It’s hump day, so get over the hump with some soulful house from Frankie Knuckles pres. Directors Cut. Featuring the vocals of Sybil, this soulful track titled “Let Yourself Go” is exudes love, peace, happiness, and house.
The original mix is ultra soulful, but the Joey Negro remix gives it a disco-house sound..and you know I love me some disco house!
Check out the preview from Nocturnal Groove.
In the early 80s the commercial future of house music might have been precarious, but one thing that was certain was the love, passion, and experimentation of sounds. Raging bells from disco met with tribal beats in the gritty clubs of New York and Chicago, and over in the UK the English were toying around with a new style of underground music that was started and played by NYC legends such as Junior Vasquez, Tony Humphries and Larry Levan. While house was gaining more popularity on the East Coast and garage transitioned over to the UK, it was destined for them to intersect and create a genre that many have to come love, celebrate, and appreciate as Garage House.
When it comes to who did what, it’s often a toughie to pin down unless you were actually there. But one thing that many can confirm is that at the Paradise Garage, Larry Levan was spinning a new style of music that had more gospel-piano riffs and a distinct percussion pattern that wasn’t yet explored in most house music. House, as you know, is a large genre of music with so many variations and hybrids, but garage house became a sub-genre which allowed for the UK style of garage to marry the American vibes of classic house.
Not much a history lesson, since I’m not in connection with an of the originators of the garage house scene, but hopefully with this little bit of information you can get a sense of Garage House. And this isn’t a genre that has faded into extinction. No sir, Garage House has been steadily rising on the scene in the past few years, and NeedWant Records put together a lovely compilation that shows off some of the influences of what happens when house meets garage.
Titled, The House That Garage Built, this compilation by TRAXX is loaded with gems of garage house that you really ought to know. Even if you didn’t know the artist or the name of the track, hopefully you’ve been exposed to some of these great songs via podcasts, mixes, or live DJ sets. Personally, I’ve heard each of the tracks on this EP in the past (and lately,) and I commend TRAXX for selecting some items that truly capture the atmosphere of garage house.
With selections from Disclosure, George Fitzgerald, The Mekanism, Huxley, and many others (a lot of UK producers, ) this EP is one that you really do Need/Want.
Give the selections a listen and give NeedWant Records a high-five for being awesome!
I’m in such a house mood today (well, everyday.) But today, for some particular reason, I’m really amped up. Perhaps because I found out about House Dance International 2013 taking place May 24th-26th in NYC and now that I’m back on the East Coast, I plan on going; no excuse not to. I love house, house dancing, and the vibrant community.
In the spirit of house music and the community, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite classic house tracks that you really should know, appreciate, and pass along to other house junkies. Those who grew up in the early days of house will probably know most of these classics; for some it will be an introduction to the classics.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy this time machine of classic house. Got any favorites to add to the list?
Oh, and there are so many classics. So I will be sharing some every Monday. And on Twitter be sure to join the movement #HOUSENATION
This song never gets old. Love the video too!
First heard this song when I was 15 and used to sing it to myself walking down the halls of school.
Tribal vibes! A few DJs have played this song and I’ve gone crazy on the dancefloor. Tribalism!
Definitive beats and catchy vocals are exactly what Villa’s new single, “Mint,” is all about. Ghent, Belgium-based duo, Villa, have released a track that is certified awesome! Can’t help but to groove to it, and if you want to take it to the next level, then jam out to the Punks Jump Up and Softwar remixes.
The Punks Jump Up remix makes the bass deeper, which is perfect for dancing too. The remix by Softwar take the original, removes the vocals, and turns it into a soulful exploration of beats!