Funky, groovy, commerical,
cheesy, soulful, deep, disco, vocal, uplifiting - started off the
dance scene in America, and later over here too. Frankie Knuckles
being one of the big founders, helping the scene get going
underground and soon formulating a new sound which will go worldwide.
House is a very wide range of style. From 70s sort of disco, the
soulful stuff more upbeat r'n'b and the deep stuff more dark and more
downcast to the uplifting stuff normally. The music is very complex
and well made, also it's not all computerised, made with real
instruments and people who really know their music. Artists include
King Unique, Spiller, Modjo, Madison Avenue, Richard Grey, Kings Of
Tomorrow, Junior Jack, Ministers De La Funk, Bob Sinclair and David
Morales, (Roger Sanchez, Junior Sanchez, Masters at Work, Todd Terry
in fact, I'm stopping there, just be asured there's LOTS of them)
Upbeat r'n'b, normally contains
loads of remixes of r'n'b tunes. The beat is very complexed, known as
two step, instead of a normal 1-2-3-4 beat the beat may also contain
a top hat or another beat in between so it becomes 1-(hat)-2-(hat)-3-(hat)-4.
Artists include:-Artful Dodger, B15 Project, DJ Luck and MC Neat.
Mentioned this quite a bit,
popular in America and has now become more part of the pop scene with
artists such as Eminem, Shaggy, Britney and J'LO describing their
music as R'N'B which is complete bollocks. R'n'B is smooth, sexy,
very well made and the music tells a story. The music is very
relaxing and gets you in the mood as in the words of Trevor Nelson
"to make lurrrve". Very very smooth. Artists include:-Joe,
Sunshine Anderson and Craig David. (I don't know many-not my style!!)
Dark, deep, thumping,
tribal-Unlike house described earlier, this type of house is exactly
what is "progressive" used by trance DJs to start of their
sets. You can't really describe progressive house, you've got to hear
it, as Sander Kleinenburg says "it's an emotion, a feeling"
and it is. It's not like house and it's not trance and it's not
really a mixture. Just dark, deep powerful tunes, really emotional.
Especially Max Graham's stuff-wicked-really well made and it's just
really good to listen to!! Artists include:-Sander Kleinenburg, Seb
Fontaine, Max Graham, Lucien Foort, Sputnik, XPress2, Futureshock and
Peace Division. (Sasha
and Digweed have largely gone back to the prorgessive thing again -
which is grrrrrrreat! Recess)
Sometimes commercial and cheesy,
energetic, harder, uplifting, melodic-It hasn't been around as long
as house but it's certainly made a bigger impact. You will always
find this playing somewhere. Big powerful basslines and thumping
drumbeats. Computer made, from synths, sequencers and will really get
people on the dancefloor. Really makes the set move up stages and
create a good feeling. Melodic and progressive trance, is a style
which Paul Van Dyk DJs, not very powerful and won't really set the
place on fire but can be really emotive and get that set going.
The more harder and energetic
stuff really gets people moving, big long melodies and fantastic
build ups really good stuff!! Artists:-Atlantis, Paul Van Dyk, Paul
Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, System F, Blank and Jones, Thrillseakers,
Members Of Mayday, Coast 2 Coast, Push, Marc Et Claude, Binary
Finary, Fragma, lost Witness, Matt Darey, Planet Perfecto, Safri Duo,
Storm, Warrior and York.
Energetic, pumping-the slower
verison of Hardcore but still really fast, powerful and sends the
crowds into a frenzy. Not really much to say really fast beats and
big basslines and massive melodies, ALL I CAN SAY IS FAST AND
POWERFUL. Very popular over in the UK at the moment, big label
includes Nucleuz. Artists:-Nick Sentience, BK, Lisa Pin Up, Lisa
Loud, Lisa Lashes, 911, Zini and Kantini, Public Domain, Warp
Brothers, Norman Bass and Mario Picotto.