Folktronica[1] 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, although it varies based on influences and choice of sounds.[1][2]


Folktronica has been used to describe the music coming from Kieran Hebden and his Four Tet project in 2001.[2][3][4] According to The Sunday Times Culture's Encyclopedia of Modern Music, essential albums of the genre are Four Tet's Pause (2001), Tunng's Mother's Daughter and Other Songs (2005), and Caribou's The Milk of Human Kindness (2005).[5] The music of alternative singer-songwriter Minute Taker has also been described as folktronica.[6][7]


  1. 1 2 Smyth, David (April 23, 2004). "Electrifying folk: Folktronica, new folk, fuzzy folk – call it what you will. Laptops are replacing lutes to create a whole new sound", Evening Standard, p. 31.
  2. 1 2 Empire, Kitty (April 27, 2003). "Up front on the verge: Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden", The Observer, p. 14.
  3. Harley, Kevin (January 30, 2010). "Four Tet: There Is Love in You", The Independent, p. 24
  4. Brown, Jonathan; Kinnear, Lucy (11 February 2008). "The real school of rock". p. 10., Elliott School is a struggling comprehensive in south London. But it has an astonishing record in nurturing a diverse range of avant-garde pop stars. The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  5. Clayton, Richard (1 February 2009). "Folktronica: Encyclopedia of Modern Music". Times Online. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2010. (password-protected)
  6. "To Love Somebody Melancholy". Time Out. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  7. "The 405 meets Minute Taker". The 405. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

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