Happa releases ‘Crucified’, a mixtape dedicated to the 00s
DJ and producer Happa pays tribute to the noughties with a new 12-track mixtape, ‘Crucified’.
Opening with the chimes of Big Ben welcoming in the new millennium, the release uses samples of news stories about the PlayStation 2, Michael Jackson’s death and David Blaine between edits of 00s icons, including Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Deadmau5. On ‘Hyped Mango’, Happa deftly splices a Soulja Boy sample with Joy Orbison’s seminal anthem, while on ‘Fry Me A Liver’ Justin Timberlake gets a Masters At Work re-fit.
Talking about the mixtape, Happa explains that “this project started when I made a one-off edit of a Nelly Furado track for a b2b set I did with Ifeoluwa for her Intervention night. The mixtape then grew out of a combination of a global pandemic and my girlfriend’s obsession with noughties culture.”
‘Crucified’ follows Happa’s 2018 mixtape ‘عشق’(the Farsi word for love), which included an ambient remix of Lewis’s cult 1983 album ‘L’Amour. As well as releasing music via labels like Whities (now AD 93), Bleep and his own PT/5 imprint, Happa has collaborated with visionary artists such as FKA twigs, David Byrne and Chloe x Halle.