I’ll bet you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to music, because you are a very cool dude or dudess. However, things have certainly changed as of late.
Without a doubt, 2012 has been one of the most bizarre years for music in recent history. Even the most knowledgeable music professional may be stumped by the new music styles that are popping up everyday. In some cases, young creatives in major metropolitan cities are creating unexpected unions of formerly disparate social groups. In other cases, new music is being formed inside jails in Appalachia, and on the social media website Tumblr. So if fresh genres such as #Seapunk, Moombahton, Hick-hop, and Tribal Guarachero are confusing you, Dish Magazine is ready and willing to break them down for you. And don’t be surprised to hear some of new and crazy stuff on your radio very soon.
It is easier to recognize #seapunk musicians than it is to explain their songs. That is because the sea is aquatic blue and seafoam green and so is the hair of the young electronic producers who perform this brand of music. They also spend an excessive number of hours on social media websites like Twitter and Tumblr, and hence the use of the pound sign in #seapunk. Those unfamiliar with Twitter’s hashtagging should know that hashtags are used to easily keep track of topics when you do a Twitter search.
The term ‘seapunk’ was coined in June, 2011 when the hipster DJ Lil Internet (Yes, that’s his name!) tweeted SEAPUNK LEATHER JACKET WITH BARNACLES WHERE THE STUDS USED TO BE. The reference to barnacles is only one of many aquatic associations in #Seapunk, and many songs feature sound clips of dolphins, splash sounds, and other wet-sounding noises.The 3D art for the label is created by Kevin Heckart, but on Tumblr #Seapunk looks like a nostalgic mix between Little Mermaid clip art and a 1990’s Lisa Frank folder. You can thank the Chicago-based originators of this new genre, Albert Redwine (alias Fire For Effect) and Shan Beaste (Zombelle) for the sound (assuming you like it!) Besides producing music, they also formed the record label Coral Records Internazionale and have released several albums featuring #Seapunk artists. Despite being a very underground genre, mainstream celebrities like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga,and Azealia Banks have recently dyed their hair blue.
Notable artists: Unicorn Kid, Fire For Effect, and Zombelle
Moombahton (pronounced Moom-buh-tone)
Moombahton is a Latin and electronic fusion genre started by the Washington, D.C. based house music DJ, Dave Nada. It began In 2009, when he performed for a rowdy crowd of teenagers at a ‘Skipping Party’, which means a “house party” held in the middle of the school day. The kids he was performing for were accustomed to slow-paced Reggaeton, which is Spanish spoken rap lyrics performed over a danceable beat that blends reggae, dancehall, and soca. But instead of playing Reggaeton music by Pitbull or Daddy Yankee, Nada took a risk and dramatically slowed down the Dutch house music he brought with him, reworking Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie’s remix of the Afrojack’s song ‘Moombah’. And this, as they say, made history, influencing dance music makers across the globe.
After the success of the first Moombahton party, Nada perfected his sound and posted Moombahton remixes on the online music sharing website Soundcloud. One of Nada's internet fans was Munchi, a Dominican producer from Rotterdam, Netherlands, who later became one of the pioneers of the Latin inspired electronic dance music. Other electronic producers influenced by latin musicare Los Angeles djs Dillon Francis and Sabo, and North Carolina’s David Heartbreak. Tastemaker Records also wanted to get in on the action, and commissioned Dave Nada to create Moombahton mixes like Fool’s Gold Records’ Moombahton Megamix and Mad Decent Records’ Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton.
Notable Artists: Dave Nada, Munchi, Dillon Francis, Sabo, and David Heartbreak
Electro-soul (or PBR&B)
Electro-soul is another fusion genre, but this time of classic soul and progressive electronic music. The sound is inspired by the emerging derivative genre of dubstep called post-dubstep, which maintains the UK based bass influences of ambient instead of normally abrasive American dubstep. It also combines influences from a wide spectrum of musicians like D'Angelo, Peter Gabriel, John Martyn, Tim Buckley, Bjork, Radiohead, and New Jack Swing’s Teddy Riley. When electronic Super-producer Diplo co-produced the 2012 single ‘Climax’ with Ariel Rechtshaid and Redd Stylez, he told media outlets it was “some next level electro-soul”. The genre is also humorously called “PBR&B” for its associated with PBR-drinking hipsters who prefer the new genre to the less progressive form of R&B that dominates the radio.
The genre first gained mainstream attention when the mysterious Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd released his free mixtape ‘House of Balloons’, which was co-signed by rapper Drake and spurred many “think pieces” on the current state of R&B music. The intentionally vowel-less singer used a progressive approach by combining the standard falsetto of a R&B singer with an eerie production style that earned him a substantial indie fanbase. Since then producers like SBTRKT have blended the lines between electronic and R&B music by crafting songs featuring the soulful vocals of Sampha, Jessie Ware, Roses Gabor, and Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano.
Notable artists: The Weeknd, SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, and New Look
Tribal Guarachero or Trival (pronounced tree-VAL)
Mexican teens dancing to local electronic music while wearing western boots with toes extending as long as 5 feet is something you have to see to believe. Mexico City-based producer Ricardo Reyna created the cultural phenomenon when he thought up the idea of combining tribal chants, flutes, the percussion heavy sounds of cumbia and european electronic music. The new fusion genre created for Mexico’s youth was originally dubbed, 'Tribal Pre-Hispanic’, but was later changed to Tribal Guarachero.' This quickly became popular with Mexican teenagers like Erick Rincon, who was only 16 years old when he became a leader of the genre. Not surprisingly, the Mexican pointy boot trend has extended to American cities with large immigrant populations, like California, Texas and Tennessee. The shoes were even featured on an episode of Glee.
As we all know, fashion trends, dance moves and music often go hand in hand, but the combination of colored skinny jeans with elongated tipped western boots found on Tribal Guarachero listeners is a style that boggles the minds of people from around the world.
Notable artists: Erick Rincon and Toy Selectah