So it looks like ’90’s house’ has become the new negative anti-buzzphrase when it comes to music. It’s all a bit boring isn’t it? Buzz phrasing that is.
Some of the best house records of all time were made in the 90’s, in my humble, 80’s child opinion. It’s the decade when house music really found its feet. Yes it probably lost some of the raw, machine-led naivety after the 80’s. Maybe it lost a big chunk of its underground appeal. But it’s testament to the producers who made their name in the 90’s in particular that you still find so many of them still making records and DJing globally. As well as the obvious emulation, which is the point of this blog.
I find the term 90’s house rather offensive really. What does it even mean? It’s amazing that people are referring to a whole decade of an entire genre under one ‘sound’. The irony is that it was in the 90’s when journalists, promoters and producers decided to create what seemed like hundreds of sub genres like, for example and it is but a small selection: Progressive House, Funky House, Epic House, Beach House, US House, Vocal House, Scouse House, Piano House, Acid House, Chicago House, or my personal favourite, Handbag House.
Ok, so I’m playing dumb. I know what we’re really talking about. What purists are really getting bored of are the pitched up, skippy beats and over-sampled organtastic garage sound, coined by likes of nice n ripe among others. It’s a uk ting, really. And UK garage ‘back in the day’ had its haters too. But what’s the beef, really?
House music is supposed to be simple. Not a formula to be fucked with. The drum patterns that were made in the 80’s and 90s are the same as the ones being made today. Why? Because they sound good. They work. They make people dance, particularly when combined with ecstasy and a dark room – two variables that also haven’t changed.
The fact is, i like pitched up, skippy beats. I’m even partial to a spot of over-sampled organtastic garage. I’ve two stepped with the best of em to some UKG.
The ‘revival’ of that 90’s garage house sound, which I’ll term it for the rest of this blog, is responsible for getting Disclosure into the UK top 40 and with it, unprecedented opportunities for underground house music worldwide. It’s responsible for bringing MK, one of the most prolific house producers of all time, out of retirement. It’s responsible for getting people in clubs listening to something other than dubstep. It’s responsible for getting house music, in whatever form, back on the agenda.
So if you make music that sounds like it was made in the 90’s or if you’re desperate to emulate Kerri Chandler, join the club. Chances are, you’ll find a load more people who are doing the same. Along with a healthy dose of journalists poo poo’ing the sub genre or buzz phrase that they were so pleased with creating just 12 months earlier.
Or, like me, you’ll just take comfort in the thousands of records stuffed into your racks which just became cool again.
Now, where did I put that shellsuit….