Outsider house

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Outsider house (also referred to as lo-fi house,[2][3][4] raw house[2] or outsider dance[5]) is a microgenre of electronic music combining elements of deep house, techno, and noise. The music is often rough, characterized by muffled drums, fuzzy synths and a gauzy, saturated quality that suggested "a fourth-generation cassette copy".[6]


The term "Outsider Dance" was first coined in 2012 by DJ Ben UFO and music journalist Scott Wilson,[5] referring to different producers and record labels "operating at the fringes of the fringes" such as Laurel Halo, Anthony Naples and labels including L.I.E.S., Opal Tapes, Future Times, 1080p, and Lobster Theremin.

Starting 2016, the genre developed into its other form, known as "lo-fi house". Producers like DJ Seinfield, DJ Boring, Ross From Friends and Mall Grab gained popularity by combining rough sounds of early outsider dance with the aesthetic of melancholy, irony and postmodernism attributed to vaporwave, creating songs "resembling melancholic 90's deep house recorded to cassette and packaged with a veneer of internet-age irony".[3]


  1. ^ "Outsider House - Music Genres". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Has underground house finally run out of ideas?". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  3. ^ a b Editorial (2017-01-09). "A Starter Guide to the Lo-Fi House Scene". Bandcamp Daily. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  4. ^ "Irony Is A Dead Scene: A User's Guide To Lo-Fi House". HighClouds. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Scott. "Scratching the Surface: Outsider dance". Juno Plus. Juno Plus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ "10 tracks that prove lo-fi house is more than a fad". Red Bull. Retrieved 2020-06-07.