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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Happy Hour part 4

I don't need to express my love and dedication for Happy Hardcore. You all know that I grew up with this kind of music coming through my speakers 24/7. And many have mocked it, but I still stayed a fan, and am passionate about it. Those who mock it, can f**k off. Happy Hardcore is so genuine, so melodic, so happy, so everything I need. And why would you hate it? Yes, it can be cheesy, but not everything should be hard and rough all the time, eh?

I wanted to hear a Happy Hardcore mix badly today. Don't know why, but the urge was there. And I found one. Made by someone called Happy Hour. And the thing that grabbed me was the lettering they used in their image: just like the Happy Hardcore/Happy Rave collection released by Arcade during the 90s! Nostalgia! Oh yeah, I was lucky. So I jumped on the band wagon and pressed play, after quickly checking out if it had a tracklist (and it did).

So here it is. And let me warn you: these are not the full titles (some remixes are in here, but the details are missing):

01. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Stars

02. Tokyo Ghetto Pussy - I Kiss Your Lips

03. Dune - Can't Stop Raving

04. Interactive - Forever Young

05. 4 Tune Fairytales - My Little Fantasy

06. Party Animals - Have You Ever Been Mellow?

07. DJ Paul Elstak - Don't Leave Me Alone

08. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Hardcore Feelings

09. Dune - Rainbow To The Stars

10. DJ Weirdo & DJ Sim - Pump That Stupid Bass

11. Scooter - Back In The UK

12. Wonderland - In Our Dreams

13. Tiny Tot - Discoland

14. 2 Unlimited - Jump For Joy

You all know that I'm quite open minded about mixes, and forgive a lot of DJs when they make a little mistake here and there. I'm a nice guy. But this mix, boy, it's just riddled with mistakes! It's really the worst mix I've ever heard! And that's disappointing.

Looking at the tracklist, how can you go wrong? The tracks are solid as a rock, so there's nothing wrong with them! Yes, cheesy, I know. But still part of my childhood, so what. But the mixing is so poorly executed, it's kind of a disgrace. The transition is just out of line constantly, and fading doesn't seem to happen correctly.

I know that the one who's behind this is probably doing it for the fun of it, but I don't know if I should take it seriously. Making fun is one thing, but this is just beyond a joke. And if they are still learning, that's fine, but please start putting mixes on Soundcloud when they are actually 'good' enough for others to listen to. This mix proves that a long path has to be walked before 'good' is within reach.

Again, no complaints about the music. The tracks selected are just spot on, exactly what I want to hear. But I have to not listen to this one ever again. Sorry Happy Hour, this isn't my finest hour either, but I've got to give this the lowest score ever.

DJ: Happy Hour

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: Happy Hour Part 4

Length Mix: 00:31:14

Tracks: 14 (fourteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 42.8 MB

File Type: mp3

Bitspeed: 192kbps

More Information: Happy Hour - Soundcloud Page

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