Jungle Terror? Dark Disco? The Weird World of Dance Subgenres

Patrick Crowley
 

Dating back to its early days, dance music has always attracted absurd sub-genres. As the sound’s global popularity has risen and digital technology has made it easier than ever for producers to collaborate and combine elements from different genres, the pace of silly sub-genre proliferation has only increased. Here are five special styles that we thought deserved their own spotlight.

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Jungle Terror

The brainchild of Skrillex signee Wiwek, its title is literal: animal noises and general chaos blended with the comparatively traditional grime and drum’n’bass rhythms.

 

Witch House

Coined as a joke by Brooklyn producer Pictureplane, the genre, which often features horror-movie samples and scary sound effects, has been used to describe artists like Crystal Castles and Purity Ring.

 

Dark Disco

What started as an A-list New York party (with A-Trak and Evian Christ) has become a euphemism for dystopian, industrial but funky house.

 

Vomit Step

Coined by Montreal artist Snails, this bass-heavy subgenre takes dubstep and adds a layer of intense, in-your-face synthesizers.

 

Future Bass

This nebulous, decade-old descriptor, sometimes described as “happy trap," is synth-heavy and uptempo with a huge emphasis (unsurprisingly) on the low end.

A version of this article originally appeared in the June 18 issue of Billboard.