Acid Jazz

An energetic, groove-centered variant of jazz for a generation of club-oriented youth, acid jazz as a style originated in London during the mid-'80s, fostered by rare-groove DJs who spun their favorite records, whether they were up-to-par from a jazz standpoint or not.


Britain's hottest current compound, which first jelled about a year ago, is called trip-hop, a clunky name that suggests a rabbit stumbling over a fence.

Easy Listening

Easy listening (also known as orchestral pop) is a popular music genre and radio format that was most popular during the 1950s to 1970s. It is related to middle-of-the-road (MOR) music and encompasses instrumental recordings of standards, hit songs and popular non-rock vocals.


Lounge refers to a strain of easy listening music from the '50s and '60s that was based on the lush styles of latter-day swing and big band music.


Unlike many popular genres at the time, funk put more emphasis on the rhythm and groove resulting from the interplay between bass and drums, than the melody, chord progressions or arrangements often found in genres reliant on guitar, piano and vocals.


Jazz-Rap was an attempt to fuse African-American music of the past with a newly dominant form of the present, paying tribute to and reinvigorating the former while expanding the horizons of the latter.

Nu Jazz

Nu jazz grew out of the combined influences of Jon Hassel's Kiranic trumpet playing and ‘fourth world’ rhythms, Miles Davis' soft tone and use of ambience on In a Silent Way, and the early 90s intersection of jazz and electronica, particularly trip-hop, dub and downtempo.

Electro Swing

Electroswing is a genre of electronic dance music that mixes up electronic styles like house music, and downtempo with swing music

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