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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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Ten Artists Keeping Trip-Hop’s Eclecticism Alive

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Even in its earliest days, trip-hop was always something of a sonic mutant. In the early ‘90s, it fused hip-hop and electronica with nods to jazz, funk, dub, and soul in ways that were comfortingly familiar yet unnervingly alien. Trip-hop’s popularity arguably peaked in the mid ‘90s, as pioneering acts like Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Unkle, and DJ Shadow gained both critical and commercial renown. While the latter may have faded as the new millennium approached, the passing of time hasn’t dulled the influence it provides for countless young acts. Now, at a time when almost every micro-genre and musical amalgam is fair game, artists are mining trip-hop for inspiration as a launchpad for their own musical experiments. By merging hip-hop with everything from IDM to world music, the 10 artists in this list show that trip-hop is still the same vehicle for both artistic exploration and sonic rebellion that it’s always been.

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