UK Hardcore is a broad term to describe the evolved sound of Happy Hardcore Rave music which emerged around the end of the 1990s and grew in strength during the 21st century. The music is typically harder and less break-beat led than happy hardcore back in the 1990s.
With the diversity in sound available to producers rising with the onset of progressively more advanced computer and music production systems, electronic music was evolving at a rapid pace during this period. Hardcore, Techno, and Drum and Bass began to split during this intense period of creativity, spinning off the genres Ragga and Darkside.
The United Kingdom-based rave hardcore scene of the 1990s encompassed several native styles through the years, techno and hardcore being the respective dominant genres in the North and South of the country for much of this period.
Happy Hardcore evolved from hardcore music in the early 1990s. Its characteristic 4/4 beat "happy" sound distinguishes it from most other forms of hardcore. The term UK Hardcore refers to the evolution of the Happy Hardcore sound and is not a general term for Hardcore (Gabber or Techno) that comes from the UK.
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