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Initial post: Dec 16, 2011 5:58:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 6:03:38 PM PST
Hi All,

So I was a pretty big fan of electronic music in my teen years (late 90s-early 2000s) but I kind of drifted away from it a bit. Lately, though, I've been craving some good electronic music and I would really appreciate some suggestions for artists, new or old, that I should check out based on my tastes.

In terms of electronic music, what I like basically falls into three camps:

Classic: I love Kraftwerk, but I don't know much about any other artists that sound like them.

Good Pop: I also like "popular" electronic music that makes heavy use of catchy samples but isn't necessarily just straightahead "dance" music - Fatboy Slim (esp. You've Come A Long Way), Daft Punk (esp. Discovery), Orbital (Brown Album), Moby (Everything is Wrong/Play), Prodigy (Experience/Fat of the Land), and to a lesser extent Apollo 440 and Lemon Jelly.

IDM and Drum 'n' Bass: I adore Aphex Twin (esp. Richard D. James Album and Come To Daddy) and early Squarepusher - I also like some Photek.

What I am not into is very basic house music, or the kind of crappy remixes of pop songs that all sound the same, nor am I a big fan of ambient or hard industrial types of electronic music. I have been lukewarm to dubstep but don't know much about it.

My favorite 3 electronic albums are Computer World, Richard D. James Album, and You've Come A Long Way, Baby. Overall I either like things really catchy (One More Time, Where's Your Head At, Toxygene, Praise You) or really bizarre (Aphex Twin at his wackiest).

So, fans, what great bands am I overlooking that I could love? Thanks again for your input.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 10:35:57 PM PST
AJ says:
My suggestions for good pop that sorta are in the same vein of Daft Punk:

Danger's "11h30" which has some vocals that sound like pseudo french. Listen here,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr-iawLvNr4.

Have you heard of Justice? Their two biggest hits were D.A.N.C.E and DVNO which sound very similar to Daft.

D.A.N.C.E vid-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy1dYFGkPUE&ob=av2e

DVNO vid-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xTBJBRG96E&ob=av2e

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 8:45:57 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 11:10:20 PM PST
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check them out.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 8:32:16 AM PST
Coach K says:
Stroll Through Winter

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 7:40:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2011 11:22:36 PM PST
AJ says:
Groove Armada's "I see you baby" is a good startling point. Fatboy Slim's remix became more well known then the original version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bfiTXheTXI

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 10:24:16 AM PST
lingcod9 says:
Snowflakes are Dancing- Tomita
The Planets- Tomita
Pictures at an Exhibition- Tomita

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 9:21:53 PM PST
Dave B. says:
I really enjoy Deadmau5. If your into House, definitely one you should not pass up. I too love the Prodigy. Check out some of their newer albums. You might also look into Skrillex if you want some harder stuff.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 11:32:59 PM PST
AJ says:
Calvin Harris has some good poppy electronic music. I thought "Acceptable in the 80s" and "Ready for the weekend" were good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WOVeU-yrCg

Original mix of "Ready for the weekend" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq8ByKxj5nA&ob=av2e

My favorite mix of "Ready for the weekend" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQL4Bgp96bE

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 11:28:33 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 27, 2011 11:32:12 AM PST
I've been into electronic music since about the same time, and all of the albums you mentioned are all dear to me. We all grew up with Orbita, AFX, Prodigy, etc. Music has definitely changed. If you're looking for "electronic" music you will be ponted towards some clubby dubstep by Skrillex, tech-housy Deadmau5, or Jersey Shore trance... Rest asured these are all POP and are NOT representative of the current music trends.

Yes, there is such thing as listenable post-dubstep (Burial, Clubroot, James Blake, Zomby, Africa Hi-Tech) and a lot of experimental IDM (Hecq, Access To Arasaka and even Amon Tobin is back). There's also some experimental west coast hip-hop from Brainfeeder that are bending the rules (Flying Lotus, Teebs, Martyn). And Planet Mu is still doing pretty well (Machinedrum, Kuedo, Boxcutter). If you want something crazier then Aphex Twin or Squarepusher, Venetian Snares' "Rossz Csillag Alatt Született" still stands the test of time!

I also highly recommend you give ambient music a second chance. I bet you are somewhere in your mid 30s and guarantee that as you become more mature, ambient music starts to appeal more. There's something about the layers that will keep you captivated. You also may enjoy some modern classical, like Jacaszek, Deaf Center, Olafur Arnalds and Swod.

Thankfully, all of these and much more will be covered on Headphone Commute's Best of 2011 lists coming up soon. So you asked just in time... And I hope I know what I'm talking about - I've been reviewing electronic music for many years now...

http://www.headphonecommute.com

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 6:03:42 PM PST
Life Is Full of Possibilities is engaging electro-pop
Ravvivando is good modern electro-krautrock
Amber is a good introduction to Autechre's offerings - techno-oriented IDM, but defiinitely not dance music!
Confield is their 'difficult' album - edgy, but very engaging if you like music on the edge
My Life as a Ghost [RARE] is a fabulous album

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 8:00:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2011 8:09:06 PM PST
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Headphone, you and I seem to be on more or less the same wavelength here, which is cool. I have heard about Venetian Snares before, I will definitely give that one a listen.

