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10 Musical Genres You Didn't Know Existed

Plug your headphones in and buckle up. It's time to discover some insanely cool artists who have crossed lines and never looked back. Kinda like Big Smo, who is giving us a glance into his hick-hop career on A&E.

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WHO?

Funkadelic bands like The Brand New Heavies and Groove Collective.

WHAT?

Soulful percussions + Groovy flutes + So many toe taps = Acid Jazz

WHERE?

You are sippin' a manhattan in Manhattan at 9 p.m. on a Friday.

2. Mathcore

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WHO?

Bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Coalesce.

WHAT?

Metal beats + Loudness + Crazy time signatures = Mathcore

WHERE?

Anywhere you can open up this pit!

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WHO?

Think Portishead and Tricky.

WHAT?

Soul + Electronica + Sexiness = Trip-Hop

WHERE?

You're in a classic film noir, slow dancing with the enemy.

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WHO?

Artists such as Washed Out and Slow Magic.

WHAT?

Retro melodies + Luxurious synths + Electropop + Sunshine = Chillwave

WHERE?

Close your eyes and imagine you are the star of a coming-of-age indie film and this is the part where the montage happens, and you're having the most epic day on the beach.

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WHO?

Parov Stelar and Goldfish.

WHAT?

Big band + Jazz + EDM + a 1930s circus = Electro Swing

WHERE?

You've just inherited jewels upon jewels upon jewels from your millionaire suitor, and it's time to celebrate your gold-digging lifestyle with champagne and high-kicks.

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WHO?

Rockers like The Cramps and HorrorPops.

WHAT?

Punk + Hillbilly + A few good howls = Psychobilly

WHERE?

On your next road trip to Dallas.

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WHO?

DJs such as Flosstradamus and Bro Safari.

WHAT?

Aggressive melodies + Dark drops + EDM + Hip-hop + Trouble = Trap

WHERE?

You're at a nightclub in Munich, it's 5 a.m., and you're not exactly sure how you got there.

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WHO?

The Album Leaf and Caribou.

WHAT?

Acoustic Instruments + Hip-hop beats + Bleep bloops = Folktronica

WHERE?

Reading in your den.

9.

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WHO?

Aswad plus any Marley family member.

WHAT?

Caribbean rocksteady beats + Spiritually influenced lyrics + Love = Roots Reggae

WHERE?

Your resort in Jamaica will have these sounds on loop during your honeymoon.

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WHO?

Dance junkie artists like Miami Horror and Gigamesh.

WHAT?

Disco, duh + Electronic funk + Dreams = Nu-disco

WHERE?

You are lost under a disco ball in your Rollerblades, endlessly spinning and jiving the night away.

If you're into discovering new music genres...

A&E

WHO?

Think Big Smo.

WHAT?

Hip Hop + Country + True Grit = Hick-Hop

WHERE?

Clocking in at your 9-to-5 or Kicking It in Tennessee.

Watch hick-hop artist Big Smo's new real-life series coming to A&E on June 11 (10:30/9:30c).

Get the new album now — Kuntry Livin' (featuring the hit song "Workin'").