The original Progressive House sound I remember hit the states in the late 90s into the early 2000s. My first experiences with Progressive House came from import mixed compilation albums. Double CD sets of “live” dj sets such as Digweed’s Northern Exposure, Renaissance Mix Collections and The Global Underground. My track selection was inspired by these mixes.
While the genre was dominated by UK based acts, DJs such as Deep Dish pushed the sound into deeper and darker territories. I always preferred the darker tech and tribal sounds of Progressive House. I’ve stuck with this form of Progressive even as the sound took on a more pop, big room sound once Electro House passed on.
Part trance, part tech house, part tribal many of the tracks could last 10-15 minutes. With minimal competing parts in each track you could seamlessly mix 2-3 tracks and craft a new song from the records. Headliner DJ sets were rarely less than 4 hours due to the track structure. You were brought on a journey through the night.
The sound of Progressive House has changed drastically over the years and is now nothing like the original sound. Today’s Progressive House is much harder and has a closer to sound to happy hardcore. Just slowed down a bit. It’s almost silly, but whatever if people like it, let them be. There are still artists that play a true progressive sound but they would fit under the “techno” and “tech-house” labels now.
My Progressive House mixes run the full spectrum. Everything from hands in the air Progressive Trance mixes to deep and dark Tribal Progressive. You can find something that will fit your vibe below. There’s even a Big Room “Swedish House Mafia” style mix in here for your noobs. 🙂
And now the Progressive House Archive
(recorded in 2009 with tracks from Sander Van Doorn, Cfunk, Android Cartel and more)
(recorded in 2009 with tracks from Paolo Mojo, Robert Babicz, Tim Deluxe and more)
(recorded in 2009 with tracks from Steve Angello, Axwell, Claude Von Stroke and More)
(recorded in 2009 with tracks Fatboy Slim, Wolfgang Gartner, Empire of the Sun, and more)
(recorded in 2015 with tracks from Maceo Plex, Adriatique, 16 Bit Lolitas and more)