“House Is A Feeling“, as the song lyric goes, and those who love it will happily testify to that.
Its percussion-led rhythmic beats are firmly driven by its African roots; this music is best appreciated by people who love to dance. The 4/4 time drum percussion with heavy basslines are the reason it’s not just music to listen to but to “feel” “become the music”…it can touch your soul, make you dance and lift your spirit and become with the dj.
The term “House” is much debated as to exactly when and who tagged it, but the most accepted version is that it was derived from the Warehouse Nightclub in Chicago where the legendary Frankie Knuckles Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers & Fingers Inc.), Chip E, Tyree Cooper, Rocky-Jones, Ron Hardy, DJ Leonard “Remix” Roy and many more developed a distinct sound.
Over in New York (and a few years before the Warehouse), there was the New York City’s Paradise Garage club where the legendary Larry Levan was the resident DJ, In the early 80s the tag “Garage Music” was known but very underground (mainly in New York and by those in the know in the UK). A decade later, people in 90s UK (DJs and die-hard fans) would refer to the more soulful house as Garage, and by the mid 90s developed the sounds to become UK Garage, later leading to 2Step and a more poppy sound. In time, many of the early DJs no longer identified with this sound and turned their attentions back to House and some of its sub-genres like Funky House, Deep House & Soulful House.
As House Music progressed during the early 90s, it was played all round the world and grew by influence of different cultures, creating many more sub-genres such as: Detroit Techno, Acid House, Hip-House, Hard House, Funky House among others. All these sub-genres took focus away from the original soul- and disco-influenced House. House and Garage lost its original identity, and for this reason the genres Deep House and later Soulful House became the new tags for those liking a more soul, funk & disco oriented sound.
Although House Music has heavily influenced and shaped pop music over the last few decades it remains non-mainstream and exists as a healthy network of underground scenes…and the masons are here to make sure it stays like that.
“In the beginning there was Jack … and Jack had a groove
And from this groove came the grooves of all grooves”
Classic and sought after vocal Chicago House track featuring the vocals of Chuck Roberts. This is the original release of this famous “speech” on this obscure label “Catch A Beat” 1987. Enjoy.