Eccentric electronic musician/producer Nuts6000 returns with "Tuna Casserole," a chirpy dancefloor banger that's his weirdest yet!

Electronic music's current position in society is a weird one. The genre was originally created by, for, and about the freaks, the outcasts, and marginalized fringes of society. The OG ravers and disco-goers wanted nothing to do with mainstream society, happy to rave down till the sun comes up on the outskirts of society - in rundown warehouses and beneath freeway overpasses; in forests and cornfields and anywhere where normies were not.

Yet, somehow, as is so often the case, this music that seemed so utterly resistant to commodification slowly but steadily got sucked into mainstream society - which is fairly surprising given its usual complete disregard for melodies, vocals, or anything resembling a pop structure. Instead of a soundtrack for queer discos and the outre avant garde eccentricity of the Club Kids, electronic music became a lifestyle accessory - inoffensive beats for selling designer sneakers, conjuring up images of the white sand beaches of Ibiza rather than squalid post-industrial ruins.

Yet there remains in electronic music a virulent strain of rebelliousness and eccentricity that can't be euthanized no matter how many swank music festivals it headlines, how many commercials use its euphoric beats to hock luxury automobiles and life insurance. Which is made all-too-obvious on "Tuna Casserole," the third single from EDM madman Nuts6000.



Clocking in at a slight 2:17, "Tuna Casserole" sounds like a glossy slick 90s big room banger, with its big builds and drum rave-ups and snarling, growling synths. The Chemical Bros. beats are updated with an autotuned vocal and a proclivity for anilingus, which is all the rage these days.

Nuts6000 has an origin story somewhere between Michael Myers and Buckethead, with a larger-than-life folktale about a feral child raised by squirrels. The end result is something like if the squirrels from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory got their hands on a 909 and vocoder. Nuts6000 is the latest addition to the masked DJ stable, alongside fellow eccentrics like Deadmau5 or Marshmello. Nuts6000 makes even those weirdos seem like Mr. Rogers, though, with lyrics that would make Traci Lords blush.



Nuts6000 strikes the balance between the mainstream and the sub-sub-underground. Thematically, "Tuna Casserole" is closest to truly non-commercial electronic music like booty bass, with its penchant for explicit, decidedly NSFW subject matter rapped over brutally simplistic, repetitive beats. Think "Peanut Butter Jelly Time," if you're not familiar with this nutso genre. Nuts6000's production is far sleeker, shinier, and more accessible than your usual booty bass mixtape, though, with its fizzy-lifting drum builds and shiny shiny synths. Instead of gentrifying electronic music, "Tuna Casserole" gives us hope it could go the other way, with big ticket music festivals being colonized by kids in animal masks, raving until dawn.   

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J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.