1/ Case 82 - Summer Vibez.
2/ MHX - Summer Break.
3/ Amaretto - Burning Now.
4/ Langham - I Just Wanna.
5/ Bagpuss - Unity (In The Sun).
6/ Deadly Nightshade - New Dawn.
7/ Pursuit - Comin' @ Ya.
8/ Sparki Dee - Spin Me Out.
9/ Beats Are Broken - Serenity.
10/ Paul Cronin - 1234 Hit It.
XTRAHard Records keep those Summer vibes flowing, long after the light evenings and 20 degree temperatures have abandoned us, with the release of the third volume of their long-running 'Sounds Of Summer' albums. Volume three features ten euphoria soaked contributions from the cream of the underground, breakbeat hardcore scene. So let's dig out those shades one last time and get ready for some sounds of Summer!!!
The collection kicks off to a thundering start with Case 82's breakbeat meets uplifting piano-driven 'Summer Vibes', a pure adrenalin soaked, hand-in-the-air, 1992 style banger if there ever was one!!!
MHX follows soon after with 'Summer Break', an electro meets 1991, Euro-hardcore themed track, jam-packed with electrifying hoover riffs and joyous synth melodies, which perfectly balance the darker and lighter elements.
Up next we have Amaretto who utilises tearing amen breaks and Todd Terry stabs on the upfront happy hardcore anthem, 'Burning Now', alongside classic Loleatta Holloway, 'Love Sensation' vocal snippets.
'I Just Wanna' by Langham sees 2018 hardcore breaks represented in the house, with it's use of razor-sharp, bass heavy synth riffs and chopped-up vocal manipulations expertly blended into the mix.
Lazer FM regular, (DJ) Bagpuss takes us on an upfront, breakbeat hardcore roller-coaster ride with his namesake ode to the legendary Corfu, week-long rave event 'Unity (In The Sun)'. Before XTRAHard Records' head honcho, Deadly Nightshade takes over the controls with his Nina Simone (and MC Kinky) sampling 'New Dawn', which incorporates rugged breaks over a pounding 4/4 kickdrum layered with an euphoric, trance style breakdown.
This Is Nu-Rave label boss, Pursuit steps up to the plate next with his thundering reggae rave beast, 'Comin' @ Ya', a track which drops a classic reggae riddim' over riotous, time-stretched beats and a pumping bassline. Check out the nod to Production House on this one!
Sparki Dee's 'Spin This Out' sees the album take a more restrained, chilled turn with it's use of soothing, reversed pad notes and a sedate bass pattern, paired with a tearing, chopped up amen break backing.
'Serenity' by Beats Are Broken sees us rewound back even further, as we are introduced to what could possibly be the very first eighties-core, rave track, with it's use of crunching beats and Kraftwork style, vintage synth sounds!!!
The one and only Raveskool Recordings Commander-In-Chief, Paul Cronin drops his ubiquitous, manic hardcore signature on closing track, '1234 Hit It', 120 mph whirlwind of breakbeats, eclectic samples and adrenalising stab patterns.
If you are looking for some of the very best headstrong and energising future rave anthems, then you need 'Sounds Of Summer 3' in your collection!!!
Xtra Hard Records' 'Sounds Of Summer 3' is available to download now from Deadly Nightshade's Bandcamp page for the bargain price of £7, or more if you wish to support the label and artists to fund future releases.
Beats Are Broken... https://soundcloud.com/awtudella
Case 82... https://soundcloud.com/user-664908277
Deadly Nightshade... https://soundcloud.com/maximum-acceleration
Paul Cronin... https://soundcloud.com/paulc9898
Sparki Dee... https://soundcloud.com/sparki-dee
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