Style definitions


Hereís a small list with definitions of the styles in music as we see it.

We know that everybody has his own vision on how to define certain styles, and that it is as much diverse as

the styles of music which excist.

This list is just a guide, and many artist have made various styles of music ,for instance Donna Summer,

she has made Disco , High Energy , Soul and R&B/Soul in her carreer,so donít hold it against us if certain records

are not placed in the style that you would like to see.






2 step/uk garage

catchie offbeat soulful garage

artful dodger / wideboys /


house and/or techno with the strange acidic sounds in it. started around 1988

baby ford/acid junkies/stakker humanoid/phuture/hardfloor/random xs


music from africa.

fela kuti/manu dibango/sunny ade/afric simone/unknown cases


trancey space without beats/or with slow dubby beats. chill out music

the orb/pete namlook/fax records/apollo records/biosphere/klaus schulze


music from asia.


beats/dj tools

records with only beats or breaks or sounds, specially for djs to mix

beats for jeeps/dmc grooves/beats, breaks+scratches/fat acapellas/bird sounds

belgium techno

techno from belgium. started in 1990 when new beat ended

frank de wulf/b sides/outlander/liaisons d/rhythm device/spectrum

big beatz

big beatz/chemical beatz. combines techno + rock + triphop

prodigy/chemical brothers/eboman/junkie xl/basco/crystal method


like soul music, but mostly very sad songs

john lee hooker/robert cray/bb king/muddy waters


fast instrumental hiphop breaks combined with house and techno

old prodigy records/acen/altern 8/nu matic/nrg/sl 2/zero b/manix


tropical happy music from the caribbean

lobo/byron lee/mighty sparrow/20th century steel band/johnny ventura


house/techno from chicago, where it all started around 1986

lil louis/steve poindexter/armando/dj pierre/robert armani/adonis


club house / disco house, the disco music of the 90s.

george morel/masters at work/boris dlugosch/junior vasquez


dance music from the disco era 1973-1983

saturday night fever/kc & the sunshine band / frank stallone

dance italo

happy dance music from italy. mostly from 1983-1990

koto/den harrow/fun fun/kano/kasso/taffy/laser dance/miko mission

electro newschool

like modern techno/house music but with influences from old (1983-1986) electro music

cybotron/drexciya/jedi knights/dopplereffect/tiga&syntherium

electro oldschool

rap/hiphop music with electronic influences. used for breakdancing/electric boogie, mostly 1983-1986

man parrish/newcleus/hashim/jonzun crew/afrika bambaataa+soul sonic force

euro techno

european techno, mostly from 1990-1994. also called old style

ultimate seduction/go bang records/fierce ruling diva/dhs/apotheosis


freestyle house, mostly from 1989-1991. mostly from new york

royal house/black riot/minument/bonesbreaks/looney tunes/casanovas revenge


like disco and soul, but more funky. eehh.

funkadelic/bootsy collins/george clinton/zapp/fred wesley/parliament


house, slow, soulful vocals, moody pianos. the disco music from the 90s

robin s/ce ce peniston/robert owens/mk/adeva/urban soul/dajae/also 2 step music

german tekno

euro techno from germany. mostly 1989-1994

westbam/hypnotist/mark nrg/alec empire/hardsequencer/biochip c/cellblock x


a blend of speed upsoul / jazz / blues / rap / african beats

trouble funk/tted records/dett records/little benny and the masters


hardcore euro techno. started in holland around 1992. also called gabber

mokum records/omar santana/charly lownoise/chosen few/rotterdam records

high energy

fast disco music, almost trancey

donna summer/patrick cowley/giorgio moroder/boys town gang/bobby o/sylvester


house with rap vocals. started in chicago around 1988.

fast eddie/tyree/2 in a room/mr lee/kc flightt/ka posse/doug lazy/deskee


music in our own easy to learn dutch language. also called nederlandstalig

doe maar/andre hazes/andre van duin/herman van veen/de kast/normaal


all styles of house music we couldnt define in any of the other styles.

fortran 5/nicolette/da juice/electronic voodoo/t cut f/t coy

house jazzy

house music with a big jazz influence in it, mostly very soft music.

pal joey/urban knights/tympanum/loop dloop records/future minds

house top 40

very commercial house/techno music. top 40

2 unlimited/c+c music factory/deeelite/cappella/49ers/rozalla/black box

IDM/electronic listening

Intelligent Dance Music

plaid/to rococo rot/fennesz/herbert


industrial, very chaotic techno with lots of industrial noises.

most aphex twin/caustic window/unit moebius/spiral tribe/afx

italo techno

euro techno from italie, mostly from 1990 to 1994

cappella/ramirez/datura/digital boy/antico/dirty mind/raf/pwm


very hard for me to explain. help would be appreciated

ella fitzgerald/miles davis/nina simone/blue note records/bob james

jazz dance

modern version of old jazz music. mostly mixed with modern hiphop beats.

