Latin House Music

Written by Charles Peacock
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Any club-goer knows the power of electronic music to get the feet moving: the beats are steady and good DJs can easily raise and lower the mood of the room by spinning the right tracks at the right times. On the other hand, Latin music has its own extremely danceable beat, which is much more organic and funky than electronic dance music. Latin house music combines these two styles, and is in many ways the best of both worlds.

Characteristics of Latin House

Like any type of house music, Latin house is based on fundamental repetitive drum and bass tracks. Unlike other types of house, however, Latin house adds another layer of Latin rhythm on top of the steady electronic beats. This combination works amazingly well--the electronic beat holds down the fort while the organic congas and drums are able to explore the rhythmic space.

Latin house is often characterized by distinctly Latin vocals. In many ways, the vocals and a few extra percussion sounds are all it takes to transform a traditional house track into a Latin house track. Latin house also offers different types of vocals, from crooning male singers to call and response to sampled shouts and vocals.

If you're looking to buy Latin house records, by far the best place to look is the Internet. Since Latin house is basically a subset of an enormous (and enormously popular) music genre, regular stores simply don't have enough room to stock all of the records that are being released each year (not to mention classic tracks from the past). Online retailers have enormous catalogues from thousands of labels that are easy to search so you can find what you're looking for quickly.


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