DJ Skelp – Live at Triple Bass Oct 2000 (party mix)


A few weeks ago a whole bunch of cassettes from my early forays into the world of DJing found their way back to me. In amongst them was a live recording that was made of (nearly all) of my set that I played on 27th October 2000, at the first birthday party of a pre-club night that I co-ran in Aberdeen for a few years – Triple Bass. Listening to it triggered a whole bunch of memories – well, maybe I’ll use the singular rather than the plural, as it really is just one big memory – trying to separate things into ‘this happened that night, and that happened on this night’ is nigh-on impossible! 

Triple Bass was born in late 1999, essentially as an extension of the flat that I shared with 2 others at that time. We were all at university as mature(ish) students, and all had come to be DJs of various sub-genres of dance music through different routes. There was a free-party veteran who was into minimal techno and electro, a raver from the early 90s who loved trance and breaks, and a thrash metalhead who had discovered gabba / hardcore and then hardhouse. There was a heady mix of music emanating from our basement flat in those days!

Needless to say there were more than a few gatherings at this flat, and in order to save our already fractious relationships with our neighbours we decided that maybe we should move the noise somewhere else! We had been to a few events at a basement venue called Drakes Dungeon Bar (we felt at home underground) – this had 2 rooms, the larger of which had a stage, and would actually pay you to put on a night. Bonus! Right from the first night we put on it turned out to be a great idea – the combination of our different-but-related friends groups really gelled, and our once a month Friday events were always a blast. We also invited other DJs to play on our nights, and after a while hit on the idea that every month we would ask someone to play who had never played in public before, and let them decide what timeslot they wanted. This worked brilliantly, and it also meant that our parties were just that, parties – DJs could play whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted – sometimes we had gabba at 8pm, prog trance at midnight. This doesn’t sound like it should work, but in a bar setting (with a small space at front of stage for the dancey types) it did. Good times 🙂

There are many many stories to tell about these nights that ran once a month for over 2 years until Drakes closed in 2003, but they are for another time. There are also (thankfully!) not that many photographs in existence of these parties – it was before the camera on phones became ubiquitous.

This set from the first birthday party was one where I decided to take a sort of mini-journey through the type of electronica I liked when I was a teenager, through some techno (really as a glue to help me mix from one tune to another) and then on to partytime hardhouse. As you can probably appreciate, I was most definitely not sober when I played this, and some of the mixing is a bit sloppy to say the least – you can hear me getting to grips a bit more in the second half. I hope you enjoy this fun hour, and that you can listen to it with party ears as opposed to analytical ones!

The MP3 version can be downloaded by right clicking here and choosing ‘save as’. You can stream from Soundcloud below, and you can also download a lossless AIFF version from there, if HQ audio is your thing.


  1. M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume (original 12” mix)
  2. New Order – Blue Monday (original 12” mix)
  3. Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Performance Mix)
  4. Adam Beyer & Joel Mull – Remainings II A
  5. S’Express – Hey Music Lover (Music Is My Life Mix)
  6. Unknown (Techno)
  7. Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid
  8. Unknown (Techno)
  9. D-Mob Featuring Gary Haisman  – We Call It Acieeed (The Living Beat Remix)
  10. The Cardigans – My Favourite Game (Vengaboys Remix)
  11. Phatt Bastard – And Da Drum Machine (Original Mix)
  12. Masters At Quirk – Technology
  13. BK – Funk Addiction
  14. Hyperlogic – Only Me (Stimulant DJs Remix)

DJ Skelp – Flashback 3 (retro hardhouse mix)

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‘You have to kill all your darlings’ – William Faulkner

Now ol’ Billy there was talking about writing, and referencing removing your overused and favourite phrases and tropes to improve your output, but this maxim has been co-opted (and shortened to ‘Kill Your Darlings’) by artists of other creative disciplines to mean something slightly different and more specific to them. So I’m now doing the same for DJing. It’s my blog, I can do what I want!

