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Tenchy - Now That's What I Call Happy Hardcore Classics Mix! (2015)

It is Wednesday, and the week half already been halved. Which is obviously a good thing, seeing as time does not fly by that fast. I am looking forward to the day where we are allowed outside again, without any masks or hand sanitiser ever again. That might not happen, so that might put a downer on you. Have I got the perfect mix for you?! A Happy Hardcore mix, how about that? And don't say 'ain't nobody got time for that'. Everybody should make time for Happy Hardcore. Today I was feeling a bit happy, so I needed the cheesy 90s sound again. And thanks to Tenchy my life is complete now.

It isn't complete per se, but really close. And sometimes you just need to let your happy side come out, especially during COVID-19. We need to smile more often. So I went on my trusted site Soundcloud, and found a mix that I've not checked before. First play earlier today, and it made me smile from ear to ear. Smiles for miles.

But what's so special about this mix? Well, multiple things. One of the things that makes me smile, is the fact that this takes me back to my childhood. This is exactly the kind of music that I grew up with. Little Martin was always happy when he listened to this genre. Obviously Gabber and normal Hardcore were my thing too, but Happy Hardcore always had a special place in my heart. So special, that sometimes I prefer it over anything else. Yes, you read that right.

So, the tracklist. If you listened to both European and UK Happy Hardcore, you will be so happy. You will say thank you to me for sharing this with you. And for once, I am grateful that there are others out there who enjoy the cheesiest Hardcore known to man. Ready for the tracklist?

  1. 4 Tune Fairytales - My Little Fantasy (Extended Version)

  2. DJ Magical - Rush Hour (Original Mix 96)

  3. DJ Demand - Jumpin Pumpin

  4. Dune - Can't Stop Raving (12 Inch Mix)

  5. Triple J - Have It All (Panoramic Mix)

  6. Triple J - Follow The Sun

  7. Force & Styles feat Jenna - Heart Of Gold (Exclusive Album Mix)

  8. DJ Demo - Your Mine (Slipmatt Remix)

  9. 2 Without Heads - U & Me (Scott Brown Remix)

  10. Seb - Rainbow Islands (MC Sharkey's Bonkers Mix)

  11. 4 Tune Fairytales - Take Me 2 Wonderland (X-Tended Mix)

  12. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Wonderfull Days (Trance Mix)

  13. Highlander - Hold Me Now (Bass-D & King Matthew Remix)

  14. Dr. Who - Love Of My Life

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

  16. Bang! - Cloudy Daze (Ham Mix)

  17. Euphony - Space Invader (Scott Brown Remix)

  18. Q-Tex - Power Of Love 97 (Digital Boy Italian Rave Remix)

  19. Sonicdriver - In Your Arms Tonight

  20. Sonicdriver & Stingray - As Cold As Ice (El Bruto Remix)

  21. DJ Ham, DJ Demo & Justin Time feat Becks - Here I Am

  22. Force & Styles feat Jenna - Shining Down (Slipmatt Mix)

  23. Eruption - Let The Music

  24. DJ Paul Elstak - Luv U More (K & A's Extended Blast)

  25. DJ Paul Elstak - Rainbow In The Sky (K & A's Extended Blast)

  26. Nakatomi - Free (Live At The Tokyodome)

  27. DJ Vibes & Wishdokta - Rave Is A Mystery

  28. Rave Nation - Going Crazy (Forze DJ Team Mix)

  29. Demoniac - One Two

  30. DJ Demand - Dark And Light

  31. DJ Weirdo & DJ Sim - Go Get Busy (Hardcore Edit)

  32. Scott Brown vs DJ Rab S - Now Is The Time

  33. The Scotchman - Happy Vibes

  34. Bass X - Hardcore Disco Part II

  35. Ultimate Buzz - Check Da Bass (Scott Brown Remix)

  36. Diss Reaction - Jiieehaaa

  37. Tiny Tot - Discoland (Raveland Mix)

Yes yes yes! Hell to the yes. This is what I needed today. A bit of cheese fest. More of this please. We had such a good genre back in the 90s. So underrated and sadly not respected as much as it should be. My God, the music was so damn good, it still gives me goosebumps, and gets me all hyped up.

I was sadly too young when the clubs and raves were all happening, and when I was old enough, it had died a harsh death. So yeah, even though I did experience it throughout the 90s, I've never been to a proper oldskool Happy Hardcore rave. And I kind of hate myself for missing out on this. I can only imagine it being the happiest place on Earth.

Tenchy made a really cool mix, with really a lot of excellent Happy Hardcore anthems. I love the fact that he used both British and European anthems. Most mixes are just focussed on one or the other, but only a handful of these mixes are focussed on both. It's really nice, and it should give people from all over the world a taste of what we used to rave to.

Seriously, so many wicked anthems. From the cheesiest stuff to the ones that were more focussed on the harder side of Happy Hardcore. This mix has got it all, including the more mainstream Happy Hardcore anthems by Paul Elstak. I love me a bit of mainstream, but the best of the best in this mix has to be Eruption's 'Let The Music'. It is in my top 10 all time favourite Happy Hardcore records. I wish this mix had JDS's 'Higher Love' in it, especially the Slipmatt remix. That's my all time favourite one.

A very good mix, a few mixing errors/cross fading errors, but still highly enjoyable. Don't let the pandemic bring you down, let this mix take you to another level. A higher level, another dimension. Be happy! Enjoy it!

DJ: Tenchy

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, UK Hardcore

Mix Info: Tenchy - Now That's What I Call Happy Hardcore Classics Mix! Length Mix: 02:18:33

Tracks: 37 (thirty-seven)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 335.7 MB

File Type: mp3

Release Year: 2015

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

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