Today we welcome guest blogger "Bella Beatz" to the Ambient DJ blog. Who is Bella Beatz you might ask? Well, Bella Beatz is a smart, sassy, music-loving party person. She also happens to be the fiancee of DJ Iron Mike, one of our company's music mixologists. Could we have a future DJ in our midst? I sure hope so!
7 Soulful House Selections
by Bella Beatz
|Ms. Bella Beatz|
Most people mistake house music to be solely the sound of something 'trance-like' or associate it with Jersey Shore. Furthermore, there are so many styles of 'house' music, making it very easy to get lost in the shuffle of what is what. To give a little background on why house music started, let's take a trip back to the 1980s.
House music originated in Chicago in the early 1980s and was initially geared towards the Latino and African-American communities. The base of this music was deeply tribal due to the elements of deep percussion and the ever-present African drums. House music is centered around a "four on the floor" rhythmic structure and is upbeat dance music, typically in the range of 117 to 130 beats per minute. Other features of house music may include a synthesized bassline, vocal samples, and effects such as reverbs, delays and filters. House music spread from Chicago to other major metropolitan areas of North America, before eventually crossing the pond to Europe, where it exploded in popularity and morphed into new genres of house music such as progressive, tribal, electro and deep house (to see a graphic visualization of the branches of electronic dance music, visit Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Dance Music here).
So what exactly is "soulful house music?" Well, it is just that. A touch of a little R&B voice, some funk, some soul and letting the bass kick and lock you into a groove. It is upbeat party music, very easy to dance to, with an 'old school' feel. House music is the perfect choice for those who love to dance but are looking for an alternative to hip-hop or pop music. I suggest that you check out a few examples of songs below. Of course, allow time for all of the elements of the song to develop and lock you into a groove!
Hugs & Kisses,
1. Pirahnahead feat. Eric King - Keep Lifting Me (Pirahnahead's Main Vocal)
2. Green Velvet ft. Russoul- Millie Vanillie
3. Beaten Soul feat. Selina Campbell - I'm Not Ashamed (Distant People Rmx)
4. DJ Garphie and Diviniti - Could You Be MIne (Pirahnahead Deep Soul Mix)
5. Black Motion Ft Xoli - Set me free (Deeper Mix)
6. Nastee Nev Feat. Donald Sheffey - I'm So Hung Up On You (0808 Sweet Soul Mix)
7. Liquideep - Angel (Vocal Mix)