Obscure music genres you can try to listen today

We all have our favorite genres of music. But do you ever get bored with what you’re listening to and want to branch out? You don’t have to stick with the same old stuff or even go outside your comfort zone; there are plenty of obscure music genres that exist if you know where to look. Here are just some examples.


a-music, the music genre invented by and named after a-trak, was an early 2000s subgenre of electronic dance music. It combined house and techno with hip hop and R&B influences. In addition to its high energy sound, a-music is also known for its use of samples from other genres, particularly hip hop.

Booty Bass

Booty bass is a genre of music that originated in the early 2000s. The genre is a mix of hip hop, trap, dancehall and reggae and was popularized by producers like Diplo and Major Lazer. It has since grown to be one of the most popular genres in the UK as well as America due to its popularity throughout Europe.

Booty bass is closely linked with UK garage which flourished back in 1997 when DJs started using breakbeats as part of their sets; these were usually sped up versions taken directly from old soul songs (or even older jazz tracks).


Chillwave is a genre of electronic music that originated in the early 2000s, characterized by its use of 1980s synthesizers and samples. It is associated with the 1990s subgenre dream pop and considered to be influenced by chill-out music. Chillwave was pioneered by musicians like Teen Daze, who released his debut album All Of Us In Our Night on Bandcamp in 2009.

Though many artists consider it to have been founded as recently as 2008, other sources have cited an earlier date for the origin of chillwave—namely 1986 when Brian Eno released his album Another Green World. The term “chillwave” was coined in 2008 by blogger Tom Laskin after he noticed a growing number of bands who shared similar characteristics: heavy use of synths and drum machines alongside sampled vocals from older songs such as Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” or Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze.”

Ambient Spectralism

Ambient Spectralism is a music genre that combines elements of ambient music and spectralism. It is a subgenre of ambient music and was developed in the 1990s to describe the music of Brian Eno, Steve Roden and Stars of the Lid.

In spectralism, timbre is replaced by harmonic timbres for all instruments at different octaves/frequencies. This gives an effect similar to morphing between different instruments which can be heard throughout Brian Eno’s Music for Airports album from 1978.


Vaporwave is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the late 2000s. Vaporwave combines manipulated samples from popular culture with modern production techniques, resulting in an ironic and satirical take on the material it samples. Examples of this include the albums Vektroid’s Floral Shoppe (2011) and Blank Banshee’s Blank Banshee 0 (2014), which sample from 1980s commercials and video game soundtracks respectively to create surreal, lo-fi music that evokes themes of consumerism and nostalgia for a bygone era.