Thomas Brinkmann
Immer
Alcachofa
Lawrence

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Coined in a 2001 article in The Wire by writer and DJ Philip Sherburne, microhouse was a term used to categorize dozens of largely German producers whose approach to house music emphasized subtleties and space as much as deep house producers relied on anthemic hooks and emphatic vocals. Even so, microhouse productions found a meeting point between deep house and minimal techno. The stern rigidities of the latter were forsaken while the sensual and boisterous capabilities of the former were embraced; to flip the scenario, microhouse took a cue from minimal techno’s “less is more” doctrine, regularly abandoning deep house’s excessive ornamentation. Emphasis tended to fall on cushiony kick-drum thumps and the accompanying hi-hats, with faint textures provided by synthetic strings and dreamy keyboard tones. Throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000s, several small labels thriving on this approach cropped up. A fair percentage of the output from already-established labels like Playhouse (Isolée, Losoul), Kompakt (Sascha Funke, M. Mayer) and Klang Elektronik (Farben) made for some of microhouse’s most thrilling moments. Other labels -- such as Force Tracks (Luomo, MRI), Perlon (Ricardo Villalobos, Pantytec) and Trapez (Akufen, M.I.A.) –- were virtually all-microhouse in scope.

Microhouse Artists Highlights

Thomas Brinkmann
Thomas Brinkmann
Lawrence
Lawrence
Matthew Herbert
Matthew Herbert
Luomo
Luomo
Isolée
Isolée
Sascha Funke
Sascha Funke

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Microhouse Album Highlights

Immer
Michael Mayer
Immer
Alcachofa
Ricardo Villalobos
Alcachofa
Around the House
Herbert
Around the House
Leave Luck to Heaven
Matthew Dear
Leave Luck to Heaven
Bodily Functions
Herbert
Bodily Functions
Blip Blurp Bleep: The Music of Daniel Bell
Daniel Bell
Blip Blurp Bleep: The ...

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Microhouse Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Perfect Lovers Ghost / Phantom / Phantom Ghost
Easy Lee Ricardo Villalobos
Close to Me Herbert
It's Over Now Matthew Dear
It's Only Herbert
Making It Whistle Thomas Fehlmann
Bring Me Closer Richard Davis
The Tunnel Richie Hawtin
True to Myself
Ricardo Villalobos
Atomium Joris Vermeiren

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