|Cultural origins||2010s, Northwestern Europe|
Tropical house, also known as trop house, is a subgenre of deep house, with elements of dancehall and balearic house. Artists of the genre are often featured at various summer festivals such as Tomorrowland. The genre was popularized by artists like Thomas Jack, Kygo, Matoma, Lost Frequencies, and Klingande.
The term "Tropical House" began as a joke by Australian producer Thomas Jack, but has since been gaining popularity among listeners. The term "trouse" should not be confused with tropical house as "trouse" is a genre that instead combines the feeling of trance and the beats of progressive house, utilising electro synths.
In the mid and late 2000s, Bob Sinclar and Yves Larock created international hits which had many characteristics of tropical house. In 2010, Edward Maya's "Stereo Love" was also a tropical house hit. In 2012, Unicorn Kid had created tropical rave, a faster form of the genre which would become known as tropical house. However, it was not until 2013 with Klangkarussell's "Sun Don't Shine" and the emergence of producers such as Kygo and Robin Schulz that tropical house became a dance music trend. During 2014 and 2015, producers such as Lost Frequencies, Felix Jaehn, Alex Adair, Sam Feldt, Bakermat, Klingande and Faul and Wad Ad would join them with big tropical house hits.
2015 saw tropical house enter the mainstream, with Kygo becoming the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify with the singles such as "Firestone" and "Stole the Show". Other songs featuring the music style include Felix Jaehn's "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" and his remix of OMI's "Cheerleader," as well as Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?," produced by MdL and Justin Bieber.
Tropical house is a subgenre of deep house, which is itself a subgenre of house music. Thus, it possesses typical house music characteristics, including synthesizer instrumentation, and a 4/4 kick drum pattern. Tropical house differentiates itself from deep house, which can often have a very dark sound, whereas tropical house can be described as having a more uplifting and relaxing sound. The tempo of tropical house songs is a little slower than deep house. Tropical house does not use the pumping compression effect of "big room" electro house. It usually includes tropical instruments such as steel drums, marimba, or even pan flute, like dancehall.
Artists and producers
Tropical house producers include:
- Alex Adair
- Cheat Codes
- Faul & Wad Ad
- Felix Jaehn
- Jonas Blue
- Lost Frequencies
- Mike Perry
- Robin Schulz
- Sam Feldt
- Thomas Jack
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