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This review is from: Clubland Xtreme Hardcore 9 (Audio CD)
Looks like I am reviewing a different album to the ones everyone else has reviewed as I thought on the whole this was awful. I have been into Hardcore since the 90s, evolving from Happy Hardcore into the UK Hardcore scene of recent times. There are some good UK Hardcore tunes around but they seem to be fewer and further between than before. Seems to me that the majority of it is going commercial which is a shame.
As for the album. Never really rated Darren Styles since he split from the Force & Styles combo and have always felt he was far more interested in commercial sales than the music. Tunes are generally slower than I would like and have lots of stops and starts. That has been his style (no pun intended) for the last 10 years, so it isn't going to change now. A couple of good tunes on his mix but I wasn't expecting much anyway. Breeze however I had hoped for more from. His CD is possibly the worst on the album and is largely what led to my title. SINCE WHEN IS DUBSTEP HARDCORE??!! Seriously, if you want to do that then fine, but don't go calling it hardcore. I was a huge fan of Vinylgroover until he went to hard house (along with Billy Bunter) but at least they had the decency to tell you they were changing direction. Frankly I was embarrassed to be listening to Breeze's mix - I listened to it all to see if anything would come of it but frankly it was unbelievably bad. CD3 for me is by far and away the best of the 3. That is what Hardcore is about - upbeat, bouncy and with energy. Perhaps I am not with the current scene hence my review is different to everyone else, but if that is the case then the current scene should not be called Hardcore. Ok, Hixxy hasn't changed much but this isn't the classic-core or even Happy Hardcore. There is evolution but for me he has stayed true to what Hardcore is rather than changing it for the next flavour of the month genre like Darren Styles and not it seems Breeze too. I just hope that Other DJs don't do the same as to me it seems that Hardcore is dying off and turning into the same old meaningless rubbish you find anywhere.
Rant over. First 2 CDs 1 out of 5. 4 out of 5 for the 3rd.