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2004/08/31
   Interview: AC Slater
HappyHardcore.com moderator Milo takes five with the North America hardcore DJ star AC Slater. Find out why AC is cursed by a TV show, how he got into hardcore music, what he does when he is not doing hardcore and more... Check it all out in AC Slater's HappyHardcore.com interview
2004/08/30
   DFM Records change of hands
DJ Fracus announced this week that he will be taking over the running of DFM Records in its entirity and that the label is far from finished. One Focus Records (a new venture from Fractus as well) is still very much going ahead but will now be an outlet for more experimental and freeform based music we are told.

Forthcoming releases both out this autumn (Spring for the Aussies) now look like this:

DFM010
A: G.E.O.S - Everyday
B: G.E.O.S - Atmosphere

DFM011
A: Fracus & Oli G Feat. Donna Grassie - Feel the light (Deejaybee Remix)
B: Fracus & Oli G Feat. Donna Grassie - Feel the light (Oli G Remix)
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2004/08/25
   Just another Just Another Label
After an extended hiatus "Just Another Label" (JAL) relaunches in 2004 with an impressive array of new talent and material. While most the new JAL releases will have a "current" flavor we are told, due note of the label's long and distinguished history as been taken into account. JAL stated to HappyHardcore.com that instead of merely emulating the popular sound of the moment, JAL is intended to be at the forefront of innovation whilst still being consistently appealing to as many ravers, and listeners, as possible. The initial releases are on the 4/4 tip, but there will be breakbeat hardcore releases to come in the near future we have been told.

The first of the new releases is JAL042, and this is due out on Special Limited Edition While Label imminently and will be in store.

JAL042
A: Triple J - Seventh Heaven (Main floor mix)
AA: Triple J - Seventh Heaven - (Alternate mix)

JAL043
A: Q-Project - Champion Sound - (Darwin remix)
AA: Q-Project - Champion Sound (Storm & Spinback remix)

JAL044
A: Darwin feat Ant Johnson - Take a Ride (Original mix)
AA - Darwin feat Ant Johnson - Take a Ride (Gammer remix)

There is also additional material due out later this year on JAL from "Darwin", "Mentholated Spirits", "Bubleee" and more ...



Just another Label's new logo

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2004/08/25
   The FBI crew are back
Team FBI are back with another round of hardcore goodness. HappyHardcore.com has the info and audio for you to check out. Great to see rising Australian hardcore producers Weaver and Antix remixing it up for the A side.

Audio (Real Audio):
FBI008:
A: Impact & Digital Anarchy - Worlds Apart (Weaver & Antix mix)
AA1: Impact & Digital Anarchy - Worlds Apart (Original mix)
AA2: - Tazz Vs Leigh Outrage & Denile - Burn & Shiver'

This release will be available on promo and in store in about 4 Weeks with FBI 009 & 010 to follow shortly after.
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2004/08/24
   Bonkers 13 + Hardcore till I die 2 CD
HappyHardcore.com has news on the new upcoming Bonkers release. The next Bonkers will official be 13 and not 14 as possibly rumored. It is semi traditional to sometimes skip the 13th release for supposititious reasons.

Bonkers 13 will be a 4 CD release, all the DJ's are 90% confirmed, HappyHardcore.com will announce the DJ names once the ink is dry on the contracts. The CD is due for release in autumn (spring for the Aussies) and will feature a new TV commercial.

Hardcore till I die 2 (pre-order) release date has been bumped up one week to Sept 27th 2004. The DJ's are also confirmed but again we can't release the names until the ink is dry on the contract. Stay tuned!
2004/08/23
   13,000 members!
Over the past weekend HappyHardcore.com passed 13,000 registered members. Quite alot of people to say the least! Many thanks to the moderator's that keep the site running smooth, donating members (you guys rock!), radio listeners and supporters of HappyHardcore.com!
2004/08/23
   Getting Frisky and Hujib(ing)?
Another great Canadian hardcore production powerhouse are the team of Frisky & Hujib. HappyHardcore.com has nabbed some upcoming releases and remixes of their work with audio. Check it out:

Audio (Streaming MP3):
Pending Release
Frisky & Hujib - Ruff N' Rugged

Blatant Beats
Frisky & Hujib - You Better Run

RFU Recordingz [RFU005]
Demo & Ad-Man - Pleasure & Pain (Duet Remix)

Pending Release
DJ Stompy - Sea Of Love (Remix)

RFU Recordingz [RFU007]
Lagoona - Into My Dream (Remix)

RFU Recordingz
Frisky & Hujib - Nightmarez
2004/08/20
   This is Noize 2
A new "This is Noize" album is to be released in North American November 15th 2004 from Majestic Records funnily enough called "This is Noize 2". You might remember the first "This is noize" released from Hixxy & Force & Styles back in 1999. The new release will be a single CD mixed by North America's own Sunrize with the CD on sale everywhere (Amazon, Best Buy, Virgin, etc...) we are told. When contacted about the CD release Sunrize added:

We have put together a winning track selection of nearly all new and currently unreleased tunes from some of hardcore's household name's as well as some new faces.

