Within the rich history of club music, Funky House has always played an important role. Some legendary producers of the style are Junior Jack, Armand Van Helden, Modjo, Daft Punk, etc. This colourful type of music have made countless clubs on all five continents break out a sweat on the dancefloor, and today new emerging producers are still interested in doing groovy tunes.
Funky house is a loose definition for a commercially oriented, Disco-influenced subgenre of House music. Like most variants of House, the genre follows a traditional four to the floor beat, and makes heavy use of synthesizers, samples and soulful vocals, although unlike in more electronically bent Chicago and Deep House, presence of acoustic instrumentation is much more common. The defining characteristics of the sound are heavy reliance on filter and phaser effects both on and alongside samples of late 1970s and early 1980s American or European Disco tracks. Most tracks in this vein feature a tempo range of 110-130 beats per minute.
Funky House music is essentially a combination of three production styles. One is what the people still refer as “the French touch” and it is the style that greatly influenced by the Space Disco sound. The second is a continuation and update of Euro Disco and greatly influenced by the productions of Alec R. Costandinos. The third would be the deep American House style as evident in the similar treatment of samples and repetitive ‘funky’ hooks. Naturally further variations and mutations followed. This music genre is also known as French House or Disco House music.
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