RYM GENRE CHALLENGE (Currently on: Ambient Pop)

basically i'm gonna try listening to + rating one of the highest rated albums from "every" genre on RYM. i'll be skipping some of the incredibly broad genres that act more as a wide grouping: genres like "Metal" "Rock" "African Music." if you have any questions on why i chose the album i picked, feel free to ask. i doubt i will finish because there's 1500+ fucking genres, but lets see how far i can get!

thanks to @maximoose for the epic idea and the resources to make this possible

(this list is not ranked, the numbers are only to keep track of how many genres deep i am)

GENRES SKIPPED:
1. African Folk Music (general term describing so much that who cares)
(i'm not skipping American Folk Music even though i should but the top one is the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack i used to listen to as a kid and i want the nostalgia rush)
2. Ancient Music (just describes the 4 ancient music genres, not anything specific itself)
3. Arabic Music (too general)
4. Armenian Music " "
5. Austronesian Folk Music " "
6. Balkan Folk Music " "
7. Balkan Music " "
8. Bandas de viento de México " "
9. Banda Sinaloense " "

Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka - Mother 2: ギーグの逆襲
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75
𝟭𝟲-𝗕𝗶𝘁

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16-bit refers to music created using video game consoles with 16-bit audio hardware, most notably the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (and subsequent devices and applications which emulate these 16-bit sounds). The sound and technology is more advanced than 8-bit Chiptune, with an assortment of clearer and cleaner textures which are closer in tone to their approximated instruments, often being sample-based. While the audio quality is higher, 16-bit still maintains a distinctive synthetic sound, mostly due to its palpable aural limitations.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
a bit disjointed and scattered overall but it does a fantastic job of sending you to another sonic dimension, full of weird, quirky, and unsettling landscapes and characters. a perfect soundtrack for the game it represents, but not nearly as fulfilling when separated from its source
The Specials - The Specials
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𝟮 𝗧𝗼𝗻𝗲

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2 Tone originated in England in the late 1970s as a revival of the first wave Jamaican Ska movement of the 1960s. It is considered to be the second wave of Ska, and was followed by Third Wave Ska in the mid-to-late 1980s.
A notable change from the original ska was bands bringing the guitar work to the front of the mix, where it was previously only used to carry songs in the background in Jamaican ska. This style eventually left the UK, where it was picked up by bands in North America and eventually developed into Ska Punk, bringing even more emphasis on guitar work and aggression within the ska genre.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
more evidence that stupid horse is the only good ska song ever. also the AFV theme, that kinda goes
Sunship - Is This Real
3.
55
𝟮-𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽

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2-Step is a form of UK Garage popular in the late 1990s. Originating in London, its sound is characterised by jittery, shuffling rhythms that rarely follow the four-to-the-floor pattern of similar genres, such as Drum and Bass, House and UK Garage itself, as well as its relatively slow pace that distances it from the typical club environment. While the genre is based primarily on the laid-back funk of the beat, the music is also heavily textured, with an emphasis on subtle melody, ambience and deep basslines. The use of emcees is also common, both on record and in live settings. Originators of the sound include MJ Cole and Wookie.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
interesting and fun beats that get stretched and repeated into oblivion until i lose almost all interest. it sounds fine enough, nothing terrible, but it struggles to stay in the forefront of my mind - perfectly content in being the hum of the background
Björk - Medulla
4.
70
𝗔 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮

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Vocal music performed without instrumental accompaniment.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
kinda torn on this due to how technically and artistically impressive of an album this is, but it fails to be incredibly memorable and easily consumable, outside of a few fantastic tracks. too many songs blend together and fail to leave any impact, but overall its a very impressive artistic statement
National Classical Music Institute Orchestra Of Korea - Aak: Ancient Music of the Korean Royal Court
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65
𝗔𝗮𝗸

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Aak music, or elegant music, is a sub-genre of Korean Classical Music that dates back to the early 12th century. Confucius used the term to separate this form of music from that perceived to be "ugly and destructive". Originally referring to the sacrificial ritual music of China, it was later used to apply to generalised royal ancestral court music, banquet music, and/or processional music.

It is the counterpart to Hyang-ak and Dang-ak, which are intended for the lower and middle classes - whilst aak is for the upper class or royalty. Lyrics revolved around praise of the current leader and performances were, and are still highly specialised in their playing and accompanying dancing.

Aak originated around 1116, as a gift from China, and was derived from the Chinese Yayue music of the time. Aak also shares similarities to the Japanese Gagaku. It survived a short while before dying off, until it saw a brief revival in 1430. In modern times, only two surviving pieces are still performed.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
these performances of historic music are absolutely fascinating when viewed from a modern standpoint - you're hearing what the highest in world royalty was only allowed to hear almost a thousand years ago. in that regard, one of the most enchanting albums ive ever listened to. however, as enjoyable and engaging music, outside of the historical context, it misses the mark again. definitely something you listen to once, think "wow, that was so cool," and never again
Gunda - Professional Abkhazian Folk Music
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60
𝗔𝗯𝗸𝗵𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰

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Abkhazian folk music encompasses the musical traditions of the Republic of Abkhazia, a disputed territory on the Black Sea in northwestern Georgia. Much like in the closely related Georgian Folk Music, polyphony is a distinctive trait of Abkhaz folk singing. The vast majority of songs is performed by men, with the exception of lullabies and mourning songs. Abkhaz traditional mourning and circle dance songs are very expressive, and traditional weddings include a theatrical performance accompanied with songs and dance for the occasion.

