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Nu Blues

Nu blues is a global musical form originating in the urban centers of the United States during the first part of the 21st century.

The genre developed from roots in African-American musical traditions and is ubiquitous across hip hop and r&b music. It’s characterized by rapping, singing, and futuristic sonic-scapes.

Blue notes and minor keys are an essential part of the sound. Deep basslines derived from or inspired by the Roland TR-808 drum machine, and rapid-fire, sprinkler-like high-hat patterns reinforce the underlying, syncopated, trance-inducing​ rhythms to form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

The lyrical content is often about love and loss and/or aligns with the #BlackLivesMatter movement; cast against the backdrop of #Trumpism in America.

Here’s a DJ Mix I made exemplifying the genre:

Or listen to the unmixed Nu Blues playlist on Spotify (with bonus tracks).

Or download the Nu Blues DJ Mix as an MP3.




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