My Year of Mixtapes Week 22: The Year in Happy Hardcore, 1994
This week we're tackling a touchy subject: Happy Hardcore. This genre, defined by its fast tempo, stompy drums, and aggressively optimistic piano rave melodies, is perhaps one of the most maligned genres ever. Much like disco, it's trashed mostly out of ignorance and/or the fear of appearing "girly".
REAL TALK: happy hardcore grew out of UK rave at the same time as jungle, and was really delightful for the first few years of its existence. It then went on a SEVERE downward slide, losing a lot of the original rave/jungle elements that made it so great—this really awful later-era cheeseball stuff is the reason for happy hardcore's bad rap. I still stand by the tunes that came out in 1993-1997, and I plan on featuring them in a few mixes over the course of the year. The first is a bunch of tunes from '94. Uploaded 2 years ago -
Featuring tracks by Slipmatt, VW001, DJ Seduction, SMD vol. 3, SMD Vol. 2 and more
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