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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Virus - Hard Cheese

A new week has emerged, and it's time for something to boost up your confidence. The weather isn't great, if truth be told, and we need something that makes us smile. Smile for miles. Have I got the perfect mix for you all to check out on this Monday afternoon, eh? Probably the one mix that will get you through the week, to the upcoming weekend, when we are all partying again, right? And you've probably guessed it (but it wasn't that hard), this mix is filled with Hard Cheese songs. You might be wondering what that is, but if that's really on your mind right now, you are probably too young to remember the Happy Hardcore scene which was alive and kicking during the 90s.

DJ Virus, who has made brilliant mixes before, has given us two mixes, filled with cheesy songs. He might have uploaded more, but at the time of this review, I've only seen two so far. The Happy Hardcore songs he used for this mix are legendary, and reminds me immediately of the 90s, when people talk about Happy Hardcore. Some people have got different views on what they classify as Happy Hardcore, but to me, DJ Virus has used only the finest and the best Happy Hardcore tracks, those I would immediately think of when someone says 'happy' and 'hardcore' in a sentence.

Credit to DJ Virus for using a demon on this image, and having a different take on the mighty 'Thunderdome' lettering. The demons/devils were the ones you would look out for: Happy Hardcore was a compilation run by Arcade, and it had the distinctive characters on the front. A good flashback moment for me. Thanks DJ Virus.

But it's not about the artwork, it's about the music. And I don't think you are ready for this filth. Trust me, you are not.

  1. Sushi feat Debby S - Fly Away (Extended Hardcore Edit)

  2. Love Child - All Out Of Love (Weirdo & Sim Mix)

  3. Angel - Take Me Away (E-Rick & Tactic Mix)

  4. Revolution Team - Makin' Up Your Mind (Hard Mix)

  5. Paul Elstak - Rainbow In The Sky (DJ Paul's Forze Mix)

  6. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Stars (Hardcore Remix)

  7. DD Zion - Blue Sky (There Is No Law Mix)

  8. Mindtrust - The Key To Your Heart (Bass-D & King Matthew Remix)

  9. Isaac - Bad Dreams (Remix)

  10. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Your Smile (Happy Hardcore Mix)

  11. Wonderland - Be On A Star (Ferocious Mix)

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

  13. Pulp Shock - Far Away (Wicked Dimension 1-2-3-4 Hardcore Mix)

  14. Twin Terror - I Feel Alive (Terror Mix)

  15. Paul Elstak - The Promised Land (DJ Paul's Forze Mix)

  16. External - Circles (Hardcore Edit)

  17. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Hardcore Feelings (Hardcore Mix)

  18. Profound - 4 O'clock

  19. Gab - You Better Watch Yourself (Duco Mix)

  20. 4 Tune Fairytales - My Little Fantasy (Bass-D & King Matthew Remix)

  21. Tokia - Big In Japan (Hardcore Version)

  22. Chronotrigger - Mammamia

  23. Back 2 Bass - I Wanna Be With You (Chosen Few Mix)

  24. Paul Elstak - Don't Leave Me Alone (Hardcore Version)

  25. Solid Base - I'm The Girl Of Your Dreams (Cixx's Hardcore Version)

  26. Highlander - Hold Me Now (I'm Sorry) (Bass-D & King Matthew Remix)

  27. E-Rick & Tactic - Bring The Noise

  28. Happymen - Love Is You (Stunned Guys Hardcore Mix)

  29. Omar Santana - Take Me Higher

  30. Paul Elstak - Luv U More (DJ Paul's Forze Mix)

  31. 4 Tune Fairytales - Take Me 2 Wonderland (Hard-Tune Remix)

  32. Bass-D & King Matthew - It's Magic

  33. Nakatomi - A Song

Ooooh, these are moist making anthems! I feel like a teenager again, feeling all hyped up. These are the classics, these are the ones I grew up with. Yes, no other BS songs, these cheesy anthems dominated my youth, and now, in my late 30s, I'm still embracing them like there was no tomorrow. Fuck the haters, Happy Hardcore will never die!

DJ Virus' mix is top notch. Really entertaining. Yes, some of these songs are just so cheesy, so bad, like 'Big In Japan' and 'Mammamia', but there are also a few in here which I consider the best of the best. So many happy memories surrounding these anthems, I should thank DJ Virus for making this mix. It's like its tailor made for me.

Too many great anthems to choose from. 'Take Me Away','Your Smile', 'Love Is You', 'My Little Fantasy', 'Hold Me Now', these are all placed on second position, but the number one spot has to go to '4 O'clock' by Profound. Wicked track, really what I needed to hear today.

Shame that there are a few version of awesome tracks on here I do not agree with, like Gab's 'You Better Watch Yourself' (such an underrated song, in all honesty) and 'Makin' Up Your Mind'. Would have been 100% this mix, but I would now give it 98%. Still fucking epic though, these throwback mixes. The 90s have never left my mind at all.

Maybe I'll review the second instalment of this Hard Cheese mix series soon, and hopefully he will make more. We need MORE CHEESE!

DJ: Virus

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, Happy Gabber

Mix Info: Virus - Hard Cheese Length Mix: 01:19:51

Tracks: 33 (thirty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 183 MB

File Type; mp3

Release Year: 2021

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate; 44,1 kHz

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