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Edit - There have been a few mixes posted in this thread - I'll try and gather all the links and tracklists and keep them linked from this first post

Cube Advance - Ameprofonde

Nate Dogg - Games

Cowtipper - House Soongs (Tracklisting) and Mix for Nix

Acidbearboy - H-Grooves and another one here

Slotter - DirtyDirtyHouseMusic

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So, are there any other House music fans here ? I know some people write it off as formulaic and cheesy, but nothing else moves people in such a positive way. I love it. The kind of stuff I like ranges from the the Big room tracks like Most precious love or Be thankful to stuff like Dj T and Inland Knights. Also big into Metro Area/Stevie Kotey/Chicken Lips nu-disco stuff. And that leads to the more broken end of things like Recloose and Bugz.

Some tunes that I love at the mo... (and I know some are old)

DJ T - Funk on you

Lindstrom - I feel space

Shapeshifters - You got the love (Thats the guilty pleasure bit)

Detroit Experiment - Think Twice

Daniel Paul - Outta Space (Meitz Remix Du)

Lifelike - Discopolis

Quentin Harris - Lets be Young

Recloose - Dust

RSL - Wesley Music (Danny Krivit Edit)

Julien Jabre - Swimming Places

M.A.N.D.Y. - No Stoppin

Anyone else, in the words of Axwell, feelin the vibe ?

PS. For anyone in, or near Bristol, Fruity Antics on the Thekla is the best house night for miles around. The people are super friendly and I've never been to a bad one.

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I really like funky house music - I'm not sure if that's quite different to the stuff you're listing.

For example, I love the Mylo album, Destroy Rock 'n' Roll. Every track on that is great.

That's the sort of House I don't like - the only track on that album I like is 6, is it 'Guilty of Love'?

Can't remember.

EDIT: Yes. Yes it is.

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It depends. Half of the Clubbers Guide 2006 can be called house, in which case my answer would be no. But my answer would probably be yes to the cheese free, underground sounding stuff. I read an excellent quote on the sleeve of a Tyrant compilation last week and it seems most appropriate here:

It's all about basslines. Listen to the myriad of crap house records and it's like sitting on a particularly bad fairground ride. They shouldn't sit on the beat, but ride and slide off it. It's what gives movement and funk to music and it's what makes girls wiggle their hips. It's sexy.

That pretty much sums up my feelings for house music. Some tracks have 'it' and some tracks don't. You cannot define 'it', just merely recognise that 'it' is there or not. I've found that I'm gradually listening to less and less house and I get older though. It developed up to a point and then got stagnant. The more interesting developments have veered off to become something I no longer consider to be house music.

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Anything rough that makes my spine shake. None of this house crap with female vocals going, "AAAALRIGHT!".

Aha - I hear that. Thats very 'in' at the minute - You'd like the DJ T track. Anything on the label Get Physical. I like that too - but only at the right time, on the right combination of pharmacuticals. :)

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Is it possible to recommend house artists? You know, like DJs and producers, or maybe name some albums? Or doesn't it work like that - is it more about those collections, Clubber's Guide etc?

(Not taking the piss, by the way.)

I used to have a Renaissance collection, I think it was no. 3 (the one that came in a silver box). I loved John Digweed's stuff on that.

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Much like the Hip Hop suggestions; it's probably a lot easier to recommend something similar once you have found something in particular that you do like. The problem with dance music is that so few of the artists will record an album of the same stuff, which is why DJ mixes seem to do the job instead.

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Is it possible to recommend house artists? You know, like DJs and producers, or maybe name some albums? Or doesn't it work like that - is it more about those collections, Clubber's Guide etc?

(Not taking the piss, by the way.)

I used to have a Renaissance collection, I think it was no. 3 (the one that came in a silver box). I loved John Digweed's stuff on that.

Check out Sander Kleinenberg's This Is Everybody compilations, I'm not a huge fan of house in general, but This Is Everybody is quality.

Me, I'm much more into progressive house, but in a club my appreciation of house goes up lots.

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Is it possible to recommend house artists? You know, like DJs and producers, or maybe name some albums? Or doesn't it work like that - is it more about those collections, Clubber's Guide etc?

(Not taking the piss, by the way.)

Of course it is. I've found its not like normal music, where you follow a band, instead you tend to follow a label (i.e a music label like emi). Most labels tend to stick to a particular sound or genre - so much so that they launch sub-labels for a particular type of music.

House is broken into many styles, but what most people call house is called US Garage or Soulfull House. Good starting points are...

Defected Records "in the house" compilations like this one

Hed Kandi

At the moment a very minimal sound is very popular. No big black women singing AAAAlright to been seen. This is called minimal or sometimes tech house.

Get Physical is a great start. They've done a great compilation called Body Language

In between the two lots of there are lots of labels, my favourite being N.R.K.. They do a whole range - try the Miguel Migs 24th St Sounds complilation.

If you want I can do some tunes over yousendit to get you started.

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If anyone is unsure what each type of house sounds like have a look at the 'House' section of Guide to electronic music and listen to the examples for each genre.

Personally, at the moment I'm liking:

Martin Solveig's output (Hedonist LP is good apart form the more RnB sounding tracks and is a good example of the house producer studio album randomness)

Axwell

Seamus Haji

Ron Carroll esp. his BMC Gospel remixes

Steve Angello & Seb Ingrosso

Jay-J

Deepswing

Quentin Harris

I'll be back later with more probably...

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The good name of House has been sullied by that eternal sin, Funky House. Long live the likes of DJ T., M.A.N.D.Y., Trevor Jackson AKA Playgroup, The DFA and labels such as Get Physical, Output and Crosstown Rebels. There's loads of fantastic electronic stuff out there - don't let Mixmag put you off.

