The rise of Lo-fi house music

A new age is dawning in the world of house music. Due to a few key circumstances in the past two months, lo-fi house music has come to prominence in the house scene. One of which is the supposed flaws in youtube’s algorithms, despite this, this branch of house music is beginning to flourish, due to it’s rapidly increasing popularity . This can be seen with the apparent rise in channels such as Slav and OOUKFunkyOO. Giving rise to Dj’s such as Mall Grab and Dj Boring, whom are quickly accumulating youtube views in a very short space of time.  Furthermore it is not just this medium that is experiencing the apparent spike in the change in taste, Soundcloud, Spotify and other social media platforms have all been experiencing the same thing.

This to me marks a monolithically big change in the style of music that young people are listening to. Gone (perhaps) are the days of pop house groups such as Disclosure and artists such as Philip George as a new platform of music has begun to seemingly emerge. However it would be short sighted to say the least to say that there are not cadences of other groups, both from the electronic world and other forms of media and music. It’s as if Lo-Fi music is the mixed race child of electronic music and other musical influences such as grime. A prime example of this drastic change in the electronic music demographic being, Mall Grab’s track ‘I’ve always liked grime’. This track demonstrates a direct synthesis between the worlds of grime and house music. Which were not too far removed from one another to begin with, as the grime scene was an amalgamation between late nineties jungle and early 2000’s Uk rap.

Furthermore this new sub-genre of music is offering a resurgence of 90’s electronic music, which can be seen in tracks such as Niel Inglese’s remix of the track ‘Gypsy Woman’. However, music like this was uploaded years before now, as the previously mentioned track emerged six years ago. So perhaps this is not a sudden change in the demographic of music, perhaps this is an evolution and collaboration of several intermingling and similar aspects of dance music.

A forseeable flaw in this new-found genre is perhaps the varying degrees of visceral energy that each track has to offer, and this may cause it to falter in terms of it’s true rise to prominence in the Uk dance music scene. Whilst songs like ‘I’ve always liked grime’ maintain an ethereal amount of energy throughout, other tracks such as DJ Boring’s ‘ Winona’ struggle to reach the same levels of intensity, which would cement their place in clubs across the Uk.

However, this is perhaps the cynic in me talking, as this is still a branch of dance music, still very much in its infancy. Although the emergence of this unique sound in the dance music world feels somewhat reminiscent of perhaps the rise and fall of channels such as ‘Majestic Casual’ and ‘Eton Messy’. A mercurial and yet notable rise in interest to their sound, whilst also waltzing off into insignificance.

But for the time being, this branch of dance music is seemingly on the rise, and if you wanted something new to listen to on your way to school or university this could be both an apt bus journey soundtrack, or a potential dance floor hit, regardless of the circumstances this branch of music is well worth a listen.

Word by Phil Mason


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