Since moonshine stupidly decided to stop releasing their biggest selling CD Happy2BHardcore North America has been without it's own hardcore CD. Looks like things have changed for the better.



This is Noize 1 - Will the v2 cover look the same?

2004/08/18
   Exposure 2004 - Hardcore Arena!
HappyHardcore.com are pleased to announce the hardcore arena for the Exposure Festival 2004. I think the lineup speaks for itself. Each DJ will DJing 60 min set.

Arena 5: HappyHardcore.com:
Breeze & Styles B2B
Scott Brown
Brisk & Ham B2B
Dougal & Gammer B2B
DJ Ruboy
CLSM
Sy & Unknown B2B
UFO
Kevin Energy & Sharkey B2B
Storm & Spinback B2B
Marc Smith
Deejaybee & Overflow B2B
Cloudskipper & No Left Turn B2B
DJ Weaver
DJ Silver



Exposure Festival 2004 - How's that for a free hardcore lineup!?

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2004/08/18
   Exposure Festival 2004 - 4th arena!
Welcome to the future, imagine a party with an unlimited capacity, over 60 of the best DJ's on the planet, 6 arenas of the best dance music and you have a front row seat to this free event! The future is now - Welcome to the online exposure festival 2004! Last year the festival saw over 80,000 people tune in for the 15 hour online event and this year we are expecting over 100,000 people to tune in!

The hardcore arena (arena 6) is now 100% booked and confirmed and will be broadcast on HappyHardcore.com radio along side all the other arenas. Although all the other arenas announced have not been hardcore - they are the cream of the crop when it comes out their particular genres - the hardcore lineup is no different we will announce the full details later this week!

The online event starts Friday September 10, 2004 at the following times - United Kingdom 3pm, USA East Coast 10am, USA West Coast 7am, Australia East Coast 12am, Australia West Coast 10pm and Japan 11pm.

Arena 4: Oslo Nights
Kosmas Epsilon
Shiloh
Noel Sanger
Özgür Can
Rene Amesz + 16 Bit Lolitas (45 mins each)
Extremamusic / Deep Records Special (Peter van Hal)
Elusive
LikWit
+ 2 Special Guests!

In case you missed it here are the other three arenas already announced:
Arena 1 - Ahead:
Agneli & Nelson
Ben Lost
Bobina
Gabriel & Dresden
John 00 Fleming
Marco V
Matt Hardwick
Paul Van Dyk
Scott Bond
Solar stone

Arena 2 - Heaven's Gate:
Alex M.O.R.P.H.
ATB
Blank & Jones
Cor Fijneman
Dumonde
Goldenscan
Jaron Inc.
John Askew
Mike Shiver
Misja Helsloot
Rank1
Ronald van Gelderen
Shane 54
Steve Helstrip
Woody van Eyden

Arena 3: RecklessRadio.net
Anne Savage
BK
Chris Liebing
E-Craig
Gonzo (Reckless resident)
JK Walker
Lee Haslam
Lisa Lashes
Marcel Woods
Marcos
Misstress Barbara
Organ Donors
Vince Gerrard (Reckless resident)



Exposure Festival 2004 - Expecting 100,000 people!

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2004/08/17
   Alpha aftermath
Since the collapse of Alphamagic (the former largest hardcore 12" distributor in the world) - record store hardcore section's have been getting a little dry. Good news is that all major labels have new distribution deals and several have even started new sub labels with those distributors. It should take about 4-5 weeks for the all the labels to start to get back to regular releases again from the new distributors.
2004/08/17
   Who's Feelin' Fine?
Italy are loving the hardcore covers! After the big commercial success of Ultrabeat - Pretty Green Eyes (a commercial cover song version of Force & Styles - Feelin Fine) in Italy comes the Italian version of UltraBeat - Feelin Fine (another commercial hardcore cover song originally by Force & Styles). This was actually out a few months ago but since we don't speak Italian it took us a while to pick up on the release. We also have audio for you to check out.

