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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

The Sound of In Qontrol | An Ode To In Qontrol (2021)

The working week has been split in half, and now it's time to look out for the upcoming weekend. For many this means getting closer to the end of lockdown, but sadly not everyone is feeling the same. To maybe get the people a bit livelier and happier, I've got a mix for you all today, focussed on an event which only took place 7 times in the Amsterdam Rai: In Qontrol. Do you remember the event? Have you been to it? If you have, I envy you a lot! This was one of those events I never went to, and I regret not going. Could I only turn back the time, I would have been the first buying a ticket.... but there's no such thing sadly.

I went on a journey this afternoon for some Hardstyle. I just needed to hear something hard and rough, and it took me to this mix. A mix made by Ephoric, released on The Sound of Hardstyle's Soundcloud channel. And it's packed with anthems which would have been played at In Qontrol. A few of the anthems, and the rest all Hardstyle anthems from those wonderful years. I can't believe this event only took place between 2004 and 2010, and due to tax increases they decided to cancel the event. Damn you government, damn you to hell!

How come I did know of this event? Come on, I am Dutch, I know everything about harder style focussed events. And I've owned a few of the In Qontrol CDs. I did love those a lot. Sadly, scratches on the discs made them unplayable. But I still hold fond memories in regards to the Hardstyle/Hardcore from that era. So damn good, and now in 2021 it's categorised as 'old'. But to me it still sounds fresh as a daisy.

Ephoric made this mix, to show his love for In Qontrol. And the channel it was uploaded on, is obviously focussed on Hardstyle, so reasons enough to share this with you all. All tracks which you could have heard on the CDs of In Qontrol, or at the actual event. Again, if you've been to one of these parties, I am jealous of you.

The tracks selected for this mix are as follows:

  1. Noisecontrollers - CTRL.ALT.DELETE (In Qontrol 2009 Anthem)

  2. Psyko Punkz - After MF

  3. Frontliner - Greenhouse

  4. Scope DJ - Rock Hypnotic

  5. Thalamus - Flash Forward (In Qontrol 2006 Anthem)

  6. Project One - Fantasy Or Reality

  7. Brennan Heart & Wildstylez - Reputation Game

  8. Pavo - Communicate

  9. Donkey Rollers - The Last City On Earth (In Qontrol 2008 Anthem)

  10. Slim Shore - Scars

  11. Chain Reaction - Lellebel

  12. The Pitcher - I Just Can't Stop

  13. Frontliner - SAVE.EXIT.PLANET (In Qontrol 2010 Anthem)

  14. Zatox & Nikkita - Poltergeist

  15. Brennan Heart - Memento

  16. Alpha2 - Unleashed

  17. Josh & Wesz - Like Thiz

  18. Zany - Animated Audio

  19. Wildstylez - The Panthom Beat

  20. Showtek - We Live For The Music (Noisecontroller Remix)

  21. Killer Clown - Silentium

  22. Crypsis & Luna - Torture

  23. 2 Best Enemies - Phases (TBY Romantic Mix)

  24. Headhunterz - A New Day

  25. Tha Playah - Walking The Line

Wow. I simply can't believe that these records are over 10 years old! If you delve into the sound, yeah, you can tell it's not the present day Hardstyle, but still, I would never have believed these to be over 10 years old. Where did the fucking time go to? Seriously, stop going by this quickly. I fucking hate it.

I do remember each and every track in this mix. Some I've completely forgotten about, seeing as we've moved on from the older sounding Hardstyle to the new sound, but sometimes I like to go back in time and appreciate what we used to have. And it wasn't certainly back. It was fucking epic. It was amazing. And so many amazing records were released back then, that laid the foundation for the present day Hardstyle. Sometimes certain producers make a new record sound 'classic'-ish, but it's still not the same. 2004 to 2010 were definitely wicked years. Without a shadow of a doubt.

Well, let's talk about the music. It's good. End of conversation. I'm not kidding. I cannot say anything negative about the sound that was released back then. I can say that I think each record is and was a dancefloor smasher back then, and if you were at In Qontrol, you must have had a wonderful time. I can picture a younger TCD dancing back in those days at similar events. Fuck, why does time fly by?

This brings back memories, and they are all good. But which record gave me the most flashbacks, the most memories, the most goosebumps? It is without a shadow of a doubt one of the hardest anthems of that era: 'Torture' by Crypsis and Luna. Closely followed by 'Phases', by 2 Best Enemies, remixed by TBY.

A wonderful mix, and a good dedication mix. Flashbacks galore! I feel so blessed to have raved throughout the Millennium, and I am happy I bought many albums and witnessed many artists perform. Sadly not at In Qontrol. At least the music remains with me forever!

DJ: Ephoric

Genre/Style: Hardstyle, Millennium Hardstyle, Euphoric Hardstyle

Mix Info: The Sound of In Qontrol | An Ode To In Qontrol

Length Mix: 01:16:37

Tracks: 25 (twenty-five)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

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File Type: unknown

Release Year: 2021

Audio: Stereo

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