House Style Overview
House Music Description
In early 1980s Chicago, club visitors named House the mixture of music played by Frankie Knuckles at the discotheque "Warehouse". House music, as a genre of electronic dance music, originated in Chicago in the mid 1980s. In the mid-to-late 1980s, house music became popular in Europe, and then other major cities in North America, South America, and Australia. Early house music commercial success in Europe saw songs such as "Pump Up The Volume" by MARRS (1987), "House Nation" by House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House (1987), "Theme from S'Express" by S'Express (1988) and "Doctorin' the House" by Coldcut (1988) in the pop charts. Since the early to mid-1990s, house music has been infused in mainstream pop and dance music worldwide.
Being a well-established style of music, house now has many sub-genres, which often have their own Discogs tags. Migration towards these on entries could give a deeper understanding of the releases you are editing and prevent over-population of House as a tag on its own.
House music emerged from the post-disco dance club culture of the early 1980s. After disco became popular, certain urban DJs - especially in gay communities - changed the music to make it less pop-oriented. The beat became more mechanical and the bass grooves deeper, while elements of electronic synth pop, Latin soul, dub reggae, rap and jazz were grafted over the music's insistent, unchanging four-four beat. Often the music was purely instrumental, and if there were singers, they were faceless female divas who often sang wordless melodies. By the late '80s, house had broken out of underground clubs in cities like Chicago, New York and London and had begun to gain a foothold on the pop charts, particularly in England and Europe, but later in America under the guise of artists like C. + C Music Factory and Madonna. At the same time, house was breaking into the pop charts; it was fragmented into a number of subgenres, including hip house, ambient house, and most notably acid house (a subgenre of house with the instantly recognizable squelch of Roland's TB-303 bass line generator). By the '90s, house was no longer music, but was popular in clubs throughout Europe and America. By the end of the decade, a new wave of progressive house artists like Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, and House of 909 brought the music back into critical territory with lauded full-length works.
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