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Monday, March 18, 2013

by Julia Webster


Illbient is a genre of music that holds its roots in mostly ambient sounds and incorporates, in particular, dub, hip-hop, and drum’n’bass. I find it to be an interesting mix of lounge and party attitudes that suits both scenes. This specific form of electronic music aims to express the cultural variety and grimy decay of its hometown, Brooklyn, often sounding eerie and dark, much like witch house.

People fight for responsibility in coining the term ‘illbient’, but the main opponents are DJ Spooky and DJ Olive, who were both in the pioneering scene in its first introduction to the public. The term ended up mostly being pushed by music journalists in 1994 to describe this new genre. 

DJ Spooky


DJ Olive
The genre was first introduced to the public on a large scale in 1996 through Asphodel Records who released a compilation album called Incursions in Illbient which featured various artists who are considered forerunners of the genre, some of which are included in the playlist below. 
Illbient had a huge influence on the development of other genres like dustup, half step and hauntology, so we can thank the grimy Brooklyn scene for some of our bassiest genres of the millennium. 


Playlist for March 18, 2013

Copper Cat // Pictures of Cats

DJ Olive // Furry Whales

DJ Spooky // Why Patterns

Byzar // Phylyx

Sub Dub // Dancehall Malfunction

Doc Elephant // Air Riddim

Boards of Canada // Happy Cycling

Teargas & Plateglass // Plague Burial

Crustation // Purple (Caisance’s Bootleg Remix)

Lucid Summer Dreams // Web of Life

G Jones // Circle Limit

Next week: Hauntology

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