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    pretty cool quote from the wiki:

    Two years ago, a club world constantly in search of new beats and a media constantly in search of new trends were presented with a bright bouncy new baby which answered to the name 'Belearic Beat'...the fact that the only 'rule' proposed was that "there are no rules" was ignored...Then came Mr Balearic's lucky break: Soul II Soul. A mish mash of styles (soul, hip hop, reggae) all moulded over a rock solid beat met the 'anything goes as long as it's danceable' criteria—and more importantly, it allowed the world to rediscover a BPM below 122...These days in clubland, rap, house and soul freely rub shoulders with continental beats, alternative grooves, and a whole welter of diverse sounds constructed from an even more diverse set of influences. This is what 'Balearic' was all about...Laying down rules or attempting to initiate trends is completely contrary to what the 'Balearic Spirit' was all about (if only its pioneers had explained it better at the time we might not have spent two years getting to where we are now). An effective blanket ban on house/uptempo music in a club is silly, short-sighted, and narrow minded, and it won't take long for people to see it as such...What the 'Balearic concept' has taught us is that it doesn't matter what genre the track falls into, as long as the beat 'n' groove move the feet and what's on top of 'em is pleasing to the ear.

    — Mixmag editorial, "Famous Last Words on Clubland's Class System or 'How We Learned to Love the Balearic Beat'". Mixmag: 71–73. July 1990.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithace View Post
    interesting read. I think it's all just a sign of the times. Anyone can make a track these days. Anyone can publish a track.

    Thoughts? (please be polite to each other)

    https://mixmag.net/feature/the-epide...ble-tech-house

    A good read indeed K, but is the real problem not that of the endless introduction of music (sub)genres? The more of these we have, the more tracks we have with an identity crisis. What is listed as 'Tech House' often just isn't, and what sometimes is camouflaged in 'Minimal' and 'Melodic House' often just is. Producers like Meller making 'uninspired' yet passable reworks of classics like Insomnia and Born Slippy get shoved into 'Tech House' only for want of a different genre. As do the 'more' reworked versions of Bladerunner, Cafe Del Mar and The Age Of Love by the likes of 'bigger' names like Tale Of Us and Maceo Plex. Those tracks used to reside happily in the 'Trance' box - since when does botox and a face-lift require genre reclassification? Tech House seems to be getting a bit of a bum rap theses days. Yes - there is a lot of average Tech House, as well as a lot of rubbish - but boy is there some fine stuff too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by article
    Ultimately, the challenge going forward is this: how can we honor the ruggedness and soul of the original tech house sound, while still pushing the genre forward? How can we relinquish our praise for the formulaic, and instead, shift the spotlight to the music being created that is innovative, timeless, and dangerous?
    By digging for records better.

    Beatport changed the world. For years, it was insanely easy to find all the music you wanted in one place. And for almost as long, if you were a producer and could get your music onto beatport, you could sell it for something like a profit or at least some exposure.

    Years on, beatport (especially the charts) is a cesspool of homogeneous garbage caused by everyone emulating the tastemakers. DJs buy the same songs as headliners because they want to "be competitive". Producers use the same formulas because they worked for someone else. There's a part of me that wants to blame the near-zero barrier to entry for DJs and Producers alike, but I still believe that's overall a net positive for music as a whole...it's just harder and harder to get your music to stand out.

    Beatport died when they started releasing a thousand new tracks a day. There was (and remains) absolutely no way to listen to it all; there's no way to dig for records that actually speak to you. There are no AI (more accurately, machine learning) based recommendation algorithms (and for philosophical and mathematical reasons, I don't think there ever will be good ones).

    So, people defaulted to charts. That all suck.

    It's no different from normal people buying the CDs that they hear on the radio so their car always sounds the same. A few people decide what's going to get played and a lot of people play it because actually shopping for music you like is extremely difficult.

    Some of the best music I've bought (Dance or otherwise) was because the album art looked cool in a shop somewhere (back when those were a thing). Now, I basically do the same thing with Tidal.

    As for shopping for music to DJ with...I'd like to see shops with a little more loose genre labels and a player based on randomness. Have it on in the background and add a song to your crate/cart if you like it. And if you miss something, well...too bad. You're going to miss things. You either miss damn near everything because you're following charts/trends or you miss stuff you might like because it just didn't come up. Pick your poison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostapha View Post
    By digging for records better.

    Years on, beatport (especially the charts) is a cesspool of homogeneous garbage caused by everyone emulating the tastemakers.

    Pick your poison.
    Amen
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