Happy hardcore raves

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Novelty is rare in dance music these days, which is why our eyes bugged out of our heads when we came across DJ Flapjack. As we flipped through his various mix videos on YouTube—and our jaws dropped at his technical old-school turntablist tricks—we wondered about this person, and also about the deep underground American hardcore rave scene from which he emerged. Who would be at this rave—adolescents in furry boots? Hula-hooping poi-spinners? Hardcore heads sipping nitrous balloons?

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In the mids the great British rave was fragmenting. In and around the capital, the dance was developing into something darker and more discerning: the breakbeats of UK hardcore were becoming jungle, soon to be UK garage and drum 'n' bass. As if wringing the colour from the bottom of the country like a flannel, the hinterlands north of London ran in the opposite direction. A sound emerged that flew in the face of trends and conventional pleasure, a sound from the outskirts of acceptability: happy hardcore. For a handful of years, somewhere over the rainbow and under a dual carriageway, the UK throbbed to BPM kick-drums, pitched-up vocal samples and growling MCs.

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Happy hardcore is emotional, euphoric, exhausting. A staple interest of working class kids from suburbs and small towns, happy hardcore was and remains a true subculture, drawing arena-sized crowds for years while remaining toxic to the critical class. Ripped out of context by a new generation, happy hardcore has a kind of illicit sheen to it, offering an untapped seam of confrontational retro cool. As the punisher-stomp of Dutch gabber has returned to serious dancefloors in places like Berlin and Copenhagen, happy hardcore has also been bubbling up in club sets via young crews and DJs like Spinee, who mixes hardcore with trance, breakcore, kooky pop edits, and various experimental club strains. It makes sense that happy hardcore would be coming back in a big way now, says the London DJ, with millennials channelling their own childhood nostalgia into music.
Happy hardcore , also known as 4-beat or happycore , is a music genre of hard dance. It emerged both from the UK breakbeat hardcore rave scene , and Belgian , German and Dutch hardcore techno scenes in the early s. In the UK, the breakbeat hardcore rave scene was beginning to fragment by late into a number of subsequent genres: darkcore tracks embracing dark-themed samples and stabs , hardcore jungle reggae basslines and influences became prominent , and 4-beat also known as happy hardcore where piano rolls and uplifting vocals were still central to the sound. In the UK, happy hardcore as it had become known was starting to gain popularity alongside jungle by , often being hosted in the second arena at major raves such as Dreamscape and Helter Skelter held at the Sanctuary Music Arena.