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It’s February again, and you know what that means: time for some new music.

For people who like to study…

Post Rock: This is a nice place to start. To put it simply, post rock can be some of the happiest music around. El Ten Eleven and Explosions in the Sky are both notorious for crafting uplifting and life-affirming jams. On the flip side, post rock can also be extremely intense (e.g. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘s sweeping musique-concrète compositions). Regardless, the absence of vocals makes post rock great study music.

For people who like relaxing and sleeping…

Ambient Music: Pleasant, pretty, and ethereal, ambient music is the auditory equivalent of a cup of tea and warm sweater. Brian Eno’s Music for Airports is the genre’s true classic; if any album could soothe the nerves of travelers stuck in a layover in an international terminal, this is it.

For people who like pop…

If you like good vibes and you’re tired of eurocentrisism…

Afropop: The Very Best lives up to their name with great tracks and star-studded collaborations, while John Wizards has amazing artwork and my favorite music video of 2014 so far. For fans of M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend.

If you like sad moods…

Bummer pop: Cassette tape labels like Birdtapes and Orchid Tapes are home to the perfect rainy-day heartbreak tunes. If you like casiochords, acoustic guitars, and a lo-fi DIY aesthetic, it doesn’t get much better than this. For fans of Death Cab for Cutie and Elliot Smith. 

For people who like rap…

If you like modern hip-hop…

Footwork: Rooted in Detroit and Chicago and built around high-speed 808 drum machine beats,  footwork ranges from the distinctly minimal to the goofy and fun. All in all, it’s perfect for riding the bus and looking at power lines.

If you like 90s hip-hop…

Plunderphonics: Maybe it sounds like a term spelunkers would use, but in actuality, “plunderphonics” is the umbrella term for the sample-heavy hip-hop pioneered by artists like MF Doom, Madlib, DJ Shadow and J Dilla. Dilla’s Donuts is a legendary must-listen, but RJD2’s track Ghostwriter has some great crossover appeal.

If you like angry rap…

Noise Rap: The aggressive, politically-charged edge of rap, populated by artists like Clipping., B L A C K I E (All Caps with Spaces), and Death Grips. For fans of Yeezus.

If you like happy rap…

Lil B: A one-man bastion of positivity, kindness, and social consciousness, Lil B is the most entertaining artists in recent memory. He’s also one of the most prolific artists ever– he practically qualifies as a genre in and of himself.

If you like aggressively dorky rap…

Nerdcore: That’s right, MC Frontalot and MC Hawking rap about nerd culture just for you STEM kids.

For people who like the 90s…

If you like dolphins and Lisa Frank…

 Seapunk: This nautical club has made it into the mainstream- seapunk’s been endorsed by both Rihanna and Azealia Banks. However,  seapunk is not only a musical subgenre, but a fashion and design aesthetic as well. 

If you like elevator music and corporate culture…

Vaporwave: Basically- “chillwave for Marxists” and “corporate smooth jazz Windows 95 pop”. The internet is fiercely divided over what constitutes vaporwave, but Vektroid’s Floral Shop (released under the alias Macintosh Plus) is the uncontested masterpiece of the genre. Critics such as Michelle Lhooq have remarked that “unlike seapunk, vaporwave is actually ‘punk,’ in that it’s driven by a subversive political objective: undermining the iron grip of global capitalism… by exposing the alienating emptiness underneath its uncanny sheen”. (Thanks, Vice)

If you like arcades and floppy disks…

Chiptune: The number one genre for Sonic the Hedgehog aficionados, chiptune is based around melodic 8-bit bleeps and bloops. AnimaniguchiCRYING, and Beck circa-2005 all come to mind. 

If you like bass and VHS tapes…

Witch House: The spooky moniker certainly holds true- witch house can certainly be queasy and unsettling.  Groups like Purity Ring and Crystal Castles have achieved widespread critical acclaim with these gothic themes- but funnily enough, most underground witch house artists are infamous for choosing names with strange symbols and unicode characters in order to stay under the radar (after all, it’s pretty difficult to tell your friends about bands with names like GR†LLGR†LL).

If you liked Space Jam…

Space Jam-core: Yes, that’s right. The internet is filled with track after track after track after track after track of Space Jam mash-ups. Only proceed if you have a strong sense of irony.



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