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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Ben Stevens - Happy Hardcore Classics (Volume 2) (2015)

Soundcloud is the ultimate place for muusic lovers. During the 90s it was MTV and TMF but those are outdated now. So Soundcloud rules now, and I find new mixes every blooming day. Including the one that got reposted the other day by someone (I forgot who it was), and I was happy when I found this! The reason being is the fact that this mix contains Happy Hardcore anthems! And we are all fans. You might disagree, but secretly deep down inside you know each and every anthem and can sing along to them whenever they are played. Why hate something which is so beautiful?

Ben Stevens made this mix 3 years ago. Don't know this DJ, or where he's from. Never seen his name before. So this is an introduction. And what kind of introduction! His mix takes me right back to the 90s, when TCD was a little nipper, enjoying his life. When I was listening to this music I was still enjoying cassettes on my cassette player. And not only has he made a mix containing Dutch Happy Hardcore, he also included music from the UK. So a nice blended mix containing everything you wanted! Christmas has come early this year.

And what a tracklist! God, if this doesn't make you dribble, nothing will. Fuck me sideways, this is pure pornography! Happy Hardcore the way it was meant to be. No nonsense, no fake Happy Hardcore tunes (I'm talking about you, Hakkuhbar, Gabber Piet, Reefteef, and all these money grabbing people).

01. Vinylgroover - Time

02. Eruption - Let The Music

03. Sy & Demo - Devotion

04. Steve Smeetit - Techno Wonderland

05. Brisk & Trixxy - See The Light

06. Hixxy & Bananaman - Forever Together

07. DJ Ell & DJ Dream - Wings Of Love (Dougal Remix)

08. DJ Waxman - You're The Voice

09. Elevate - Virtual Dreams (Vinylgroover Euro Mix)

10. Dougal & Mickey Skeedale - The Key

11. Brisk & Trixxy - I Need Somebody

12. DJ Demo - You're Mine (Slipmatt Remix)

13. DJ Kaos - Sunshine (Scott Brown Remix)

14. Force & Styles - Fun Fair

15. Ikon - Doesn't Have To Be (Vinylgroover Remix)

16. Jimmy J - 99 Red Ballons (Remix)

17. Vinylgroover - My Guardian Angel

18. DJ Demo - I've Got The Feeling (Brisk & Ham Mix)

19. SL2 - On A Ragga Tip (Slipmatt Remix)

20. Juicy Cuts - Don't Leave Me Alone

21. Eruption - Reach Out (Brisk Remix)

22. Lovechild - All Out Of Love (DJ Weirdo & Sim Mix)

23. Vinylgroover - Up Yours

24. Nakatomi - Children Of The Night (XXL Mix)

25. E-Logic - Run To Me (Brisk Remix)

26. Stealth - Love, Life & Happiness (Brisk Remix)

27. Brisk & Trixxy - Show Me The Way

28. Alchemist - I Can See Clearly

29. Triple J - Wonderful World

30. DJ Vibes & Wishdokta - Rave Is A Mystery

31. Scott Brown vs Rab S - Now Is The Time

32. E-Logic & DNA - Get On Up

33. Alchemist & Fade - Keep On Trying (Slipmatt Remix)

34. Brisk - Set Free

35. Vinylgroover & Trixxy - I Need Your Lovin'

36. Elevate - The Terminator

37. Clock - Holdin On For You (The Visa Treatment Mix)

38. Sy & Demo - Sensation (Edit)

39. DJ Demo & Mickey Skeedale - Come Together

40. Dr Who - Love Of My Life

41. Dougal & Vibes - Feel Free

42. Force & Styles - Shining Down (Slipmatt Remix)

43. Ilogik & DNA - Kick Your Legs In The Air

44. Eruption - Don't You Want Me (Force & Styles Remx)

45. Critical Mass - Believe In The Future (Happy Future Edit)

46. DJ Energy - Take Me Up

47. Antisocial - My Way

48. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Wonderful Days (Rotterdam Mix)

49. ABH - Overdose

50. JDS - Higher Love (Slipmatt Remix)

Porno. That's what this is! No joke, this is just the way I like my Happy Hardcore. And truth be told, this has got to be in the top three of 'best music styles ever' list. And for once no commercial bullshit records, but the pure records, those demolishing the dancefloors during the 90s.

The kids nowadays do not have anything as good as this. Music has changed, and this includes people's perspective on music. This kind of music might be laughed at, but there's still a huge cult following out there, supporting it. And I'm proud to say that I'm one of them.

50 records to choose from. Can't pick my favourite record that easily. But if I had to, it has to be 'Higher Love' by JDS, remixed by Slipmatt. And that's not because I know the legend, but because it holds the most memories (I still remember it being on Happy Hardcore 6 by Arcade). Such a truly monsterous anthem (and I mean it in a good way).

Ben Stevens' mix is such a good one, this will be seen by many as one of the greatest mixes ever. A few mixing errors here and there, but they are nothing, compared to the strength of the music. This is a mix we should all be proud of. And it's 3 1/2 hours long!

DJ: Ben Stevens

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: Happy Hardcore Classics (Volume 2)

Length Mix: 03:31:45

Tracks: 50 (fifty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN File Size: 484 MB File Type: mp3 Bitspeed: 320kbps More Information: Toolbox Digital - Soundcloud Page

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