When it comes to diverse and confusing genres, EDM surely takes the crown. Since house first erupted out of the US in the ’80s, dance music has grown and evolved to the point where it’s hard to categorize tracks. The recent influence of trance on house and vice-versa has led to a new phenomenon, with a name that some consider to be a dirty word–“trouse”. What we’re dealing with is a mix of uplifting trance, stomping progressive house beats and electro synths. It’s a staple recipe that takes certain elements from a variety of sources and turns them into something new and different. There’s no denying its popularity; trouse is arguably one of the main driving forces behind the rise of EDM in America.
Enter Mike Shiver (pictured), a veteran of the trance scene, and relative newcomer Samuel Jason. Their collaboration track is simply titled Trouse. It’s almost a deliberate middle finger to those who associate the word with a negative connotation, but by making no bones about it, the reality is quite different. What starts as a nicely grooving house track quickly jumps into a break which features melodic chord stabs and an uplifting feel-good style that is exactly what this style of EDM is about. Reminiscent of some of Anjunabeats‘ recent output, Trouse has garnered support from Above & Beyond on their Group Therapy Radio Show.
Out now on Shiver’s own Captured Music as a Beatport Exclusive, Trouse shows that the genre is something to celebrate, enjoy and encourage. If this track is anything to go by, there’s no reason trouse shouldn’t fly the flag for what EDM is all about.