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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

The Ultimate Classics Battle - Headhunterz vs. Wildstylez vs. Noisecontrollers vs. Frontliner (2023)

Saturday has emerged! Party time! The sun is coming out, and the weather is looking good! Some of you lot might be going out tonight. If you do so, do it safely, but enjoy yourself. And to get yourself ready for the night ahead, why not listen to something I found the other day, something hard and rough. Something you might appreciate. A classics battle between 4 of the hottest Hardstyle producers out there: Noisecontrollers, Frontliner, Wildstylez, and Headhunterz. Another mix made by Revokez. Only a handful of days ago did I review his Headhunterz mix, and I was eager to hear more, and a quick look on his Soundcloud channel led me to this mix.

They dominated my life throughout the Millennium years. You couldn't buy an album/mix CD without them being on it. These Dutch producers did everything right, and got the attention of the growing Hardstyle scene. Their style was unique, refreshing, and definitely something we needed to hear. I'm not saying this because I am biased (I am Dutch), but the Dutch had the skills to make Hardstyle one of the biggest styles in the world, and their music reflected that.

Revokez is a bit like me: he loves the classics. Those were the tunes I grew up with, and adored. And still do to this day, if I'm brutally honest. I do love the present day Hardstyle, but nothing can compete with the 'early' stuff. And if I'm being picky, once Hardstyle got rid of the constant reverse bass, that's when I fell in love with it more.

Is it the baldness that made these artists great? Is that a trend? Looking at the images above, it seemed to be that way?

All jokes aside, I do adore the tunes released between 2007 and 2013. To me, and that's personal, those were the best years for Hardstyle. What do you think?

Now you are eager to see the tracklist, right?

  1. Headhunterz - Muzical Revolution (Revokez Back In The Days Vocal Edit)

  2. Wildstylez - The Moon

  3. Dark-E - Gods & Symbols (Noisecontrollers Remix)

  4. Frontliner & Deepack - Move 2 Thiz

  5. Headhunterz - The Lost Soul

  6. Wildstylez - Muzic Or Noize

  7. Noisecontrollers - Revolution Is Here

  8. Frontliner - Sunblast

  9. Headhunterz - The Sacrifice (Evil Edit)

  10. Wildstylez - Push That Feeling

  11. Noisecontrollers - Confucius

  12. Frontliner - Rollin

  13. Headhunterz & Noisecontrollers - The Space We Created

  14. Wildstylez - A Complex Situation

  15. Noisecontrollers & Toneshifterz - Jaydee

  16. Frontliner - Spacer

  17. Headhunterz & Wildstylez - Stuck In Ur Head

  18. Wildstylez & The Prophet - Cold Rocking

  19. Noisecontrollers - Addictive Fantasy

  20. Frontliner - Just A Track

  21. Headhunterz - Hate It Or Love It (Live Edit)

  22. The Masochist - LDMF (Wildstylez Remix)

  23. Noisecontrollers - Shreek

  24. Frontliner - Discorecord

  25. Headhunterz & Wildstylez - Blame It On The Music

  26. Wildstylez - Back 2 Basics

  27. Noisecontrollers - Faster N Further

  28. Frontliner - Dream Dust

  29. Headhunterz - The Power Of Music

  30. Wildstylez - Delay Distortion

  31. Noisecontrollers - So High

  32. Frontliner - The First Cut

  33. Headhunterz feat Miss Palmer - Now Is The Time (2012 Version)

  34. Wildstylez - Lonely

  35. Noisecontrollers - Pillars Of Creation

  36. Frontliner - I'm The Melodyman

  37. Headhunterz feat Malukah - Reignite

  38. Wildstylez - Timeless

  39. Noisecontrollers - Down Down

  40. Frontliner - TBA 2 (One More Time)

This is a trip down memory lane! These are the classics you would find on many compilations and in many DJ mixes. And I purchased many CDs over the years. I've left a lot of money at my local CD store over the years. Their rent was paid by me, and only me. They must have been extremely sad when I left the Netherlands to live in the UK. They are still around, but still, those few extra pennies a month I spent in there...

You all know these classics. You grew up listening to them. Can't believe it's been so many years since they were initially released. Time does fly by when you are having fun, right?

Even though they all share the same country of origin, and the same barber, their music does have only one thing in common: it is extremely melodic. But that's where the comparison ends. Their music might have fallen under the Hardstyle umbrella, but they still made each of their records sound unique. Yes, you can tell when a song is made by one of these producers, but that's a good thing. Same barber doesn't mean same sound.

Now the hard part: selecting my favourite record in this mix for each producer. Here we go:

- Headhunterz - The Power Of Music

- Frontliner - Spacer

- Wildstylez - Push That Feeling

- Noisecontrollers - Revolution Is Here

A solid mix with a lot of wicked anthems. Revokez's mix is a very solid one, and it highlights the importance of Dutch Hardstyle producers back in the day. These four weren't the only ones, but certainly the ones that dominated everything. Nearly 2 hours of pure Hardstyle anthems. It's been yet another pleasure ride. More of these mixes please.

DJ: Revokez

Genre/Style: Hardstyle

Mix Info: The Ultimate Classics Battle - Headhunterz vs. Wildstylez vs. Noisecontrollers vs. Frontliner

Length Mix: 01:52:18

Tracks: 40 (fourty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023

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