House Music Sub-Genres (Part I)

Here is short description about Housemusic`s sub-genres.

Acid house

Emphasizes a repetitive, hypnotic, and trance-like style, often with samples or spoken lines instead of lyrics. It has core electronic “squelch” sounds that were developed around the mid-1980s, particularly by DJs from Chicago who experimented with the Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencer. See also: Chicago house.

Afro house

African music mixed with a house beat. Afro-house is a sub-genre of house music, with its roots predominantly in South Africa. A fusion of kwaito, tribal, deep and soulful house music, in South Africa it is classed as a deep house or soulful house, although it has its own unique sound and is reflected in the musical style – particularly in the “stripped back” original percussion sounds and rhythms of South African culture.


Amapiano is a popular style of house originating in Gauteng, South Africa in mid to late 2010s. Amapiano is a sophisticated hybrid of deep house, jazz, and lounge music characterized by synths, airy pads, and wide basslines.

Ambient house

Ambient house is a subgenre of house music that first emerged in the late 1980s, combining elements of acid house and ambient music. See also: trance music.

Bass houseBass

house is a style of house music, that appeared in the early-mid 2010s. The genre combines elements of deep house, various forms of “bass music”, especially Dubstep, and heavy distortion. The early bass house filled the entire frequency spectrum, during the drop, with a single bass pattern; however, more recently, many bass house producers have found inspiration from other sub-genres of house, particularly tech-house, and separated the bass pattern from the melody, notably Tchami, Joyryde, Habstrakt, Jace Mek, Loopers, Jauz, ID46, MEKII, Bad jokes, and LOUD ABOUT US! The tempo is most often set around 128 BPM.


beatAlso is known as a Balearic house, initially was an eclectic blend of DJ-led dance music that emerged in the mid-1980s. It later became the name of a more specific style of electronic dance music that was popular into the mid-1990s. The balearic beat was named for its popularity among European nightclubs and beach rave patrons on the Balearic island of Ibiza, a popular tourist destination. Some dance music compilations referred to it as “the sound of Ibiza”, even though many other, more aggressive and upbeat forms of dance music could be heard on the island.


club Baltimore club is a style of house music closely related to the “booty bass” of ghetto house and Miami bass. It is characterized by heavy use of looped vocal samples similar to the ghetto house but with breakbeat drum patterns at around 130 BPM. These samples are often of popular hip hop and contemporary R&B songs or of pop culture references such as themes from television shows. It often features horns and call-and-response vocals similar to Go-Go. It originated in Baltimore in the late 1980s, Scottie B. being one of its innovators.

Big room

house big room house songs straddle Dutch house, often incorporating drops built around minimalist, percussion drops, regular beats, sub-bass layered kicks, simple melodies, and synth-driven breakdowns. See also: electro house.
Brazilian brass Brazilian bass is known for using a techno-infused deep house beat and mixing techno and traditional bass house together. The tempos typically range from 120 to 126 BPM.

Classic house

Original form of house music originated in the mid and late 1980s. See also: Chicago house and garage house.
Chicago house first style of house music from 1980s’ Chicago. Simple basslines, four to the floor percussion, hi-hats, and synths. Influenced by disco, post-disco, soul, funk, and hip hop. See also: acid house.

Chicago hard

house Chicago hard house was developed by DJs such as Bad Boy Bill, DJ Lynnwood, and DJ Irene, Richard “Humpty” Vission, mixing elements of Chicago house, funky house and hard house. Similar to gabber or hardcore techno from the Netherlands, this was associated with the “rebel”, underground club subculture of the time. These three producers introduced new production approaches and sounds in the late 20th century became more prominent and widely used during first decade of the 21st century.


Complextro is typified by glitchy, intricate basslines and textures created by sharply cutting between instruments in quick succession.

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