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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Happy Hardcore Underground (Old School Mix) Bananaman & DJ Storm (2014)

Back in 2014 an album was released, and it had everyone hyped up. An all Happy Hardcore album, full of awesome classic anthems, and newer anthems. Or even classic anthems being remixed. Happy was the word that was their focus for this album, and they did not disappoint. Three discs, one unmixed, and two mixed by DJ Storm & Bananaman, DJ Vibes, and Chwhynny. What could possibly go wrong? Well, nothing, exactly.

To promote this album, both Bananaman and DJ Storm (Al Storm) made this promo mix, containing the classics. And when I say classics, I do mean the classics. The reason why we all love Happy Hardcore!!! We all love to go back in time, and listen to these monster anthems. And who else should you ask to compose this mix? Bananaman and DJ Storm, they know the score. And they have done a marvellous job. This mix will make you tear up, and get them feels (as the kids would say). Proper old school vibes from the first to the last second.

Sadly after the release of this album it has gone a bit quiet, the Happy Hardcore side of Hardcore Undergroud. They had some good releases, but a second instalment to this compilation has yet to emerge. I remember that, when they announced this album, people went mad. And seriously mad. Maybe it's time now to start a second instalment, HU?

Let's focus on the this beautiful mix by Bananaman and DJ Storm. It will astonish you how many wicked anthems they both selected for this allround epic mix. And how many we actually know! Happy Hardcore wasn't just a phase, or something to be made fun of, it has laid the foundation for other styles to grow of, and it has got a cult following, even 20+ years later.

01. Perplexor - Da Capo (Classic Rave Mix)

02. DJ Seduction - On My Own (Slipmatt Remix)

03. Sense Of Summer - Around The World

04. Force & Styles - Harmony

05. Dougal & Mickey Skeedale - Got To Go

06. Hixxy & Bananaman - Together Forever

07. Dr. Who - Love Of My Life

08. Euphony - Dancing In The Rain

09. DJ Demand - Stay WIth Me

10. Ham, Demo & Justin Time - Here I Am

11. Midas & Vinylgroover - Groove Control

12. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Live In London

13. Sy & Demo - Tears Run Cold

14. DJ Storm - Get Busier

15. Eruption - Reach Out

16. JDS - Higher Love (Slipmatt Remix)

17. Bang - Cloudy Daze (Ham Remix)

18. Triple J - Have It All

19. JHAL - Please Be Mine

20. DJ Storm - Kickin' Hard

21. Force & Styles - Apollo 13

22. Fade & Bananaman - Dream Surprise

23. Dfrag - The Wizard (DJ Storm Remix)

24. Vibes & Wishdokta - No More Tears

25. Fade & Alchemist - Keep On Trying

26. Bang - Love & Happiness (Ham Remix)

27. Scott Brown - Space Invader

28. JHAL - Life We Share

29. Stompy & Flyin - Come Follow Me

30. Scott Brown - Super Sharp Beats

31. Evolve - Living The Dream

This is a Happy Hardcore fanatics' wettest dream! Just looking at this tracklist makes everyone's downstairs department go moist. What a beauty, an absolute stunning mix. I've really enjoyed this nearly hour and a half long mix. This took me right back to my childhood. These tunes dominated my teenage years, and even in my mid-30s I'm still feeling the vibes. Again, I'm getting them feels.

These anthems are from a long lost generation, and hearing them again just makes me smile for miles. This is impressive: other styles might still be alive and kicking, but whenever you talk about Happy Hardcore, you get a mixed response: some hated it, and some loved it. I was obviously part of this culture, and still love it to this day. And with me thousands of others. This mix has reached 39k plays already, and we should get the numbers higher and higher.

DJ Storm and Bananaman's mix is just tight. I would have been disappointed if the mix was bad. But you wouldn't expect anything else from these two Happy Hardcore legends. Very good mixing skils, and the tracklist is just really ace.

Best record of this mix? We had 31 to choose from, and I went for DJ Slipmatt's remix of 'Higher Love' by JDS. What a beast of an anthem. I feel like a kid immediately! That tunes (which was on Happy Hardcore volume 6 compilation by Arcade) was my favourite of all time, and still in 2019 I'm hooked to this tune.

An all round epic mix. Worth checking it out right now!

DJ: Bananaman & DJ Storm

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: Happy Hardcore Underground (Old School Mix)

Length Mix: 01:23:03

Tracks: 31 (thirty-one)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 190 MB

File Type: mp3 Bitspeed: 320kbps More Information: Hardcore Underground - Official Website

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