Our job here at HighOnBeats.com is to inform and educate above all else. Our reviews of cutting-edge releases do not contain just a breakdown of the music, they also try to connect the dots between the ever-shifting cultural trends of our global community and illuminate the bigger picture. But every now and again it helps to look at a pattern in whole instead of piece-by-piece. Enter HIGHCAST 38: an exhibitionary mix of G-House.
G-House, short for Gangster House (and, no, not related to DJ Sneak’s self-aggrandizing “House Gangster” fluff), is a particularly fun side of House music that has been bubbling up the last few years that fuses the deep, propulsive bass lines from the Funk pantheon with a bombastic, Hip Hop-derived twist on House and Tech House. Championed by the likes of Amine Edge & Dance and Sharam Jey, G-House, unlike the traditional House scene, tries not to take itself too seriously (thus the somewhat corny name), designed to be just party music and nothing else.
G-House is a particularly fascinating development as it shares many attributes with Bass Music and they have, partially, mirrored one another in growth. But yet G-House, while much smaller in cultural dimension than Bass Music, can’t really be claimed to have been influenced by Bass Music. The key to this is in the aesthetic of the bass line itself: it carries the groove and slap of Funk instead of the ominous boom of Dub and the growl of Jungle (the great-great-grandfather and great-grandfather of Bass Music, respectively). G House’s lineage, on the other hand, stems from Hip House of the late 80s/early 90s.
TL;DR – Hip House of the 80′s and 90′s has been reborn into the fun House microgenre of G-House with big, funky, bombastic bass lines. It’s similar to the House derivatives of Bass Music but funkier and less self-serious.
To showcase this brand of House I tapped the first person to show me G-House a few years ago: Burlington, Vermont’s long-standing local club DJ Helixx (not to be mistaken with the club music demigod Helix from Night Slugs). Enjoy.
A WORD FROM HELIXX
G House, or Gangsta House is a throwback to the ‘80’s Hip House movement, fusing elements of house music and hip hop. Today, the current sounds of deep, funky house are being layered with classic and modern hip-hop to create a techy, funky, modern sound with plenty of hip-hop flavor throughout. Championed by the likes of French duo, Amine Edge and Dance, the sound is gaining momentum throughout the house scene. It’s a genre that is just the right blend of quality house music with enough recognizable samples. This mix is a collection of my favorite G House, with a nod toward some classic hip hop tunes that we’ve all been listening to for years.
- Strange Rollers – Gangster House (Deep House Mix) (Free Download)
- Robosonic – The Edge (Off Recordings)
- Jesse Rose, Playmode – Not Hit Enough feat. Chuck Inglish (Play It Down)
- Pele, Shawnecy – Comin’ At Ya (Terminal M)
- Amine Edge & Dance – Going To Heaven With The Goodie-Goodies (DeMarzo Funked Up Mix) (2DIY4)
- Kolombo, Sammy W & Alex E – Play Ur Chick! (Tobus Limited)
- Sharam Jey – Crap Rappers (Bunny Tiger)
- Amine Edge & Dance – Bitches In The Project (Neim)
- Tapesh & KANT – Ey Yo (Electronique Digital)
- Torren Foot – Rondo (Jump To This)
- Amine Edge &Dance – Rack City Bitch (Sleazy G)
- Jobe – The Jam (Sleazy Deep)
- Matt Fear – That Girl (Kreature Remix) (Mexa Records)
- Amine Edge & Dance – My Girl (Mr. Nice Guy)
- Playmode – Ultrasonic (Sweat It Out!)
- Groovebox – Brooklyn (Deeperfect Records)