New-School Deep House
Rooted in the soulfully minimalistic club tracks of Chicago pioneers like Larry Heard, deep house is one of dance music's most classic forms. In its restraint, it's the polar opposite of the aggro, overdriven sounds dominating the American electronic-music landscape lately. So it's interesting to see how deep house is breaking out of the so-called underground -- shorthand for small-capacity clubs and warehouse parties in London, Los Angeles, Berlin and Brooklyn -- to establish a foothold in the overground festival landscape. At last month's Ultra Festival, ravers seeking relief from main-stage bombast could find it in the slinkier, sultrier sets performed by Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and other keepers of deep house's languid, flickering flame.