Audio (Real Audio)
1 - Feelin' Fine (DJ Lhasa Edit Remix)
2 - Feelin' Fine (Radio Edit)
3 - Feelin' Fine (DJ Lhasa Extended Remix)
4 - Feelin' Fine (Extended Mix)
5 - Feelin' Fine (CJ Stone Remix)
6 - Pretty Green Eyes (DJ Lhasa Extended Remix)



Feelin' Fine in Italy

2004/08/16
   Blizzard tracks go thermal
Blizzard Tracks straight out of Canada have been on the quite side for a little while. Today a news front hit with the Blizzard boys blasting back with two stomping tunes to be released in the next 5-6 weeks. HappyHardcore.com has audio for you:

Audio (Real Audio)
BLZ007
A: Blizzard Boys - Rock You
AA: DJ Phosphor - Devil

BLZ006
A: Blizzard Boys - Chief Rocka
AA: Blizzard Boys - Out of Control (just rich mix)
2004/08/11
   Druid in the studio doing hardcore
Druid used to be a big name in the UK hardcore scene, with several releases on various labels including the Bonkers CDs. Word is that Druid is back in the studio's making new hardcore material! We are not sure on where or when it will be released, but good to know Druid's back at it.
2004/08/11
   Totally Bedlam
The Bedlam record label crew have released information on their upcoming projects, an album, a new label and some baby 10" are due over the next few months.

Bedlam Album CD 001
Hardcore Machines - Mixed by Lee UHF & Devastate
2 x CD (1 Mixed & 1 unmixed)
Released October 2004

Bedlam Records 006
Innervision Ep
A: Invader & Adam J - Killer
B: Invader & Lee UHF - Angry Bitch
Released February 2005

Bedlam Records 007
Untitled EP
A: Gammer - Untitled
B: Gammer - Untitled
Released February 2005

Bedlam Records 008
A: Expression - The Rush (Tha Outsidaz Remix)
B: Expression - The Rush
Released April 2005

Bedlam Records 009
A: RUF - Mind Theft Audio (Robbie Long & AMS Remix)
B: Adam J - Ultraviolence (Lee UHF & AMS Remix)
Released April 2005

Also along with these releases a brand new hardcore label High Contrast Recordings which believe it or not will be 1 style of track on 1 side and a contrasting styled remix on the other. First release is as follows:

High Contrast Recordings 001
"The True Creators Remix EP"
A: Lee UHF f/ Mc Ribbz - Hardcore Machine (Sharkey Remix)
B: Lee UHF f/ Mc Ribbz - Hardcore Machine (Dougal & Gammer Remix)
Released December 2004

Bedlam have also announced some new 10" releases on a minor label Bedlam Baby:

Bedlam Baby Whites 001
A: Anon - The Bedlam Anthem (Mix 1)
b/ Anon - The Bedlam Anthem (Mix 2)
Released October 2004

Bedlam Baby Whites 002
A: Norths Grim - Awoken
B: Diet Bass - Midlands Grim
Released December 2004

Bedlam Baby Whites 003
A: Freestyle - Mokum 56 Rip
B: Freestyle - The Hard Way
Released 2005
2004/08/11
   Exposure Festival 2004 - Arena 3
The free online Exposure Festival 2004 is less than a month away and HappyHardcore.com has the lineup for the third arena to announce... This event is massive, just look at the DJ talent! The Hardcore / HappyHardcore.com arena is arena 6 and will be posted next week - But don't worry... HappyHardcore.com has pulled all its resources to get you the biggest names in hardcore today to play this massive event!

ARENA3: RecklessRadio.net
Anne Savage
BK
Chris Liebing
E-Craig
Gonzo (Reckless resident)
JK Walker
Lee Haslam
Lisa Lashes
Marcel Woods
Marcos
Misstress Barbara
Organ Donors
Vince Gerrard (Reckless resident)

In case you missed it here are the other two arenas already announced:

Arena 1 - Ahead:
Agneli & Nelson
Ben Lost
Bobina
Gabriel & Dresden
John 00 Fleming
Marco V
Matt Hardwick
Paul Van Dyk
Scott Bond
Solar stone

Arena 2 - Heaven's Gate:
Alex M.O.R.P.H.
ATB
Blank & Jones
Cor Fijneman
Dumonde
Goldenscan
Jaron Inc.
John Askew
Mike Shiver
Misja Helsloot
Rank1
Ronald van Gelderen
Shane 54
Steve Helstrip
Woody van Eyden



Exposure Festival 2004 - Can you say massive?

