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SOS vs. Grimace live at The SpacE!

Download Side A – 48:27, 90.8MB

Download Side B – 47:47, 89.6 MB

256kbps, 44.1kHz stereo

[audio: vs Grimace at Hullabaloo 1 Preparty – SAMPLE.mp3]

This is a special tape for many reasons. First and foremost, it was recorded by 2 awesome and versatile Toronto DJs. Second, it was recorded at The SpacE! (aka The E! Space) at 28 Gunns Road which was an institution of the Toronto underground rave scene in the late 90’s. Finally, this mix was recorded during the pre-party for the first Hullabaloo party which became a world famous happy hardcore series.

The track selection is fantastic and the mixing is sloppy. In my opinion this mix really captures the true spirit of Hullabaloo in that its collaboratively mixed arrangement makes for some lighthearted and fun exchanges between the selectors.

The original tape fades out for about a minute and back in again midway through side B which is a real shame since SOS is in the middle of spinning a great trance track. I think they must have changed the DAT or something there. There’s nothing I could do about the fade but I snipped the long pause in post production.

Considering the zillions of times I’ve played this tape I’m astounded at how clear the audio still is. This is a very rare bit of Hullabaloo memorabilia and I’m thrilled to share it with you as my first mixtape submission.


Are you enjoying this mix? Did you attend the E! Space or the Hullabaloo parties? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!


Big respect and thanks to Len, aka DJ SOS, for contacting me via email 7 years after I posted this mixtape! He has kindly provided a link to a huge archive of his live sets as SOS and P4L4DiN. Enjoy!

Categories: 90 Minute Tape, Everything, Hardcore, Hardcore - Gabber, Hardcore - Happy Gabber, Techno - Rave, Trance, 1997 |


  1. Grimace October 5, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    wow…I’ve never even seen this.

  2. Brian October 5, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    It’s a real pleasure to have you comment on this awesome mix!! I’m not sure we ever met but I was a big fan of yours in the late 90’s. Props!!

  3. Alan November 5, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    Wow, I haven’t heard tape hiss in years.


  4. Aaron March 18, 2009 @ 2:41 am

    Awesome! I look for SOS tapes a couple of times a year, every year, and this is the first time I have heard this! I have his 1999 set at Hullabaloo Big Top in that Feb, but the CD I burned of it back in 2001 degraded and the sound is now pretty bad. If anyone has a copy of this incredible set, please, please, please let me know! You will make my fiance very happy as well 🙂

  5. Joel June 15, 2009 @ 12:30 pm


    This one’s hilarious to listen to. Not the best of anything, just all round typical espace sillyness!

    (I’m pretty sure you copied this one from me 😛 )

    Joel 🙂

  6. Brian June 15, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    Nice to hear from ya, Joely. 🙂 I own the original so we must both have copies. It’s a really fun listen. I can almost taste your mom’s schnitzel sandwiches just thinking about the e-space!

  7. matt May 3, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    Man, what you are doing is amazing…I didn;t even think I could find Doctor trance and SOS sets…I’m sure we were at all of the same parties, and I want to thank you for doing this so we can all relive some of the best times EVER!

  8. Brian May 3, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Thanks Matt! It’s a labour of love so the work is its own reward, but comments like yours are wonderful to receive. I hope lots of happy memories come to mind while you listen to this mix!

  9. Carolynn July 21, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    I was there for this. It’s nice to find this I don’t have any of my old tapes anymore 🙁 I have recently wanted to start listening to old 90’s electronic music again.

  10. Leon Chastisee July 30, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    I am an avid collector of mixtapes and favore mainstream euro Hardcore/Style, and Speedcore…ect. D&B, D-Step, Happy, Hip Hop. I have recorded over 500 mixtapes of live performances and sets downloaded or dubbed live during the performance, and am very grateful to find a website that supports free downloads of mixtapes and thank you for your Godliness…Thankyou, L

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