fact that this record is one of my favourite anthems of all time by Promo. Not my number one, that's one of his Millennium songs, which isn't in this mix.


The mix concept is interesting and the majority of records are really amazing. Not a fan of the records where there are Dutch lyrics, funnily enough. Those are the lesser Promo records.


The mix itself is OK, and it's not flawless. It is still enjoyable, and if you are into Promo, you will love this mix. It's nice and compact, what else could you ask for?


DJ: Sapher

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Industrial Hardcore, Millennium Hardcore

Mix Info:The Core Of Madness EP167 - Promo Tribute Hardcore Mix

Length Mix: 00:59:29

Tracks: 26 (twenty-six)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2024



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