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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

It's Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas (2017)

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the day has arrived. Christmas Eve has arrived, and we are all getting ready to stuff our faces with some unnecessary food items, which we could have eaten throughout the year, but we wait until the end of December to tuck in. We wait, and we also give presents on the 25th of December to those we love and cherish. To me, it's always the same. Socks, bath stuff, and some bits that might go straight in the bin. It's getting a bit boring now, but what isn't getting boring, is our yearly tradition. We always go back to one mix that can only be played in December, and it is largely forgotten about. And the mix is made by the friendly people behind the Soundcloud channel 'History Of Happy Hardcore'. Yes, it's THAT mix I'm talking about!

It has had a few plays over the years since it was released back in 2017, but it should get more plays. And it's kind of a tradition for TCD to go back to this mix around the holiday season, and even though I had multiple other mixes ready for a review, I could not give one shiny shite about it, and went back to this one. Why, you might be wondering, and I can't give you an answer to that question, unfortunately. Is it good? Well, in a way, yes. But is it bad? Also yes.

Hardcore has been around for a few decades, and it has had its ups and downs. But overall, it has been a great ride for those that have followed the scene since day one. But, like everything successful, things are tried and tested, and unfortunately they don't work. Like combining Hardcore and Christmas. It might have looked great on a piece of paper, but when it came to fruition, it wasn't a success. And it sounds weird, cheesy, and too christmassy, if that's even a thing. But it's like my guilty pleasure, my thing to listen to, if I am in need of getting my spirit uplifted!

It can be funny though. But only listen to it a few times, or you go mad. You will loose the plot, and you might think you are Father Christmas. Don't want that to happen though.

It is cheesy, but some of these records can be considered classics, if the Christmas element was taken out of the equation.

  1. Rotterdam Termination Source - Merry X-Mess

  2. The S.T. Crew - Ravin' Angels

  3. The S.T. Crew - Christmas With S.T.

  4. Scott Brown - Start The Cavalry

  5. The Frosties - Frosty The Snowman

  6. Carlos Mirilla - Escarola

  7. Rob X-Mas - Happy Christmas

  8. Santasaurus Rex - Up On A House Top

  9. Claustrophobia - X-Mas Rave

  10. Holy Shit - Now It's Christmas

  11. Davie Forbes - Bingle Jells

  12. Brothers In Crime - Sleigh Rave

  13. Winter Wonderland - Fuck Christmas Songs

  14. Sunblock-X - Carribean X-Mas

  15. Claus S - Family X-Mass

  16. X-Mass Raver - Hallelujah

  17. Sensor - Rudolf The Rednose Ravedeer

  18. Santa For President - Santa Is Coming

  19. El Bruto - Silverbells

  20. Paul Elstak - Hosanna

  21. Brothers In Crime - 100% Christmas

  22. Scrooge - X-Mass Alone

  23. Scarface - Santawaus

  24. The Triplets - Marry X-Mazz

  25. D & F - No Sleep T'ill X-Mass

  26. Bang Crosby - I'm Dreaming

  27. Noise Gate - The Magic Sack

I've got to say that those that made these songs, they were very inventive. Some of the names used are just hilarious. Claustrophobia? Hilarious. Rudolf The Rednose Ravedeer? Amazing. Bingle Jells? An all time classic title.

The songs themselves are as cheesy as you imagine them to be, if you've not heard these songs before. I have, and a billion times at least. They make me happy, and they remind of a time when they experimented with Hardcore and Christmas, which was around 1993 to 1995, if I'm not mistaken. I was around 10 years old, and probably thought this was the coolest thing that has ever been made. Little did I know that I was completely mistaken, and I've changed perspective over the years.

But it's still a very jolly mix, and not something you heard that often. It's bad and good at the same time, and as mentioned before, if you took out the Christmas elements, the songs might have actually been all time classics.

One of the songs that I still love, is 'The Magic Sack' by Noise Gate. All time classics for me.

What's your favourite song in this mix? Leave a comment below, or comment on Soundcloud.

Give this mix more praise, and enjoy Christmas this year. Enjoy the next few days, and let HOHH's mix take you through Christmas into the next year!

Merry Christmas, you filthy animals!

DJ: History Of Happy Hardcore

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Happy Hardcore, Early Hardcore

Mix Info: It's Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas

Length Mix: 01:36:05

Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE 

File Size: 235,6 MB

File Type: mp3

Release Year: 2017

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: 44,1 kHz


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