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The new sub-genre responsible for longer nights out, better smelling clubs and girls wearing less than ever.
First we had bass music which now has its own section on digital music sites such as Juno, then Moombahton, Moombahcore, Trap and now it seems we may also have Tropical House on our hands. Are we going to have to rearrange our iTunes playlists yet again? How many more sub genres of house music can there be? We’d be a lot more annoyed about the situation here at Shut the Front Door if the music being labelled as ‘Tropical’ wasn’t quite so perfect.
Over the past two years House has become the dominant driving force in music, and with its hard kicks and bassy punches has bullied genres such as Dubstep out of the limelight. Artists such as Disclosure have produced such successful dance floor anthems that they’re now being played on Radio One and Duke Dumont’s track ‘Need U 100%’ has recently reached number one in the UK charts. While music goons all over the country squabble about whether or not this means the death of house music I’ll be busy enjoying music for the way it sounds and nothing else.
People will always clamber on board a movement when it’s regenerated and proves to become very popular. After ‘Battle middle for you’ was released this seemed to be a turning point for house music. Producers were churning out deep house after deep house track and it was very much a case of ‘more of the same please’. After while however, a number of artists who we are so thankful for, took their own new direction using this frenzy over house music as an influence rather than a template. This is where we can greet Tropical House with wide open arms and a Long Island iced tea.
Some have described it as Euphoric House, which isn’t massively inaccurate but it depends on the tempo of the song to be honest. Plus I think that 90% of what people are listening to when they’re clubbing would seem pretty euphoric depending on what type of and how many drugs they’ve been ingesting. Tropical is definitely the word that suits the genre the best I feel. It’s the sort of music that you can imagine hearing at an afternoon pool party where you’re surrounded by girls in bikinis so beautiful that they look almost fictional, if only those parties existed in England. It’s feel good, sexy music that has been particularly well accepted by party goer girls in their shredded denim shorts and beanie hats, and I do love girls in beanie hats, but that’s a completely separate blog post. While some previous genres of music have slightly alienated girls on nights out, Tropical House with its soulful vocals and xylophone melodies almost beckons them to the dance floor with a wink.
The recent popularity of the genre may have a lot to owe to the lower bpms of the tracks. Tropical House tracks often sit around the 110-115 mark and some go as low as 105. These low tempos allow for plenty of groove and yet still enough pace to keep heads bobbing and fists pumping without suffering from ‘house elbow.’ Despite the genre allowing the opportunity not to get quite so hot on a night out, the summery tropical vibes have been responsible for more girls wearing clothes that could pass for beach wear than I have ever seen. Amen to Tropical House. On the other hand, wannabe hipster guys have been wearing hats, sunglasses and vests on nights out for years now. So now it’s as if a genre has come along to suit their attire and make them feel at home. One thing I’m sure both sexes will agree on is that It’s refreshing to be able to leave the club not looking like you’ve just had a bath, and in fact you just got caught in a light shower instead.
Tropical House has also been walking hand in hand to the dance floor with Disco music. If there was ever going to be a showbiz couple in musical genres it would be the two of them with their lack of body odour, year round tans and gold medallions. The regeneration of Disco music has been perfectly timed with Tropical House and the two genres have started to become a regular theme for growing nights such as Shut the Front Door in Nottingham and Set One Twenty in Leeds. in the UK. Tropical House seems to bring an amazing vibe to a club night and because of the amount of Tropical House tracks that sample old school RnB songs it seems to pair perfectly with the nostalgia that you get from Disco music. The other good things about Tropical House and Disco music is that you can listen to them whenever, whether you’re coked out of your eyeballs head first in a clubs sub-woofer or writing a dissertation on igneous rock formations.
The main driving force behind Tropical House music at the moment seems to be coming from US record label French Express. Artists on their label such as Perseus and Chris Malinchak have been producing purely Tropical house for a while now and have been gaining a lot of recognition from it. Chris Malinchak not long ago had his effortlessly cool summer chiller ‘So good to me’, spun by none other than Pete Tong as his essential tune of the week. It’s backing such as this that will allow the sub-genre to keep on thriving and influencing other artists to start producing these gorgeous tropical beats. After all the pioneer of Dubstep , Skream, is now producing Disco music, so who knows who could be lured into trying their hand at some Tropical music. Here at Shut the Front Door we’re going to be keeping our flip flops on all year round and our fingers crossed that through our sunglasses we will soon see a ‘Tropical House’ genre on all good music distribution sites.