Tekno Too – Cum On (Club Mix) [1992]
October 1, 2014

No, I had not forgotten you folks! Just been slammed like a beast as of late. That said, many hours of music have been consumed so there should be plenty to see around here for a while. Starting with this Turbo Cheese Behemoth from Tekno Too. I originally heard this on my beloved Grooverider, Dreamscape 2 tape and as a young 12 year old lad, it blew my uncultured socks off.

But what a hardcore track this is, hell it doesnt even bother with a handy DJ friendly intro. Nope, its just POW, here have a facemelting piano. Forget trying to beatmix this badboy. Just hard cut at the top of a buildup and you’ll have the place erupt. An absolutely unashamedly Hardcore banger in the classic sense of the word. No fancy stuff just a break to get you shuffling and an assortment of epic riffs and vocal stabs to get you grinning from ear to ear. Bonafide legendary status this one.

Friendly Fires – Live Those Days Tonight [2011]
May 23, 2011

Never heard much of the Friendly Fires before but if this uplifting electro number is anything to go by, there will be a whole lot more in the near future. Actually, the reason im posting this is because somebody over at XL got the cracking idea to cut all the free rave footage on Youtube together into a cracking complementary music video. Quality Dance Energy clippage, lots of Fantazia and Dreamscapes in there. Some Energy and Sunrise clips as well as some wicked gurners. Awesome stuff.

Acen – Close Your Eyes (xxx Mix) [1991]
March 1, 2011

You know, there’s been absolutely no Acen around these parts since I started the blog. Can you believe that, we have cruelly overlooked the contribution of one of the biggest hardcore acts in history! Well, time to put and end to that, kicking off with one of my favourites, the XXX Mix of Close Your Eyes. Yep, its the one you heard everywhere and for good bloody reason. Its a heavy breakbeat assault of epic proportions, lots of subbase, Public Enemy samples and that hypnotic “Close Your Eyes” vocal. Its all great… until that synth hits and then its a whole different ballgame. It just took a great hardcore track into legendary status BOOOOOOM!!! Here come the drums INDEED! Class!

From Discogs
If one tune encapsulates the genius of Acen for me, then “Close Your Eyes (XXX Mix)” is the one. I have never come accross another hardcore track which appears to squeeze a whole “rave” into it’s 7 minute running time.
With it’s energetic start to warm you up. “Close Your Eyes (XXX Mix)” then builds up in intensity with mentasmic rave stabs, Jim Morrison/Public Enemy samples and rolling breakbeats (NWA’s “Straight Out Of Compton”???). Then then the “rush” hits you near the end with these almost heavenly synths and exclamations of “ECSTACY!!!”.
For a non-drug user to feel such feelings of elation when hearing this track, just goes to show the sheer brilliance of Acen’s compositions. Throwaway, rave-crap??? Not a chance!

What can you say about this track? This track just says ‘Dreamscape and seriously good times’. Probably one tune Ill never ever get bored of hearing. Everyone talks about the Beatles sample but for me the killer line has always been the Jim Morrison [Doors]line…..”Just close your eyes….go insane”. Godammn this track STULL makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.11/10