The fifth and final entry in the series, Heavenly Hardcore was released in March 1992. The CD version quickly established itself as a “getting ready to go out” disc for a brief period – most notably caned before the Altern-8 gig at Dublin’s Mansion House. “20 activ cuts.”
It’s a frantic start with the old skool sound of Far Out, credited to the wonderful Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era. A joyful and heady piano rush, watching the video makes me cry for my youth. Moody places. Without pausing for breath – this is more or less a partially mixed disc – we’re then straight into Rozalla’s wistful Are You Ready To Fly followed by Kym Sims’ housey Too Blind To See It. Remember Blue Pearl? They’re back with (Can You) Feel The Passion which lacks the punch of their 1990 brace of hits. Getting back on the wagon are Convert with the classic synth melody of Nightbird before the mood slows down a bit courtesy of house grooves from Marathon (Movin’) and Debbie Malone (Rescue Me).
Bang on: Digital Orgasm’s ravetastic Running Out Of Time as featured on The Word coupled with E-Lustrious’s Dance No More, all breakbeats and jazz blasts. Closing off the first half are The House Crew and the apocalyptic yet uplifting We Are Hardcore. “Not tonight.” – Kicks Like A Mule’s severe darkcore of The Bouncer. And then – the men of the moment – Altern-8 and the Hallucin-b Mix of Frequency. After this nuclear assault, we slip back inside this house. A pair: The Omen’s Escape From Reality, Wishdokta’s Banana Sausage. Better: Fierce Ruling Diva’s Rubb It In and Cappella’s pleading Take Me Away. We go back to the warehouse with Acen’s glowing Close Your Eyes, Ultra Nate’s Deeper Eyes and the stirring classical-sampling Green Man by Shut Up And Dance. End: Army Of Lovers and their stylish big chorus sound of Crucified.
“The decadent era where we partied on 89p cans of Steiger.”
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era – Far Out (Edit)
Digital Orgasm – Running Out Of Time (Rave Mix Edit)
Altern-8 – Frequency(Hallucin-b mix)
Lest we forget
Convert – Nightbird