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Sunday Soul – Solipsistic Discotheque
Year 11 – Playlist 19/52 – For the week of August 24th 2014
I started my day today by reading some graph that declared that deep house is the top selling genre of music for 2014. The graph went on to show that all that dubstep everyone was so upset about last year has dropped completely off the radar as 2014′s least selling genre of music (with breaks and drum and bass very close behind.) Minimal, Electro, Progressive and Trance have slumped, but techno, house, electro house are on the rise.
At first glance house heads might be encouraged by this graph, and feel a little smug after all the whining and complaining and staying home they have done over the last few years. But then again if “deep house” is the top selling genre of the year then doesn’t that mean that our beloved style of music has been adopted by the dreaded hipsters with their slutty clothes and greasy hair and expensive shoes? I guess we’d better head for the hills and find something new to like now, right?
On the other hand if you go and spend a little time with this new rising star of a genre called “deep house” – go anywhere, beatport, juno, itunes, wherever you please – and you’ll find some strange souding deephouse. In fact it is remarkably similar to the tech house that was so popular a few years back, and all those moody organs, three part harmonies, and beautifully deeper rhythms of traditional deep house are now moved over into “chillout” (a genre that doesn’t even rate above the embarassment of dubstep this year) and “house.”
So what does this mean? Is deep house enjoying a revival or not? After spending a few hours digging around and listening to the “charts” I have to shrug my shoulders and admit, no it isn’t. Tech and Electro are being rebranded as “deep house.” In fact I played a very personal set in Leeds not long ago and in discussion with wonderful people afterward I was asked which genre I consider what I played, because it wasn’t “deep house” strictly speaking, was it? No, no it was not.
I am an electronic musician, and I play house music. To me house is the only thing I’m interested in. Sometimes it’s deep, and sometimes it’s broken, sometimes it’s so spaced out that people actually come up to me while I’m singing and literally beg me to play hip hop. I learned what I know about mixing, dance music, and the electronic arts from the maestros like Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Mr. Fingers, FK, Andy Weatherall, Doc Martin, and a hundred other friends.
If I can syncopate it, it’s a tool in my arsenal, and the sole purpose of my work is to show you something new, and open your minds and hearts if I can (if you’ll let me.) So in my house we trust one another, and you love me because I love you, I challenge you, and I know you know that I’m going somewhere for a reason, and we’ll all get there together in the end. That’s house music to me.
Sure you need to be able to describe your records, and you need to know where to file them so I don’t begrudge descriptions. I want to know who my peers are, and who my heros are, so I think attempting to classify music is a throughtful craft which allows people to find each other. It’s good to know if what you’re about to play might be 178 bpm and in 3/4 time vs 116 bpm and performed live. These are helpful tools to allow us to connect the dots. But the dots are unlimited. If you can put them together and surprise a few thousand people, and we can raise our hands up in the air and cheer half because it’s wonderful and half because it’s such a surprise then you’ve arrived in my house.
House isn’t a genre – go search itunes, I’ll wait here – house is a feeling, a place, a prayer, a collection of disenfranchised transvestites dancing in the clear light of a basment’s strobe light and it always includes, it always welcomes, it always forgives, and it always thrives. It all comes back to house, because in my house we don’t care if you’re famous, or if your mother’s high and twirling around like a maniac on the dancefloor. All we care about is that magical energy which only moves through the room when house music is playing. You can break it, filter it, loop it, play it with a hand drum, freak it, make it with your mouth, you can sing along, or just close your eyes and let it take you wherever it’s going. It can be fast and hard, deep and dirty, soulful and verging on church, or completely devoid of human feelings or error. House is the spirit of love pulsing in every basement, every loft, every beach, and every back street in every city, hamlet, metropolis, and planetarium disco ferry on earth. House is never the sound of the past, but it is instantly bittersweet and nostalgic. House is the voice of anyone who has just woken up and realized that they’ve been sound asleep for their entire lives up until this very moment now. House music is the birth of equality, the end of capitalism, the banner of brotherhood, the heartbeat of sisterhood, the great equalizer of all people, all sounds, and all rhythms. When we say this is house, but that is not house, then we are
creating divisions based on something else entirely. House demands that you examine those other things, and leave them at the door with your ego, your cell phone, and all your fears. Easy to say, hard to do. But let’s go out swinging shall we?
So yeah, it’s great news that Deep House is on the rise. Thank you Lord for bringing the music home. But that doesn’t mean anything to anyone who isn’t out dancing, clapping, and putting their love on the line, so don’t let any of this go to your head this time. Just tune in, turn on, and let’s get together…
Thank you for listening. See you next week.
Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul: Solipsistic Discotheque
1. Chin Up Bitch – Dub – Seiche
2. Why Don’t You – Synkro
3. Time To Come – Ilya Santana
4. Right There – Mastercris
5. Freeki Mutha Fucker – Moodyman
6. Pardon My Freedom – Maurice Fulton
7. Following – Dub – The Phenomenal Handclap Band
8. Bad Days – Original Revisit Mix – Maf Ish
9. Easy To Love – Bucie
10. INCORRIGIBLE – DJ Spun Remix – James Chance & the Contortions
11. Let’s All Chant – The Michael Zager Band
12. Bare Knuckle – In Flagranti Remix – Kid Gloves
13. Timewarp – The Coach House Rhythm Section
14. Missing – The Starkiller Remix – The Boss
15. I m Gonna Be Alright – Kolombo & LouLou Players Remix – Vengerov
16. She’s Sent (Heaven) – The Emperor Machine Remix – Michoacan
17. City Aflame – Urmet K
18. Serenity – Lexx
19. In 2 Minds – Kromestar
20. Pulsar – Almunia
21. I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
22. Sunday Soul – Program ID
23. Dream Of You – Secret Stealth
24. Sunday Soul – Program ID
Year 11 – Playlist 19|52
24 August 2014
Total Running Time: 02 Hour 14 Minutes
May the stars above you shimmer and shine, guiding your heart always, all of the time. May they guide you sweetly, all the way home. And may all your sundays have soul.