The Abkhazian traditional instrumentation includes the aphyartsa (abkharza), a two-stringed instrument with a spindle frame played by a bow, and the ayumaa, a triangular harp with fourteen horsehair strings. Ensembles are very common in Abkhazia, where men and women can demonstrate their powerful vocals in a capella, singing the ancient traditional songs of their regions.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
pretty much the same thing as my Aak review. these pieces are very interesting and unique, and i love exploring the music of other cultures and worldy locations, but i'm not super fond of the musical palette here - comes off a bit one-note and lacks that punch i'm really looking for. still, an enjoyable experience and a good way to broaden your musical cartography skills
Madvillain - Madvillainy
7.
80
𝗔𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗛𝗶𝗽 𝗛𝗼𝗽

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Abstract hip hop is a style of Hip Hop which eschews many of the genre's conventions. It has become a fixture of the underground hip hop scene since the early 2000s. Lyrically, artists tend to focus on more abstract ideas such as existentialism or social institutions rather than everyday problems or braggadocio. The language and presentation of these lyrics also tends to avoid the more upfront, visceral language of typical hip hop, instead preferring extensive metaphors and symbolic word choice. Many artists tend to deviate from the typical conventions of rhyme and rhythm, often employing flows that border on Spoken Word. Musically, most abstract artists also feature unconventional beats that are akin in style to that of Experimental Hip Hop.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
madvillainy. good beats and good rapping. it's madvillainy
Afro Celt Sound System - Anatomic
8.
50
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝗳𝘁

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Acid croft is a form of Electronic music which incorporates elements of Celtic Folk Music and Celtic Rock. Acid croft artists draw on a number of electronic genres such as Downtempo, House and Trance. The genre initially begun with Shooglenifty's 1994 album Venus in Tweeds and was later adopted by other Scottish artists such as Afro Celt Sound System, Peatbog Faeries, Skilda, Tartan Amoebas, The Easy Club and Croft No. Five.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
i found the blend of sounds and influences here to be really unique and interesting, but the album overall didn't have much of a pulse and felt more like a swamp of stock music you'd hear in documentaries
Hideki Okugawa - Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike "Fight for the Future" Original Soundtrack
9.
85
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲

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Acid house is a style of music that emerged from House in the mid-1980s. The sound is typically shaped by repetitive bass lines from the synthesizer-sequencer Roland TB-303 ("acid" derived from "acid sounds" that Roland TB-303 is generating), using modulation of the filter cutoff frequency at high filter resonance levels, often with additional distortion, to produce the typical "squelching" sound, and minimal house-like beats, typically from the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Vocal lines or short vocal samples are used often, but are not a key element. In the late 1980s, acid house brought about the birth of rave parties in Great Britain and in the rest of Europe.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
right from the getgo, i adored this record. the lofi, woozy, vibe-heavy house sound of this soundtrack are absolutely incredible. it captures that 90s attitude and grime, aquamarine neon lights and loud colors blasting around you. the groovy stage tracks are all fantastic too. it's just a killer soundtrack that deserves more respect
Jamiroquai - Emergency on Planet Earth
10.
70
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱 𝗝𝗮𝘇𝘇

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Acid jazz is a genre that uses elements of Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and to a lesser degree Soul and House. It was a movement in the UK, in the early 90s.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
don't know much else to say other than that it absolutely grooves. if you want some chill, jazzy funk, then this is a great record you shouldn't miss
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
11.
80
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱 𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸

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Acid rock, so named for being a supposed background music for acid (LSD) trips, grew out of the Psychedelic Rock scene of the mid-to-late 1960s in the United States. Its experimentation was further removed from the Rock and Blues base of earlier psychedelic music, yet not quite as heavy as its close companion Heavy Psych. Acid rock still features the extended instrumental jamming and improvisation of the psychedelic era, with more emphasis on 'wah' effects than the distorted 'fuzz' of hard psych, and a willingness to employ more subdued textures. The term has largely fallen out of favor since the mid-1970s, as bands of the style either disbanded or adopted the traits of what is now known as heavy psych.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
even at an 80 i wish i enjoyed it a bit more - some of the cuts feel a bit lacking or underwhelming compared to the fantastic longer and more structured acid rock hits that land on Electric Ladyland. it'll probably grow on me a little bit with multiple listens, but even right away, as a psych rock lover, this most of the right buttons
The Tuss - Rushup Edge
12.
50
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼

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Evolving out of the Acid House scene and arguably from German Trance in addition, Acid Techno combines the elements provided from the aforementioned relatives into the frame of regular Techno, tending to be calmer and using a series of Roland instruments like the TB-303 and other synthesizers to utilize its layers. This includes unconventional adjustments among these instruments to achieve its famous "acid" sound.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
never been a big fan of RDJ, and this continues the trend. the squelchy, acidic synth timbres sound too liquid and synthetic for my tastes, and many of the songs fail to engage me and leave a lasting impact. not for me!
Juno Reactor - Transmissions
13.
35
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲

━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━
Acid trance was one of the initial first-wave Trance offshots, having its major popularity on European areas in the early 1990s but especially in Belgium. It was modeled after the combination of Acid House basslines (which were popularized with that genre back then) and psychedelic elements with trance's evolving structure. The modulation of the 303 bass is an important element since it gives the genre's own rhythmic atmosphere, when compared to classic trance's mellower, busier and arpeggiated nature.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
its the same fucking song over and over stretched out for 6+ minutes i cant fucking stand Trance i just CANT DO IT
Venetian Snares - Filth
14.
75
𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗲

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Acidcore combines elements of both Acid Techno and Hardcore [EDM].


