If you’d asked me a year — or even a few months — ago if I liked house music, I would have said, “Nah, not my thing.” Growing up on Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Salt-N-Pepa, I fell in love with rap and hip-hop at a young age, and remained (and continue to remain) a staunch fan of it to this day.
Though I’d dabbled in other genres, like folk, early rock, shoegaze, and dream pop, techno and house music had always been foreign languages to me. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I simply hadn’t been exposed to it that much.
In my tenure as music editor for SF Weekly, I’ve grown to love and appreciate a broader array of music than I’d ever expected, but it wasn’t until I heard Lee Foss’s jam, “U Got Me,” that my love for deep house blossomed. With its bouncy bass line, echoey, looped vocals, shooting star synths, and overall grooviness, I instantly fell in love with both the song and Foss, whose discography I have since devoured in its entirety. Sure, the music is repetitive, but it’s supposed to be! By repeating the same melodies over and over, the music has a lulling affect over your senses, and it’s also just perfect for jamming out.
To be honest, I still don’t know how to dance to this kind of music, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out someday. And hopefully that day comes sooner rather than later because the Chicago DJ and producer is hitting San Francisco this Saturday.
So if you thought you could only ever love rap, punk, or metal, give Foss a listen. He might just blow your mind.
Lee Foss plays at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at Audio. More info here.