The Chicago & Acid House Section offers Compilations from all the classic Chicago & Acid House
Pioneers from the 1970's and 1980's
This is where House music originated
from and these Compilations, offering extremely rare sets,
will offer you a chance to listen to the origins of today's
house music by the early Chicago & Acid House DJ's.
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House music refers to a collection of styles of electronic
dance music, the earliest forms beginning in the early- to mid-
The common element of most house music is a 4/4 beat
generated by a drum machine or other electronic means (such as a
sampler), together with a solid (usually also electronically generated)
bassline. Upon this foundation are added electronically generated
sounds and samples of music such as jazz, blues and synth pop. House
music has been sub-divided into a bewildering number of sub-categories,
some of which are described below.
| House :: Sub Genres of House
Acid House - A Chicago derivative
built around the Roland TB-303 bassline machine. Hard, uncompromising,
tweaking samples produce a hypnotic effect.
Ambient house (see ambient music): Mixing the moody atmospheric
sounds of New Age and ambient music with pulsating house beats.
Chicago House - Simple basslines,
driving four-on-the-floor percussion and textured keyboard lines
are the elements of the original house sound.
Deep House - A slower variant of house
(around 120 BPM) with warm sometimes hypnotic melodies that originated
in San Francisco.
Epic House - A variant of progressive
house featuring lush synth-fills and dramatic (some would say pretentious)
Freestyle House - A Latin variant
of NY house music, which began development in the early 1980s by
producers like John Jellybean Benitez. Seen by some as an evolution
of electro funk.
French House - A late 1990s house
sound developed in France. Inspired by the '70s and '80s funk and
disco sounds. Mostly features a typical sound "filter"
effect. e.g. Daft Punk
Garage - This term has changed meaning
several times over the years. The UK definition relates to New York's
version of deep house, originally named after a certain style of
soulful disco played at legendary club the Paradise Garage, although
the original Garage sound was much more of an eclectic mix of many
different kinds of records. The UK version is pronounced "ga-raaj".
May also be called the Jersey Sound due to the close connection
many of its artists and producers have with New Jersey such as the
legendary Shep Pettibone and Tony Humphries at Zanzibar in Newark,
NJ. Not to be confused with speed garage or the British style nowadays
called UKG pronounced "garridje"
Ghetto House - A variation from Chicago
that features minimal, 808 and 909 drum machine driven tracks, and
profane (sometimes sexually explicit) lyrics.
Hip House - The simple fusion of rap
rhymes with house beats. Mainly popular for a brief moment in the
late 80s. Most famous record is Jungle Brothers "Girl I'll
Hard House - House music on the harder
side, leaning more towards aggressive 'hoover' type sounds. The
style was generally fast tempo.
Hi-NRG - Called "high energy".
Popular in the gay scene, sometimes reminiscent of freestyle house.
Italo House - Slick production techniques,
catchy melodies, rousing piano lines and American vocal styling
typifies the Italian ("Italo") house sound. A modulating
Giorgio Moroder style bassline is also a trademark of this style.
Latin House - Borrows heavily from
Salsa and Brazilian beats, most notably in "Brazil over Zurich."
This style was perfected and proliferated by DJ Reyna J in Chicago's
underground scene in the late 1990s.
Minimal House - Simple, 4/4 beats
(usually around 125-130 beats-per-minute) usually only barely accompanied
by sparse, percussive effects, synthesizer work, and simplistic
New York House - New York's uptempo
dance music, referred to simply as club music by some.
Pop House - The use of house production
styles to make traditional pop artists more acceptable on the dancefloor
results in the pop house phenomenon.
Progressive House - Progressive house
is typified by accelerating peaks and troughs throughout a track's
duration, and are, in general, less obvious than in hard house.
Layering different sound on top of each other and slowly bringing
them in and out of the mix is a key idea behind the progressive
movement. Some of this kind of music sounds like a cousin of trance
Pumpin House - Developed in the late
90's and related to French house, Pumpin' House also often samples
disco, rock, jazz, and/or funk loops (sometimes creating dense layered
textures) and usually makes extensive use of filters, but gains
its appellation from its heavy use of compression, which makes tracks
surge and pulse. It is characterized by intense, up-front drum programming,
heavy funk influence, and very emphasized basslines, often sampled
from live players. Famous producers include Olav Basoski (Holland),
Grant Nelson (UK), and Monkey Bars (US). Typical BPM range is 127-133.
Tech House - Tech substitutes typical
booming house kickdrums with shorter, often distorted kicks, smaller
hi-hats, and noisier snares. House's funky jazz loops are replaced
with techno-sounding synth lines. Closely related to microhouse.
Tribal House - Popularized by remixer/DJ
Junior Vasquez in New York, characterized by lots of percussion
and world music style rhythms.
Ultra House - Extremely fast house
beats typically 160 to 220 beats per minute, the same speed as "jungle"
Electro House - Sometimes resembles
tech house, but often influenced by the "electro" sound
of the early 1980's, aka breakdancing music, via samples or just