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
venetian snares make a record that liquefies my brain every listen. the squelchy synths work far better in this heavier and complex setting than a more traditional techno one. sound is hitting you from all angles, trapping you in its slimy, wet grasp, and i fuckin love it
Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas OST
15.
65
𝗔𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀

━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━
Acoustic blues is an early form of Blues music, which developed out of Work Songs and Spirituals, and was the most prominent form of blues between the end of the nineteenth century and World War II. Post-WWII, blues musicians began to utilise newly common electric instruments, and the various styles of Electric Blues developed. Acoustic blues is still played today, in as many different varieties as there are forms of its electric counterpart.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
a bit too empty for my tastes, songs that don't really go anywhere interesting and fizzle out. the longer cuts and the 8 minute spoken word piece are engaging and interesting, but everything else is too fleeting and ephemeral for my taste
Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs
16.
70
𝗔𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗴𝗼 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀

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Before Electric Blues came to Chicago, the city maintained a major Blues output. This acoustic style was a more city-like, Jazz-influenced sound than Delta Blues, developed by artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, and Tampa Red. The term itself is used to describe the unplugged blues music made in the Chicago region, primarily during the 1930s and 1940s. However some music made later than this period still holds true to the genre's regional and acoustic qualities.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
while not usually my thing, Big Bill Broonzy really kills it on this record. his soulful voice and excellent guitar work make for a great acoustic blues record. i mean come on, just listen to John Henry and hear this man play the guitar. he's an absolute legend
Nine Inch Nails - Still
17.
75
𝗔𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸

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Acoustic rock is essentially Rock music with acoustic instrumentation, as opposed to the electric instrumentation typical of the genre.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
as someone with virtually 0 attachment to NIN's musical output and thus doesn't recognize or understand the alterations made to these tracks, i still found Still to be really interesting and enjoyable. the gentle, ambient acoustic vibe of the whole thing is relaxed yet passionate and it flows together quite well. overall i'd say towards the end it starts to lose some steam, with a few sleepy ambient passages that arent the most engaging, but the album as a whole is a strong cohesive unit i definitely enjoyed
Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' Strikes
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65
𝗔𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗧𝗲𝘅𝗮𝘀 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀

━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━
Acoustic Texas blues is a genre of blues that, although named after the geographic location of its origin, is not bound to that region. Roughly, acoustic Texas blues was born in the 1880s and grew to its heyday during the 1920s with such artists as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin' Hopkins. Like many other blues genres, acoustic Texas blues underwent a major development with the invention of the electric guitar, giving birth to Electric Texas Blues during the 1940s.

Some characteristics that distinguish acoustic Texas blues from other genres are the focus on laid back swing rhythms, and the function of the guitar as an extension or ornamentation of the vocals, a feature which later developed into extensive guitar soloing. This is opposed to other acoustic styles such as Delta Blues, in which the guitar primarily has the function of a rhythmic accompaniment to the vocals.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
in the same vein as the Big Bill Broonzy record, this style of music isn't what i usually enjoy but i was pleasantly surprised by Lightnin' Strikes. overall i enjoy the sound of this record more than Sings Folk Songs - the guitars are thicker and heavier, feel like they have some force to them, but i also found the songs to be less catchy and memorable, making for a less enjoyable experience. still though, very cool and interesting Blues record if that's your thing
Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello - Painted from Memory
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25
𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆


━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━
Adult contemporary has roots in the light Pop of the 1960s; however, the term came to the fore in the late 1970s and early 1980s when the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart replaced the Easy Listening chart and when it also became a successful radio format. Unlike Easy Listening, adult contemporary is a predominantly vocal form, and it can incorporate elements of Contemporary Country, Smooth Soul, or Smooth Jazz.

With adults as a target audience, the genre tends towards slow to mid tempo songs that follow familiar patterns and are intended to be soothing rather than invigorating. Some overlap exists between adult contemporary and Soft Rock, but adult contemporary is one step further removed from Rock and may utilize more pop instrumentation, be that lush strings in the 1960s or synthesizers in the 1980s and later.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
woooow. WOOOOOOOOOOOOW. i cannot stand this. Adult Contemporary is 0/2 so far (spoiler alerts to SJO4). i cannot fucking stand the sickening sentimentality and drama the genre evokes. it sounds so sickly and cliche, like shit you'd hear played in hospital lobbies or the "romance" scene in the worst 90s romcom you've ever seen. there wasnt a single moment on this album where i didnt wanna turn it off. the best thing i can say about the record is that at least its well put together - the album is composed very lavishly and ornately, like a hallway of marble and gold. but i fucking hate that aesthetic. and i hate this! i'm sorry, Elvis... go back to like, blue hawaii, or whatever the fuck you do in that movie. shit yourself to death on the toilet. get this garbage away from me
Juçara Marçal E Kiko Dinucci - Padê
20.
75
𝗔𝗳𝗼𝘅é


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Afoxé (pronounced ah-fo-SHEH) is an Afro-Brazilian genre of music originated in states of Pernambuco and Bahia. It is a non-religious version of candomblé music. The most characteristic element of afoxé is ijexá, a type of rhythm invented by the Yoruba people. The name could be translated to "the speak that do". In West Africa the expression "afoxé" denotes a profane-religious celebration performed in opportune occasions.

