A style of Electronic Dance Music that started to appear in, or slightly after the mid 1990's. As with many other other styles of House Music it shares that 'four on the floor' beat (4/4 beat) but often featuring off beat bass stabs. Typically has a fast tempo (around 145-150 BPM). Early tracks often incorporated crowd chanting samples, a synth sound known as 'hoover', lengthy drum rolls and long breaks devoid of percussion. The later tracks would often have lengthy intro and outro drum and percussion for DJ mixing.
It's origins can be traced back to clubs in the UK gay scene such as Trade. The style started to spread across to the straight scene from the early 2000s with club nights such as Tidy, Sundissential and Storm. DJ's/Producers such as former Trade resident Tony De Vit & Ian M, BK, Andy Farley, Andy Pickles & Amadeus Mozart (Tidy Boys), Lisa lashes, Rachel Auburn and Lisa Pin-Up. Subsequentially Hard House record labels were formed such as Tidy Trax, Nukleuz, Jump Wax Records, and Tripoli Trax.
*Confusingly the term Hard House is sometimes used in reference to the House tracks that were being released in the US prior to the term being adopted in the UK. Typically a 'harder' sounding House style coming out of New York city.