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The History of Hardcore Gabber vinyl mix (Part 1) (2023)

Updated: Jun 26

The weekend has landed. Well, it was a bit earlier for me, as I finish on a Friday at 1:20PM, so I can consider myself lucky. But not lucky enough to get out of doing chores, and one of them was the most tedious one: cut the grass. Well, if I'm doing that, I need something powerful enough. And obviously, without hesitation, it takes me to my youth, the soundtrack of my generation; Hardcore/Gabber. How funny that I only a few days discovered a new artist on YouTube and Soundcloud, who makes Hardcore mixes? That's just a coincidence, right?

This isn't the first time I talk about Hardcore, and it won't be the last time. And as long as I am alive will I be speaking about it. Especially the music from the 90s and early 2000. Those were amazing years, and whenever I discover 'new' music, in the form of a mix, I jump on it. It has to come with a tracklist (OBVIOUSLY), and the one you are going to listen to, has got all that. And the songs are time stamped too, so if you are curious, just check the mix out.

I stumbled upon this DJ by accident, and had saved a few mixes on YouTube. But I rediscovered him on Soundcloud. His name is Sketler, which sounds more like a robot thingy machine, like Optimus Prime. Or a sex tape which includes a woman dressed like a big skittle. But it isn't. It's harder than that! It's a DJ who makes excellent mixes, and back in 2023 he made this nearly hour and a half long mix, with some seriously insane bangers!

I have never heard of Sketler before, but I am a new follower, and it feels like we could have been twins: he plays the exact songs I grew up listening to, and the songs I absolutely ADORE. No joke, just check out the tracklist:

  1. Tschabos - Gib Mir Die Bass (Noch Korrekter!!)

  2. Buzz Fuzz - Frequencies (Original XS 4 All Mix)

  3. Pino D'Ambini - Up & Down Ballz (Original Mix)

  4. Wayward - Hardcore Hijacked Me

  5. Neophyte vs Stunned Guys - Get This Motherfucker

  6. Wasting Program - Bring That Shit Back (Buzzy Goes BZRK Mix)

  7. Too Fast For Mellow - We Gonna Get This Place

  8. Inferno Bros - Slaves To The Rave (PCP Mix)

  9. DJ Promo - Kill Da Noise

  10. Predator - Mind Of A Lunatic

  11. Chosen Few - Name Of The DJ

  12. DJ Sim - Loud As Fuck (54321 Mix)

  13. Waxweazle - Hardcore Power

  14. Party Animals - Used & Abused (Amnesia Mix)

  15. Masters Of Ceremony - Hardcore To Da Bone

  16. The Stunned Guys - Beats Time

  17. T.urbulence - 6 Million Ways To Die

  18. DJ Alex - In Control

  19. DJ Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski - Young Birds

  20. Human Resource - Dominator ('96 Mix)

  21. Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny (Gabba DJ Mix)

  22. Omar Santana - Kick Some Shit

  23. Jappo & Lancinhouse - Exlxaxl

  24. Braindead - Braindead

  25. DJ Promo - Shut Up!

  26. DJ Perpetrator - Maniacs

  27. X-Factor - The Underground

  28. Knightvision - Who Is It?

  29. Distortion & MC Raw vs Bass-D & King Matthew - Raveworld

  30. Delirium & Guitar Rob - The Way That We Rocked It (Live In NYC)

  31. Nasty Django - Hardcore Muthafucka

  32. 3 Steps Ahead - In The Name Of Love

Yes. These were the records I truly adored (and still do), and they have been on many compilations, which I have purchased over the years, and absorbed. Some tracks I know exactly which album they were from, and I know basically every second of the record. It's such a throw back to the golden years of Hardcore.

I've absorbed these records, you would not believe it. I can dream these records, and they are part of me, as much as humanly possible. They were played at many raves, and I am so glad to have been part of that culture. Not many can understand the importance of Hardcore in the 90s, and how much we were one. We were gabbers/mates, we were in it for the music, nothing else. We supported each other. No mobile phones to be seen, not looking cool for the 'gram. We were there for the music. Head in the bass bins, and go nuts until the lights were turned on.

I cannot explain to you, the reader, how much these records mean to me, and how much they are part of me. If you cut me, I bleed Hardcore. 90s Hardcore, that is. Sketler has done an amazing job, and has given us a wicked mix.

It's not 100% perfect, but close enough. And because he crammed in these records, some records were cut short, which is unfortunate. Like my favourite record in this mix. DJ Sim, one of the best producers of the 90s, his record was just too damn good, but would have been nicer to have heard a tad longer.

Worst record? Maybe 'Braindead' by Braindead. But that's it.

A very good mix. And I cannot wait to discover the other mixes he's got on his Soundcloud page. And I might even go and check his YouTube channel. If it's Hardcore, I am on it!

DJ: Sketler

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

Mix Info: The History of Hardcore Gabber vinyl mix (Part 1)

Length Mix: 01:25:13

Tracks: 31 (thirty-one)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023


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