Are you curious to journey down into the so-called “underground” but have no idea where to begin? We are noticing a shift towards these niche-genres as the American electronic market continues to mature, and it’s even more apparent from the recent Ultra & Coachella lineup announcements. We are here to help enlighten you on EDM’s sultry counterpart by providing a list of deep house songs that are gentle on the progressive ear. This is meant to be a guide for those who are new to the genre and wish to explore. Delve into a range of Ibiza anthems, new releases, and instant classics. Deep house does not have the fiery buildups and extreme drops flaunted by progressive producers. It has something else – a deep, soulful and entrancing groove.
Jamie Woon – Night Air (Solomun Version)
Jamie Woon’s, “Night Air,” hit number five on the UK indie dance chart and was an ubiquitous 2011 summer hit across the Atlantic. The flush vocals warranted remix treatment from a variety of artists, but nothing compares to the smooth, sexy beat Solomun injects. Check out Ramadanman Refix too if you want more Night Air action.
Julio Bashmore – Au Seve (Original Mix)
“Au Seve,” dropped on Julio’s own Broadwalk label last June and took home the prize for ‘Best Single’ at DJ Mag’s Best of British awards. The Ibiza anthem’s massive steel drum hook and deep bass will have you belting “oh baby!” along with the vocals.
Noir & Haze – Around (Solomun Vox Mix)
Solomun is an absolute genius when it comes to the intricate art of deep house, most likely the reason why he won Producer of the Year award at the 2012 Pacha Ibiza Awards. “Around” has a sub heavy downtempo & hypnotizing vocal that will spin you down into the underground and leave you there to stay.
Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction (Original Mix)
“Benediction” could be argued as the single of 2012 for the way it captivated mainstream and underground lovers alike. The raw, emotional power felt in Ali Love’s vocals flow over a deep, soulful groove in a carefully crafted fashion. The song made such an impact it broke Top 40 British Radio – launching a familiar “selling out” controversy across the Atlantic.
Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Dusky Remix)
London-based producers Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman, otherwise known as Dusky, have been causing quite a stir with a recent Essential Mix as well as remixes of Above & Beyond, Cloud 9 and Hot Chip. To add to the list, “Don’t Go,” released by way of Justin Martin’s Ghettos & Gardens Remixes Volume 1 – is a deep-hitting house gem.
Hot Chip – How Do You Do (James Zabiela Remix)
“How Do You Do,” was the second single released from Hot Chip’s acclaimed electro-pop house album In Our Heads last June. British DJ prodigy, James Zabiela puts a darker deep house tint on the track turning it practically cosmic. If you like the sound, check out Todd Terje’s disco remix as well.
Klangkarussel – Sonnentanz (Original Mix)
Austrian producers Tobias Riser and Adrian Held, known as Klangkarussell released first single, “Sonnentanz” with overwhelming success. It generated over three million plays on YouTube and Soundcloud within a month of its release and brushed up against likes of Adele & Rihanna in German Top 40 for seven weeks in a row.
Nicolas Jaar – Mi Mujer (Original Mix)
Taking home the prize for Essential Mix of the Year 2012, Nicolas Jaar is a legend of our time known for eclectic, genre-defying music. The 23-year old New York/Santiago native and Brown University alum has been hailed “the Renaissance man of electronic music” by The Guardian London. He showcases his talent in this beautiful downtempo piece released in 2011.
Lee Foss & MK feat. Anabel Englund – Electricity
Hot Creations label head Lee Foss collaborates with American house producer Marc Kinchen in this borderline disco-deep track accompanied by the beautiful vocals of L.A.’s Anabel Englund. Released this past November, the deep groves and catchy lyrics captivate you in a way only Hot Creations can.
Tensnake – Coma Cat (Original Mix)
Hamburg’s Marco Niemerski, otherwise known as Tensnake, takes us on a blissful ride through bells, clicks, and congas in 2010 release “Coma Cat”. The piano underline and captivating bass meld to form colorful, uplifting house music that will be sure to get you grooving.
If you’re looking to deepen your festival experience, check out:
Hot Chip, Jamie Jones & Julio Bashmore at Coachella
Hot Chip, Jamie Jones, Nicolas Jaar, Dusky, Lee Foss & Justin Martin at UMF