jestofunk/spank da monkey/talking loud records/incognito/jamiroquai


started as breakbeat, later became faster and less samples + noises

roni size/ed rush/ltj bukem/alex reece/dj die/aphrodite/movin shadow records


classical music from the old days.




tito puento/joe loss/celia cruz/sergio mendes/some herb alpert/da lata

latin hiphop

disco music from around 1985-1991. has latin, freestyle and hiphop influences

nocera/cover girls/safire/cyre/latin rascals/trinere/tka/johnny o/debbie deb

mellow/deep house

mellow house is the slowest house style. mostly instrumental. also called deep house

mr fingers/ron trent/pal joey/keytronics ensemble/upi/sueno latino/lectroluv



kaoma/armais camilo


lps or 12inch singles with remixes and/or megamixes

disconet/dmc/hot tracks/wicked mix/ultimix/hot plate/razormaid

new beat

belgium style house music 1988-1991. called new beat because you can change the speed

confettis/neon/bizz nizz/jade 4 u/taste of sugar/plaza/erotic dissidents

new jack swing

invented by teddy riley in 1984, same as r&b/soul but with a jazz flavour en more hiphop beats

guy/today/basic black/livin/wrecks n effect/good girls/teddy riley

new york

new york style of house music. mostly very slow and mellow with little latin touch

nugroove records/old strictly rhythm records/lb bad/phenix/earth people

nu skool breaks

modern breakbeats, slower than d&b but better produced than old ragga style

adam freeland/akasha/rennie pilgrem/meat katie/freq nasty


blah blah blah style of music, with a touch of blah blah blah

for rolling stones/abba/stereo mcs/madonna/britney spears/nik kershaw/toto

pop house

records with house remixes from songs from pop artists

house mixes of madonna/house mixes of rolling stones/house mixes of front 242

pop synthesizer

pop music made almost completely from sythesizers

jean michel jarre/kraftwerk/riuichi sakamoto/art of noise/tangerine dream


progressive house/trance. english style with pop music instruments, mostly 1993-95

limbo records/boomshanka/cowboy records/leftfield/gipsy/aloof/lionrock/havana

psy trance/goa

tribal and trippy trance consisting of mostly organic sounds

hallucinogen/astral projection/total eclipse/koxbox/transwave


same as r&b/soul but since end of the 90's called r&b as the style went crossover

mariah carey/destiny's child/justin timberlake/


old style soul mixed with a touch of modern hiphop

destinys child/tlc/total/new edition/mary j blige/toni braxton/aaliyah


hiphop. take an old soul/funk song, loop the break, talk over it, and voila !

beastie boys/gangstarr/mantronix/audio 2/lord finesse/2 pac/grandmaster flash


slow dubby relaxing music from jamaica. sounds best with a fresh joint

bob marley/ub 40/peter tosh/king tubby/shabba ranks/aswad/beenie man/third world


pop music, but much harder, with loads of heavy guitars and heavy vocals

iron maiden/kiss/sepulatura/ac dc/guns n roses/torhead/metallica/tool/def leppard



edsel juliet&orchestra sal juco


upbeat whiteboy reggae with lots of horns

madness/specials/special aka/selector/the beat/the english beat



machel montano


jazz/blues/rhythm & bluesmix of music ,sung more from the heart ( many styles )

james brown/marvin gaye/lou rawls/barry white/freddie jackson/anita baker

speed garage

speeded up version of garage house. with reggae influences

double 99/tuff jam/funkjunkeez/187 lockdown/serious danger/satellite records


tropical music from surinam. very happy.



the english word for new jack swing ( see: new jack swing )



very monotone house music. instrumental. very industrial. very pure and clean sounds

derrick may/underground resistance/steve rachmad/juan atkins/cari lekebusch


instrumental house music, faster, and with spacey psychedelic sounds in it

visnadi/paul van dyk/underworld/sven vath/secret knowledge/total eclipse


house, trance or techno music with lots of percussion

goodmen/rene et gaston/jambo/astrospider/pascals bongo massive/mackino


instrumental slow hiphop beats with some reggae, dub and ambient influences

moloko/mo wax records/unkle/clubbed to death #1 + #2/cup of tea records

uk techno

techno from the u.k. started around 1989

warp records/lfo/black dog/orbital/irdial records/eon/tricky disco


fast club house music. very happy and danceable. started around 1992

fresh fruit records/felix/dimitri+jaimy/sil/outland records/exposure



heera/las chicas del can/erasmo carlos/biguines/herbie hancock&foda musa suso


french african music

kassav/fitzroy williams/zouk time