DJ Brisk: Happy Hardcore Foundation, Vol. 2


By Benn Joseph

Well, what can I really say about this CD? It’s rave music; it’s classified as “4 Beat” or “Happycore,” according to the research I’ve done in my attempts to learn more about something I really have no direct experience with. But, I’ll tell you what I know.

There’s another kind of rave music called “Trance,” and this descriptor actually makes me think of this CD, even though it’s not the same thing. There’s just this massively booming bass that, if you turn it up loud enough, it makes things rattle and fall off the table (I tried this experiment; it was fun!). Mixed with this, there’s a lot of keyboard effects with some scratching sounds. That’s about all I could discern from it, although if I was at a club and I had imbibed any toxic chemicals very recently, I could definitely see this as being a good time.

Actually, I have spent lots of time doing just that, and when I compare the 4 Beat I’ve heard at clubs to what is predominantly on this CD, I find that this disc has much more slow stuff. Cuts like “Elevation” from Stompy and “I’ll Be There” from JHAL are actually very melodic and entrancing in more of an “Over the Rainbow” sense, rather than a “Disco Dancing in Hell” manner.

Vinylgroover also does a speedy remix (a DJ Storm remix, to be exact) of Ozzy’s “Time After Time.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when the song came on, but there it was. A rave remix of an Ozzy song. The only thing that really remained was the lyrics, and maybe a chord or two. It was still interesting, but it made me feel all old skool for even recognizing it in the first place.

I couldn’t find any info on DJ Brisk himself, but the website where you can find this CD is There’s a massive amount of music on this site. And, like, they use Liquid Audio so you can download stuff easily, and even make your own CDs online. It’s worth checking out, even if you’re not into rave music.

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