I am always vocal about the fact that I am by no means a deep house purist. I welcome spin offs, variations, changes, additions, and all that good stuff. I also love new fans of the genre – come, enjoy yourself, we’re happy you’re here! But recently, things are kind of getting out of hand. I see clueless guys and girls running around talking about how much they love deep house while blasting Disclosure. Yes, Disclosure is fucking amazing, but are they Deep House? Absolutely not. Don’t take my word for it, they’ve even said it themselves. A year ago. Where is this confusion coming from? Also, that new Oliver Heldens track? That’s not really deep house either! If you’re going to come and love the genre, actually listen to the genre! So instead of featuring new Deep House tracks this week, I’m going to post a bunch of classics – songs that truly define the genre and show what makes it so beautiful. Most aren’t available on Soundcloud because of their age, so YouTube will have to do for now, sorry!
First is Kerri Chandler with the 2000 track “Atmospheric Beats” showcasing the classic Deep House 4/4 percussion.
Next is The Beloved with “The Sun is Rising” released back in 1990, right when the genre was gaining some traction. This song shows how melodic Deep House can get with the underlying strings and haunting vocals.
If the other names sounded a little unfamiliar, then Tensnake should be more recognizable. Still producing hits, this one, “In The End” was released in 2009 off of a four-track EP.
Even more familiar of a name, we have Justin Martin’s “Sad Piano” remixed by Charles Webster. This is one of my favorite tracks to date – dreamy, musical, and still funky enough to groove along to. While the original is still incredible, Charles Webster just brought it slightly deeper.
Another huge name still around (and still killin’ it) is Cajmere. You may have heard his house hit The Percolator or the thousands of remixes, but that is by no means his only hit. Producing under various different names, including the techno superstar Green Velvet, Cajmere has survived the changing tides, a true testament to his talent.
Finally, you can’t talk about Deep House without including Mr. Fingers. Pioneering the genre, he took inspiration from Chicago House where he grew up, while shaping it to its own intricacies. This song is actually regarded as one of the first Deep House songs ever produced, so it’s the perfect place to end this list.
Now there are dozens of other pioneers and legends involved in the genre, many of whom still produce and tour. If you ever get the chance to check some of them out, pay your respects and have an awesome time.
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