Pearsall presents Called to Valhalla

Dragon Warrior

Pearsall presents Called To Valhalla

Mixed in London, March 2006
(64:20, 89.8 MB, 192 KBPS VBR MP3)

Back cover
Zip pack (cut into individual tracks)
Cue file

style: freeform hardcore

direct link to the mix:

01. Warlock – The Sound (Andy, Choci & Weaver’s Blue Butterfly Mix) (Majestic 12)
02. Choci & The Powder Front – Just Feel It (Public House)
03. Karim – Columbia (Do Not Bend)
04. DJ Fury – Lemonade Raygun (FDN)
05. Cortex – Eurosis (Xy2)
06. Trance Masters – Call Of The Last Tribe (GBT)
07. Lab 4 – Candyman (Fragile)
08. Penguin Conspiracy – Welcome To The Future (Digital Beats)
09. Legend B – Lost In Love (Baby Doc Remix) (Perfecto Fluoro)
10. DJ M-Zone – Rave To The Slave (UK44)
11. D-Zyne – Digital Havoc (Xy2)
12. Miss Nic & DJ Swoon – Voices (GBT)
13. MC MC & Rushour – Music Maker (DJ Fury Remix) (Clued)
14. DJ Energy & Safe N’ Sound – The Baptism (Nu Energy)
15. Helix – Now Control (Stompin’ Choonz)
16. DJ Eclipse – Light Cycle (Bonkerz)
17. Air Bomb – Hidden Code (Techno Mix) (Electric Kingdom)
18. Shanty, Tazz & Loopy – Outbreak (Tazz Remix) (Digital Beats)
19. Suburban Delay – All I Need (Eurostomp Remix) (Jolly Roger Lite)

Very fast, very loud, utterly uncompromising. Rave music in its concentrated essence.

It’s also quite conservative. But is that such a bad thing? I mean really?

I used to be a fully paid-up member of the cult of musical ‘innovation’, of the “man, we need forward-thinking music, maaaan, things are like so borrang if they stay the same for like five minutes,” but it’s all bullshit after a while, isn’t it? The demand for newness, the cult of novelty, means that you cannot appreciate something, really savour it, since you are always searching out something fresher.

But then again I guess that an obsession with musical newness is part of being young. I’ve found that as I get older my relationship with music has slowly switched away from the kind of frenzied obsession that I had when I was younger to something more measured and calmer. I think it’s quite rare to maintain a teenager’s all-consuming passion for music well into your twenties, and so this is what I have found.

I suppose my skepticism on this matter is of a piece with the general rightward drift of my opinions over the last couple of years, as well as just the general aging process. I don’t see the particular virtues of restless innovation in architecture, in the kinds of monstrosities that architects, liberated from having to work in harmony with their built environment and animated by their hatred of convention, now routinely inflict on us. Is a traditional meal not more pleasant and tasty than the huckterish showmanship of nouvelle cuisinge or so-called ‘molecular gastronomy’?

So, in a round-about way, this is my defence of my love for banging hard trance and hardcore.

It’s not innovative.

It’s not stylish.

Lindsay Lohan will never blast rails to it.

But it’s fuckin mental, and that’s good enough for me.

  • Mikey

    God man, i love this.
    Rampage Europa 2 was the first i became familier with but that seems to be the tip of the iceberg here.

    Top notch !

  • thanks very much Mikey … I’ve put a fair amount of work into the mixes and the whole package of the site (the essays, the covers, etc), so it’s always nice to see it’s appreciated.

  • Mikey

    Yeah it shows man, seriously, impeccable presentation..
    I’m quite hard to please musically but i’ve found a little haven in this place.
    I was brought up through my teens on Uprising, old M-zone, Mark EG, Kenny sharp tapes but i was too young to go in it’s hayday.
    My friends were older and never really made the effort later on with lives diverting down different paths and what not, so i’ve always felt kind of disconnected from the scene i’ve loved so much.

    I’ve stuck with the early stuff i know, bar a few exceptions, so this is a refreshing change.

    The majority of stuff out there never seems to quite do it for me.

  • Haha it was M-Zone tapes from Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, etc back in the day that got me into hardtrance as well. For literally years I’ve been meaning to do a mix of the old fast Euro stuff, so maybe this is the year I finally get around to it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Mikey

    DO IT ! lol.
    I’m game for that.
    There’s already a lot of classics here i recognise interweaved with the new stuff (to me at least).

    Track 2 on this,
    Moonrise รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Evolution 4ward
    Amorph – Sunflow

    It’s just, too fucking good.

  • You should check out DJ Harmony’s mixes on Discogs. He’s a Swiss guy who has done several dozen mixes of old trance stuff, from the slow and fluffy to the properly banging. Awesome.

  • Mikey

    I have a couple but i haven’t got them on CD yet to check properly, great tracklistings though.
    Just checking some of your hard house, good stuff.

    I’ll be lurking anyway man,, nice talking too ya !

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  • Ewan Jones

    What a banger !!!! Some of the best tracks i have ever heard. I play a lot of mid 90,s tunes myself and never came across any tunes like these… I love it..I will be certainly be getting into freeform harcore from now on..Thanks man.I new the real bangers were out there but never could find them. big respect!

  • hi Ewan, glad you like it mate! this is one of my favourite mixes, so I’m always pleased when other people feel the same way about it. these tunes rock! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Liking this. Thank you!