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Hardcore Rave

Published on February 6th, 2021 | by Tariq Ziyad


Amaretto-Hyperactive Dolphin EP [Kniteforce White]

It was only a matter of time before the Hardcore legend from the land of the rising sun, Amaretto made his debut on Kniteforce and what a debut!!!

‘Baby Junglist’ lets rip with happy Reggae strings over a rampaging beat. A payload of upbeat hoovers launches from the Captain’s control pad followed by dark like 1993 spooky riffs, a ‘Music Takes You’ style shot of piano. This one feels very much like the 92-93 Slammin’ Vinyl Hardcore Jungle sound with a fresh update.

‘Rude Boy’ leads with airy amen breaks, stabby keys and echoes of intelligent Jungle styled in a fashion not unlike Krome & Time alter ego Higher Level.

‘Right On Time’ takes its cue from a certain 808 State classic with a little bit of 2 Bad Mice and LTJ Bukem thrown in. Amaretto blurs the lines between Hardcore & Jungle like a genius with thoroughly original productions like this one.

‘Have A Laugh!’ mixes up bass heavy SKa with a ten tonne break from the school of the oldskool. This is JUngle Tekno 2021 where the basslines sound amazingly clean. The track slowly morphs into a post 95 Happy Hardcore stomper in another stroke of seamless beat making.

The 808s roar over bouncing breaks on ‘Where Is My Booze.’ We are back in 1994 amen tearout territory with ghostly interludes and kevlar plated basslines you should definitely not play in front of your Mum.

Next, its time to go ‘Back Into Time’ with some Vibes & Wishdokta inspired rolling breakbeat hardcore.The 900 vocal sample fits like a glove to the steady pumping beats and we are in pure golden era Happy Hardcore era airspace for the remainder of the ride! And what a rushing ride it is!!!

‘Need Someone’ is the faster and slightly darker companion to the previous track with a breezy opener plus a sturdy, continuous outburst of techno stab patterns. Everything leads up to the Vibes & Wishdokta Garage at plus 10 lush chords and piano. Vibesy would absolutely approve for sure!

For the final track ‘Don’t Deal With Me’ Amaretto treats us to his own take on one of the most famous piano notes in Hardcore and House music history. This is undiluted 92-94 Hardcore and the blueprint for much of today’s DnB for that matter. A bit of piano, the infamous amen break, the think break and a bit of Landlord riffage are the super effective elements of a track that could have been made in that halcyon period of rave.

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