There's something really fun about extremely weird music. I'm not talking just $uicideboy$ or Death Grips or something similarly shocking but still fairly mainstream... I mean the real diamond-in-the-rough material.
Let's get into my top 10.
1. Iraan - New Rumors of War
Recorded in 2012, this is the description according to Iraan: "Each track was recorded in and is meant to exemplify one room of my childhood home." It's a collection of eerie field recordings and ambient instrumentals. The original Bandcamp link is inactive, so I uploaded it here.
2. Ryoji Ikeda - Dataplex
This "minimal glitch" record came out in 2005 and is the sound of "specific waveform data that performs a data-read test for optical drives." Here's a sample of the grating but weirdly rhythmic style.
3. David Teie - Music For Cats Album 1
Well, um, this is an album that I invested in as a Kickstarter and ... well, just watch the video.
Hauschka's real name is Volker Bertelmann, and he is a German piano player. He explores the percussive elements of a piano by doing things like jamming chopsticks into the hammers and wires of a baby grand, and then looping and amplifying the results. Check out this video and skim through it a bit to see everything he tinkers with. I have the album Salon Des Amateurs from 2011, and I like it a lot.
5. bo en - Pale Machine
British video game soundtrack composer bo en is just fun as hell. Imagine a modern song that reeks of Super Smash Bros. and Sim City 2000... then a 1981 Luther Vandross sample comes in (one that Kanye made famous in 2004), and then a Japanese lyricist sings a bit before bringing you into a clavé cha-cha. And that's just the first 1.5 minutes of one track. This is probably some of the more accessible and listenable stuff on this list.
Twentington - Beautiful Hill
Some good bedroom-core. Angsty four-track acoustic doodling with flaws and all. Haunting and lonely at times. And since Twentington seems to have taken down everything, here's a Google Drive folder.
Al Ripken Jr. - Captain Cougar EP
An effective application of old MIDI and 8-bit sounds mixed with theramin and made into modernized trap. I recommend the Captain Cougar Theme Song. The Captain Cougar EP is on Spotify.
Sesame Street - My Name is Roosevelt Franklin
Roosevelt Franklin (here's a good article on him) was one of the first Muppets on Sesame Street to be implied as a black character. The purple-skinned slick-talker put out an album in 1974 that we used to listen to in college; we always thought there were drug references in the album's opener ("I'm gonna get my first job hauling bricks!").
Electric Sea Spider - Supercash
Bizarre and erratic beats from Melbourne, Australia. Defies convention, especially drum-wise.
Iglooghost - Chinese Nu Yr
I love this EP, but I can't quite find it online, so check out Iglooghost's newest, instead. It's like bo en (also from the U.K.) but with more vaporwave and hip-hop influence. Don't worry, there's still plenty of goofy and wild video game flavor.