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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Ultimate Happy Hardcore 4 (Next Generation Records Megamix 2) (2011)

Another review for you all today. This time it's done by Dexx, who's latest uploaded mix wasn't made recently, but 12 years ago, back in 2011. He's made a few mixes, but the one today focussed on the label Next Generation Records, a label you might be familiar with, if you are into UK Hardcore. Starting back in 1996, Brisk and Ham took the opportunity to release songs on their newly formed label, which had a spin-off label in 1997 called Blatant Beats, and 2 years after that, Stimulant Records was created, focussed on the Hard Dance side of life (Hard Trance, Hard House, Tech Dance). It's been a tad quiet in my honest opinion, but at least we've got mixes like this one, to fall back to.

Dexx has picked 12 records, which are fan favourites. They were the big hits which you could not avoid, when they were released. They appeared on so many compilations, and are still played to this day. And hell, the sound is missed a lot. They don't make tunes like these anymore. This is so noughties. This is a sound so well loved and appreciated, you know it will have people talk about it on social media, complaining why things change. And it is unfortunate, but that's just life.

I fell in love with the music released on this label during the early noughties, and still have most albums from this label. I would never chuck them in the bin, as they were signed by one of the head honchos of the label, DJ Brisk. But the music has always been my favourite, and it has to be one of my most favourite UK Hardcore labels out there.

And I'm not the only one who thinks that way. It's been a bit quiet though, but if you are a Brisk fan, he is still doing his shows online. So if you are into streaming, you can check him out. But the label seems a bit dead?

Instead of being sad, let's be happy, and relive the glory years!

  1. Brisk & Ham - Taste The Rainbow

  2. Eclipse feat Lisa Marie - Hearts Desire

  3. Euphoria - Holding Out

  4. Adam Harris - My Star

  5. Brisk & Ham feat Lisa Marie - Your Angel

  6. Eclipse - 24-7 (Breeze & Styles Remix)

  7. Brisk & Ham - Fire & Flames

  8. Brisk & Ham - Angel Eyes (Re-Con Remix)

  9. Gammer & Cat Knight - A New Feeling

  10. Brisk & Ham feat MC Whizzkid - Crazy Love

  11. Brisk & Vagabond - Eyeopener 2007

  12. Brisk & Vagabond - Eurolove

A short tracklist, but a very powerful one. The label had more releases, but why not check out Dexx's Soundcloud channel, to see if he's made another Next Generation Records mix? If you aren't bothered to look, the answer is yes. And there's even a Blatant Beats one out there, so check it out, if you can be arsed.

The mix starts with a big anthem. One that I truly adore. As it's got some dope ass vocals in it. Well, not really vocals. Isn't it Samuel L. Jackson screaming? I keep forgetting which film it was from, but I know DJ Promo used it on one of his records too. A big record to open your mix with, and the rest is history.

It is literally history, as they are all cemented in our brains. Hit after hit. Dexx keeps us entertained, and the euphoria level hits us basically from the first second to the last. They don't make them like they used to. These are classics that go down well at any rave. Play them, and the crowds will loose their minds.

Yes, 'Taste The Rainbow' is my favourite, so what? The big question here is, what is yours? Have you got a favourite Next Generation Records song, and is it in this mix? Curious to find out.

It's a big mix, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be checking out the other mixes Dexx has done, as you should do too!

DJ: Dexx

Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: Ultimate Happy Hardcore 4 (Next Generation Records Megamix 2)

Length Mix: 00:54:00

Tracks: 12 (twelve)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023

More Information: Dexx - Soundcloud Channel


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