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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Tracks:

  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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Tracks:

  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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Tracks
  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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Tracks:

  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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