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My Year of Mixtapes Week 22: The Year in Happy Hardcore, 1994

My Year of Mixtapes Week 22: The Year in Happy Hardcore, 1994

About the show

Playing tracks by

Slipmatt, VW001, DJ Seduction, SMD vol. 3, SMD Vol. 2 and more.

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.





PS: IMO disco is trashed righteously.


I murder the dance floor to happy hardcore and no one would be able to say I'm girly.... totally fucking manic, but not girly. =] Love this buddy!