I’ve always been interested in a wide range of musical genres, but house music is something I’ve not really dabbled in much. I decided to check the genre out, finding myself pleasantly surprised with the wealth of talent to be found from the underground artists in the genre. Check out the review and playlist below to discover your new faves!
Review by Jane Howkins
Picture by TONYC
TONYC – Sun Is Shinin’
The first track on this list is Sun Is Shinin’ by TONYC, which sounds like the perfect track for summer listening. It starts off with quite a mellow flow to it, with the synths dancing in the background of the track in brilliant style. More elements are added over time, with the vocals providing a little break between the musical sections – the main chord sequence sounds excellent too.
BTAV – Love Follows
Love Follows is an incredibly catchy song from BTAV, starting off with a cool piano melody and his amazing vocal style. The drop comes later on in the track, with the chorus vocals being repeated over the layers of synths – it’s one of those tracks that has loads of stuff going on underneath the surface, showing just how talented BTAV truly is! It’s a very catchy song – check it out in our playlist below!
Turbo – Technologie
Turbo’s Technologie kicks off instantly with a catchy percussive beat, setting the tone for the music nicely. The synths appear shortly afterwards, providing the main melody for the song. They build up over time working well with the rhythm and the autotuned vocal style. The song is really catchy – the vocals won’t be for everyone, but I thought they suited the track nicely.
DJ G-String – No One Ever Said (Dance Pop Remix)
No One Ever Said (Dance Pop Remix) is a remix by DJ G-String, also featuring vocals from Honey B Sweet. The song is fairly catchy, with the vocals opening the track up nicely. It slowly builds up over the course of the song, until the bass drops, making the song sound incredibly catchy. Just try listening to the track in our playlist below without wanting to tap your feet along!
DJ G-String – Your Love (Dance Pop Remix)
Your Love (Dance Pop Music) is another song by DJ G-String which I simply loved – the version included here is another remix, and I felt like I actually preferred the remix to the original version. It has a slightly less frantic rhythm than the original, allowing the listener to fully engage with the piece of music, instead of just being able to dance along to it.
DoosC – Skalice
DoosC has very recently released a new track titled Skalice, which is one of my favourite songs on this list. It’s an instrumental piece, with a mellow feel to it – it sounds quite psychedelic at times. There aren’t many drops to the tune, but the lovely backing melodies are enough to evoke something within the soul – the dynamic changes sound great too.
DiDs Music – No More
No More opens with a gorgeous female vocal line, giving DiDs’ latest song a slow feel at the start, as it slowly builds up. The dynamics of the track change slightly as it progresses, although it still remains one of the slower songs on this list, giving it a nice change of pace. Those into their slower styles of house music should enjoy this.
On Fleek – Quadrantid-94
The curiously titled Quadrantid-94 is a track by On Fleek, a quirky musician and producer who also donates a lot of his profits to the WWF, a worthy cause in our book. His music has quite a dark atmosphere to it, with the mish-mash of synths and rhythms giving the song a space-like feel. It’s definitely one of the more unique tracks on this list.
Mr. StarZ – Ares
Mr. StarZ is the musical moniker of American DJ and producer, Ben Travis. Ares is a very high tempo track, with the song exuding a mass sense of energy from the very beginning. The rhythm will make you want to dance almost instantly, with the track having some really interesting drops to it, that you wouldn’t normally expect. You’ll have to listen to this a few times through to fully appreciate everything!
Kute Juergens – You’re The One For Me
Kute Juergens is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from the electronic city of Berlin. Latest track, You’re The One For Me, is an incredibly funky number, with a cool bassline running through it. It’s more of a traditional house track, with some 70s and 80s elements present in there for good measure. The infectious rhythm makes it impossible not to dance along to!
Kute Juergens – Every Nite
Every Nite is another song by the aforementioned Kute Juergens, starting off with a cool synth beat. This track also has a lot of 70s/80s moments to it, with the bass being the real star of the show here, having a funky groove to it that will have you shaking your booty in no time. It really helps to demonstrate Kute’s talents, so make sure you check him out!
DZILL – Want Me like That
Want Me Like That is a groovy track from DZILL, one of the premiere DJs of the New York City nightclub scene. He’s built up quite a career in the music industry, and it’s easy to see why with this latest song. The bass gives both a melody and rhythm to the track, with the piano and female vocals accompanying the rest of the music nicely.
someguy – City State
City State is a little different from the other songs here, having a longer length to it. It’s also got quite a unique atmosphere, with a minimalist bent to it. The percussion is very busy, having an industrial sound. The vocal samples help to give someguy’s music an eerie and ominous vibe, which works well with the different percussion styles and the quiet piano in the background.
Stormtuned – Your Moves Just Really Move Me (Let’s Dance Tonight)
Stormtuned’s Your Moves Just Really Move Me (Let’s Dance Tonight) starts off with a simple bass melody, which is built upon across the entire track. It’s a simple melody, but it’s got a super catchy vibe to it, really helping to push the track along. The saxophone was a welcome surprise, giving the track an element of something different from what you might normally expect from this genre of music.
ECHO – When We Were Kids
When We Were Kids has a mellow feel to it, with the vocals and the slow tempo giving ECHO’s music a sultry quality. The vocals are layered, meaning you’ll have to listen to the track multiple times over to fully be able to appreciate everything. The bass and the slightly discordant nature of the backing vocals lends a haunting ambience to the track, making it sound quite incomparable, at least compared to some of the other songs on offer here.