‘You may have to kill your darlings’ – Chris Skelp

The full process of making the Flashback mixes is quite involved, and as I think I may have said before I am planning on a post dedicated to documenting that (sometime. maybe. possibly). The final stages of this are the really fun bits, where I decide what tracks are going in the set, in what order and get down to actual mixing. Sometimes this is relatively painless, but for this set it ended up being a little bit tortuous – I fairly quickly got the beginning and middle sections sorted, but I just couldn’t get an ending that I really liked and that fitted in with what was going on earlier. All of the tracks were favourites of mine, but the flow and the ‘vibe’ just wasn’t right. After a couple of weeks of to-ing and fro-ing, it dawned on me that there was 1 track that I was determined to play (OD404 remix of ‘Wanna Play House’) that was throwing the whole thing off. It’s a great track, and I absolutely love it, and whilst many others were tried and discarded, I kept trying to shoehorn this in. When I realised what was happening, I decide to ‘Kill My Darling’ and removed it from the playlist – and it worked! The other tracks I had chosen for the final section now made sense, and I was able to find an order that I really liked. A couple of takes (and tweaks) later, I had Flashback 3 recorded and ready to go. So here it is!

75 minutes of classic-era hardhouse, building through a few sub-genres (straight-up, bounce, trance, nrg) and upping the BPM throughout to a hard-but-uplifting finale.

You can download a 320Kbps MP3 version of the mix by right-clicking here and choosing ‘Save As’

If you want a high-definition audio, lossless version of the mix, you can download this from the Soundcloud link below. Or you can stream from there, and from Mixcloud – both links below

The full tracklist, and Discogs links for each of the tracks can be found by clicking here


DJ Skelp – Flashback 2 (retro hardhouse mix)


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I am proud to present the second in the Flashbacks series, a 60 minute mix of harder-edged, driving and trancey tracks all from around 2000 – 2002.

Tracklist, with discogs links available by clicking here.

When I first started the process of creating this mix, I had no plan or theme in mind, and I just went through my collection dragging out vinyl that made me think ‘I used to really like this tune’. After I had digitised about 20 or so, I began sequencing them and doing some test mixes using 2 or 3 of the tunes. Slowly I started to realise that the tracks that I was really reacting to were the ones with big synth lines, and within those a lot of them were bootlegs and remixes of classic hard trance tunes. I went through my collection again, and pulled out a few more tracks that were of similar style, and a couple that I knew might be needed as a bridge between and/or break from the toxic euphoria and digitised these (I think I will do a post soon about the process I use for digitising, some of you might be interested)

A couple of runs at this mix later, where I threw out a few tracks that I really liked but thought they didn’t quite fit in to the set, this is the result. I’m quite proud of this one, I think that as a whole it really works well, and I decided to allow the epic tracks to really stretch out in the mix whilst trying to keep the energy level up – I believe I managed that, I would be interested what you guys think.

If you download the mix direct from here, it will be in a 320kps MP3 file. If you prefer a lossless AIFF version, you can grab that from Soundcloud. All of the tracks used in the mix were digitised without compression, so if you like hi-fi sound then the lossless should keep you happy!

I like sharing my mixes, and enjoy the process of creating them – it does take up quite a bit of time, so if you have enjoyed this, or any of my mixes in the past, I would love it if you showed your appreciation with a small donation to charity – I have set up a donation page at for Simon Community Scotland, a non-religious charity providing outreach services to homeless people in Scotland – anything you can spare would be appreciated.


DJ Skelp – Flashback 1 (retro hardhouse mix)


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Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s I spent a lot of time, money and effort building a collection of hardhouse records and I was lucky enough at that time to get regular gigs playing them. I fell out of love with the hardhouse that was being released around 2006 or so, and gave my heart totally to techno. Since then my hardhouse vinyl has been ignored, and with my move into digital DJing I haven’t looked at them in years. This seemed a bit of a shame, and I had the idea to start digitising and cataloguing them – then I thought why not make some mixes at the same time?

This is the first in what I hope will be a long series of mixes, which I have dubbed Flashbacks. Flashback 1 is 17 tracks – most have an off-beat bass and it has an overall feelgood vibe. Like all my mixes I have tried to chart a course that builds throughout, and for this first in the series I have also tried to keep the tracks that would be considered as ‘overplayed classics’ to the minimum.

