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Neurofunk falls under the wide genre of drum and bass, and can be defined by a few special characteristics. Being a derivative (or an evolution, if you will) of the older genre "techstep," this music will share many similarities to it. Some of the similarities it shares with techstep is the use of distorted basslines and the tendency to use fast, syncopated drum loops.
A few defining qualities of this genre is the under-emphasis on the "drop," (a re-entrance of the music after the "cut," a sudden stop in the music) where most genres of drum and bass have an over-emphasis on this. As well, the heavy use of stabs (in this sense, a stab refers to a quick note that is cut short, also called a staccato) in the basslines are quite common in this music.
This type of music draws many influences from many different genres, such as funk (obviously), jazz, house, techno and techstep (as previously mentioned). Therefor, many similarities can be found within these genres as well, but since it’s an electronic music genre, the main difference between funk and jazz, and this music, is that it’s composed of electronic instruments, like a synthesizer, drum machine, or even a laptop in some cases. Stylistically, however, they are quite similar.
This genre of music is a relatively new one, coming into the music scene near the end of the 1990s and the start of the 2000s. More specifically, at around 1997 and 1998. It originated in many places, including the United States, England, Scotland and Europe in general. But it first came from London, where its defining sound was first heard.
Like previously mentioned, it’s a progression from the older genre, techstep (which only became popular at around the same time of this genres creation). Techstep artists would change their sound to more fit this newer style of music, but not all artists transitioned in this way. Of course, there are new artists which were never involved in techstep at all.
During the late 2000s, several artists released albums that would change the face of this music. The albums included characteristics that can further define this music. These include several melodic experimentations, rhythmic chord progressions (to be used with a guitar), different styles of techno funk inspired sounds and more gritty and distorted basslines.
Its popularity in the mainstream is still small but growing, only coming into existence little more than a decade ago. This genre still has much room to grow and develop, with new artists coming into the scene and further helping it along the way.
Average Beats Per Minute: 110-140
Where It Originated: London, England
Stylistically Similar To: Funk, Techstep, Jazz
Year Developed: Late 1990s
General Drum and Bass - Back to the overview of drum and bass.
Darkstep - It's dark, fast and full of energy. What more could you ask for?
Dubstep - Get with the "WUB WUB WUB" and feel that intense bass!
Post-Dubstep - The evolution of dubstep. Productions from 2011 and on.
Jump-Up - Jump up for this music! You really don't have a choice.
Liquid Funk -Softer and more ambient in nature. Does it taste good?
Neurofunk - Evolved from techstep, having many similarities to jazz and funk as well.
Techstep - A very technical genre, as well as being quite... step-like. Just read the page.
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