Love House Music?
House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the U.S.A. in the early 1980s. By the mid 80s it had started to become very popular and made its way across the Atlantic and entered the European music scene. Early house music consisted of a repetitive 4/4 beat usually produced by a drum machine with off-beat ‘hi-hat’ cymbals and synthesised bass-lines. Today’s house music still consists of these core elements, but styles have varied ranging from soulful and deep house to micro house, euro house, tech house and electro house with a new wave of success arriving through progressive house. Today house music remains popular in clubs and in mainstream pop music, largely due to the volume of house DJs who strived continually to promote it in the underground clubs and gave it a strong foothold throughout the globe. Most notable house musicians and groups include Armand Van Helden, Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk, Inner City and the Chemical Brothers to name a few and early influences came from the C+C music factory with the brains and talents of the great Pete Waterman who was responsible for creating and starting many careers in the music business during the late 80s and early 90s. Listed below are ten of the best sites on the Internet for House music. If you enjoy reading about the genre, listening to it or are just curious to know more information, then the sites below will make very welcome reading material. .
Deep House Page has many DJ house tracks to listen to and download with a section for featured tracks. There are special mixes and Chicago parties and a forum for commenting, following threads and meeting like-minded house music enthusiasts. You can listen to interviews from top house DJs and read about the history of the genre. There is a section for rare house flyers as well as links leading to other house sites.
Traxsource.com has the current top ten tracks in house music as well albums and singles. There are sections for the top 100 with a list of those just added and also a section for what’s hot and new. There’s a special section to view all the latest news and all the different types of house can be selected by genre. You can read about the careers of the best DJs and find the latest venues for parties and after registration you can add your own special tracks and see which tracks other members are listening to.
Juno is an online shop specialising in DJ equipment, studio equipment and accessories. You can view the latest releases in house as well as look for a track from the past and subscribe to the site in order to be kept abreast of the latest features and updates in the world of house music. There are back catalogues to view as well as recommendations and the DJ charts are listed to peruse. If you are searching for a particular product you can sign up for an alert when it arrives and if you need any assistance they are happy to oblige.
Deeprhythms.com specialises in underground house music and invites you to dig deep into the archives and explore the mixes. There is a blog for following threads and commenting and you can listen to the latest podcasts with recently added tracks and features tracks. Thelonius Funk brings you weekly sessions and monthly reports and you can view the reviews to see what others are listening to and enjoying. Timo is the founder of the company a resident DJ and is only too happy to help you.
Proton Radio plays great house music tracks for your listening pleasure including rare tracks and featured tracks. You can view which tracks are streaming today and listen to the latest mixes as well as read about the record labels. The site has showcases and featured artists and subscription is welcome to receive updates on the latest tracks.
Underground House has a forum for commenting and following house music. There is a section for tracks with many new mixes and track listings and links are provided for listening purposes. A new section is in the process of being added for viewing albums and once you are registered with the site you can browses the online shop and leave messages for other members in the ‘house’ blog.
Deep House Network has news and house mixes which can be browsed and then downloaded. The site has a network of deep house enthusiasts and registration is advised in order to meet other members and interact. There are reviews, competitions, tracks and new mixes as well as charts and interviews to read. You can view articles and DJ profiles and there is a section advertising upcoming ‘house music’ events to attend.
Track it Down has the top 100 house tracks to play, review or buy. You can purchase tickets for events or merchandise and there are play-lists as well as a news section to read. Music such as house/electro, deep/tech house, trance, breaks, techno, dub-step, drum and bass, hard dance hardcore and hard-style can be selected and a special section can be found for sample tracks.
Beatport.com has the latest DJ charts for house music and provides you with the latest sounds and new album releases. There are listed tracks that you can play as well and a section for reading about the DJs and selections for music can be chosen from chill out, dubstep, electro house, hard dance, deep house, hardcore, tech house, trance and techno to name a few. You can sign up to the site to receive the latest alerts and there is even an exclusive line of DJ gear available.
Pure Deep House has featured mixes and podcasts for you to view with recent mixes highlighted. You can view the threads and ‘happenings’ in the forum and there is a section for playing and downloading tracks. There are reviews to read as well as interviews with artists and DJs and you can read about the best DJ equipment available on the market including mixers, controllers, players, speakers and headphones.