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Italo house (sometimes just called "Italian") is a genre of house music that derives from, yes, house music and Italo disco. Some artists may also take influences from Chicago house and Eurodisco as well. The main thing that defines this music and makes it stand out is its heavy use of electronic piano chords and riffs. The artists will use this to give the music an uplifting, emotional and euphoric feel.
Like house and disco music, it will generally have a bass drum hitting on the quarter notes to keep the rhythm steady, a soft snare hitting on every other bass drum hit and a bassline reminiscent of disco music. Tracks will typically be an average length of about four minutes in length with a tempo of about 120-140 beats per minute.
Vocally, the lyrics (if any are present) will usually be sung by a female with a soaring voice. The vocals, even while being an Italian genre, will almost always be sung in English and may sometimes be pitch-shifted, chopped and repeated. Some common instruments to be used in this music include the synthesizer, sampler and of course, the keyboard. A drum machine may also be used along with a sequencer.
As obvious as this may sound, for the sake of completion, I have to say that this music originated from Italy. On the less-obvious side, it really didn't become popular until around the early 1990s, but was an official genre during the late 1980s.
During the early developments of this genre, it had a slightly faster tempo, usually going a little bit above 140 beats per minute, but the tempo has slowed down a bit, with most songs having a BPM closer to 130.
It gained some popularity in the United States and Britain at the end of the 1980s and really did well during the early parts of the 1990s, where many artists were getting hits in the UK dance charts. During this time, the Italian form of house music ruled over these charts. It has calmed down a bit as of recently, as many of the original artists have moved on to different styles.
Average Beats Per Minute: 120-140
Where It Originated: Italy
Stylistically Similar To: Italo Disco, Chicago House, Eurodisco
Year Developed: Late 1980s
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