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      10.01.2012 14:48

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      nothing compares

      I love hard house for me nothing compares, I used to listen to happy hardcore before it got to commercial and cheesy. I love the loyalty the fans seem to have for hard house and the music is out of this world. My favourite artist is the late Tony De Vit, I thing he added so much o the scene and the music would probably be very different today if it wasn't for him, my favourite track has to be I don't care. The music has a high bpm and great synths and really gets you in the mood to go out, I could stay awake all night listening to it. I like the fact that it hasn't gone to commercial like everything else and the fact that they keep producing original tunes not remixes of tracks in the top 40. For me no other music compares and I aim to buy every new album that comes out.

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      15.01.2003 22:06
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      Hard House Hard House, luvs it! Where to? nun other than Sundissential in Birmingham and Leeds. What a way to spend the night. With wicked mates, and banging hard house, from amazing DJ's such as the Tidy Boys, Lisa Lashes, Andy Farley, Paul Glazby, Rob Tissera, Lab4 and many more. Not only is it hard house/hard trance all night, but it does have a funky room there. Its the most outrageous club in the world. From people wearing cyber clothes to people wearing fluffy boots and wacky outfits. So much fun, and the atmosphere when you walk in is amazing!!! My friend she makes outfits for girls to go clubbing. Check the sit out. http://www.penandlolly.com let me know what you think? Hard house, lots of people say 'uh i dun like it' but i dunno how you cant like it coz it fills me with energy, makes me bounce around the room. And the tunes. After goin to the tidy weekender i've now got some fav tunes. Tony De Vit - I don't Care MISS BEHAVIN – Such A Good Feeling 4 Motion - Over 4 Me Signum Feat Scott Mac 'Coming on Strong'(Crow Remix) Jon the Dentist Vs Ollie Jaye – Feel so Good Aaaaaaaaaaah there's so many wicked tunes, from albums such as the Tidy Boys Annual, to Sundissential's Album Harder!Faster, Also another album which is worth looking into getting is the Euphoria Blue one mixed by Lisa Lashes. If ya like the banging Hard house then get yourself into Sundissential coz its the best place where you can listen to it and have as much fun as possible. Its opening night in the Club Sanctuary in Birmingham is on 25th of January 2003. Only 12 on the door too Come on lets av it Harder Faster

