Wacky Musical Genres, from Witch House to Chopped and Screwed
Pitchfork reported yesterday that Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has released a new ep for his side project, cryptically named ††† (or, Crosses, if you want to say it out loud). The five-song release features Moreno's trademark echo-moans, which listeners usually hear soaring above the chugging, guitar fuzz of the Deftones. Though the guitars are still present on this release, the music is more sedate--a blend of '80s-era industrial music met with the palpitating, programmed drums of hip hop and the melancholy gothic pop of the Cure. But I'm not so concerned with what Moreno is working on these days as much as I'm intrigued by Pitchfork's casual reference to the style of music this new EP represents--Witch House.
At the risk of appearing clueless (God help me), I admit today was the first time I have ever heard reference made to this particular style of music. Yes it's shameful for a music blogger to be so far out of the loop, but one has to wonder if these names are given to a band because of their ground breaking hybridization, or music writers are just looking for new ways to punch up their content.
Witch House: As described above, the genre also includes the band White Ring. Have a listen:
Chopped and Screwed: This style of remixing hip-hop songs was popular with the codeine-sipping DJs of the 1990s. It involves taking a song, slowing it down and mixing in skipped beats to induce a weightier, languid quality. No less a source than MTV News reported the genre was invented by Houston's DJ Screw in response to more frenetic Atlanta rappers. DJ Screw would make mix tapes of his altered creations known as screw tapes, which mimicked the heavy, molasses-like feel of opiate intoxication.
Horrorcore: Take care not to confuse this style with Terror Core (big difference, apparently). Featuring roots stretching back to the late '80s, it features horror-film inspired rhymes mixed with gangsta rap. Though this particular group of artists includes Detroit douchebags Insane Clown Posse, try not to judge the scene too harshly; the Geto Boys represent the genre's saving grace.
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