Tropical house

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Tropical house, also known as trop house,[1] is a subgenre of house music, and a derivation of tropical music,[2][3] with elements of dancehall and Balearic house.[4] Artists of the genre are often featured at various summer festivals such as Tomorrowland.[5] The genre was popularized by artists including Thomas Jack, Kygo, Matoma, Lost Frequencies, Seeb and Gryffin.[6]

The term "Tropical House" began as a joke by Australian producer Thomas Jack, but has since gone on to gain popularity among listeners.[2][7] 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, using electro synths.[8]


In the mid and late 2000s, Bob Sinclar and Yves Larock created international hits which had many characteristics of tropical house, drawing inspiration from 1980's Hi-NRG music and in contrast with other sub-types of Electronic ("EDM") music of the time. The style was further popularized by Stereo Love, an international hit by Edward Maya, a music producer from the Romanian house scene.[7] 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, Jonas Blue and Faul & Wad Ad would join them with big tropical house hits.[1][9] During the mid-2010s, certain tropical house producers would team up with artists such as Justin Bieber and Little Mix. This helped the genre achieve massive commercial success and gave rise to the playlist term of 'tropical pop'.[10][11]


Tropical house is a derivation of deep house, and a subgenre of house music. Thus, it possesses typical house music characteristics, including synthesizer instrumentation, and a 4/4 kick drum pattern.[1] 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.[7][12] The tempo of tropical house songs is a little slower than deep house (100-115 bpm). Tropical house does not use the pumping compression effect of "big room" electro house. It usually includes tropical instruments such as steel drums, marimba, guitar, saxophone or even pan flute, and can sometimes use dembow rhythm patterns often attributed to genres such as dancehall and reggaeton.[1][4][7][9]

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  1. ^ a b c d Shah, Neil (8 December 2015). "A Beginner's Guide to Tropical House, the Breakout Music Genre of 2015". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  2. ^ a b Guarino, Nick (19 May 2014). "World Premiere: Thomas Jack Presents Tropical House Vol. 3 Bakermat Guest Mix + Exclusive Interview". Thissongissick. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Kygo – Bringing Tropical House to Center Stage". EDM Exclusives. 3 December 2014. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Rihanna Was Making 'Tropical House' Before Justin Bieber — It's Called Dancehall". 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ Benrubi, William (3 September 2014). "Interview: Melodic House DJ/Producer Bakermat Talks Jazz, Soul, & What He's Got Planned on the Horizon". Casulin. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  6. ^ Orlov, Piotr (26 May 2016). "Kygo on Birth of Tropical House, Billy Joel Fandom". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ a b c d Festival Sherpa (2016). "Genre Discovery : Tropical House".
  8. ^ "The Future Is Trouse". Miami Music Week. 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b "What the hell is tropical house?". 4 March 2015.
  10. ^ "How Justin Bieber, OMI and More Helped Tropical House Heat Up in 2015". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Tropical Pop".
  12. ^ "Tropical House Is Hot Now, But Will It Last?". 23 April 2015.