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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

DJ Casketkrusher @ Nightscape Festival #1 (01-08-2015)

Casketkrusher. The man who lives and breathes Happy Hardcore. He is Happy Hardcore. And the reason why I stumbled onto one of his mixes today, was because I was looking for 'Forbes & Cylcone - Full Force' on Soundcloud. At the moment that's my favourite Happy Hardcore anthem, and I heard it in another mix. It reminded me of the fantastic 90s Happy Hardcore era. And also, how many times have I used the two words Happy and Hardcore in this paragraph? Fuck me.

I've been following Casketkrusher for a few years now, and he's always impressed me hugely. His dedication of making sure that the legacy remains alive is truly admirable. So he's one of my most favourite present day Happy Hardcore DJs. And with thousands of followers on Soundcloud and hundreds of songs on it, he's not going anywhere.

The mix I'm going to talk about, is a liveset, recorded at Nightscape Festival, back in 2015. I cannot find any information online about this event, so I cannot comment about it, or even write about other people's experience of this event. So let's delve straight into the tracklist. For those searching for Happy Hardcore anthems, you will be pleased to see it.

01. Midas - Groove Control (12" Mix)

02. Q-Tex - Get On The Floor

03. Technotrance - YRS Stomp (Hyperact Remix)

04. DJ Dell vs Scott Brown - Inferno (Original Mix)

05. Neurotek - Excelebration

06. Bass Reaction - Technophobia (Power Mix)

07. Seduction & Dougal - Better Days (12" Mix)

08. Technosis - Panic

09. Scott Brown - Live Your Life

10. Lord Of Hardcore - Work That Sukka! (Bass Control Mix)

11. The Scotchman - Life Force

12. Sonicdriver - Lethal Breaks

13. Stingray - Power Of Darkness

14. The Jokers - Arrow Of Death

15. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Live At London (Hardcore Mix)

16. Unsatisfied Evil II - Bad Creations

17. The Partyman - Take It Easy

18. Forbes & Cyclone - Full Force

19. DJ Sim - Straight Of The Dancefloor

20. The Prophet - 4 Buffalo's

I always wonder how Casketkrusher finds these gems. I do not know how he does it. Sometimes he plays records I've not even come across before. I always thought that I knew everything there was about Happy Hardcore, but the crown has to go to Casketkrusher, the true Happy Hardcore master.

For this unknown event he played for 45 minutes, and within those 45 minutes he played 20 excellent tunes. Ranging from nice European Happy Hardcore to UK Happy Hardcore. You can hear the difference between both sounds. But he perfectly blended them together, and the result is an astonishing mix.

Of course he had to play the big records, but also shitloads of obscure and darker anthems. It was nice to hear these anthems in a short mix, and even though I would normally have difficulties to pick a favourite, I've got to go for the record I described earlier: 'Full Force' by Forbes and Cyclone. What a beast anthem, seriously underrated.

Another amazing set by Casketkrusher. Seriously impressive. My all-time Happy Hardcore hero.

DJ: Casketkrusher

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Nightscape Festival 01-08-2015

Length Liveset: 00:45:45

Tracks: 20 (twenty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

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