House music, like all genres, goes round in cycles. Old techniques and sounds are revived, advances in technology form new genres, and producers merge multiple inﬂuences to keep the ever-popular facets of 4/4 evolving.
I think the current underground House music is going through a retro phase, with producers such as Shadow Child, Eats Everything, Bicep, Dusky and Detroit Swindle looking back to Houses roots and gathering inspiration from a melting pot of styles: early House, Techno, Rave, Jungle, Drum ‘n‘ Bass and UK Garage are all acknowledged in this bass-heavy, stripped-back incarnation of House.
In its most popular form, the Disclosure brothers have brought this sound to our radios and festivals with their own spin on the sound. Many are keen to compartmentalise this style of Dance as Bass House, Deep House or even Future Bass.
Let’s Talk About The Rhythm. . .
The foundation for a retro-influenced House track, as with any form of Dance music, is a strong rhythm section. The iconic sounds of late ’80s drum machines tend to provide the groove here, with sparse drum programming inspired by Jackin‘ Chicago House.
Heavy swing temptates are applied emulating the shuffle of the famous drum machine and sampler swing function, while the use of skipping ghost snares injects a UK Garage vibe into proceedings. This gives the style a head-nodding, laid-back feel that‘s fairly simple to recreate in modern software.