Rave Breaks Are Making a Comeback

I couldn’t have been happier a couple weeks ago when I was checking out the TrackItDown breakbeat top 100, and lone behold, half of the top 20 breakbeat tracks were classified as rave breaks. I got into electronic music in the early 90s when groups like Acen were churning out warehouse bangers like Window in the Sky and Trip II the Moon. The Illegal Rave compilations were another favourite of the time and groups like Hackney Hardcore and Urban Hype were belting out classic rave anthems like Trip to Trumpton, all well before the classic trance anthems of the late 90s.

So when I saw new artists like E-Lab Rat and Northbase resurrecting the classic rave breaks that I grew up with, I couldn’t wait to put together a set. And here it is. Oldschool rave breaks interwoven with new hardcore breaks and phat dubstep basslines. This mix is intense. Is you have a pacemaker, you should probably change the batteries before going any further.

(Did I mention that everything Blazer touches turns to gold?)

dj Smiley Mike Badass Rave Breaks Throwdown

Will Atkinson & Darkboy – Darker Shades of Black (Blazer Remix)
Sketi – Cladocera (Blazer Remix)
Blazer – Skill Cypher
Quadrat Beat – BlackJack (Blazer Remix)
Brian Cameron – Seratonin Syndrome (Eshericks Remix)
Wizard & Ivory – Jack in a Box (Specimen A Remix)
HardNoise – Breakaway (Blazer Remix)
Northbase – Hallow 808
Northbase – Acid Flashback
601 – Blackout
Northbase – Ruffneck
DaVIP – Brick (Imetic Remix)
Wizard & Ivory – Jack in a Box (Aquasky Remix)
Northbase – Fright Night
RadioKillaZ – The Cholo
E-Lab Rat – Ambitious (Electrux Remix)
E-Lab Rat – 3 Bad Rats (Ben Venom Remix)

dj Smiley Mike Electro House Mix

4 Strings – Rise Again
4 Strings – Cheesecake
Bassjackers & Angger Dimas – RIA
Deadmau5 – Sometimes Maths Gets Complicated (Ryan Enzed Bootleg)
Filo & Peri – Subzero
Gareth Emery – Tokyo
Melleefresh – Intuition (Darth & Vader Mix)
Nicky Romero – Toulouse
Niels van Gogh vs. Emilio Verdez – Beatrocker
Omnia & Ira – The Fusion (Armin van Buuren’s Intro Edit)
Sander van Doorn – Drink to Get Drunk (Extended Mix)
4 Strings – Cheescake
Avicii – Sweet Dreams (Gregory Klosman Remix)
Avicii – Sweet Dreams (Cazzette Meet at Night Mix)

Everything Shines
Old Skool Trance meets New Skool Deep Vocal Trance

This week was no ordinary week! Caddyshack starts things off with a Canadian Trance set that quickly became an Old Skool classics set and I follow him this week, with a rare ultra deep vocal trance set. Okay, the tracks aren’t that rare, but the fact that I’m playing deep vocal trance at sub-130bpm is!

dj Caddyshack Oldskool Trance Mix

DJ Czech – Czech Fu
DJ Czech – Rock Shock
DJ Santana – Fine Night Tonight
DJ Czech – Rockin’
Kimball Dekkard – Lifted (Dekkard Dub)
Energy 52 – State of Mind
The Grid – Swamp Thing
The House Crew – Euphoria
Sydney Blue – Senses & Mind
LSG – Can You See the Yellow Turtles

Notes: Energy 52 is Kid Paul and Cosmic Baby, The House Crew is Floyd Dyce and Acen, and LSG is Oliver Lieb.

dj Smiley Mike Deep Vocal Trance Mix

Deadmau5 & Chris Lake – I Said (Original Mix)
Deadmau5 & Chris Lake – I Said (Sergio Fernandez Remix)
Habersham & Numinous – Rhetorical Question
Chris Vaux – PaRaid
Deadmau5 & Chris Lake – I Said (Michael Woods Remix)
Lish – Running Away
Jonathan Allyn – Near You (Jaytech Remix)
Tenishia – Everything
Max Graham feat. Ana Criado – Nothing Else Matters
Andrew Bennett feat. Sir Adrian – Run Till U Shine (Cosmic Gate Remix)
Markus Schulz – Dark Heart Waiting (Jochen Miller Remix)

Early Rave Trance

This week’s show is a little different than usual. It’s continuous but not mixed and the tracks come from early rave compilation CDs. These are tracks that influenced me in my early rave days.

Warning: This week’s show contains coarse language!

Classic Rave Anthems Tracklist:

Dance 2 Trance – Power of American Natives
Channel X – Rave the Rhythm
Acen – Window in the Sky
Ayahuasca – Heliotropic Twist
The Prodigy – Charly
Man with No Name – Sugar Rush
Man with No Name – Adrenosphere
Ayahuasca – Psychopharm
The Infinity Project – Ego Shredder