Folktronica or electrofolk is a genre of music comprising various elements of folk music and electronica, often featuring samplings of acoustic instruments—especially stringed instruments—and incorporating hip hop or dance rhythms. Typically, computers are used during the recording process.
Folktronica was coined by music writer Jim Byers on the now-defunct website BurnitBlue.com, during the proliferation of labels like Manchester's Twisted Nerve, responsible for the emergence of Badly Drawn Boy, but with its origins in electronica. It was later used when describing the music coming from Kieran Hebden and his Four Tet project in 2001. In 2001, postmodern pop artist Momus released an album titled Folktronic deliberately exploring (and satirizing) the fusion. A similar genre is "Laptop folk", which refers to a slightly more minimalistic electronic folk.
Definitive recordings in the genre include Pause by Four Tet, Mother's Daughter and Other Songs by Tunng, "The Golden Beatle" by Eugene Francis Jnr, Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp, Tiger Suit by KT Tunstall and The Milk of Human Kindness by Caribou.
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