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Hardcore Energy Volume 8 Available Soon…

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything for the Hardcore Lives! crew, but we’ve all been pretty busy and after all, it’s a collective effort.  You can see why, though – the next volume of Hardcore Energy is an unprecedented triple-CD monster.

For the latest round of Hardcore Lives! releases we’ve tried to update the look a bit; not that the old one was bad, but over 7 albums it’d had a good innings so we reckoned that a quick tidy was in order.  A couple of late nights later, and you have the new Hardcore Energy branding:

Combined with the back cover, I reckon it looks more like a “real” compilation you’d find in the (non-virtual) shops, and that can’t be a bad thing.  I haven’t heard the tracks in full yet, but when I do then it’s likely that a review will be in the offing.  In the meantime, those of you who love your old-skool beats could do a lot worse than heading over to Hardcore Lives! Records and pre-ordering yourself a copy at a knock-down price.

Kudos as ever to Pete and Richie for their sterling effort in pulling together the release itself.

HCLD016 now released

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Long time no see, eh?  Still, here’s a free gift to make up for it.  In between trying to find time to sleep, I’ve been helping the ever-hardworking DJ Pete to get a new version of Hardcore Lives! up and running.  There’ll be more news on some planned music releases soon, but in the meantime to celebrate the relaunch there’s a free 4-track E.P. available from my Russian favourite, T92:

Suffler is my tip – a long, wandering journey through the early 90s in the same style as his previous SensationFlute Jhob builds chunkily around a delicate flute sample to unexpectedly good effect.  It costs nothing, and you can find it on the release thread, so what are you still doing here?

The Second Coming

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Christ, what an interesting few months that was.  Anyway, back once again as normal(ish) service is resumed with another Hardcore Lives! Records submission.  This has been out for a while now, but being trapped in a cage has prevented its emergence here.

So here you have it: 26 MP3 files spanning a pick of the last few Hardcore Energy compilations (we’re up to 7 now – blimey), with their own special cover and a ringing endorsement from a man who just can’t let go of those mid-90s memories – me.

Hardcore Energy 2 – The Second Coming

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Hardcore Energy 7 Released

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A quick note to mention Hardcore Energy 7, which was released a little while back.  Although I’m a bit behind the curve, I heartily recommend going for the 2xCD version as it has an excellent tune which, despite rocketing to the top of my playlist, won’t be available separately as an MP3…

Hardcore Lives! 014 + 015 Out Now

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

A little late with these, but y’know – better late than never.  Those rascals at Hardcore Lives! Records are at it again, and I’ve parried their latest nu-rave releases with my Photoshop sword.

First up is a clutch of traditional old-skool sounding rollers from 1st Science, called the Planet Insanity EP:

Then there’s a Hardcore Lives! new style – some dark J-Tek jungle-esque moods from John Browne.  So, a new style of cover for this one:

As usual, they’re available to buy and download at Hardcore Lives! Records now.