Aquacrunk: noun, a name for a style of electronic music that incorporates heavy beat-based music and earthy, organic textures which sometimes resemble the aquatic.
As it turns out, the term “aquacrunk” has been floating around since at least October of 2008, with origins in the Scottish scene (artists like Hudson Mohawk and Rustie).But in a surprising testament to the reach of U.K. blog Drowned in Sound, an article published yesterday called “Aquacrunk? What the Crunk? An Introduction to the Watery Side of Electronics” caught a little backlash by bringing the L.A. beat scene’s biggest names—Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Lorn—under that titular sub-style’s umbrella…
The world of electronic music is so littered with sub-genres now that it is far too difficult for many to keep track. More than anything, the awareness that terms for certain minutiae of change in a sonic spectrum is journalistic. But sometimes such defining words can feel appropriate – encapsulation will be impossible forever,
So, it is my daunting task to try and sum up one that has been born out of a consistently mutating, bass led world in it’s most onomatopoeic guise – that which is known as “Aquacrunk”.
Now, like me, you may look at that word and think, quite simply, What The Fuck. You have that right. But then there is a point where a certain level of understating has to come into play. You see, aquacrunk/wonky/IDM/whatever-you-want-to-call-it has, in fact, a more simplistic build, and history, then its idiom may lead you to believe…
A tongue-in-cheek phrase put on a flyer to describe a sound that wasn’t even known outside of Glasgow, aquacrunk was soon jumped on by elements of the music press and presented to the world as hip-hop, the Glaswegian way. Despite being primarily made by just one producer, 25-year-old Rustie, the sound has spread out of Glasgow and caught the attention of electronica fans worldwide.