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)

Aaron Olson and dj Smiley Mike Bangin Tech Trance Techno and Hard Trance

Motion Notion Feature Track

Crystal Method – Trip Like I Do

Aaron Olson Live Guestmix

01. Dmitry Golban – Clear Vision
02. Benjamin Leung & Aaron Olson feat Sarah-Jane – When I Close My Eyes (Olson’s Prog Mix)
03. Progressive Thrust – Circles
04. Pierre O – Breathing
05. Kings of Addiction – Before the Storm
06. Victor Dinaire – Undercurrent
07. Simon Patterson – Northern Lights
08. Jared Asher – There’s Something About Georgia
09. Rodi Style vs David McRae & Jay P – Firearms
10. Darren Porter – Sparkles (Brett Wood Remix)
11. Burak Harsitliouglu feat. Claire Willis – Show Me The Way (Scott Lowe Remix)
12. Rodi Style & JY Jelly – Chinatown
13. Andy Scott Murray & Lil Rich – So…Now!
14. BK & Vinylgroover – Microwave 2012
15. DJ Misjah & Tim – Access
16. Aaron Olson – Spiritus Sancti
17. Michael Woods – Fruitcake
18. David Moleon – Goal
19. Peppelino – Mr. Love

dj Smiley Mike Hard Epic Trance Mix

John Askew & Sean Tyas – Melbourne / Nailgun (Chris and Matt Kidd’s Intro Mash Up)
John Askew – Nail Gun (Greg Downey Remix)
John Askew – The Witch (Original Mix)
ID – It Gets Sylo (djsm Mashup)
Nick Sentience – Freefalling (feat. Lizzie Curious)
Toryn D – Trip to Trumpton
ID – El Meridian (djsm mashup)
John Askew vs Ørjan Nilsen – Bastard Rays (van Del mashup)
Robbie Nelson – Shangri La (Alex Daf & Iversoon Remix)
John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew Remix)
Cosmic Culture – Oceans (Deep Blue Sea Mix)
Cosmic Culture – Highway
Sander van Doorn – Renegade (Sean Truby Remix)
Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Deathstar Mix)
Tilt – I Dream (Nick Rowland Mix)
Geezk & G.R.G. – Madcake (dj Smiley Mike Smashed & Broken Bootleg Mix)

Hard Dance Mayhem with Guyver Wragg and Log:one

Last week’s show was just a warm up for this! If you like hard dance, you’re not going to want to miss this episode. dj Smiley Mike puts the spotlight on Guyver. Guyver is Guy Mearns who hit the scene in 2002 with Man On The Moon and has been releasing dance-floor smashers ever since, mainly on Tidy Trax and Tidy Two. He’s gone by a few other names, most notably The Riot Brothers which released Flashback / Guyver Unit, a favourite that I still have on vinyl somewhere.

Caddyshack had actually planned out a set this week, but just couldn’t make it through my set without throwing it all out and putting together his own Hard Dance set for the second half of the show. His set features Wragg & Log:One. Wragg is Toby Veale and Log:One is James Logan. They caught our attention soon after they hit the scene around 2008 with tracks primarily released on iHDS and Atmosphere Records UK.

And if you get all tingly when you hear some dubstep dropped in where you least expect it, you’re going to love the second half of Cadyshack’s set. Especially the Bashy & Napt track right at the end that throws things right back to the days of Pump up the Jam by Technotronic. Let’s be honest, where you even born in 1989? ;)

dj Smiley Mike Hard Dance Mix

Fausto & Tommy Pulse – Meloncholika (Wragg & Log:One Remix)
Technikal & Marc French – Mad & Confused (Guyver Remix)
Costa Pantazis & Guyver – Providence
Guyver – Differences
Guyver – Man on the Moon
Technikal & Guyver – Rushin’ (Original Mix)
Kris Mclauchlan ft. Guyver – Gridlock’d
Guyver – Trapped
Technikal & Guyver – Rushin’ (P.H.A.T.T. Remix)
Dark Matter ft. Missing Jem – Sweet Dreams (Fabio Stein’s Dying Viao Remix)
Phil Reynolds & Ben Bennet – Progress (Adrenaline Dept. Remix)
Phil Reynolds – Global Takeover
Toryn D – Trip to Trumpton
Luca Antolini – Moments in Noise
Luca Antolini – Poison (Original Extended Mix)

dj Caddyshack Hard Dance Mix

Wragg & Log:One – Enemies of the Earth
DJ Husband – Real Life (Wragg & Log:One Remix)
Guyver – You’ll Know It (Wragg & Log:One Remix)
Force 9 – Boomin’ (Wragg & Log:One Remix)
Rye Rye feat. Robyn – Never Will Be Mine (Kill the Noise Remix)
Andy Farley & Base Graffiti – No More
Phil York & Dark By Design – Electric Cabaret (ShockForce Mix)
Kevin Energy & Proteus – The Number 6 (ShockForce Mix)
Josh Wink – Higher State of Conciousness (Vinylgroover & The Hed Hed Mix)
Hanuman Tribe – Muscle Step (Beatman & Ludmilla Remix)
Paul Maddox – Endangered (Wragg & Log:One Remix)
Bashy & Napt – Make My Day (Speciman A Remix)

Smashed and Broken
Best Epic Hard Trance Mix of the Year

There’s a glitch in the first 5 minutes or so, but once you skip past that – this week’s show should not be missed! Possibly my best Hard Trance Mix ever, this may turn into my latest demo mix. New and old smashing tracks and a few that have been given the Smiley Mike touch – guaranteeing that you won’t hear a set quite like this anywhere else in the world!

For those who are curious – these are digital tracks mixed live using Serato with vinyl control records.

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dj Smiley Mike Epic Hard Trance Mix:

Nick Rowland – Galactica (dj Smiley Mike Edit)
John Askew & Matt Hardwick – Slaves to the Machine (Liam Melly Remix)
Geezk & G.R.G. – Madcake (dj Smiley Mike Smashed & Broken Remix)
Mallorca Lee – Medication Vacation (Fabio Stein’s Uprise Re-interpretation)
Outdare! – Live Today (Parks & Wilson’s Annexe Dub)
Activa vs. eGYPT – Transmission of Spoken Words (dj Smiley Mike Epicane Mashup)
Toryn D – Trip to Trumpton
Phil Reynolds & Ben Bennett – Progress (dj Smiley Mike Epicredible Remix)
A.S.Y.S. – No More F*****g Rock’n'Roll
Organ Donors – In Power (Fabio Stein’s Under the Knife Remix)
Phil Reynolds – Global Takeover
Nick Sentience feat. Nick Rowland – Meridian
Nick Sentience – Electrify (Tech Mix)
Simon Qudos – Ascension Protocol
John Askew – How Can I Put This (Fabio Stein Remix)
Ben Nicky – Catapult (Fabio Stein’s Uprise Remix)