Deep house, progressive house, Latin house, microhouse, booty house, tech-house — the umbrella genre “house” music has mutated as it's traveled around the world, has entangled our lives with rhythm as its made its way from gay Chicago dance clubs to New York loft parties to British clubs (and pastures) to Southern California desert mega-raves to hotel lobby bars. It's been 25 years since those first sides started coming out of Chicago, and a new batch of producers are creating tracks that honor that pure, hum-thump 808 rhythm. To wit: The success of Hercules & Love Affair is no fluke, and Kanye West has that Chicago sound in his DNA (“Kanye's Workout Tape,” for one).
Feel like going out dancing this weekend? A Club Called Rhonda at El Cid is bringing hot New York house production team House of House to town for their first LA gig, and it'll be a perfect place to lose control to updated but classic house music.
If you know House of House, it's from last year's hit “Rushing to Paradise,” a rich, bass heavy 117 bpm, 13-minute breakdown featuring lush male vocals and a relentlessly soothing — but heavy — rhythm. Or maybe through Still Going, the pseudonym of Olivier “Liv” Spencer, one half of House of House; His “Spaghetti Circus” 12″ came out on DFA last year.
Regardless, House of House is doing a three-hour set tomorrow night. Maybe it's time for a Saturday night workout?
After the jump: a 40-minute House of House mix from Fabric, and a few of our favorite early Chicago house tracks.
Marshall Jefferson, “Ride the Rhythm”
Chip E.'s “It's Time to Jack the House,” Chicago, 1988
Chicago meets Cologne: Early German techno producer Mike Ink remixes Marshall Jefferson
Steve “Silk” Hurley, “Jack Your Body”
Something later and more frantic than the first-wave Chicago tracks, this cut by Paul Johnson is on the insanely great Dance Mania imprint that pioneered ghetto house in Chicago.