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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Thunderdome Early Rave Mix 1995 to 1998 Classics (2020)

It's Sunday, Thunderdome day. Well, it's not an official day anywhere in the world, but to me it is. You just need to end on a high, to get enough energy which can get you through the upcoming week. Furthermore, isn't every day Thunderdome day? How can we survive with at least a few anthems from the Thunderdome collection? The collection that keeps on going and going? So, on that note, let's focus on today's mix, brought to us by the wonderful platform called Youtube.

And this mix can be found on DJ Syndrom's page. I don't know much about this DJ, or who actually made this mix (it was his friend Stefan according to the info section underneath this mix). But what I can say is, whoever made this mix, made my Sunday much more pleasant. And there are so many reasons why I'm reviewing this mix, but the main reason for me is the fact that Stefan the mysterious DJ used 21 amazing records, and all of them rock. I seriously mean that.

I've seen many mixes over the years, and reviewed thousands. And when they are focussed on the majestic Thunderdome collection, there would always be a few records in there I wouldn't have used in a mix at all. I've never come across a perfect mix with records that I genuinely like. Stefan went through the Thunderdome collection and picked 21 records, which coincidentally are my favourites too! It's like he read my mind. There are obviously more wicked anthems from ID&T's finest CD collection, but to find a mix with only slammers, which makes me feel like a teenager again, is just a bliss.

Not one, and I do repeat, not one record selected for this mix is shite. These all suit me very well, and whenever I think of the mighty wizard and the banging tunes which were on each of them, I can only think of these 21 records. And a few more. It is so damn good to see a tracklist with the finest of the finest. Am I wrong in saying that these records define Thunderdome? Would we see these as the best that Thunderdome had to offer? What's your opinion about this?

He time coded them too, so you can see which track is playing when, on Youtube. Not that you need that, the video itself contains the exact track name too. But here we go.

Let's focus on the tracklist for now, and talk a bit more after you've seen these all time classic tracks.

  1. French Connection - French Connection

  2. The Stunned Guys - Beats Time

  3. Buzz Fuzz - Frequencies

  4. 3 Steps Ahead - Gabbers Unite

  5. Pino D'Ambini -Up And Down (Ballz) (Original Mix)

  6. Chosen Few - Name Of The DJ

  7. Buzz Fuzz - Dreamgirll

  8. Promo - Kill The Noize

  9. Sim - Loud As Fuck (54321 Mix)

  10. Pino D'Ambini & Beasty Boy - Do It Again

  11. Bertocucci Feranzano - XTC Love

  12. Omar Santana - Wizard Of Oh

  13. Chosen Few - Name Of The DJ (Buzz Fuzz Remix)

  14. 3 Steps Ahead - Goodtime

  15. Knightvision - Who Is It?

  16. Omar Santana & The Prophet - Old To Da New (Omar Remix)

  17. The Prophet - Mayhem M.F.

  18. Omar Santana - Omar Fuk It Up Kid

  19. Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski - One Tribes Jam ('98 Promo Remix)

  20. The Prophet - Peptalkin'

  21. Jappo & Lancinhouse - Industrial Strength 'The Outro'

This is one sick looking tracklist. If I'm honest: whenever I think of Thunderdome, I think of these records. These were exactly the ones that made me bust out the Nikes and start dancing like my feet are on fire. Or, as the Dutch calls it, Hakkuh. And I was fairly good at it, until I gained a few stone and became obese lol. I can still do it, but it looks more like a sluggish mister Blobby.

The selection of tracks is immense. A lot of reoccurring names, such as Buzz Fuzz, Omar Santana, and more. And if you were present during the 90s, you must have heard these records over and over again. These dominated the charts all over the Hardcore world. And you can clearly see that there's still a huge fanbase for the 90s sound: this mix already has got 47k+ plays. And there are a lot of those 90s mixes on Youtube, and all are listened to a lot. It's part of our culture, our rich rave history, and these tracks played a huge part in our raving history. You cannot deny the impact these records had when they came out. And these artists shaped the scene as we know and love it.

The mix was carefully constructed, and certain sections are just spot on. A few tiny errors, and I'm saying tiny, because they hardly anything to mention.

Obviously the main question here is, which record is the greatest? Which one got me hyped up the most? Well, all 21. I do adore DJ Sim's 'Loud As Fuck;. Yeah, let's pick that one, just to keep it easy and simple.

A wonderful mix, one that takes me straight back into the 90s. And it makes me miss the 90s even more. It was such a colourful era, and I can remember vividly walking around with my Walkman, big ass headphones with crappy sound yet demolishing bass, Nikes, weird haircut, but loving life. And that's what I'm after in a mix: it should make me happy. And this certainly does make me happy. Does it make you happy?

DJ: unknown

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Rave, Happy Hardcore, Industrial

Mix Info: Thunderdome Early Rave Mix 1995 to 1998 Classics

Length Mix: 01:23:04

Tracks: 21 (twenty-one)

Download/Listen (via Youtube): VIEW HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Release Year: 2020

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

More Information: Thunderdome - Official Website

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