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This is a weird and wonderful world we live in.
These days, people will call anything music, and other people will rip them off, up the tempo and call that different music.
It’s hard to keep track of the massive variety of genres out there – so here’s a quick refresher course to get you up to date.
10 of the most obscure electronic music genres out there…
1. Baile Funk
Also known as “Funk carioca” – this is a bouncy, hip-hoppy genre that grew out of Rio de Janeiro – lots of repetition and generally has an emcee saying something (in)appropriately sex-oriented and misogynistic over the top. Lots of sampled trumpets and bongos going on. You can’t help but dance.
2. Drone Music
Sounds exciting, right? For those of you that think ambient is too up-beat, have a listen to drone music. Imagine playing an epic pad on your new synth – that’s pretty much a drone music song.
Slightly different to Drone Music, Terrorcore is pretty much the most violent Techno you can imagine, with Tempos between 180 and 350 bpm. This is less melodic than Gabber, another headache-inducing genre, so be sure to bring your earplugs if you go to see a terrorcore DJ.
4. Hi- NRG
Quite an old (1980s) electronic music genre, Hi-NRG is faster disco music, with staccato synth sounds and octave basslines. Seriously Funky.
Well, they have JRock and JPop, the Japanese had to make their own take on Techno as well! With high pitched anime-esque samples interspersing high-speed techno, this happy and intense genre sits nicely among its home country’s catalogue of musical styles.
Ouch – have you ever accidentally put a distorted percussion sample on a really small loop and heard it clipping at high speed? You’re close to what cybergrind is all about. This is one of those genres where the definition of music is pushed to its limits.
Dance music made on game boys. 8 bit sounds combined with soaring, blippy melodies and massively bit-crushed drums in its most authentic form, with people circuit-bending their SNES and Game boys to see just what they can do. This is a wide spanning genre, with sub genres such as chip-hop taking it into the next generation of 8 bit music!
Shortened from “Liquid Funk” or “Liquid Drum and Bass”, this is a melodic, ambient take on Drum and Bass, with a heavy jazz/funk influence. Less intense than its daddy Drum and Bass, but it’s kept the pace up nicely.
9. Broken Beat
A clever name for a clever genre – another DnB subgenre, but this one is staggered beats with silence between them, along with some interesting melodies. Generally considered DnB for musically sophisticated people (Along with “Intelligent DnB” – another subgenre).
A crossover between Goa and uplifting trance, this is one of the most epic styles of trance music about. Generally made overseas in Israel and around the Middle East, this is heroic, intense and less oriental sounding than Goa.