By: Sarah Purkrabek
Andy Hermann CRSSD Fest
The first time I heard Kygo, it was like breathing in fresh air after leaving a sauna. The song was a remix of Passenger's "Let Her Go," and I heard it just as I was getting to the peak of my jadedness with big room house, well-known for its predictable build/drop formula and prominent place in mainstream EDM.
Tropical house -- sometimes referred to as melodic house -- seemed to go with everything. Quickly, it became my go-to driving music, writing music, chillout music, and cheer-up music. It was like the friendlier twin of deep house: light and happy, it incorporated steel drum-like sounds (reminiscent of The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea") and saxophones, usually accompanied by low-key vocals. As Ultra Music's Doug Christman put it to me, "Who doesn't want to listen to music that reminds them of being on the beach?"