is a term used to describe
specific styles of electronic music.
It was originally used to describe
a subgenre of hip-hop
that gained popularity in the early
1980's in Germany, England, and the US. Electro
was directly influenced by Kraftwerk
and Funk, whereas earlier hip-hop
was closer to disco. Defining characteristics of this
genre were dominating
synthesizer lines and rhythm sections
comprised of drum
machine beats, rather than samples. Vocals were delivered
in a robotic, dead pan matter.
As time progressed, many subgenres
grew out of electro
, as well as a certain
fashion sense and attitude. Foremost among these were electroclash (a hybrid of electro
, new wave, and Italo disco) and electropop (a form of synthpop characterized
by a cold, robotic sound
). It is heavily debated among music scholars whether or not these are actual subgenres
is considered synonymous to this
day with these two genres.
also spawned more
valid, genuine subgenres
, including electro
bass, glitch electro
, downtempo electro
, and minimal electro
also influenced freestyle music and Miami bass (in turn creating techno bass), and had a significant role
in the evolution of ghettotech.
refers to electro
times it is not likely they are referring to the original hip-hop
is commonly used as shorthand for describing music from
the electropop revival and electro
house scene. Electro
was extremely influential, inspiring a myriad
, all of which could
be considered electro
makes it very
confusing when trying to ascertain exactly what strand of electro
In general, many
people use electro
all electronic music meant to be danced to, distinguishing it from
electronica (electronic music meant for home listening).
is used most accurately to describe
the original strand of funk influenced hip-hop
purists consider this
the only valid definition.