As for my age - late 20's, but I guess that's not TOO far-removed from mid-30's. I am already a devoted listener to (and performer of) contemporary classical music. You have probably heard Nico Muhly and Hauschka, if not though I give those both strong recommendations.

Edit - just checked out your site, and glad to see you enjoy Hauschka and Muhly as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 11:03:55 PM PST
AJ says:
What are your suggestions for ambient music? Can a track still be considered ambient if it has vocals?

What genre would you consider these songs:
Shadows by Wagon Christ-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge63qfBLGCo

Not just anybody by Rae & Christian-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bAMPsQf62w

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 12:51:20 AM PST
Daddy D's Kitchen Jam

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 5:18:09 PM PST
Yes! Awesome! As a matter of fact, I met both, Hauschka and Muhly! I'm glad you enjoy their music. For more modern classical, you must check out Jóhann Jóhannsson, Dustin O'Halloran and of course, Max Richter! They all use a bit of electronica in their works. I'd love to tell you more, but it will reveal some of my Best of 2011 selections which will be announced on my site starting Jan 1st. I don't mean this post to be as self-promotion, but be sure to check back there soon!

Some of my favorite (older) IDM is Arovane's Lilies, pretty much everything put out by the now defunct Merck Records, some dub techno from Gas and psybient from Aes Dana on Ultimae Records!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 5:24:07 PM PST
@AJ

For definition of ambient, Brian Eno has said it best: "Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting." So yes, vocals can be part of ambient music, but most often it is beatless textures of sound.

The following record labels output some of the most groundbreaking ambient, minimal and experimental music today: 12k, Line, Touch, Home Normal, Room40, Experimedia, Spekk and Dragon's Eye. Pretty much everything on the roster deserves a listen, but requires some in-depth and out of phase listening!

p.s. Wagon Christ is Luke Vibert, and his releases on Ninja Tune are more like Breaky Electronica / IDM. His 1998 album "Tally Ho!" is some of the most fun downtempo trip-hop to date! You shall enjoy that.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 5:31:41 PM PST
By the way (and I'm probably going to get flamed for this), but the above posted links by Coach Kendrick to "Stroll Through Winter", as well as Patrick B. Dwyer's "Daddy D's Kitchen Jam" are completely non-notable. These are home made CD-Rs and digital downloads by bedroom musicians. Not that they are any bad - I haven't heard them. But they are unrepresentative of today's electronic music and are of no merit in this conversation.

I'd hate to proclaim that an established record label must back the album in order for it to be notable, but in today's digital age it is just way too easy to produce a digital release. I know, because I get about 20 promos a day to review their music...

Just thought you should know.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 7:55:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2011 7:55:59 PM PST
AJ says:
Wagon Christ's "Memory Towel" has a great spooky undertone. For some odd reason it remained me of Chrono Trigger.

Any suggestions for Electro similar to Mason vs Princess Superstar- Perfect Exceeder.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV728qOcQu0

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 8:57:41 PM PST
J. Smallwood says:
AJ, my suggestions for some ambient music to wrap your ears around... Architect I recommend the album "I went out shopping to get some noise."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4eH1hySwak&list=UUoiRl_21klJ8KV-EWiUe6xg&index=18

and Patenbrigade:Wolff and I would say check out Hochstapler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtp28iuNYSo

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 9:42:44 PM PST
AJ says:
J.Samllwood, I liked Architect's "Wasmut"s scifi feeling and the shift at the 2min mark.

I wasn't feeling Patenbrigade: Wolf until the 3min mark when that new element in the song was added.

Cliff Martinez's work on the Contagion and Drive soundtracks, I think are good examples of good ambient music.

Bat and Pig-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dBqOmY6els

Kick your teeth- At the 3min mark-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9J4R4KYv-s

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 4:16:39 PM PST
J. Smallwood says:
AJ;
Interesting, of the two I prefer Kick you teeth. I'll have to check out more of them both before formulating an opinion. Speaking of which, kinda think after hearing Bat and Pig this gem from the arsenal may be more to your liking. Empusae & Shinkiro ...enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esRe0fwnKMw

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 8:23:43 PM PST
Check out Steven Grahn. Featured Echoes last February. Searchers. It leans toward the ambient, but organic.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 5:59:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2011 6:19:51 PM PST
AJ says:
@J.Smallwod
Interesting Track, it's weird but I like ambient tracks more when I'm walking in the city then listening stationary. Anyone else like this?

Where does everyone buy their MP3s,besides Amazon of course.I've bought a track off djdownload once but, it seemed the sound quality was lower then Amazon. Even though it was suppose to be at 320kbps and was twice the price of Amazon.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 8:48:39 PM PST
Jose says:
Kingdom by Spor

Tiesto-Maximal Crazy

Nicky Romero-Toulouse
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