House music is the best of both worlds. While it has undoubtably influenced and altered the pop landscape to a massive effect, it has never lost its edge, still managing to be an exciting and innovative genre even today. Starting in the black and latino LGBT underground in Chicago in the early 80s, before moving to Detroit, New York and London, the house sound can now be found everywhere in the world. Drawing on everything from jazz to salsa to disco to soul to electro funk, house music is addictive and entrancing, designed to keep one dancing for as long as possible while being immersed in its silky, repetitive sounds.
Instrumentation and Effects
Born From the LGBT Community
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Lil Louis, the founding father of House Music
House music was announced to the mainstream in 1990 when Madonna released “Vogue“, a song that both evoked the classic house sound and paid homage to the voguing ballroom dancers in New York, Chicago, and Washington DC. By then House had spread across the world, most notably in England and France. The English took the chilled out aspect of Deep House as popularized by Mr. Fingers and developed an ambient House, it’s most notably records being The KLF’s extraordinary “Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard” and Apex Twin’s “Analogue Bubblebath”. Clubs in the UK such as Lakota, Cream and The Eclipse were known the world over, with the most popular being the Ministry of Sound, started in 1991. In fact, dance music became so popular in the UK that the Government passed controversial legislation in 1994 attempting to ban raves altogether.
Likewise in late 90s France – as seen in the 2014 Mia Hansen-Løve film Eden – The French Touch took classic American and European disco tracks, added thick filter and phaser effects and created something that was at once easy to listen to and unmistakably French, as seen in Daft Punk’s “Da Funk“ and Pepe Braddock’s “Deep Burnt“.
House Artists You Should Listen To (Spotify)
Best Playlists/24/7 Streams
- Best Classic House Music 1990 – 1995
- Old-school Chicago Deep House
- Detroit House Music Mix Pt. I
- Emotions Radio ▶ 24/7 Music Live | Deep House & Tropical House
- Old School House Mix
- OLD SCHOOL DEEP HOUSE MIX
- Summer House Sessions 1 – Deep/Chill House Mix
- French House Mix
- Classic Acid / House Mix 1988 to 1990
- DEEP HOUSE N CLASSICS
ContributorRedmond Bacon is a film obsessive and amateur music producer who can easily spend all day either at the cinema or making fresh beats. Catch his writing over at redmondbacon.co.uk.