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        27.09.2001 05:33
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        You say you don't understand dance music. And by saying that, I can understand you too, you know. I understand it when people say they can't see, can't understand, the deeper meanings so often encapsulated within Trance, or when they say that Happy Hardcore's just a big noise. Too loud, too much, too soon. That sorta thing. And I see that, I really, really do. I understand that. I don't understand it when people say that Trance music is mindless repetition, or when they say that Progressive's just as unimaginative as the rest of 'em. That's what's so great about music, but as a concept, something people too often don't grasp. I can take criticism, and intelligent argument's even better, as it gives me a chance to either prove them wrong or just air my opinion. If somebody were to say to me, "Tom, Trance music's fluckin' crap dude, how can you listen to that bleepy nonsense?", that's not worth saying. It's irrelevant. But, and it happens all too infrequently, somebody would say to me, "Tom; I don't understand Trance - or dance music in general - what's so special about it? I don't understand how electronic sounds can express/provoke emotion", I'd be happy. I'd love to explain that, face-to-face with someone. Really. It doesn't happen though, because music is the great divide, over whatever else was meant to be, but your tastes in music reflect You, who you really are, who you make friends with, and what you do, even when you're alone. That's why music's so great, but constructive arguments from genre to genre from music fans are few and far between. You usually can tell just see which kind of music a person likes simply from how they style themselves, what they wear, what they're like. Goths, Punks, Trendies, whatever. I love both Dance music and Punk. Go figure. That's probably why people talk to me with a confused look on their face.
        Whatever. Dance has meaning. Trance, in particular, has loads of meaning. And besides the ignorant music "fans", and the rare occurence of an intelligent criticism of the genre, there's not much left. Key word: intelligent. 'Cause if somebody came up to me and said "Tom, don't ya think Hard House is just so, so, beautiful, man? Doesn't Nick Sentience's new tune just make you shed a tear?", I'd tell them to shut up, because they'd either be speaking tongue-in-cheek, or, worse, just as stupid as those who dismiss all dance music as noise. Trance has meaning. House has meaning too, but a lot less. The lovechild of the two, Progressive, has ever-so-slightly more meaning than House; less than Trance; but more than Hard House. You see, I understand dance music. I really do. I see the love people have for it, and how it influences them, makes them happy. But of all genres, I can't see a deeper meaning to Hard House. It might be the case that, y'know, there's not meant to be one; and if there is, then I apologise. That's not to say I don't like Hard House though, 'cause I do, but there's no soul to it, no heart, if you see what I mean. It's clubbing music, but you knew that already. So's Trance, but that's about a lot more than just dancing and providing background music within a club. Hard House has no other purpose but to make people dance. That's the difference. People who don't understand dance music must be pretty stupid if they can't understand this much-maligned genre, simply because there's really nothing to understand, you know. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It's Hard House - unsurprisingly, a harder form of House music. Hard House is dance music. It makes you dance. Mission accomplished. But wait: it can't be as simple as that, can it? Can it? And that's the bit that really intrigued me, at the time, about the mystique of
        this newfangled breed of music: if there was no soul, no passion within it - if it were only there for monged clubbers world-wide to jump around a bit to - then where's the fascination? How could somebody truly appreciate the music, if, y'know, they didn't go and plead with the DJ to tell you the name of the track he'd just played, or if they didn't rush down to their record shop on a Monday morning to swipe the early-morning deliveries of the epic tune that'd blown them away the previous Friday, 2am? Surely, it's that - the unique perseverance, the interaction - the passion, from the fans that contributes so much to the culture of the music itself? I was misled. Sure, no Hard House devotee that I've ever had the pleasure to meet has embraced the genre with such appreciation that, say, a Trance fan usually does, or a dedicated follower of a particular band or artist, but they usually do know their stuff. Just about, anyway. And if it's not the name nor producer of their favourite track that they instantly recognise, it's the hookline, it's the introduction, upon hearing it for the first time since that explosive Friday night that will grab them yet once again, only this time, completely sober and straight-thinking. But the important thing is that they got it in the first place. That's true music appreciation for you, in the most credible of circumstances. I'm not sure if you've ever heard Hard House, because you've never told me. You might've heard mainstream stuff, possibly without even realising it y'know, but couldn't distinguish between Hard House and Trance if you tried. They're vastly, vastly different though. Think subtlety and you're already way off. Hard House isn't about subtlety, it's about dancing. No. It's about making you dance. There's rarely any choral breakdowns, no soulful vocals, nothing that embodies what Trance is all about. Trance
        is patient, progressive by its very nature; Hard House is the consistent false-starter in a race. It can't wait to get going - 1-and go - you're into a plethora of deep snare beats and harsh electronica. Bang. Bang. Bang. Simple as that. That's not to say that Hard House, within the duration of any one tune - doesn't progress, doesn't mature - 'cause it does. But whilst Trance is gradual, slow-fast-slower-faster, Hard House is all about speed. Most sets speed up, considerably as they progress. Bang. Bang. BangBangBang. To put the sheer contrast between Hard House and Trance into further perspective, most Trance runs at 130-140 bpm. That's beats per minute, by the way. That's fast. But with Hard House almost crossing the line into Happy Hardcore territories at almost around 150-60 - if not more - that's one hell of a lot of bangs going on. Bang. Imagine that, 150+ times a minute. And if you can't work it out, that's roughly 2.5 beats in just one second. Not bad going for a fifth or sixth generation genre, then. Ah yes, that brings us back to my trusty Mixmag genre chart. Fifth or sixth generation genre? Yeah. Before Hard House, way back in the days of Acid House (circa 1988), next came House. Techno. "Nu-NRG". And then Hard House. There's loads more, but that's just the basic route to where we lie now. According to Mixmag, the first ever real, monumental inspiration for the Hard House sound came five years ago in the form of DJ Misjah & Tim's 'Access' (1996). Read into that what will, particularly when they list the next milestone as 2000's 'Devil' by 666. And that, to the best of my knowledge, is way off, but it does at least bring us [almost] right up to date, anyway. For the veritable "Nu-Breed" of Hard House, with all its trademark swooshing hoovers and horns, and sirens, firmly in place, the future's looking good. Already, pioneering DJs such as Fergie -
        the protegé of the late, great, innovator Tony de Vit, Lisa Lashes, Andy Farley and Anne Savage are earning much critical acclaim for pushing an entire genre up to where it currently stands. And yes, with the obvious similarity from Hard House to mid-1990s Happy Hardcore (R.I.P), it should come as no surprise then, that many DJs and producers - the likes of Slipmatt and Vinylgroover have switched "codes" to the rising popularity of Hard House. And even the labels - the likes of Tidy Trax - are doing very nicely indeed from the feverish rise of mainstream exposure. Want more, or are all the multi-second bangs giving you a headache? Here, try some recommendations, from yours truly: I've tried to include a selection of tunes as a decent starting point for any potential fans out there: • Rachel Auburn: 'Bass Keeps Pumpin' • Fergie & BK: 'Hoovers & Horns' • Lisa Lashes: 'Looking Good' • Tony de Vit: 'The Dawn' • Cortina: 'Music Is Moving' • Bad Habit Boys 'Weekend' Bang. Bang. Only quicker too, you know. And remember, conformity sucks. Dance music's not about that, uh uh. No way. In fact, Hard House is probably the most radical, rebellious subgenre of the lot. Quoting from the sleeve notes of Lisa Lashes' 'Hard House Euphoria' mix: "...It's a sound that knows no boundaries. It's an uplifting forcible sound that drives the nation's clubbers to fist punch the air....no dress code, no speed limits". There you go. Told you so. If you don't like Hard House, or don't want to like Hard House, then don't. Enough people like it already to worry about one more measly new fan. That said, I might regret saying that when the genre's on it's last legs, but hey. Do whatever the hell you want. It's clubbing music. If you want easy listening, listen to easy
        listening music. If you want to dance, you could do wrong than go for this. And if all else fails, there's Saves the Day. They're a bit different though. Try 'em all (but not the easy listening bit, unless you know your Solar Stone chillout sets from your Enya, yeah?). Bang. Bang. Get the picture yet?

