A blend of electronica and down-tempo hip-hop, urban and ethereal, street and ambience. Thought provoking, sensual, and deep. Often features string section and/or brass section. Can be either instrumental or with female vocals. Occasionally with rap. Trancy and smooth. Often jazzy. Sometimes features turntablism / scratching. It's head nodding music. "Chill-out music".
Portishead, Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Goldfrapp, Lamb, Morcheeba, Smith & Mighty, Alpha, Bjork, Earthling, Hooverphonic, Mono, Smoke City, Zero 7, music on record labels Mo Wax and Ninja Tune.
Quirky or freaky metal. Compact, tight, and very agressive guitars when heavy. Vocals range from a brutal roar to quirky almost whiney singing. Hammond-esque jolly circus/merry-go-round melodies in the background, often played by one, some or all of the following: bass, organ/keyboard, accordian, brass section, and kazoo. The music often cuts from brutal death metal to the delightful carnival music. Often also tends to incorporate elements of jazz, ska, Egyption and Turkish influences, 50's rock 'n roll, surf music, noise art, bossa nova, and techno.
Mr. Bungle, Dog Fashion Disco, Vicious Hairy Mary, Headkase, Darth Vegas, Fantomas, Secret Cheifs 3, Chin.