Saturday's Wall Street Journal "Pursuits" section has an article on "Music's New Mating Ritual" by John Jurgensen (free for now, behind pay wall soon). It looks at genres that are getting fused these days, resulting in crypically named hybrids. Here's the opening paras:
Indie Hindi, socaton, skurban. You may feel like you need a dictionary the next time you go shopping for music.
The music world is getting thick with hybrids, or cryptically named blends of established styles. Indie Hindi, for example, is traditional Indian vocals tinged with edgy American-style rock. Socaton is dance music that has elements of rap, calypso and reggae. The number of genres is up more than 40% over the past four years, by one measure -- Gracenote, which maintains the music-classification system used by major sites like Yahoo and iTunes, now recognizes more than 1,800 genres. It recently added "hyphy," a jittery form of hip-hop from the San Francisco area.
It goes on to talk about Anoushka Shankar (that's Ravi Shankar's daughter and Norah Jones's half-sister) and her collaboration with superstar DJ Karsh Kale.
A new album from this sitar player and DJ Karsh Kale has Indian and electronic influences, a blend called "desi dance."
The album, "Breathing Underwater," drops Aug. 28. The article also talks about another desi genre.
Meanwhile, Falguni Shah, a classically trained Indian vocalist who records under the name Falu, uses the term "indie Hindi" to describe her New York band's sound. (Her producer coined the term.)
[WSJ.com is offering its visitors a sample of Falu's "Dum Maro Dum."]
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