Microhouse is actually a subgenre of House music as the name suggests. It is frequently associated with Minimal House, but there are distinctive elements that make this style truly micro. It obviously strips house music down to a more minimal structure, but what really defines the sound’s make-up is the sampling technique which heavily employs extremely short cuts and clicks as well as glitchy & noisy sounds usually processed through digital means.
Although the first examples of Microhouse appeared in mid-90s, the genre didn’t really begin to gain popularity until the early 2000s, before almost entirely disappearing come the second half of the decade. Because the style reflects a period’s technological approach to music-making, it was only prominent during that very period. It also became less and less interesting over time, because of the excessive use of micro sounds.
There’s still similar music out right now, but back then it was kind of thrilling to discover music made with a decidedly new technological approach. So, this podcast focuses on a particular era which I find unique, laden with immense examples of deeper Microhouse.
1. Radiq - Tomorrow’s Quest Part 1 - Logistic Records 2. Metaboman - Big Operation - Musik Krause 3. Jan Jelinek - Rock In The Video Age - ~scape 4. Ezekiel Honig - Love Session - Microcosm Music 5. Tilman Ehrhorn - Pool - Mille Plateaux 6. Auch - Tomorrow Goodbye (Farben Remix) - Force Inc. Music Works 7. Sutekh - Periods.Make.Sense/10 - Force Inc. Music Works 8. Crackhaus - 40oz Funk - Force Inc. Music Works 9. The Vulva String Quartett - Out Of Sight (Farben Says: It’s Out Of Sight Mix) - Combination Records 10. Murat Tepeli - Work It - Playhouse 11. Manmade Science - Connect The Motorcities (Soulphiction Remix) - Perlon 12. Rip-Off Artist - Little Tiny 1/8” Jack - Vertical Form 13. Someone Else + Miskate - Rip it Cookie Muenster (Matthew Dear Remix) - Foundsound 14. Twerk - Motala - Context 15. Metaboman - Easy Woman (Robag Wruhme Remix) - Musik Krause
February may be the shortest month, but sometimes it feels like the longest. The sun barely comes into sight, the stars look pale and the cold weather makes you long for the summer.
Istanbul is blanketed in snow all over now. As the night winds blow and snowflakes abound I can’t think anything but ambient soundscapes to fill in the atmosphere. My favorite genre all the time, I picked some real ambient gems to portray the crystal glints on the streets.
1. The Beautiful Schizophonic - On Se Souvient D’Une Atmosphère Parce Que Des Jeunes Filles Y Ont Souri. - Crónica 2. Tim Hecker - Star Compass - Mille Plateaux 3. The Caretaker - False Memory Syndrome - Install 4. Studio Pankow - Linienbusse - City Centre Offices 5. Biosphere - Kobresia - Thirsty Ear 6. Pan American - Settled - Vertical Form 7. Stars Of The Lid - A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaning(less) Process - Kranky 8. Fennesz + Sakamoto - Oto - Touch 9. Fennesz - Tree - Touch 10. Hammock - This Kind Of Life Keeps Breaking Your Heart - Darla Records 11. Skoltz Kolgen - 02a - 12k 12. Ezekiel Honig - Fractures and Fissures (Part 2) - Microcosm Music 13. Twerk - From Brown To Green - Mille Plateaux 14. Vladislav Delay - Untitled - Mille Plateaux 15. Roger Eno - Evening Paragraphs - All Saints
One of the most important genres of the post-rave era, Drum & Bass might be the fastest consumed of them all. Though it never really became commercial, its influence was huge throughout the 90s and there were quite a number of artists that made it to the charts.
Early D&B tracks incorporated lot of elements from hardcore/rave sounds which initially defined the genre. It then began to split into subgenres and evolved into different directions up until the late 90s when styles like Speed Garage or 2 Step took over the scene that D&B became underground again. The last decade has seen many transformations within the drum ‘n’ bass sphere led by its descendants like Dubstep and Grime which deformed the style’s structure but derived from its bass/breakbeat roots.
D&B lives on and a lot of producers have been creating remarkable new sounds in the last few years. This podcast mainly focuses on these new territories which sort of fall on the genre’s minimal, ambient and abstract side.