I saw this post on the front page yesterday http://imgur.com/gallery/3qSZpsH, and although I know the quote is fake, a lot of people seemed to share the sentiment. While some people jumped to the defense of modern electronic music, I often see posts about how music has lost it's 'soul' to electronic effects. This is not the case. I hope this posts gives people a chance to hear the potential of the modern electronic musician outside of the mainstream garbage that pollutes the airwaves these days.
My favorite musician of all time, and he is still only a kid. Only 20 years of age, he has only released a handful of original tracks, as well as several remixes, and probably his most famous track, a 39 song live mashup called 'Pop Culture' that he made when he was only 17 (link below). As well as creating his own sound, Madeon has also produced songs for Coldplay, Muse, Lady Gaga and Two Door Cinema Club. He combines disco beats with a glitchy style of writing, with powerful melodies and fantastic mixing. His is currently working on his first album and if his previous work is anything to go by, it is going to be incredible.
Pop Culture Live Mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTx3G6h2xyA
Pendulum – The Island (Madeon Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7iESu2XuCU
Despite being an absolute troll and douchebag, Deadmau5 is one of the greatest electronic musicians of this generation. Deadmau5's skill lies in his use of analog synthesizers. If you watch any of his home studio sets on Youtube you will know what I mean. Analog synthesizers are different to digital ones in that they have to wired up manually and parameters are not changed automatically. They also take up a hell of a lot of space. His music is slow moving and atmospheric, and his chord progressions tend more towards classical music than regular house music.
All I Had: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHgOXA0d2Fc
Look at all those wires! LOOK AT THEM! The man has some serious skills.
No defense of electronic music would be complete without this duo. I don't think they need much introduction so here are a few of my favorite Daft Punk songs.
Digital Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOngRDVtEQI
Tron Legacy Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYJBcr1LDg4
One More Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBhQbmPwH8
One of my favorite electronic acts at the moment, Disclosure are an English house due comprised of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. They have already gained some commercial success with singles "Latch", "White Noise" and "You & Me". At 22 and 19 years of age, this duo is definitely one to watch.
White Noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkk2H3Ztrfk
You & Me (Flume Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT6J33_-LNw < Possibly the best remix I have ever heard in my life. If you have decent speakers, get this on and enjoy music at it's best.
Netsky is a drum and bass producer from Belgium. He first came to my attention when I heard his remix of Madeon's song "Finale". Ever since then I have been in love with his music. Powerful basslines and melodies combined with with driving drum and bass beats make Netsky one of my favorite acts at the moment. He often performs live with two drummers on stage.
Finale Remix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q1Y1O9DBhQ
Eyes Closed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nutzDtjnMNg
Squarepusher is a unique electronic act who started way back in the early 90's. Combining traditional instrumentation with electronic sounds, he has created a unique sound that pushes the sonic boundaries of electronic music.
Red Hot Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13HM-bmKW2U
A fantastically mysterious act, Crystal Castles is comprised of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Their experimental style of music and chaotic instrumentation has earned them lots of critical acclaim. Their best know track is a cover of 80's glam rock band Platinum Blonde's sing "Not In Love" which features vocals from The Cure vocalist Robert Smith.
Not In Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32udqal_lyQ
Another picture of Alice Glass, just because… well… wow….
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