The main instruments in afoxé are afoxé (aka agbê), atabaques and the agogô. The afoxé is formed by seeds or stones on a net, creating a percussion sound when played. Atabaques are the ones responsible for the characteristic ijexá sound of the genre, and the agogô, formed by two vase-shaped metal pieces, brings the rhythm and beats to the music.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
this was a wonderful listen! with this genre / style of music i find my lack of knowledge hinders my ability to write about it, but despite that i definitely found Padê to be a unique, fun, diverse, and enjoyable listen. the guitar work is impressive and the unique + skillful syncopated percussion work is definitely a highlight. if you're looking to expand your South American music knowledge, i'd definitely check this one out.
Ashanti Tribe Of Ghana & Ewe Tribe Of Ghana - Drums Of Death
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𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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Indigenous music of Africa that is passed down orally from generation to generation, the authors of the songs are usually unknown. African folk music can be played by common local people but in some societies ceremonial music was restricted to professional musicians.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
the energy is undeniable, its a fun and fantastic experience listening to this all the way through. the replayability is hindered by a lack of diversity and some scuffs in the recording, specifically the weird recording glitches on the second track, Akom. still, very fun, exciting, and enjoyable percussion-oriented folk record.
Kenny Dorham - Afro-Cuban
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75
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼-𝗖𝘂𝗯𝗮𝗻 𝗝𝗮𝘇𝘇


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Considered the basic form of Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz has its origins in "Habanera rhythm" (a combination of tresillo and the backbeat), an Afro Cuban music from the nineteenth century brought to New Orleans and evident in many pre-1940s jazz tunes.

In New York City, during the early 1940s, the Cuban musicians Mario Bauzá and Frank Grillo "Machito" and the work of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo evolved to include clave-based rhythms as "Cubop", a combination of Bebop and Afro-Cuban Music. The simplification of these rhythms gave birth to new Cuban genres as Mambo and Chachachá.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
coming to me for accurate and good jazz takes is a fucking awful idea, but Afro-Cuban really connected to me - especially the first half. ive found i enjoy jazz that kinda bucks the traditional style, incorporates interesting instruments, and this record definitely does that. the conga and various aux percussion, incorporated with a very emotive and smooth sax section makes this record a thrill to listen to. definitely recommend for a nice, light and breezy jazz experience
Marijata - This Is Marijata
23.
80
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼-𝗙𝘂𝗻𝗸


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Afro-funk consists of a Funk style strongly mixed with traditional and more modern genres in Sub-Saharan West Africa. It features lots of traditional African percussion, heavy syncopation, and the classic funk groove.

In contrast with Afrobeat, Afro-Funk is not heavily Jazz-influenced, often lacking the brass sections, long horn solos, and improvisational elements of Afrobeat.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
a fucking fantastic little funk record right here! 4 tracks of catchy, groovy, and somewhat noisy funk. the african influences, especially in the percussion is a wonderful addition that makes Marijata feel unique in its field, and the lofi production and wild vocal moments make this feel like a real big burst of energy. definitely check this one out - its short but it packs a real punch
Kokoko! - Fongola
24.
60
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼-𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲


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Afro-House blends House with African Music, with particular reference to the house scene of the Southern Africa region.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
it's decent, but not super for me. these repetitive, minimal and festival-ready type songs dont do as much for me as heavier, more complex EDM does. i enjoy the sonic style of the record a fair bit, and i love the new expressions of ideas and sounds that Kokoko represent. it's just, not something i enjoy all that much unfortunately.
The Pyramids - King Of Kings
25.
75
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼-𝗝𝗮𝘇𝘇


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A fusion of Jazz with African-styled percussion and rhythms.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
pretty much exactly what i want in jazz! avant-garde, engaging, unique jazzy melodies and a great sense of rhythm, cohesion, and spirituality. everything feels uniquely together and communal on this album - and i love that quite a bit. definitely will play this one a few times more as i'm getting more accustomed to jazz and finding the styles that i enjoy. this is definitely close to great for me, which is saying a lot.
Osibisa - Osibisa
26.
80
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼-𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸


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Afro-rock is the term used to describe Rock music made with West African influences, as opposed to just rock music done in Africa. Emerging in the early 1970s and fading by the early 1980s, scenes in Nigeria and Ghana were the most significant to the development of the genre.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
OSIBISA. CRISS-CROSS RHYTHMS THAT EXPLODE WITH HAPPINESS. WE'RE GONNA START THESE HAPPY VIBES RIGHT FROM THE ROOT! AND THE ROOT IS EARLY ONE MORNING IN THE HEART OF AFRICA.

just really fun, exciting, unique psyche rock from Africa! summed up in the first moments! a hidden lil psych-rock epic you shouldn't miss
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit
27.
80
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘁


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Afrobeat is a genre created by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and singer Fela Kuti in the late 1960s. It is a distinctly neotraditional style that merges the traditional Yoruba percussion and call-and-response structure with the general principles of Highlife (Fela played in Bobby Benson's and Dr. Victor Olaiya's bands in the 1950s), Jazz (a genre that Fela explored during the 1960s in London and back in Lagos) and Funk (influenced by local Nigerian star Geraldo Pino, an imitator of James Brown). This combination proved very successful, earning Fela critical acclaim and spawning a whole movement of afrobeat bands that still continues today.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
this shit viiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibes! love the jazzy, funky sound combined with the big african grooves and instrumentation. and at only 25 minutes? you can but out a listen to this in no time! Expensive Shit is just an ass slap entertaining and funky music. definitely worth checking to, especially if you're a fan of or trying to get into jazz more
Burna Boy - African Giant
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45
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀


