Deep House music is hot. It is a style of House music fusing elements of Chicago house, jazz, hip hop and anything in between. Deep House typically features a more relaxed tempo than most House sub-genres, slow and sexy melodies, deep basslines and smooth vocals. Tracks generally have a tempo of between 110 and 125 beats per minute and rarely reach a climax. They just linger on as a comfortable, relaxing sound. We absolutely love it!
The sound of Deep House emerged in the United States. It was a very American sound coming from Chicago and New York during the late 1980s. The jazzy sound became more apparent due to the commonly used electric piano. Some of the early record labels included Prescription Records, King Street, Henry Street and Nervous Records.
In the early to mid 1990s many UK producers started putting out exceptional Deep House tracks as well. Examples of well known Deep House DJs and producers include Theo Parrish, Kerri Chandler, Larry Heard, Chez Damier and Ron Trent.
Of course, times have changed. The musical landscape changed. More funky and soulful than many other forms of House music, Deep House became a highly popular sub-genre. In the last few years, the genre shifted into higher gear and has spread to all four corners of the earth. Deep House DJ’s and producers give their tracks a slightly dissonant feel nowadays. Deep House music is mixed together with Tech House and Soulful House, creating a fusion of groovefull deep basslines and melodic elements.
The sound of Deep House continues to flourish and has survived for nearly three decades! In fact, 20% of Beatport’s current Top 100 tracks are tagged as Deep House. Deep House DJ’s have a loyal and incredibly dedicated fanbase looking for something deeper. Younger DJs and Producers like Jimpster, Sonny Fodera and Dario D’Attis continue to carry the torch for Deep House music.
Finally, no article about Deep House music would be complete without mentioning ‘Can You Feel It’, a record released by Mr. Fingers – Mr. Fingers is house legend Larry Heard’s best known alias. With this track, DJ and producer Larry Heard pioneered the development of Deep House. Its instrumental original version, which is actually regarded as one of the first Deep House records, was released in 1986. Two years later, a new edition of “Can you feel it” came out. It was a modified vocal version containing a famous sample that made a real splash back then. This version of the track was dismissed by Heard, who has always been vocal in his disapproval of sampling the work of other artists without their permission. Larry Heard continues to produce Deep House music today but his mid-1980s tracks are considered classics in the house and nu-soul genres.