Progressive house music
||This article may contain original research. (November 2009)|
|Stylistic origins||House, Trance, Techno, Balearic beat|
|Cultural origins||1990-92 Europe|
|Typical instruments||Synthesizer, Drum machine, Sequencer, Sampler, Electronic keyboard, Personal computer, Keyboard|
|Electro house, Hard house, Uplifting trance, Liquid funk|
Progressive house is a style (subgenre) of house music. House music is a type of electronic dance music (EDM). The progressive house style emerged in the early 1990s. It initially developed in the United Kingdom as a natural progression of American and European house music of the late 1980s.
In the context of popular music the word "progressive" was first used widely in the 1970s to differentiate experimental forms of rock music from mainstream styles. Such music attempted to explore alternate approaches to rock music production. Some acts also attempted to elevate the aesthetic values of rock music by incorporating features associated with classical instrumental music. This led to a style of music called progressive rock, which has been described as "the most self-consciously arty branch of rock." 
In disco music, and later house, a similar desire to separate more exploratory styles from standard approaches saw DJs and producers adopting the word progressive to make a distinction. According to the DJ and producer Carl Craig, the term "progressive" was used in Detroit in the early 80s in reference to Italo Disco. The music was dubbed "progressive" because it drew upon the influence of Giorgio Moroder's Eurodisco rather than the Disco inspired by the symphonic sound of Philadelphia soul. In Detroit, prior to the emergence of Techno, artists like Alexander Robotnik, Klein and MBO, and Capricorn filled a vacancy left after disco's demise in America. In the late 1980s UK music journalist Simon Reynolds introduced the term "progressive dance" to describe album oriented acts such as 808 State, The Orb, Bomb the Bass, and The Shamen. Between 1990 to 1992, the term progressive referred to the short-form buzz word for the house music sub-genre progressive house.
Stylistic elements 
The genre was distinctly English with trippy and trancey sounds such as extended synthesizer washes. It features elements of dub, big riffs and extended track lengths. The style distinguished itself from euro-trance and vocal trance by the lack of anthemic choruses, crescendos and drum rolling. Intensity is added by the regular addition and subtraction of layers of sound.
Elements drawn from the progressive rock genre include the use of extended or linked-movement tracks, more complexity and reflection but almost always within the four on the floor rhythm pattern. The more experimental parts of house music are described as progressive. Detractors of the genre have described it as elitist and over-produced.
Progressive house emerged after the first wave of house music. The roots of progressive house can be traced back to the early 1990s rave and club scenes in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Northern America. A combination of US house, UK house, Italian house, German house, and techno largely influenced one another during this era. The term was used mainly as a marketing label to differentiate new rave house from traditional American house. Progressive house was a departure from the Chicago acid house sound. The buzz word emerged out of the rave scene around 1990 to 1992, describing a new sound of house that broke away from its American roots. The label progressive house was often used interchangeably with trance in the early years. Progressive house has been described as anti-rave as its popularity rose in English clubs as the more hardcore, dance focused styles flourished at raves. By the mid-1990s progressive house was the mainstream house music style.
Some early artists who produced progressive house which received commercial success and acclaim include Leftfield, Drum Club, Spooky, Faithless. Early labels releasing the more progressive house sound included Hard Hands, Cowboy, Om and Guerilla.
Notable early productions 
- 1. Leftfield - Not Forgotten (Outer Rhythm)
- 2. Slam/Rejuvination - IBO/Eterna (Soma Quality Recordings)
- 3. React 2 Rhythm - Whatever You Dream (Guerilla)
- 4. Soundclash Republic - Cool Lemon EP (Junk Rock Records)
- 5. DOP - Musicians of the Mind EP (Guerilla)
- 6. Gat Decor - Passion (Effective Records)
- 7. The Sandals - A Profound Gas (Acid Jazz)
- 8. Herbal Infusion - The Hunter (Zoom Records)
- 9. Smells Like Heaven - Londres Strut (Deconstruction)
- 10. Spooky - Don't Panic (Guerilla)
- 11. Andronicus - Make You Whole (Hooj Choons)
Notable DJs 
See also 
- According to Butler (2006:33) use of the term EDM "has become increasingly common among fans in recent years. During the 1980s, the most common catchall term for EDM was house music, while techno became more prevalent during the first half of the 1990s. As EDM has become more diverse, however, these terms have come to refer to specific genres. Another word, electronica, has been widely used in mainstream journalism since 1997, but most fans view this term with suspicion as a marketing label devised by the music industry".
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