You can download an MP3 version of the mix with the links in this post, and there is also a lossless version available from my soundcloud page where you can also stream.

The tracks, with links to the Discogs entry for each one can be found by clicking here

If you enjoy this mix then please consider supporting the work that has gone into it by donating to Simon Community Scotland, a secular charity that supports homeless people with outreach and other vital services. You can donate quickly and easily at my Justgiving Page


Skelp – Take One (hardhouse mix)


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This mix was conceived and recorded in one take – I just switched on the decks and mixer, hit the record button and off I went. No preselection of tracks, no practice of the individual mixes and no recording three or four versions and selecting the best take. Because of this, it’s maybe a bit rougher round the edges in a couple of places, but overall I’m quite pleased with it. I was obviously in the mood for melody that morning, as this is as close to a pure trance mix as I think I can get.

Theres not much more to say about it really – there’s no concept, just the tunes I felt like playing there and then. I hope you enjoy it!

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  1. Calling Earth – Yves Deruyter
  2. Dont Stop – Mark NRG
  3. Schoneberg (TDV mix) – Marmion
  4. Tragic – BK
  5. NRG (unreleased mix) – Jon Doe
  6. Feel It – Eufex
  7. Biofilter – OD404
  8. (instru)mental – Nick Sentience & Phil Reynolds
  9. Warehouse – Jon Doe
  10. Khemikal Imbalance – BK & Andy Farley
  11. The Warning – Ben Stevens
  12. We Can Fly – Omega 3

Skelp – On The Edge (hardhouse mix)


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Ever been to a hardhouse night, arrived at 11.30pm and been greeted by 160bpm hoover monsters, or nonsense hardstyle and thought ‘this is far too hard / fast for this time’? I have – as a DJ you get a real sinking feeling when you are due to be playing at 1am, you arrive at 12 to see an empty dancefloor, a busy bar and the DJ rinsing out their hardest tunes – you know that your first 30-45 minutes will be spent trying to repair the damage done and get the dancefloor grooving. The DJ that is on first has a very important role to play in the overall night – the warmup.

For me, the clue is in the name ‘warm’ing up. Nightclubs are not a sprint, they’re a marathon of around minimum 4 hours duration, sometimes 10 or 12 hours. Now I know that there is a hardcore of people who only want the hardest and fastest of music in the club, but if you want to take everyone with you then I believe you need to tease and cajole people away from the bar and on to the dancefloor. Most people who are arriving will have been in a bar or two in town, where the DJs will almost certainly have been playing some kind of house music – there’s not many bars that thrash out hardhouse at 9pm – and for everyone but the hardcore suddenly finding yourself assaulted by machine-gun beats and harsh synths can be fairly disorienting. It’s the job of the warmup DJ to provide a musical path that everyone can follow, which ultimately leads to the hard stuff but doesn’t scare anyone off along the way!

I used to enjoy playing warmup sets during the hardhouse heyday – it gave me a chance to play many different styles within a short space of time, throwing in some funky stuff, a bit of camp hardbag, a bit of bounce and one or two tracks that hinted at the craziness to come later, but not quite being ‘there’ – just on the edge. Hence the title of this mix, which is 60 minutes that goes from the camp to the bouncy via the chuggy and dark. There’s no big ‘payoff’ as with most of my hard mixes, but I think that even non hardhouse heads could get into it. Let me know what you think.

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  1. Raindrops – Mario Scalambrin feat. Satori
  2. You Should Be Dancin’ (Karim Remix) – Bee Gees
  3. Distant Stab – The Freak and Mac Zimms
  4. Show Me Love (ShutYourFaceDub) – The Fruitloop
  5. Have A Good Time – The Alien Thing
  6. Let The Rhythm Flow (Club Mix) – Dancing Divaz
  7. Rock Your Enemies (Sister Suck Remix) – Cadenza
  8. Funky Monkey – Mark Kavanagh
  9. Cagey Groove  – The KGB
  10. House Music (In My Brain) – Mark NRG
  11. Show Me Love – The Fruitloop
  12. Coca & Havana – Gigi D’Agostino
  13. Turn That Fucking Music Up  – The Knuckleheads
  14. God The Devil (Brain Bashers Remix) – BK

