Do you know your Deep Discofox from your Vaporwave? Listen to the most obscure genres on Spotify

Shout out to the 'Neurofunk' heads

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With music being so readily available, easy to produce and, you could argue, disposible in the 21st century, it's unsurprising that genres have splintered off into genres within genres within genres within genres.

Spotify this week compiled a list of 1369 kinds of music, sorting them by familiarity to root out the more obscure ones.

"These are the secret rain forest dwellers and deep undersea creatures of the genre world," it said in a blog post. A few in its top 50 you will probably have heard of, so we've drilled down to the really esoteric ones, which include pitch-shifted sampling of 90s corporate muzak.

Descriptions Spotify's...


'It’s like complextro, but more abstract than rhythmic.'


'This is electronic music that fuses elements of electronic body music, industrial, noise, trance, and techno. Aggrotech typically features distorted and pitch-shifted vocals, militant lyrics, and a fast, danceable beat.'


'Brostep is a variation of dubstep that some view as “Americanized dubstep.” It emphasizes the middle register sounds as opposed to the sub-bass content that dubstep accentuates. Brostep has more robotic sounds with a “metal-esque” aggression.'

Bubble trance

'Bubble trance is bright, upbeat trance music.'


'This particularly-aggressive filthstep variation is promoted most enthusiastically by the label Monstercat.'

Deep Discofox

'A goofily earnest genre featuring slick techno-disco and the occasional video.'

Deep Filthstep

'Only the true filthstep fans know their way around these more exploratory, sometimes lesser-known filthstep musicians.'

Deep Liquid Bass

'Deeper cuts from liquid bass (for the serious enthusiast), which combine the sleek synth lines of liquid genres with the bass from drum and bass.'

Destroy Techno

'An invented name for a particularly hard-to-describe experimental techno cluster.'

Drone Folk

'It’s like drone music made with traditional folk instruments (guitar, banjo, strings, and possibly hurdy-gurdy).'


'Electronic body music combines post-industrial, electronic dance music, and synthpunk. It first came to prominence in Belgium in the early ’80s.'


'The kind of indie/folky music that the old Ecto mailing list was devoted to.'

Fallen Angel

'Fallen angel is a dark, often-orchestral, form of metal that features female vocals.'

Gauze Pop

'A descriptive name for a subtly distinct cluster of indie pop, which needed a name.'


'lowercase refers to extreme ambient minimalist music. Lowercase recordings feature very quiet sounds, such as ruffling of papers, and amplifies them to an extreme volume.'


'It’s not a new kind of mullet; it’s a kind of music made with mallets.'

Martial Industrial

'Martial industrial, also called military pop, originated in late 20th century Europe. It combines traditional marches with influences from industrial, dark ambient, post-punk, neofolk, and neoclassical.'


'Microhouse is a blend of house music and minimal techno. With origins in the ’80s and ’90s, microhouse gained popularity in the early 2000s with its minimalist take on house music. Microhouse uses short samples to replace drum machine sounds with clicks, static, or everyday noises.'


'Nerdcore is hip hop music catered to nerds. Lyrical subject matter may include science fiction and computer games. Most nerdcore features DIY production and uncleared samples.'


'Neurofunk is drum and bass that emerged in London in the late ’90s. It replaces breakbeats with backbeats and industrial timbres with funk harmonies, juxtaposing hard funk with influences ranging from techno, house, and jazz.'

Shiver pop

'A descriptive name for a subtly distinct cluster of indie pop, which needed a name.'


'The idea with skwee (a.k.a. skweee) music is to “squeeze” the best sounds out of vintage synthesizers.'


'This sounds like soundtracks to spy movies.'

Stomp and Flutter

'Like stomp and holler, but with airy fluttering instead of earthy hollering.'


'Vaporwave consists of samples of corporate muzak and TV commercials from the ’80s and ’90s. The samples used in Vaporwave are often altered in pitch or tempo and manipulated with compression or reverb.'