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A Brief Primer on the Contemporary Glitch-Hop Scene

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Glitch-hop is an elastic, freeform musical style with songs that flex between 80 to 130bpm (often settling around 110-115) and contain any musical reference point the artist sees fit: hip-hop, dubstep, breaks, big beat, electro, halftime, ghetto funk, mid-tempo funk, trap, even tropical, chill, and neuro drum & bass—all are fair game. The only common throughlines are the gnarled, low-end textures, swaggering breaks, and a lineage that can be traced back to the late ‘90s/early ‘00s when genre pioneers like Tipper, Bassnectar, Push Button Objects, and The Glitch Mob’s edIT emerged from the burgeoning breakbeat sound with slower, heavier sounds and a hip-hop mentality.

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