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Yes but mostly older stuff (what you'd call Chicago House I suppose) - Inner City, Marshall Jefferson etc. I was listening to the 808 State DJs Pick n Mix from 2002 this morning, that's fantastic.

I've no idea what new, essential house is supposed to sound like. What's worth getting into at the moment?

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Yes but mostly older stuff (what you'd call Chicago House I suppose) - Inner City, Marshall Jefferson etc. I was listening to the 808 State DJs Pick n Mix from 2002 this morning, that's fantastic.

I've no idea what new, essential house is supposed to sound like. What's worth getting into at the moment?

You might like this:

Balance 008 - Desyn Masiello

Seems to be regarded as the best house compilation of 2005.

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Ever the self promoter, some very deep house and an older soulful mix are available. I try to use music that is influenced by other styles or periods, like jazz or detroit techno, chicago house, r'n'b, blues, so if you like any tracks let me know and I'll point you to some more stuff.

It's taken 23 minutes and some seconds, but I'm REALLY enjoying this now. cubeadvance, it's lovely. I have no idea what I'd do if this came on in a club though. It feels almost a little too slow to dance to.

...

Actually, no, scratch that. I'm moving about in my seat to it now. Very groovey, in the musical sense.

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What clubs in London play this kind of music? Also, tell me more about the track that's playing at 25 minutes, and the one that plays after that - I can't work out which they are because it's all mixed together. I would love to know more about them.

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To me, most house music sounds like a 70s Disco record with a metronome bassline and the occasional synthesiser'd swishy sound effect.

Which is a good thing, by the way. I'm a hip-hop fan foremost, and I love hearing good samples put to great use.

What exactly is 'funky' house then? Or hard house for that matter? Can someone explain the different styles?

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Any suggestions for good clubs in London that play this kind of music?

Fabric on a Saturday.

I've really fallen out of love with dance music in the last couple of years, to the point where I barely listen to it anymore. Far too much samey crap out there as music technology has become cost effective enough to give anyone with a half-decent PC and a few spare hours carte blanche to make a record.

Too many people are trying to sound like existing artists rather than doing anything original. The genre pigeon-holing has got to a ridiculous point now, the prime example (sorry Murdock) being progressive house.

Prog was originally a DJ style rather than a single style of music production - DJs would play deep house, techno, breaks, trance and everything in between in their sets. Suddenly people started making prog tracks, prog DJs only played prog records. Now you have progressive house DJs, progressive breaks DJs, and so on. Everything's too narrow so everything sounds the same.

Derrick Carter's still the fucking MAN though.

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Jesus. You have no idea.

Haha. What, am I meant to have any idea about that kind of music? No, you're right... I DO have no idea. I don't buy any of it, I don't know any of their names, I don't listen to it on my iPod or at home. I just hear it in clubs and all the pansy house that gets played does nothing for me... whilst the dirty beats rock my socks.

BUT YES I AM VERY SORRY FOR HAVING NO IDEA... maybe if I did have an idea I would start to like it? I better get researching!

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I'd say I used to be a real fan. During the early nineties I used to play a lot of garage, from the Trax, Project X, Strictly Rhythm and Eightball Records stables mostly. I used to love a lot of the Italian stuff on Irma and the like as well. I'd say I probably do like it still, I just don't know much. I tend to like it when it's a song, and not like it when it's just an instrumental or a track with a vocal sample on. A classic would be Victor Romeo's 'Love Will Find A Way' for example, or 'Reach For Love' by House of Fire.

I do get pissed off if I'm in a club and the DJ set is just a series of instrumentals - who wants to dance to that? Probably loads of people, actually...

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It's taken 23 minutes and some seconds, but I'm REALLY enjoying this now. cubeadvance, it's lovely. I have no idea what I'd do if this came on in a club though. It feels almost a little too slow to dance to.

...

Actually, no, scratch that. I'm moving about in my seat to it now. Very groovey, in the musical sense.

...

What clubs in London play this kind of music? Also, tell me more about the track that's playing at 25 minutes, and the one that plays after that - I can't work out which they are because it's all mixed together. I would love to know more about them.

Thanks, anewman, that's just the reaction I was after with this mix. I was hoping for a few 'what the fuck?'s with the first couple of tracks as they are so deep and minimal. I don't think I would play these out, but they seemed perfect for building a mood. I was hoping the mix would gradually build and get you shaking your rump; I love the way Danny Tenaglia used to do that with his garage sets and was trying to emulate that with a soulful house set. It gets a bit more banging during the middle third.

I think the track you were enjoying was Mr V - In Loving Memory, and the Laid track after. The odd thing with suggesting music like Mr V, is that I've never heard anything like it before or since, it's amazing. The closest i'd say would be French producer, DJ Gregory, as he has the same chuggy beats and jazz noodlings. I'd also suggest looking for more stuff by Mr V on his label, Sole Channel. The Laid track is simelar to a lot of Frankie Felaciano productions, so I'd look for some of the dubs of his vocal house work.

A good place to start would be Traxsource for looking at stuff from individual labels. There's a lot of crappy funky house on there, but there are some great broken beats and stripped down tracks if you scout about.

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Ever the self promoter, some very deep house and an older soulful mix are available. I try to use music that is influenced by other styles or periods, like jazz or detroit techno, chicago house, r'n'b, blues, so if you like any tracks let me know and I'll point you to some more stuff.

This is the kind of house music I like!

Nice one cubeadvance.

I love that deep Theo/Moodyman/Omar S sound and stuff like Shatrax, Glenn Undergound etc.

I heard a great Phil Asher remix of a Pevan Everett tune last night thats just been picked up by Defected records.

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