Hey everybody, for this week’s Shuffle Button, we’re going to be time travelling through the house genre. Most of these songs are either classics, iconic songs, or big releases that have all the markings of a major song. Enjoy!
The Bucketheads – The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)
We’re starting off our journey in 1995. “The Bomb!” is a massive tune that has basically been all over the house scene in the twenty years since its release. The disco tunes and house bass-line were a blueprint for many songs to come. It’s a song that anybody who’s into dance music has heard before, even if they may not know the name of the track.
It’s tough to say much about this song that hasn’t already been said. It’s an absolute classic that will get the party jumping no matter what the vibe is.
Ultra Naté – Free
Moving ahead only two years to 1997, we encounter Ultra Naté’s jam “Free”. It’s another one of those timeless songs that everyone’s heard before and it’s a house weapon used by deejays to get the party going.
The vocal is almost immediately recognizable and will be the first thing that listeners notice, and with good reason. Much like the previous song, it’s been used countless times over the years in dance music tracks and deejay sets. However, to only focus on the vocal would be criminally ignoring the disco/house backing that’s in a class all by itself.
The two elements together take you along for a ride. Before you know it, you’ll be singing your heart out alongside Ultra Nate.
Breach – Jack
Our next track takes us 16 years into the future to 2013. Hey, we never said we would be time traveling at even intervals!
Sonically, Breach’s “Jack” doesn’t quite fit in with the previous songs. Yes, it’s still house. However instead of disco type house, it’s a little bit heavier and has elements of tech-house. What it does share with the previous songs is that it will destroy a dancefloor.
“Jack” doesn’t take itself very seriously. It certainly doesn’t have a meaningful or intellectually inclined vocal, but man is it fun. It’s straight jacking house music.
Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix)
So after the last big jump, we’re jumping all the way to… later in 2013. While the time period may be similar, the sound that “Jack” and “My Head Is A Jungle” put on display are quite different. MK brings us back to groovy house, this time with a piano tinge.
MK is a house legend hailing from Detroit. His trademark piano house sound has helped him to become a formative figure in the American dance music scene. His remix of “My Head Is A Jungle” brings an energetic and emotional bass-line to pair with Emma Louise’s heartfelt vocal. The whole product is made to move a dancefloor.
Krystal Klear – Just A Little (Sunday Service Mix)
We’ve finally managed to catch up to 2018. Specifically, we’re visiting the Scottish house scene that’s been churning out amazing artists recently.
Krystal Klear has been absolutely crushing it lately. His EP Club Studies features amazing songs and is a sign that we can expect a whole lot more from him in the coming months.
“Just A Little” is the A side of the aforementioned EP. It’s an incredible track that embodies the classic disco and house sound that can be timeless if done correctly. It also adds a gospel element that takes it over the top. It’s a bouncy tune that gets stuck in your head easily and will have you dancing long after it’s finished.
CHOOOOOOOOOOON of the Week
DRAM feat. Lil Yachty – Broccoli
You know that amazing house tip we’ve been on, well we figured we should close out with a proper CHOOOOOOOOOOON that is NOTHING LIKE HOUSE.
DRAM’s “Broccoli” is hip hop, but if you squint hard enough you can see a connection here. This post has been about having fun, and fun comes in all shapes and sizes. DRAM’s vibe in this one is exultant and boisterous. And hey there’s a piano in it too!
Lil Yachty’s verse is ok, but the real star of the show is just how much DRAM is enjoying himself. The tune is minimal and sparse and the bass is heavy and almost overpowering but it is a damn infectious song. Who can hate on someone that’s excited about eating a bagel with salmon and capers?!