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Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Deep House

The sound of the island.

So you've heard that Ibiza is the place to go if you want to party? Well, you heard right. No disputing that.

But are you a bit unsure of where to start once you arrive? Certainly you will bombarded with billboards and event posters the minute you land in the terminal and over zealous PRs once you arrive in resort. It's all part of the fun.

In our quest to find you, the reader, the perfect party or parties to enjoy once you are here, we've been working our way through the types of music you'll find.

We've already covered the main ones, but there's so much variety here, we're starting to wander a bit off the beaten track.

After covering Tech House last time, we continue with prominent sub-genres. This week we go deep, we go deep, we go deep... Deep House.


Deep House

Compared to straight-up House music, Deep House is silky smooth.

Not only are basslines more muted, they tend to be more rolling - there's less "drops", making it a less aggressive form of dance music. Soft pads, spacious percussion and arguably more intricate musical structures sets Deep House apart from its parent genre.

Deep House is perfect for sunset and beach settings and peaceful contemplation, as much as it could be suitable for warm-up sets or even, if the mood feels right, peak-time. This distinction might lead some to see Deep House as a more organic sound to other styles of House music.

Typical bpm (beats per minute) range: 110 - 126

The original Deep House don is Larry Heard AKA Mr. Fingers. Lesser spotted on Ibiza, though we were graced with his presence in summer 2019.

The years 2012 and 2014 were a really fruitful period for Deep House, where it soared in popularity thanks to the likes of Hot Natured, Ben Pearce and the early works of Maceo Plex. Those of you who have read the introduction to Techno won't be surprised to learn that Deep House suffered a similar identity crisis as a result of this peak.

For a brief period, it did seem to become a catch-all term for anything with a House beat - and not necessarily to its benefit.


Deeper than deep - get to know Deep House.

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Where will you find Deep House on Ibiza?

Black Coffee at Hï Ibiza | Saturdays
Bedouin a Wednesday Saga at Pacha | Wednesdays
All Day I Dream at Cova Santa | 13 Thursdays throughout summer
Ben Böhmer presents Portraet at Cova Santa | 4 Fridays, June to August

Pacha's jewel in the crown, Solomun +1, will feature plenty of Deep House (along with Prog and even a little helping of Techno). Saturday night host Claptone will also cover some Deep House, although he has moved into more commercial waters in recent years at The Masquerade.

Akasha in the north of the island, has a Deep House programme Friday and Saturday nights, as well as selected Sundays which in general are a bit more musically varied.

You will also find that Deep House is the soundtrack of choice for many beach clubs. Effortless.


Want to go deeper?

Progressive House

Intrinsically linked to Deep House, especially the above playlist, Prog House emerged in parallel to Deep House.

Like the prefix to the forebears "Progressive Rock", "progressive" in this sense sees the parent genre re-conceptualised as forward-thinking. In the case of Progressive House, this meant faster beat, less vocals but more emotive in sound and a bit more high-brow, not unlike classical music.

Sasha and Digweed reunited in 2016 and continue to play together and solo on Ibiza

Progressive House was popularised by Sasha and John Digweed and enjoyed its heyday in the early 2000s. Early EDM modelled itself on Progressive House. Prog is also the bridge between House and Trance.

Typical bpm range: 120 - 129


Afro-House

Featuring native instrumentation and musical elements from African culture, Afro-House adds tribal tones to Deep House. The most obvious example of this style of music, is Hï Ibiza's Saturday night host Black Coffee, who has taken his brand of House music to the global stage.

Other leading DJs include Themba, Shimza and Osunlade. They all play Ibiza.

Typical bpm range: 110 - 126


Amapiano

Amapiano is an emerging variation of Afro-House that you can expect to be hearing more of in the next few years. Born in the townships of South Africa, "amapiano" literally translates from Zulu as "the pianos". Lyrics are often bittersweet, verbalising the trials and tribulations of their daily lives, as shaped by low economic and social status.

The productions have a really raw, DIY aesthetic.


Find here all our music guides:

Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... House music
- Tech House
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Techno
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... EDM
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Reggaeton
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Garage


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This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins' Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.

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