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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

The Viper Tribute (2024)

I am a huge Hardcore fan since day two (day one was a tad too early for me, as I was too young and didn't really understood Hardcore when it was day one), and I do love hearing tribute mixes. There seems to be an influx on Soundcloud, or could it be down to my algorithm? But I keep seeing more and more of these, and one of the most recent ones, made by The Finnishing Dutch, was one I wasn't expecting. A tribute to DJ The Viper. And the reason why I wasn't ready for it, might be a bit shocking, but I'll share it with you all anyway.

I always took The Viper for granted, and never delved into his music back catalogue that much. I knew of his existence and that he makes Hardcore records, but never stood still and realised how much of an impact he has had in the scene since the mid 90s. And I've never really acknowledge the amount of his records he's been part of, which are truly timeless classics. I, potentially, never gave The Viper the credit he deserves, but today is the day during which it might happen.

I am a tad ashamed that I never really had a review on this site, which was either a tribute mix to The Viper, or a mix/CD made by him. He is truly an important factor in the scene, and this mix you are about to listen to, shows the importance of The Viper. My God, he's made so many awesome songs and remixed a shit ton of them too.

I have never really acknowledged him as an artist, but today is the day. Today, I am going to fully emerge myself into this mix, which contains 35 records, and they are all focussed on The Viper. Let's dive straight into the tracklist, and hopefully you'll be as amazed as I was, once I spotted this mix.

  1. Black Knight - What's Up S*ckers

  2. DJ Isaac & DJ The Viper - Freak That Shit

  3. DJ The Viper & DJ Perpetrator - The DJ Rocks

  4. DJ Isaac & The Viper - Fun-Ky Beats

  5. Black Knight - Keep It Going Now

  6. Black Knight - Back To Tha ''O'' School

  7. Black Knight - Ruff Rider

  8. Radical 2 React - Eliminating Suckers

  9. DJ Isaac & DJ The Viper - Trigga Finga

  10. The Viper vs Mad-E-Fact - Control The Party

  11. The Viper vs Mad-E-Fact - The Beatz The Suckersz Wish They Had

  12. G-Town Madness vs The Viper - Buck 'Em Down

  13. The Viper - X-Terminate (T-1000 Mix)

  14. Damage Inc. - Turn Around (The Viper Remix)

  15. Tony Salmonelli - Hey! (The Viper & Mad-E-Fact 2002 Mix)

  16. G-Town Madness vs The Viper - Here It Comes

  17. G-Town Madness & The Viper - Come As One (Project Hardcore Anthem 2007)

  18. Brennan Heart - Feel U Here (G-Town Madness & The Viper Remix)

  19. The Viper & Tha Playah - What I've Done

  20. Evil Activities vs The Viper - Raw To The Floor

  21. Tha Playah - Fuck The Titties (The Viper & Tommyknocker Remix)

  22. Neophyte & The Viper - '98 To Your Mind

  23. The Viper - Blow Da Club Down

  24. DJ D & The Viper - Loose Control

  25. Dune - Hardcore Vibes (The Viper's Mashup Mix)

  26. DJ Isaac - Get With The Bass (The Viper Remix)

  27. DJ The Viper - Voodoo Magic

  28. DJ The Viper - Hardcore Gangster

  29. DJ The Viper - Rude Boy Man

  30. Korsakoff & The Viper - Re-Bottled

  31. Critical Mass - Burning Love 2011 (The Viper Remix)

  32. Nosferatu & The Viper - Hate On Yourself

  33. Nosferatu & Endymion vs The Viper & feat Alee - Project Hardcore (Anthem Mix)

  34. Tha Playah - Hit 'Em (Evil Activities & The Viper Remix)

  35. Neophyte & The Viper - Nothing To Lose

This is a truly awesome tracklist. A good selection of records, and the funny thing is, I know each and every track. I just took The Viper for granted, which I should not have done. I do apologise, mr The Viper. I hope you can forgive me.

The Finnishing Dutch's tribute mix starts off strong, and he has selected a lot of amazing records. I really never realised how many awesome songs had The Viper linked to them. This mix has opened my eyes, maybe a tad late, but never too late to acknowledge awesomeness.

The best record is probably the most well known record of all time. Well, the original was a bit hit in the Happy Hardcore scene, and made its way to the Top 40. Critical Mass. Their song 'Burning Love' has been an amazing song, and the Viper's remix is a wicked song. It's not the only big anthem in this mix, but to me it's the most special one.

The mix itself has got a few mixing errors in it. It's not as flawless as it could have been, which is a pity, but you can still enjoy the songs selected, and appreciate The Viper's influence since the mid 90s.

During the 90s I liked the alias 'Black Knight', but when the Millennium came around, it shifted to the Viper. And his impact will be felt throughout the Hardcore scene for many years to come. To me, he was an underrated producer, but now he's in the top 20 of all time Hardcore producers. Just look at this list, and how much he has contributed. The Viper, you rock sir!

DJ: The Finnishing Dutch

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

Mix Info: The Viper Tribute

Length Mix: 01:55:39

Tracks: 35 (thirty-five)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 264 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2024


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