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Afrobeats is a style of Dance-Pop that originated in West Africa during the early 2010s including elements from Pop Rap, Contemporary R&B and Dancehall. It is also influenced by popular West African styles such as Hiplife and Coupé-Décalé, even though it is musically not strongly rooted in traditional African Music. The genre has been especially popular in Nigeria and Ghana, but has also broken through in the United Kingdom with a local UK afrobeats scene influenced by early UK Funky. D'Banj's single Oliver Twist was the first international afrobeats hit and led the way for greater exposure of the style.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
feels like a bit jazzier, more rhythmic and diverse reggaeton, but that doesnt help this 60 minute, 19 track monster feel any less bloated and desolate. this kind of minimal, repetitive music is just absolutely not for me, but i still respect the craft and the style. there's clearly a lot of heart that goes into it, and that's great, but i really get very little out of it, unfortunately
J Hus - Common Sense
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50
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴


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Afroswing is a form of Hip Hop that emerged in the United Kingdom during the mid-2010s. Though the genre is rhythmically and vocally rooted in hip hop's percussion (typically incorporating a bass kick and drum snare), vocal mannerisms and lyrical focus, it's massively influenced by a number of different genres, including Dancehall, Afrobeats and Contemporary R&B, as well as various West African Music genres, which its melodies are commonly influenced by. Some other genres that afroswing takes influence from are Grime, Trap or UK Funky, although their impact on afroswing is considerably lesser.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
definitely a unique album in the trap / pop-rap landscape, the dancehall rhythms and vibes this album and J's kinda husky voice + patois make sure he really has his own lane. this doesnt sound really like anything else i've heard, which is impressive in its own right. HOWEVER, a lot of the time, these songs don't make me feel anything really. they just hit, one after another, and leave little to no impact. there are a few great beats and songs here and there, but as it stands Common Sense is just far too bloated and boring to be a very enjoyable experience in this state.
Bonez MC & Raf Camora - Palmen aus Plastik 2
30.
20
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗼 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗽


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Afro trap is a Hip Hop subgenre that appeared in France during the mid-2010s. The term was coined by rapper MHD, who is a precursor of the genre and who made it popular.

Afro trap is characterized by prominent, electronically programmed rhythms and layered synths. Afro trap's rhythms are mainly influenced by African Music genres such as Coupé-Décalé, Soukous and Afrobeats. Contrary to what its name suggests, Trap is a minor influence for Afro trap and has mostly influenced the rappers' flows rather than their beats, although some Afro trap rappers like Naza have used trap rhythms in their songs. It has been a very commercially successful genre in France. Common lyrical themes are braggadocio and soccer.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
jesus fucking christ no. i hate this kind of awful pop rap, and Bonez / Raf's voices are horrid to listen to. so deep, so non-nasal, it just sounds like shit. awful, just truly awful
:wumpscut: - Bunkertor 7
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𝗔𝗴𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵


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Based on the dark atmosphere of Dark Electro, aggrotech (aggressive techno) is typically characterized by more aggressive Hardcore [EDM]-influenced beats and harsh/distorted vocals.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
this was a solid electronic album. struck a cool atmosphere, like opening up a cold war bunker and smelling the rancid air that dwells within. really aggressive and heavy, beat pounding into your head, but it never felt overbearing or too destructive. flowed well, a bit too homogenized and stale, and there weren't as many single moments that really stuck out, but it's still worth a listen if heavy retro cyber-punk bangers are your thing!
Umeko Ando - Ihunke
32.
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𝗔𝗶𝗻𝘂 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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Ainu music is that of the Ainu people from Hokkaidō, the Kuril Islands, and part of Sakhalin. Many of the songs revolve around the subject of spirituality, including songs to 'ward off evil spirits'. The music has been in decline for centuries due to Japanese attempts to homogenize the country and repress Ainu culture. The most important types of Ainu music include the Yukar, or epic song, and Upopo.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
i'm biased bc im a fucking weeb but i adore this calm, tranquil japanese folk. knowing the people it comes from, the culture and struggle they face imbues the music with this mystical, beautiful aura that i cant get enough of. songs are diverse, instrumentation is unique, and everything just feels so still, so peaceful. absolutely a heavenly experience
Alhaji K. Frimpong - K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas
33.
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𝗔𝗸𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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The music of the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast is based on some of the oldest musical traditions of West Africa and it includes many traditional and neo-traditional styles which are especially prominent in central Ghana, where it overshadows other important genres such as Ewe Music, Ga music and Dagomba Music.

Traditional Akan music is sung in the local language, either Twi or Fanti (the Akan languages). There are two types of traditional ensembles: those which play ritual music, and hence are part of a certain institution, and those which play recreational music without any affiliation. Regardless of the ensemble, the instrumentation is mainly composed of idiophones and membranophones. The main types of Akan drums are the from, the eguankoba and the atumpan. Polyrhythmic structures and call and response are also inherent to Akan traditional music.

