Supaset 16 Available Now!

Hello!

Here is a link to Supaset 16 on Soundcloud. Please have a listen, but perhaps you would have a little read about the set first? There are some things that need explaining about this one!

For a few years I had some tough personal issues, and was also not enjoying making or playing hardcore very much. So I stopped doing both. When I got myself together a little bit, I started looking for the inspiration I was missing musically. I wasn’t finding it so much in modern hardcore, although obviously I love hardcore music. One day, about a year ago, I found myself in the studio, listlessly messing about with samples, and thinking about how much hardcore has changed from its roots and how much I had changed from my roots as well. I also thought what a shame it is that the fast pace of dance music doesn’t lend itself to longevity. The links and chains are lost to time, and so much has been forgotten. I mean, if you get into rock music, any rock music, you will eventually hear about the great innovators – The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix etc. But in dance music? Not so much. It changes and develops so quickly that people come in, hear a years worth of one style, and then move on. And these old artists made amazing, innovative music that is never heard any more. It made me sad, and it made me long for the so called good old days lol. Only, I did not want to go back to them,. I wanted to bring them to me, to now. I wanted to show them to those who missed it the first time around.

And like that, I knew I would never find a way forward without going backwards first.

So i turned to the music of my youth, my hardcore hero’s, for inspiration. Acen, Soundcorp, NRG, Nookie, the huge names like the Prodigy, the tiny and obscure like DSFK. All those great artists that made their names when the music was new, and had no rules. I found myself messing about with one of my all time favorite tracks – NRG’s He Never Lost His Hardcore, and I wondered – would modern audiences dig the old skool tracks if they heard them now? As if they were new, as if they were made with modern technology. I love my old school, but musical production levels have changed so dramatically over the years that no matter how well produced an old school tune is, a new raver will hear “slow, flat, weird”. The weird I couldn’t change – and I wouldn’t, because that is one of the things that made old school so awesome. But the flat sound is simply production, and the speed can be changed.

Which is what I did.

The Timewarp set is a set of old school tracks remade from scratch. I gave myself some rules that firmed up as I went along:

1. No sampling the original release. I did bend this rule on aa few of the tracks where I had no other option, but all the others are built with no samples from the original releases at all.

2. Find the original samples sources and get them as clean as possible.

3. The format must remain the same, even if, or especially because, its weird. No adding or changing things – these tracks are not remixes. Where things needed to be added or changed due to technology etc, I did, but I did everything I could to remain in the spirit of the original tracks.

4. Fix what can be fixed, leave the rest alone. By this I mean, some of them just could not work in a modern day setting, but with a few very minor tweaks, could be made to fit.

The result is Supaset 16, The Timewarp set. The basic premise is this – if these artists were making these tracks today, how would they sound? If a 1992 Acen had been somehow given access to a 2015 studio, how would his track have sounded? I deliberately set myself aside as much as I could – I wanted to be a ghost of a producer, rebuilding the tracks but having no artistic impact.

I have tried to get as close to the originals as possible in every way possible. Some actually sound like I have magically pitched them up with no audio loss – these are the ones I am most proud of. Some differ from the originals because nowadays, you can either be 4×4 or breaks and bass. Back in the day, tracks often combined 4×4 and a bassline, which works with a light bassline, sort of, but absolutely would not work on the modern dance floor. So with some tracks, I had to make a choice which way to lean. It was important to me that the tracks could be played to a modern audience without compromising the original vibe. I think I have done okay with that bit, the best I could do.

In the end, this set was a labor of love and gratitude. These tracks in their original format shaped my life, and while I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the original artists, I could never explain to anyone how much these tracks meant to me. It was in incredibly difficult set to make. I hope you enjoy it. Now I will shut up and let the set play….

11 Responses to Supaset 16 Available Now!

  1. Alkivar July 27, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    You intending to make this one available for download? I don’t see the option enabled on soundcloud.

  2. GL0WKiD July 27, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Amazing mix and this mad ‘recreation’ of oldies! Bigup Luna-C!

  3. Wayne Gulley July 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Fantastic idea.

    I really believe the music of old is too creative for the average modern mind. But maybe you can infect a few minds and get them exploring the roots of electronic melodies.

    Love it.

  4. Gentleman bastard July 28, 2015 at 5:03 am #

    Really enjoyed reading that. Can’t wait to wake up and have a listen

  5. Tobias July 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    DJ? Producer? No, you are a magician. I dreaming from the past in anitcipation for the future. Nostalgia feelings in a modern suit. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Psilo707 (GoBonkers) July 31, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Wow, this is the most unique and fantastic idea in the hardcore world in years. I love this and you executed it perfectly. YES!!

  7. clayfighter August 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    Luna-C This mix is incredible and I would love to be able to play some of these tunes myself! Is there any possibility of any of these tunes being released?

  8. djDMS September 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Incredible piece of work. Hats off to you!

  9. Richard January 27, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    Chris,

    I have a deep love of “oldskool, breakbeat, hardcore,” as well and have collected so much of it over these recent years.

    This sound was my favorite genre since I began raving (at post-rave apocalypse Toronto) in 2001.

    Fortunately, there was some interest in the style back then but it was minimal. KFA and other labels brought “nu oldskool,” but from the beginning, for me, the top was oldskool, more than: ragga jungle events which I attended, more than the goa parties that I went out to on the beach and forest, and more than the breakcore and techno that the underground provided and the small hard trance events I attended.

    This is was an absolutely brilliant idea and so well executed.These tunes are timeless but the music faded and aged, thank you for updating the classics because you updated my ears as well.

    There are only a few that I didn’t know in your mix but that’s what made it so good to listen to: to hear them new and fresh once again!

    It would be so good to have these tunes released to play too, digital DJing being a keen hobby of mine.

    Keep on going on your Timewarp excursions, the gems you bring back from the past are top class. Thanks for starting with 1990-1993. Loved every bit and bite, it was so tasty to the ears.

    Huge Kniteforce, Remix, and KFA fan.

  10. Kuz May 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    I have listened to this every day for about 6 weeks!! It’s my favourite thing. Thank you, it’s incredible. He Never Lost His Hardcore just blows me away every time – I hadn’t even read your post about playing it at your funeral when I told someone I wanted it carved on my headstone! Fanastic work sir!

  11. RicheP June 5, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    I find myself at my decks wanting to move forward with my music but still i find myself turning back to the good old skool track and the very day i was mixing at a mates house and i was playing my new vinyl tunes. i put this weird looking record on and played all four tracks from start to finish. It was KF 01 and through some of the tracks i caught myself with my mouth open. I haven’t looked back since. whenever i was shopping for vinyl and i saw the Kniteforce label, i didn’t need to listen to it, i knew it was going to be quality.
    Thank you for the past tracks that i have enjoyed and watched literally thousands of people dance to, Thank you for piano progression. I dropped it new years eve at canary wharf at an illegal rave and ripped the roof off. you are an inspiration to a generation.
    Peace and love to you and yours, especially your new baby.
    This is written to a 50 something who still hasn’t lost his hardcore!

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