Also known as: Post-Club, Experimental Club, Club-Not-Club, Avant-Club
Deconstructed club music emerged in the late 2010s as the hybridization of diverse Electronic Dance Music genres with an abrasive Post-Industrial sound. Under the influence of the cut-up DJing techniques developed by DJs such as Total Freedom in the underground New York City party GHE20G0TH1K, as well as of cutting-edge UK Bass producers such as Kingdom and Jam City popularized by labels such as Night Slugs and Fade to Mind in the first half of the decade, a constellation of producers in an internet context developed a common approach to merging rhythmic dance music genres such as Trap [EDM], Ballroom, Baltimore Club, Jersey Club and Grime, and taking them to their limits, often with a conceptual or political bent. Deconstructed club music has spread mainly through internet networking, finding expression among netlabels and collectives such as NON Worldwide, Janus Berlin and Halcyon Veil.
Identified by aggressive, frantic, post-industrial sound design featuring metallic or staccato sounds such as samples of glass smashing, gunshots, etc., deconstructed club aims for an excessive, apocalyptic-sounding soundscape, with constant rhythmic switch-ups and atonality. Thematically, it is common to address politics such as race relations, feminism, queer identity and colonialism, as many of the developments of this sound and its associated nightlife come from marginalized communities. These topics are not always present, since some deconstructed club artists prefer to engage with futurism and technology conceptually, for example.