During the late 19th century and early 20th century, the British population introduced popular styles such as European brass band marches, American vaudeville and ballroom dance music, which were then Africanised by the indigenous Akan population giving rise to neo-traditional Akan variants such as konkoma (or konkomba) marching music, which recreates Western brass bands with rural instrumentation and traditional singing. Urban Ghanaians who could afford brass instruments made adaha music.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
kindof like Expensive Shit, a bit funkier, a bit less memorable. still a short burst of african grooves and vibes, but this one just doesn't work as well for me. the synths kindof clash with the acoustic instrumentation and sound a bit awkward. it's definitely a fun time, but there's better stuff with this sound on this list
A-WA - Bayti Fi Rasi
34.
60
𝗔𝗹 𝗝𝗲𝗲𝗹


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Al jeel is a style of Arabic Pop that first emerged in the 1970s, as an alternative to Shaʻabi. Al jeel takes influences from foreign Pop music and uses rhythms that resemble those of Reggae, but still has a distinctly Egyptian sound. The danceable beat of al jeel is generally produced by a drum machine, but the genre also makes use of traditional Arabic instrumentation.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
a cool blend of genres, reminds me of something my parents would enjoy lol. they're into that kinda middle eastern trip-hop / downtempo stuff that's been popular recently. Thievery Corporation type shit. and this fits right in. mellow, repetitive Egyptian vibes that are great for working / doing other shit. kinda wallpaper music, but with enough there to be engaging in its simplicity. definitely quite one-note in this form - it would work much better mixed into a playlist with other, similar tracks. still though, worth checking out if you're looking for some unique Trip Hop with a Middle Eastern bend to it
Saz'iso - At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song
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𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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The folk music of Albania fuses its own rural traditions with the music of Southeastern Europe, particularly Ottoman Turkish Music, an empire that ruled Albania for 500 years between the 15th century and the early 20th century (gaining independence in 1912). The primary basis of the country's music culture is its rich vocal traditions: a wide variety of cries, signals and forms of polyphonic chant, using pentatonic scales and performed with a high level of intensity and emotion. Prominent stylistic variations are practiced by the Ghegs of the North and the Tosks and Labs of the South.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
out of the obscure regional folk music genres i've covered so far, this has been one of my favorites. the guitar work, especially on the first half, is very intricate and exciting. many different instruments coalesce into these texturally exciting and invigorating folk ballads. i wish the second half had a bit more oomph to it, feels a bit bare and empty at moments, but overall this is definitely an enjoyable record. good job Albania!
Arif Sağ - Umut
36.
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𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗶 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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Alevi folk music is a branch of Anatolian folk music pioneered by Turkish poets and bards (ozan/aşık) pertaining to the Alevist heterodox Islamic tradition, which developed in Turkey among ethnic Turks, Kurds, and Zazas during the late-Seljuk and early-mid Ottoman eras.

Alevi folk music is characterized by heavily rhythmic song structures which are in accordance with the Alevi dancing ritual (semah) performed during their religious ceremonies (cem). Nevertheless, religious content isn't a necessity for Alevi songs and they can be performed/listened for just musical purposes. The stringed instrument bağlama is used create rhythm, similar to a percussion instrument, and has a crucial and emblematic position in the genre.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
another one of my favorites from the regional folk genres so far. just incredibly fun, upbeat, exciting turkish folk music that's a joy to listen to and experience. i can't overstate how exciting it is to experience these different cultures that i never would've known about, let alone experienced, in this way. i feel like i'm part of the festivals, part of the event, i'm there in some way experiencing it with everyone else. very very cool
Abdel Hadi Halo & The El Gusto Orchestra Of Algiers - Abdel Hadi Halo & The El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers
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45
𝗔𝗹𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗮𝗯𝗶


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Chaabi is a form of Arabic music, originating from Algiers in Algeria. It draws influences from Andalusian Classical Music and Berber Music, with mournful vocals over an orchestral setting of violins, mandolins, pianos and percussion.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
god, i really wish i could enjoy this one as much as the other regional folk records, but this thing was just too long, too unexciting, a blob of the same sound for over an hour. if the sound were more dynamic and interesting, if there was more range, or interesting ideas, instead of the same exact melody and sound stretched out for 10+ minutes with little progression, i'd enjoy this more. but as it stands, it's just devoid of interesting ideas, unfortunately
Naseer Shamma & Oyoun - هلال (Hilal)
38.
65
𝗔𝗹-𝗠𝗮𝗾𝗮𝗺 𝗔𝗹-𝗜𝗿𝗮𝗾𝗶


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Al-Maqam Al-Iraqi is an old form of Iraqi-Arabic Classical Music, considered by some as the most perfect utilization of the Arabic maqam modal system. The genre is built around set structures which consist of specific vocal maqam modes, whereby certain singing forms are used to perform poems (in Classical Arabic or in the Iraqi colloquial dialect) to the backing of an ensemble. Traditionally, the ensemble backing the mughanni (solo vocalist) would consist of the santur, the jawza, the tabla and the riqq.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
another regional classical/folk experience! this one's pretty cool and unique - a lot of the music here is underscored with these wide, vast drones that give the plucky string & woodwind instrumentation grounding in order to glide all over. it's very relaxing but not in an ambient way - it's very complex and rhythmic, but it gives you that sense of safety and peace that makes you feel at home. very fun, if a bit one-note at times
Ambros • Tauchen • Prokopetz - Der Watzmann Ruft
39.
70
𝗔𝗹𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗸


