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Happy hardcore will never die: the life of rave’s most juvenile subculture
Gone To A Rave # High On A Happy Vibe - The Rise And Fall Of Hardcore | The Ransom Note
With illegal parties cropping up across the UK while clubs are closed, we pick out the best of early 90s breakbeat hardcore. If hardcore rave was rooted in house and techno, the prosaically titled Made in Two Minutes makes explicit another major influence, hip-hop. Another example of how Bomb Squad-inspired UK rap fed into rave, Total Confusion was the work of a trio including the late Casper Pound , who went on to found the celebrated techno label Rising High. On one level, it is very of its time; on another, its sheer exuberance still cuts through. Dozens of hardcore producers fell foul of their cavalier attitude to sampling.
Happy hardcore , also known as happycore , and later UK hardcore , is a music genre of hard dance. It emerged both from the UK breakbeat hardcore rave scene , and Belgian, German and Dutch hardcore techno scenes in the early s. In the UK, the breakbeat hardcore rave scene was beginning to fragment by late into a number of subsequent genres: darkcore tracks embracing dark-themed samples and stabs , hardcore jungle reggae basslines and influences became prominent , and 4-beat also known as happy hardcore where piano rolls and uplifting vocals were still central to the sound. In the UK, happy hardcore as it had become known was starting to gain popularity alongside jungle by , often being hosted in the second arena at major raves such as Dreamscape and Helter Skelter held at the Sanctuary Music Arena. In London , the pirate radio station Dream FM would become the primary champion of the genre.
Happy hardcore is emotional, euphoric, exhausting. A staple interest of working class kids from suburbs and small towns, happy hardcore was and remains a true subculture, drawing arena-sized crowds for years while remaining toxic to the critical class. Ripped out of context by a new generation, happy hardcore has a kind of illicit sheen to it, offering an untapped seam of confrontational retro cool.