Tag: hardcore

Sublight: “Live @ Narcottage (Side H)” Classic DJ set

Every year we went to the Narcottage for the Victoria Day long weekend. Eventually it became elaborate: generator, full sound system, plenty of DJ’s and a full on party atmosphere. In the middle of this long run of epic events, I managed to play a record-breaking 19.5h set, and capture much of it on tape.

Sublight: “Live @ Narcottage (Side I)” Classic DJ set

Every year we went to the Narcottage for the Victoria Day long weekend. Eventually it became elaborate: generator, full sound system, plenty of DJ’s and a full on party atmosphere. In the middle of this long run of epic events, I managed to play a record-breaking 19.5h set, and capture much of it on tape.

Sublight: “Rotterdam+Gabber=Real?”Classic DJ set

In 1996, all of a sudden hardcore was changing. Faster and more intense, but equally, a huge resurgence of happy hardcore hit the decks.

Sublight: “Live @ Deathrave ’95 (side B)” Classic DJ set

My 21st birthday, and a going-away for a good friend of ours resulted in a bit of a raucous affair. This is the insanely hard part of the set where the night got crazy.

Sublight: “Shades of Deepest Intensity” Classic DJ set

When life hands you lemons, make Acid.

Sublight: “Hardcore Flesh & Bones” Classic DJ set

Pretty much the angriest music you could find in 1994.

Sublight: “Grabba Gabba” Classic DJ set

Many of these early sets were filled with humour and inside jokes, perhaps a reflection of the fact that rave culture and music really didn’t take itself as seriously back then as whatever passes for it now might. As a results, the odd Monty Python skit or Barney record or other quote seemed to make it’s way into the soundscape. Given how comedic hardcore was back then, with MC’s trashing each others’ cities, and parody tracks, this shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Now the inside jokes about pancreas boxing are a thing of the past, and the Grabba Java coffee shop in Otawa this set was named after is surely long gone…

Sublight: “Ritual Gabber” Classic DJ set

A set recorded prior to undoubtedly the best rave Ottawa ever saw, Ritual.

Sublight: “Original Hardcore Set” Classic DJ set

The first of the pure hardcore sets, the result of stumbling onto a treasure trove of Rotterdam Records’ releases.

Sublight: “Krak Baby Session Mix” Classic DJ set

Trying to learn how to mix, all the way back in 1994, with a relatively small but heavy music collection. Noel, affectionately known as the Krak Baby, provided much of the early inspiration.