A few months ago, a sound I had yet to discover made its way into my SoundCloud. It consisted mostly of baile funk, US top 40 hits, and big room house bangers from the likes of Hardwell, Showtek, and members of the Spinnin’ Records roster remixed in a very specific way, with a characteristic kind of high-pitched groove, a super-wet slapping kind of drum sample, two notes back and forth in the bass, and a predictable intro/build-up/break-down/drop sequence. I don’t know why, but it spoke to me. If you haven’t heard what I’m talking about, I’ll let your introduction be the same as mine:
Kelvin Douglas & Guilherme Morais – Podcast Abril 2014
If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised to find that the handful of young producers putting out tracks in this unusual micro-genre all hail from the same town in Western Brazil and all tend to label the stuff Dutch House or Latin House.
Yvan Serano & Gleydson Werneck – Dingo Zee (Original Mix)
In much the same way that not all “Dutch House” comes from the Netherlands, it is evident that the label “Latin House” is liberally applied outside of Latin America, and while I’ll concede that Brazil is a Latin American country, its contributions to popular music tend to stand apart from what most of us think of when we characterize the region’s music.