Strictly Rhythm: The Foundations of Classic House

Strictly Rhythm is a legendary New York record label that is known for pioneering some of the best house music in the world. This record label has been around since 1989 and has pumped out fierce classics that will make you “jack your body.” Almost every major essential house artist has put out an album, a mix, or a track that was affiliated with Strictly Rhythm.  Erick Morillo, Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, Ultra Naté and Barbara Tucker have all been loyal house members under the Strictly Rhythm label since the early 90s.

Newer artists such as Quentin Harris, Bingo-Players, Chocolate Puma, Osunlade, Bob Sinclar, Dirty South, and Dennis Ferrer have gotten on board with the classic label to produce legendary house tracks. The songs that this label pump out are more than just summer dance anthems, they are songs that become a staple n any house head’s life.

Strictly Rhythm has become an international label, with offices in New York, London, Berlin, and Rome. Not only does this classic label have main Strictly Rhythm label, but they have 20 labels under the Strictly Rhythm Music Group which works with major artists worldwide. People always ask me if there are major house music labels or if it’s just an underground scene. Well my answer is, house is far from being an underground genre, it’s internationally known! Even if you don’t hear it at your local clubs, then your hitting the wrong spots. In the midst of the all the commercial popular music, there are those venue owners dedicated to providing a place for house lovers to feel free…which is why I love the Paradox in Baltimore, especially on the nights of Deep Sugar Party.

If your a house fan or you want to know more about this music called “house”, then be sure to check out the classics and new material from Strictly Rhythm. It’s essential to understand the classic house music in order to have a greater appreciate for new material. Study the music you love and you can have a greater appreciation for it.

Circle Children- Zulu

Logic- The Warning

Aly Us- Follow Me

Erick Morillo-Dancing(A ‘Little’- ‘More’ Dub)


Barbara Tucker- Beautiful People

Ultra Nate- Free (You can catch her live usually at Deep Sugar every month. Ultra Nate is awesome and such a nice person!)

Armand Van Helden- Witch Docktor

Sultans of Swing(Armand Van Helden)- Dance Together (Party Mix)

Bingo Players vs Chocolate Puma- Touch Me

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