Way back when, I picked up this cheeky little album called “Happy Hardcore 2”, released back when the term had barely gotten traction as a genre definition. While most of the album offered some pretty standard hardcore tracks, at the very end, was this absolute gem. Shunning cheesy shape throwing riffs for face tearing breaks, an absolutely HUGE bassline and a piano/vocal cut so uplifting you’d be swinging from the rafters in a heartbeat.
For me, D.E.A’s Summer Vibe is one of the best examples of proper Happy Hardcore, before all the cheese, integrating the crossover sound and skipping the four to the floor for big break sections. Its tracks like this that defined the post-hardcore sound for me. Truly perfect.