Deep house and commercial big room beats have been on the rise throughout the music industry; the ever-increasing popularity of electronic music has inspired many producers to create their own unique and innovative sound to set themselves apart from the rest. In recent months, new producers such as Oliver Heldens and Tchami have been working incredibly hard to accomplish just that.
Deep house, a sub-genre of house music that typically involves a slow and gentle mix with the use of complex and chromatic chords that are held together for many bars, creates a feeling of dissonance for the listener. By throwing this style together with your mainstream EDM, you’ve create a new sub-genre of house music: future house. But don’t go off confusing deep and future—while the two variations of house have similar buildups and sounds, they’re completely different and target different audiences.
So where is this new genre of music going? According to producer Laidback Luke, one of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs, EDM has already reached its peak and its up to these new sub-genres to keep producers inspired and creating. Future house’s predecessor, another celebrated variation of EDM that’s undoubtedly shaped the industry, is future garage. It’s been pioneered by Disclosure, XXYXX, SBTRKT, and Flume, so even if you didn’t distinctly know what you were listening too, you’ve probably come across it in the past.
Future house is slowly working its way up as a respected and established sub-genre, and is currently backed my some talented producers that are venturing out of their comfort zones to contribute to the sub-genres success. Famous dubstep duo Zeds Dead recently teamed up with Oliver Heldens to produce a banger track called You Know. Within the first week of its release, the song climbed to the number three spot on Beatport’s Top 10 and seems to have every intention of staying there.
Major music festivals like Ultra in Miami have shifted part of their attention to this specific genre, switching up their lineups to target various future house artists, and creating an incredibly varied setlist for their main stages. So buckle up and hop into those self-lacing shoes, because the dance floor in your local clubs will soon be dropping some sick new sounds that’ll make you want to stave off tomorrow and spend the night dancing. But, as we all know, the future doesn’t wait.