I don't think it's a surprise to anyone when I say that electronic music seems to have made a pretty big punch in music lately. This is the debut of a monthly column that will highlight some of the more quality tracks and artists that surface each month. Electronic music is growing exponentially, and I know I will only be able to scratch the surface each month, but feel free to let me know if you have anything my ears absolutely need to hear.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of enduring a half-hour long spiel from a sub-genre junkie in 2011, consider yourself lucky. There are 224 sub-genres of electronic music listed in Wikipedia. Listed. Of course, there is the trip-skip-jungle-beat genre your local DJ came up with at a gig last weekend that he plans on basing his life on. Sub-genres are important though, a form of organization in the chaotic world that has come to be the electronic music we know and love.

At the top of this sub-genre pool surfaces moombahton and post-dubstep.

Unconventionally, moombahton started with some high school kids. Dave Nada, also known as Nadastrom djed a skipping party for his little cousin, as he told Fader Magazine in an interview. Nada played an Afrojack remix of ‘Moombah’, but instead of speeding the song up, he turned it down to 108 bpm. Moombahton was then created.

Moombahton is funky. It spawns directly from reggaeton and keeps the soul and flavor of the south with a heaping portion of bass and a little bit of spice to keep you on your toes.

After the basement delivery by Nada in 2009, moombahton caught on pretty quickly. Reggae loving producer and dj Diplo released a short and sweet mix in June 2011. Sampling everything from M.I.A. to the Black Keys, he proved that moombahton is versatile and therefore here to stay. Mad Decent also has three volumes of moombahton available for download on their website. Diplo’s side project Major Lazer is dripping in moombahton, taking those southern roots and throwing them together with powerful Jamaican sounding vocals, and a beat that’s impossible to ignore.

Moombahton is already in the process of expanding. Moombahcore and moombahsoul have already begun developing. Moombahcore is a fusion of dubstep and moombahton. Remixes of tracks by dubstep front-men Datsik and Nero have already been given the moombah twist. The Weeknd has even been thrown into a track by David Heartbreak, titled “'Love & Hate'.

On the other side of the spectrum rises the dark and twisty sub-genre that is post-dubstep. Post, does this mean that the age of dubstep is finally over? Don’t get too excited, this is just the first of hundreds of sub-sub-genres to spawn from the bass driven genre that has the world in its clutches.

Post-dubstep is a little more subdued. You won’t necessarily find heart attack inducing drops and chest rattling bass. Artists such as James Blake and Ramadanman have taken center stage in post-dubstep. Think of dubstep as bitter black coffee, and post-dubstep is the creamier iced version. Still bass loving beats and the same dark feel, but chilled and stripped down, much more accessible and lad back.

If anyone knows chilled, it’s the UK’s own Jamie XX. His BBC Radio One Essential mix done in August was a deep and heavy dub dripped two-hour marvel. He took post-dubstep and ran with it, and he ran far. He kept the bass and dark mood that has characterized dubstep, but paired it with almost fun overtones in songs such as 'Far Nearer'. His collaborations with Gil Scott-Heron are equally as impressive.

I have to say thank god we are moving forward. Dubstep was fun for a while, we can all admit that and keep our credibility. House will always be classic as well, but without change and adaptations to the music we are left with nothing but the same material. Moombahton and post-dubstep are just the saviors of the moment, swept in only to produce more ideas from these. Moombahton has such a summer vibe, I think we can expect to hear quite a bit of it at summer festivals now that major labels like Mad Decent have caught on and begun producing. As far as post-dubstep, I think winter is the perfect mood for sullen downtrodden beats as we slosh our way through the snow. See you in the summer moombahton…