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Skelp – Never Say Never (hardhouse mix)

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Another old hardhouse mix of mine dragged up from the archives. I think I recorded this in the summer of 2006, after a long break (possibly a year or so) from buying and playing this style. I had fully embraced both the sounds and the scene of techno, finding the hardhouse scene stagnating musically and the Scottish clubs to be full of absolute chumps. Every breakdown was accompanied by moronic football style chants, every dancefloor full of eejits with their tops off and there was often an unwelcoming, unfriendly atmosphere. This was a shame, as back in the golden years of 1997 – 2002(ish) it was a brilliant scene to be involved in, with crowds made up from all walks of life, all happy to be sharing the happy vibe (even if the music was often dark!). I blame hardstyle for the change, but that’s another story for another time…

Anyway, in the summer of 2006 I found a few tunes by accident that made me think that maybe, just maybe, there was a glimmer of hope for hardhouse (I was wrong). It inspired me to make a mix that took in some of my favourite hard tracks, and plotted a musical direction that I always tried to take with my longer sets, encompassing a few separate sub-genres, getting harder, darker and faster along the way and finishing on a toxic euphoric note. I reckon this mix does that – have a listen and let me know what you think.

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  1. Mauro Picotto—Lizard (Megavoices mix)
  2. Pranksterz—Jah Lion
  3. Rubec & Dan Basely—Closer
  4. The Chunk Brothers—It’s Time
  5. The Fast & The Furious—Thosak
  6. The Chunk Brothers—Bring On The Mayhem
  7. Nick Sentience & Tim Healy—Feel Surreal
  8. DJ Misjah & DJ Tim—Access (OD404 Mix)—
  9. Astra—I Need It (BK and dBm Into Orbit mix)
  10. Eufex & Jay B—Hypnotica
  11. Jay B—Rock It
  12. Eufex—Feel It
  13. Defective Audio—Champion Style
  14. Equinox—Immure
  15. Kernzy & Klemenza—Eardrums Pop
  16. Little Jon & Tim Priestly—Rock The Beat
  17. Chris C & The Doctor—Naked
  18. James Nardi & Julian Dwyer—Mad Dogs (Ben Stevens remix)
  19. Matt Rains—The Claw
  20. RR Fierce & DMF—Rock Da Spot
  21. Andy K & Lee Mills—In My House
  22. Phil Cogan—Alley Cat
  23. Jon Doe—Here Comes That Sound
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Skelp – MDM (hardhouse mix)


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While sorting out my record collection I was reminded of the time when vinyl was worth something, and in some cases worth quite a lot. I decided to make a mix of tracks that either cost me a lot more than average to buy, were regularly traded for high prices or were considered rare before the advent of legal and illegal digital downloads. As it turns out most of them were hard as nails!

The result is M.D.M. (Million Dollar Mix) – 73 minutes, 320Kbps MP3 file

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did making it – the (hazy) memories came flooding back!

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  1. D – D2A – D
  2. The Project – Meltdown (OD404 Mix) – Chug n Bump
  3. Paul King – Odyssey Pt2 – Full On
  4. Keiser Sose – Somnium – White
  5. RR Fierce – Panik – Fierce Technik
  6. Code 21 – Wanna Play House (OD404 Remix) – DP
  7. E-Trax – Let’s Rock (Karim Mix) – White
  8. Lab 4 – Reformation 2 (OD404 Mix) – Alien Trax
  9. Karim – Taliban – White
  10. Paul Glazby – Kick It – Vicious Circle
  11. Karim – Mass Hysteria – Alien Trax
  12. RR Fierce & DMF – Rock Da Spot – Recharge
  13. Paul Glazby – Hostile (Nick Sentience Remix) – Vicious Circle
  14. Tony De Vit – I Don’t Care ( Karim Mix) – White
  15. Karim – Target Locked – White
  16. Lab 4 – Reformation – Elementary

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