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Electro house is a variant of house music. Initially, the term denoted futuristic house music, but it later applied to many "hard" forms of house. Electro house's origin is obscure, with varying influence attributed to 1980s-electro, electroclash, pop, synthpop, and tech house. Electro house found mainstream popularity around 2005, and the term has been used to describe the music of many DJ Mag Top 100 DJs, including Deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Kaskade, Knife Party, Madeon and Porter Robinson.
Electro house sometimes contains elements of tech house such as prominent basslines, short and high-pitched riffs, and minimal to medium amounts of percussion. Unlike tech house, however, it can include abrasive, electro-influenced synths and vocal or instrumental samples. The tempo is usually around 128 to 130 BPM. Recent compositions tend to feature a "dirty" bass sound created from saw waves or FM with compression and distortion.
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