- 6 years ago
Playing tracks by
Luna-C, Cheddar, DJ Dougal & DJ Vibes , Midas, Dj Brisk and more.
Around 1994 hardcore started to split - it was now either Jungle or (Happy) Hardcore. Most DJs already had their own style but for the first time the two sub-genres were being separated into different rooms at clubs or raves. As the music split there was an all–to–brief period where happy hardcore was still based on breakbeats but as the genre evolved it took on a more techno influence until, by mid 1995, it featured pretty much exclusively the four/four beats we would associate with happy hardcore today. The music was evolving so quickly over the early years of the nineties that I personally thought this was just a short fad and the genre would mutate into something else. It didn't. Aside from better production, happy hardcore is much the same today as it was in the late nineties.
To me this mix represents that brief period from 1994 to 1995 where happy hardcore was still breakbeat – in my opinion the peak of the genre. It's been downhill ever since.