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          25.04.2001 22:50
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          Hard house is today's hardcore. It is so brilliant I cannot describe. When I go out clubbing, I want to be able to let loose and throw myself all over the place, how can one do this to the likes of garage? or RnB? err, I don't think so. (I know this sounds a bit extreme) It is hard to describe what exactly is Hard house. Well, here are the ingredients; A loud heavy bassline, da da da da in time to the music, normally 4/4 beat. Then their will be some noises, which are often described as hoovers and horns but sound more like sounds from a synth not a real hoover! What makes hard house different is that it is very fast and bouncy but not at all repetitive like Techno can be. There are lots of catchy little tunes played over the bass lines and it just puts a smile on everyone's face! There are a lot of tunes with vocals as well. For example, Cortina - Music is moving. I don't think there is any real reason to hate hard house unless you don't like hard music. I agree that some people prefer the soft flowy stuff. No but seriously, I never used to listen to this sort of music, I loved garage but I'm the sort of person that comes to appreciate music the more I listen to it. For instance, I learnt to appreciate Classical music in school, because we always had to listen to it! If you don't listen to Hard house, then all you hear is some heavy bassline banging in your ears and a lot of noise. This is what I used to think about the matter, but now I hear the different tunes, the levels of music and the buildups and PHATT bass lines which can sound so amazing in a club. I don't judge music until I've listened to it, it's all good, but I love my Hard House!!!!!!

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            21.04.2001 18:56
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            Living in Leeds hard house is difficult to escape, we have Sundissential, probably the home of hard house (along with Trade), Glasshouse, Base and Bounce. About a year ago I used to visit these clubs nearly every weekend, the tunes were happy and so were the people, tunes such as Jon the dentist - imagination and cortina - music is moving used to really make my night. Then I noticed a change in the style of music being played. No longer was the emphasis on happy bouncy tunes but more a tendency towards faster, harder, more hoover driven tunes. For me the music was just getting too hard, there was no feeling in the tunes anymore, the melodies were none excistent. Producers such as BK seemed to be making their records as hard as they could and losing the point of hard house. Nowadays I prefer trance, some may call me a lightweight for this, but hard house just doesn't do it for me any more, bu there may be hope, clubs such as Sacrilidge in Nottingham and DJ's such as Big Brett are returning to a more bouncy, trancey feel, back to the good old days.

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              22.03.2001 01:28
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              I must say i'm a fan of hard house, and living in a city with one of the best hard house clubs, I get my portion of hard house every week. I can remember about a year ago, trance was the popular genre of dance music. Now its hard house. Gone are the days of trance clubs (gatecrasher, cream) - these have turned into progressive clubs and hard house clubs. Hard house being commercialised is neither a good thing nor a bad thing, as each has its advantages and disadvantages. More hard house compilation albums are being released, bedrom dj's are buying new releases, and in turn are getting into the charts, and hard house dj's are becoming more recognised. Some people would say that hard house has been ruined by the commercialism, the quality of releases not as good as a couple of years ago. I don't really know where this is heading, as my opinion doesn't really say whether this is good or bad, but just like trance, hard house is becoming too commercial.

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