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Understanding House Music

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There is pretty much nothing that I love more than great electronic music. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't ever get into electronic music because it is something that you really have to seek out, because like any other type of music, most of it sucks. Add to that the fact that there is a very limited radio audience, only a handful of credible domestic labels, and very little marketing associated with the good stuff, and you have a recipe for putting in more work than the average fan has time for. Electronic music is also notoriously confusing because of the absurd level of specialization and ridiculous array of genre-labels. Over the next few articles I will be discussing the ones that matter, and will hopefully inspire you to check out some music that you would not have otherwise tried. If I prevent anyone from ending up at a trance club when what he or she was looking for was house music, I will feel like I have done my job.

Let's begin with house music. House and techno are the two big genres that are mistakenly applied to all sorts of music that is neither. I start with house because it is what gave birth to the modern era of dance music. I offer that if you like to dance, I mean really like to shake your ass, then you should love house music. It's made for you.

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