2004/08/10
   NuEnergy churn out releases 42, 43 and 44
Like a freeform machine NuEnergy Recordings fire out more hardcore freeform releases with audio for everyone to check out. These are on sale in a few weeks:

Audio (Real Audio):
NUNRG042
Artists / K Complex Remix
A: Kevin Energy vs DJ Proteus (Finland) - London Helsinki Underground
AA: Kevin Energy vs DJ Proteus (Finland) - London Helsinki Underground (K Complex Remix)

NUNRG043
A: Oli G and Jessica - Miasma
AA: Oli G and Dodgee - HEH

NUNRG044
A: AMS - Alive
AA: AMS - God of Hell Fire
2004/08/09
   Exposure Festival 2004
Welcome to the future, imagine a party with an unlimited capacity, over 60 of the best DJ's on the planet, 6 arenas of the best dance music and you have a front row seat to this free event! The future is now - Welcome to the online exposure festival 2004! Last year the festival saw over 80,000 people tune in for the 15 hour online event. This year hardcore has been added to this massive event and we are expecting to easily break last year's record. The hardcore arena will be broadcast on HappyHardcore.com radio.

The event starts Friday September 10, 2004 at United Kingdom 3pm, USA East Coast 10am, USA West Coast 7am, Australia East Coast 12am, Australia West Coast 10pm and Japan 11pm.

The arena's are:
Ahead Music
Heavensgate
Oslo Nights
RecklessRadio.net
HappyHardcore.com

The hardcore room is 95% booked and confirmed and HappyHardcore.com will post the hardcore DJ lineup as soon as it's 100%.

HappyHardcore.com radio and it's sister radio channels at DI.FM have a virtually unlimited server streaming capacity making this online radio party possible and absolutely massive!

In the mean time, here are two of the other rooms,

Arena 1 - Ahead:
Agneli & Nelson
Ben Lost
Bobina
Gabriel & Dresden
John 00 Fleming
Marco V
Matt Hardwick
Paul Van Dyk
Scott Bond
Solar stone

Arena 2 - Heaven's Gate:
Alex M.O.R.P.H.
ATB
Blank & Jones
Cor Fijneman
Dumonde
Goldenscan
Jaron Inc.
John Askew
Mike Shiver
Misja Helsloot
Rank1
Ronald van Gelderen
Shane 54
Steve Helstrip
Woody van Eyden

Come and join the biggest dance event in the world!



Exposure Festival 2004!

2004/08/06
   Bonkers 13 DJ's and Sharkey's new album
The DJ magazine article posted earlier today reveals alot more than just hardcore. The magazine is quoted as saying "Bonkers 13" is due end of the year (semi confirming that the next bonkers will be 13 and not 14 - it is not uncommon to skip a release 13 for superstitious reasons). The magazine article also says that the DJ's will be Hixxy, Sharkey and Scott Brown. Sharkey's second artist album is due early 2005. HappyHardcore.com is not 100% sure on this news as there is no mention to the "best of bonkers" album that was support to be released this year or Hardcore Till I Die 2 which is confirmed to be released October 5th 2004. Resist are still not commenting on either Best of Bonkers or Bonkers 13 so your guess is as good as ours.
2004/08/06
   DJ Mag 2 page hardcore article
DJ Mag (a well respected UK DJ music magazine) has done a two page article on Hardcore. The piece is a well rounded article on hardcore in general from the past to present covering everything from events, CD's and artists. Sharkey, Hixxy, Breeze & Styles, Luna-C and the CLSM are mentioned just to name a few.
Source: choons.net



DJ Mag's hardcore article - click for larger view

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2004/08/06
   Blatant Beats: The Next Generation
Artwork has been released from Next Generation Records & Blatant Beats on their new album which is due end of the summer 2004 (winter for the Aussies).



A Next Generation Album v2

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2004/08/05
   The Alchemist
HappyHardcore.com has been contacted by classic hardcore producer The Alchemist and been told that he's back doing the hardcore business again. He is working with the Beats 24/7 crew and DJ Slipmatt on a new label that should see a release in September 2004 according to Alchemist.

Word is also that Burn Out Records (Alchemist's old own label) is not completely "Burnt out" yet as well. We will post audio as soon as final versions arrive and keep you posted on developments.
2004/08/03
   Amato picking up the pieces
Amato is a large distributor in the UK, in fact one the largest hard house / trance in the UK. Since Alphamagic, formally largest hardcore distributor in the world left the picture record labels have been making new deals all over the place. Formally not known for it's hardcore Amato has taken in alot of new hardcore labels as well as some smaller hardcore distributors. Why is this important? Amato has a very large global reach, is a respectable company and has the ability to push hardcore much larger and better than AlphaMagic could ever had done. Great news for hardcore, it only gets bigger from here.
2004/08/03
   Shining Down
As reported a few weeks back by HappyHardcore.com Styles & Dougal are teaming up to release a new commercial version of Shining Down. HappyHardcore.com has been able to get a snippet of one of the more trancey mixes for everyone to check out. Shining Down was originally released in 97 by Force & Styles.

Audio (Real Audio):
Styles & Dougal - Shining Down
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