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Rock, Hard Rock, and Blues combined with typical elements of the traditional Alpine Folk Music like yodeling (Jodeln), accordion solo and support.
Hubert von Goisern & Die Alpinkatzen made this genre popular in German speaking regions. This is not necessarily pop, Pop/Rock or Rock music sung in Austrian or Bavarian dialect.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
ABSOLUTELY one of the albums i've been most excited to get to so far. an Austrian mountaintop Rock Opera sung entirely in German? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP! and it did not disappoint, playing out more like a play than your average rock opera. long, 2+ minute interludes entirely in German are littered throughout, apparently detailing a farmer's struggle living at the bottom of a mountain. the language barrier makes these moments pretty, dumb to listen to? im not getting anything out of them, so i can only interpret whats happening by the sound of the voices / sound effects. it's very weird, and i think at one point people have sex entirely in the left channel? its a fucking experience, and the actual music don't disappoint either - just some great rock music. a weird, one-of-a-kind experience, to be sure
Stimmhorn - Schnee
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25
𝗔𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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Music played in the Bavarian Prealps and Alps and the Alpine parts of Austria and Slovenia as well as German speaking Switzerland and South Tyrol in Italy.

Attributes of this music are mainly the shape of the melody lines which are predominantly arpeggiated, segmentated triads and paralell two voiced melodies in thirds, all played in a bouncy up and down, reminding of the shape of the mountains. The melodies are repetitive and the harmonies are simple and mainly held in major.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
holy shit this was boring and grating as fuck. occasionally there would be some interesting n cool instrumentation, like on Hochtour, or Firnfern, but for the most part it's super bare, super empty and simple in ways i really don't enjoy. and the vocals, oh my god the vocals. it's mostly yodeling, and i thought i might be able to handle it going in, but no NOOOO no i could not. it just, sounds awful. ESPECIALLY on the first track where he sounds like a babbling, gurgling spit monster. ranges from boring as fuck to annoying as shit, i dont recommend it
Roger Siffer - Elsass im Ausverkauf - Alsace à vendre
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𝗔𝗹𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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French folk music from the Alsatian language speaking area, either instrumental or, when sung, mainly in Alsatian.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
fun French folky music to party to. reminds me of a carnival, or a merry-go-round at points. drastic tempo changes and fun vibes abound here, and the sound is really evocative. definitely worth your time if this is your thing
АлтайКай - XXI чак / XXI век / XXI Century
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𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗮𝗶 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰


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Altai Traditional Music is the traditional music of the Altai people. It is a form of Turkic-Mongolic Traditional Music, which has developed in isolation in the mountains of the Altai Republic and Altai Krai (regions of the Russian Federation). It has similarities to other neighboring styles such as Tuvan, Khakas and Mongolian music but also has a rather unique sound.

There is major usage of Throat Singing in Altai music: the local style is known as kai or khai, which is used mainly for epic performance of poetry, and is often accompanied by topshur (a two-stringed lute). Altai vocalists make large usage of vocal imitations of nature - primarily birds.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
moody, melancholic, but peaceful Turkic Avant-Folk that feels lost in time. really wonderful and interesting - i actually loved the throat singing, way more than i ever imagined. and the sheer natural essence to it is just wonderful
Songs: Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co.
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𝗔𝗹𝘁-𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆


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In the 1980s, Punk Rock bands that incorporated Country influences were called Cowpunk and the music was almost invariably uptempo. Uncle Tupelo's 1990 album No Depression, released on the Indie label Rockville Records, differed from what had come before it with a greater respect for the country tradition of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The title track, recorded as "No Depression in Heaven" by The Carter Family in 1936, also became the name of a 'zine covering alt-country.

By the mid-1990s, the creative partnership behind Uncle Tupelo had split with Jeff Tweedy going on to form Wilco and Jay Farrar forming Son Volt, and the genre was increasingly referred to as "alt-country". This reflected not only an alternative to the artists that dominated mainstream country radio, but also a greater shared audience with alternative rock and indie rock.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
OH. OH FUCK YES. probably my favorite record of this journey so far, Magnolia Electric just feels so good. like a warm hug while you're feeling down every listen. its somber and sad, but feels hopeful and like things will get better, if you just hold on. i love the indie rock edge this record has, feeling like an original, passionate work rather than corporate country you hear nowadays. the only track i wasnt big on was The Old Black Hen, as i wasnt crazy about the guest vocals (a bit too twangy and southern for my tastes), but overall this thing is an incredibly solid Indie Rock/Alt Country release perfect for those, like me, that have somewhat written country off.
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
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𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲


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Alternative dance describes artists that, while rooted firmly in Alternative Rock and Indie Rock, heavily integrate aspects of Electronic music into their songs, such as synthesizers and rhythms taken from Electronic Dance Music.

Alternative dance developed in the early 1980s with New Order's mixing of Synthpop and Electro-Disco influence with a Post-Punk foundation. The band began to integrate Acid House into their music in the latter half of the decade, and their influence in the Manchester area gave rise to the Baggy / Madchester scene in the late '80s.


𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
tried to like this really hard but i just don't enjoy it. the sound is unique and interesting, the fusion of dance, techno, and psychedelic music, but so many tracks just feel long-winded and bloated to me. not to mention some super cheesy and dated moments like Come Together and the closer, Shine Like Stars. there are some real messy bits of awkward psychedelia here, and it really doesnt work a lot of the time for me, but there were still more good moments than bad. i really liked the second track, Slip Inside This House. but i just cant get down with this thing as a whole unfortunately
System of a Down - Toxicity
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𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗹


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Alternative Metal is a loosely defined sub-genre of Metal music that began in the late 1980s and reached its peak in the 1990s. It is characterized by mixing metal (most notably heavy riffs) with other styles such as Hip Hop (Rage Against the Machine), Funk (Primus), Post-Hardcore (Helmet), Grunge (Soundgarden), and other genres not traditionally associated with metal. Bands including Faith No More incorporate a vocal style that alternates between clean, melodic singing and Hardcore Punk-influenced screams.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
fucking bangs. more than i expected it to. yeah, a lot of the songs sound the same, yeah, the vocalists other than Serj are not really my thing, but goddamn are there bangers here. socially-conscious, aggressive, batshit wild bangers, and i kinda love it for that. wish there was more diversity in sound, but i can't really complain all that much
Frank Ocean - Blonde
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𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗥&𝗕


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Alternative R&B is a movement of R&B music that began around the late 2000s that deviates from the traditional styles, timbres and sometimes subject matter of Contemporary R&B.

A typical alternative R&B song features subtle, smooth, and reverberated production, heavy bass and often reverberated vocals. The sounds are often linked to Dream Pop, Future Garage, and UK Bass for their reverberated, airy, and bass-heavy sound. The subject matter and lyricism of alternative R&B is sometimes more vague and more varied than that of the often strictly love and sex themed contemporary R&B parent genre. Some themes may include but are not limited to drugs, spirituality and personal philosophies; however, themes of sex and love are still often the focal point of most lyrical content in the genre.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
it was alright. very cutting, emotional, and personal songwriting and lyricism which i loved quite a bit, and there were some beautiful instrumental moments, but the whole thing felt a bit... slow? too lowkey? there were a ton of interludes i diddnt care about, a ton of instrumentals that just felt too bare,e and overall its a tedious listen. but a worthwile one id say
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
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𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸

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Alternative rock is a style of Rock music that generally consists of typically Pop Rock-based song structures performed with a less commercial, more underground sensibility. It has roots in the independent music scenes of the United States and Britain in the 1980s.

Early alt rock bands such as R.E.M. and Violent Femmes combined Punk Rock and Post-Punk influences with Folk Rock, creating a new melodic rock sound in the process. The style remained in the underground for many years and, aside from occasional exceptions like R.E.M. and The Cure, met with little commercial success; indeed, the use of the word "alternative" in its name indicated that it was something outside the mainstream of rock music. However, the runaway success of Nirvana in 1991 changed this and catapulted alternative rock to the forefront of popular music.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
those fucking guitars MMMM. this album sounds great. a bit long, but god is it a good fuckin time
Asazaki Ikue - Utabautayun
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𝗔𝗺𝗮𝗺𝗶 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮


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Amami Shimauta or Shima Uta is a traditional music of Amami Island, which is part of the Ryukyu Archipelago, located to the south of Japan. The songs use the pentatonic scale of C, D, E, G, A. The singers are called utasha and commonly make use of a falsetto register. The principal instruments used are the sanshin, a three-string similar to the Japanese Shamisen, although smaller, and the Chijin, a local small drum. In recent years Shimauta has gone beyond the confines of the island to be known throughout the country thanks to 元ちとせ [Chitose Hajime], RIKKI, 朝崎郁恵 [Asazaki Ikue], 中孝介 [Kousuke Atari], Nami Makioka and other singers who have modernized the sound, mixing it with pop.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
very calm, tranquil, and relaxing folk music. for the most part piano-led, with Asazaki's beautiful falsetto carrying these tracks to twinkling heights. perfect music to sit back, relax, and ease you into a state of peace.
Eboa Lottin - The Best Of Vol. 1
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𝗔𝗺𝗯𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘆


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Ambasse bey is a style of African Folk Music music developed by the Yabassi people of Cameroon, which has found most popularity in the city of Douala and the surrounding Littoral region. Typically, instruments will include guitar and improvised percussion, and the music itself is faster-paced than other forms of folk music in Cameroon.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
its fine. fine enough. a lot of the time it sounds a bit too much like stock music, and there's a few tracks where the recording quality / mix is ass, but for the most part its feel-good breezy folk with an african feel to it. very tropical. worth a spin
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
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𝗔𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁

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Ambient is a style that describes a large spectrum of music. Ambient music puts more emphasis on actual sound than musical structure, aimed at forming a particular atmosphere or mood with the help of conventional and unconventional instruments, sound clips, and sometimes vocal clips. Singing in ambient music can be done, although a good deal of ambient is instrumental.

Ambient music is not limited to any particular mood or sound, but rather embraces the idea that any mood or atmosphere can be achieved through sound alone, rather than needing to rely on music composition or song structure. Ambient has been incorporated into a large amount of various already-existing musical genres, due to its extremely compatible usage and versatility.

𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪:
it suffers under its own massive scale, lasting way longer than it needs to. the last stretch is pretty damn weak, and there are some meh moments throughout, but i will say the first disc is pretty consistently great. would've made for a better single-disc experience than a 2.5 hour ambient monster
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2w
cant wait for dansktop
its a fucking joke of a genre
4mo
if anyone else is interested in doing this, heres the spreadsheet i made with all the genres: http://bit.ly/RYMGenreList
4mo
thanks for the credit <3
4mo
Can't wait for Lolicore
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