- Deep house
Deep house Stylistic origins Soul, house, funk, jazz, Chicago house Cultural origins Late 1980s, United States Typical instruments Synthesizer, Keyboard, Drum machine, Sequencer, Sampler Mainstream popularity Large since 1994—95; worldwide with revivals in the 2000s Derivative forms Tech house, tribal house
Regional scenes Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Europe, Ibiza, Sydney & Japan Other topics Funky house
Deep house is a subgenre of house music that fuses elements of Chicago house into the 1980s jazz-funk and touches of soul music. In the early compositions (1988—89), influences of jazz music were most frequently brought out by using more complex chords than simple triads (7ths, 9ths, 13ths, suspensions, alterations) which are held for many bars and give compositions a slightly dissonant feel. Later deep house tracks (1993—94) were also heavily influenced by disco and even merged into a disputable disco house genre.
The use of vocals became more common in deep house than in many other forms of house music. Sonic qualities include soulful vocals, slow and concentrated dissonant melodies, smooth, stylish, and chic demeanor.
Deep house music rarely reaches a climax, but lingers on as a comfortable relaxing sound, with or without vocals.
Artists, DJs and record labels
Deep house artists, DJs and producers include:
Record labels of the genre include Naked Music, Om Records, and Peacefrog Records. Examples of deep house albums from artists known from other genres include 1990's The Martyr Mantras and 1998's Modernism: A New Decade from The Style Council.
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