Breaking Down The House

The fingerprints of house music are all over mainstream pop, but much of its sound has been whitewashed. That ubiquitous four-to-the-floor kick and synth bass sound draws from Chicago’s queer, black and latinx warehouse club culture. Micah Salkind is working on a book on the history of these communities. Together we break down the sonic origins of this music through a modern track that fully embraces its cultural nexus: “Hideaway” by Kiesza. Travel back to Chicago in the 1980s and explore how this sound came to be and where it is going today.
Songs Discussed
  • Kiesza – Hideaway
  • Loleeta Holloway – Love Sensation
  • Black box – Ride On Time
  • Madonna – Vogue
  • Mr. Fingers – The Juice
  • Kanye West – Fade
  • Rythim Is Rythim – Strings Of Life
  • Paul Oakenfold – You Could Be Happy
  • Frankie Knuckles – Your Love
  • MFSB ft The Three Degrees – T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)
  • Jesse Saunders – On and On
  • Diplo – Be Right There
  • Justin Bieber – Sorry
  • Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For
  • Shaun J. Wright & Alinka – Love Inspired