Music genres: you can't live with them, can't live without them. Whether you're writing about music or describing a band to your friend who's slowly adopting that patient-but-definitely-not-getting-it expression, then you know.
While some are just plain cringe-worthy (crabcore, anyone?), a fitting genre or two can go a long way in a conversation about music. So notepads at the ready as we unveil few new gems to add to your collection.
Definition: (See inexplicable); Country Dance Music, where a 4-on-the-floor beat and electronic production are overlaid with folk or country-like melodies and vocals.
Where, oh where, did CDM come from? Maybe the music industry got bored and decided to experiment with two of history's most hate-it-or-love-it genres. Either way, here it is, and if Pitbull's 'Timber' sticks around on the charts any longer, then CDM might be here to stay.
See also: Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc on 'Wake Me Up'
Definition: (See jazzstep); an amalgamation of dubstep or DJ-produced electronic music with traditional jazz or blues elements.
It's definitely not jazz. It's also not your garden variety of wobbly bass (in fact, it's better). Moby was an early dabbler in dubstazz, but guys like Pretty Lights and RJD2 have been expanding the genre ever since.
See also: Gramatik, Big Gigantic, Free The Robots.
Definition: A low-gloss style of female pop songwriting, where the singer crafts frank and unglamorous stories about adolescence, sex and class.
Girls who don't buy into Katy Perry's or Taylor Swift's white bread brands of broken heartedness can find comfort in the ladies of heroine pop, like Lorde and Sky Ferreira. Sure, heroine pop is a little bit trashy, a little hyperbolic, but it sounds like diamonds and will never lie to you.
See also: Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea
Definition: Mid-tempo alternative rock with lazily articulated vocals (usually male), backed by a fuzzy electric guitar or slide guitar track.
A modern incarnation of Bob Dylan's mumbles and slurs, slouch rock can be a delightful palate cleanser in the buffet of modern music. Artists like King Krule and Mac DeMarco may not have the most soothing or conventional voices, but their music’s lack of overproduction is refreshing.
See also: Kurt Vile, Widowspeak, Girls.
Image from Sky Ferreira on Facebook