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Hardcore Soul

Book 1 Photo by Ewen Spencer
Book 2 Mark Leckey and Ewen Spencer in conversation
Concept / Mixtape by Gabber Eleganza

Hardcore Soul is a powerful example of our days, of how time has taken on an increasingly less linear dimension, fully expressing the sense of contemporaneity now more than ever marked by the mingling and fusion of different environments and cultures – of coexistence and synchronicity of experiences as different eras but at the same time common and intertwined.
The book, by Gabber Eleganza and Ewen Spencer, creates a seamless flow between what was the Happy Hardcore Rave scene and that of the British weekenders, young fans of the Northern Soul.
In Hardcore Soul – which also makes use of the contributions of the Turner Prize Mark Leckey – through the circular and incessant flow of images, the differences between the two worlds disappear, bringing out similarities and relationships:
the total dedication to a musical genre, the discovery of the sense of community and the need for aggregation, aesthetic research as an individual and collective definition, sweat and muscularity in the act of dance, strength and youthful enthusiasm, drugs and adrenaline. To accentuate the sense of immersion in the folds of this unpublished story, the images distributed in the book are deliberately organized in a non chronological order, reinforcing the feeling that everything is happening at the same time and in the same place, immersing the reader in a sort of crazy and energetic mantra and canceling every clear historical reference, every distinction between the two realities, in favor of a special and unexpected synthesis.
Hardcore Soul is a tool for reading today thru the analysis of existing aesthetic and sociocultural realities, stripped of all rhetoric or nostalgia and revitalized through their fusion. Making you want to turn up the volume and dance, whatever age you are, wherever you come from.