All week on FACT, we’re celebrating #RaveWeek. Following a FACT mix and revealing interview from pioneering Detroit techno producer Kevin Saunderson, the long-awaited sequel to Joe Muggs’ Rubbish Raver memoir, interviews with Terry Farley and Jerome Hill and The Top 10 Rave Tapes, it’s happy hardcore’s time to shine, with 20 of the best from Brighton boy Mumdance. We’ve also included a recent mix of his that “shows all the tunes in their natural habitat.”
Mumdance: “I’m gonna focus mainly on the ’93-’94 era of hardcore. There’s lots of different eras of hardcore, running from ’89 up until ’99 I guess, and in my mind it gets worse as time goes along. That’s not to say it’s all bad, but I’ll always feel like the best bit was when I was 13 years old buying vinyl. I used to have a paper round, I used to get £13 a week, and that was enough for a bus fare into Brighton and two records. Anyway, I’m gonna focus on my favourite happy hardcore records, and I’m gonna concentrate on vocals and pianos, as that’s the best thing to focus on when you’re talking about hardcore.
“This whole era – the end of hardcore, proto-jungle era – has that great balance, where it’s both happy and melancholic, and it’s an era of time where there were no real rules – people just made them up as they go along. That’s a bit like the period we’re in now, actually.”