Mix # 15, Tracks 7—9
Theme: Nyk’s Musical Journey
7). Sample Mania — DJ Seduction
By the time I was studying for my final exams at school, the lighter side of rave music had morphed into hardcore or as it became known, Happy Hardcore. I attended my first rave at the age of 16 and spent the entire night dancing to the sounds of Seduction, Vibes, Hixxy, Dougal, Slipmatt amongst others and all totally drug free. Something that is a lot harder than I imagined as people on a chemical high can seem to dance forever. The music was on the verge of gaining commercial success, but with the lack of radio airplay and only a handful of successful mix compilations produced only one act touched upon the promised land.
8). Heart of Gold ‘98 — Force and Styles
Force & Styles were the biggest thing in Happy Hardcore, their live sets with MC Junior were also something to behold, but as I said earlier they only touched on mainstream success. This track, being their greatest and probably also the genres highpoint only peaked at No. 55 in the UK charts.
9). Shooting Star (Force and Styles Mix) — Bang!
The genre peaked in ‘98 sadly as another form of music began to take over, in fact Happy Hardcore began to steal elements from this other form to stay relevant, replacing piano breakdowns with euphoric trance breakdowns and ditching the chunky sounding kick drum along the way, hardcore had gone soft.