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Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from classical to pop.

What does the writer mean by saying edgy beats? Does the writer mean it's not exactly classical, nor pop?

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In this instance edgy is an adjective that is modifying the noun beats.

In this context edgy means

having a bold, provocative, or unconventional quality

and is somewhat (although not completely) synonymous with cool as in being trendy.

So I agree with your assessment: the writer is trying to convey that the beats (or rhythm) in the music are giving the classical music sounds of strings and piano a pop feel, by having an unconventional (in the context of classical music) quality.

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‘Edgy’ has been in use since 1976 to describe something ‘that challenges received ideas or prevailing aesthetic sensibilities; at the forefront of a trend.’ (OED) I fear my musical knowledge is insufficient to know exactly what is meant here, but the writer may mean little more than that the beats are unusual, a bit different.

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I've done quite a bit of research on this recently and my opinion is that an 'edgy beat' or 'edgy music' is such that rhythmically it doesn't flow graciously/groove in a danceable way or is harmonically dissonant, meaning that it has a lot of jagged edges. Like a saw compared to a butter knife.

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