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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: April 2019

best_electronic_April-1244.jpgAs genres rise, fall, crossbreed, regenerate, and reinvent themselves, certain niches experience simultaneous surges in creativity. So it is with grime this month. The sound that swept London—and much of the rest of the U.K.—at the beginning of the ‘00s has had more ups and downs than most genres, but it’s long since proven that it will be around for the long haul, and that it’s capable of vast variety. In this month’s column, we have jazz-grime love songs, cosmic grime from North Carolina, newcomers and old-schoolers, funky fusions, and “Sexy Greeze.” Meanwhile, from other corners of the musical world, we have trippy scene roundups from California and Tennessee, East African dub, drone techno, and a couple of slices of adrenaline-boosted drum & bass to keep things lively…

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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: March 2019

best_electronic_March_19-1244.jpgIt’s all about high production values this month. From soulful Detroit-meets-Bristol deep house to slick Dutch drum & bass, from retro rave to dubwise U.K. garage, the tracks gathered here demonstrate just how big, bold, and bright electronic music can sound. And if that’s not enough, there’s also broken beat, dancehall, cosmic soul, L.A. sleaze, Nashville acid, and plenty more.

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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: February 2019

best electronic feb 2019Dance music’s fondness for mining its own past is written into the genre’s origins. DJ and remix culture, whether in disco, hip-hop, reggae or techno, have always been about creating new versions of something that exists already, providing a constant refresh to basic source material. And so it is with this month’s selection, which contains various permutations of electro-funk, jungle, techno, UK bass, acid house, and instrumental hip-hop, almost all of which makes no bones about being rooted in the past. Don’t worry, though, there is radical newness too—it comes from the global south, specifically, South Africa.

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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: January 2019

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Maybe it’s the natural introspection that accompanies the winter months, or maybe its a desire to dive into sonic isolation after the hyper-social Christmas period. Whatever the case, the releases that have leapt out this month are almost all deep and immersive. But within that loose framework, there’s still huge variety: Australian retro jungle, Congolese techno, Scottish-Indian horror soundtracks, Dutch-Finnish underwater electro, and beautiful Malian blues beat are all here for the exploring. Whether it’s on headphones or out in the club, it’s worth giving these deep grooves your full attention.

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The Best Electronic Albums of 2018

2018-Best-of-Electronic2018 has been a year of extraordinary flux in electronic club music. While the upper reaches of the DJ heirarchies continued to be dominated by maxed-out EDM and trance, with techno and tech-house jostling just beneath them, in the real world, genres and ideas seemed to be intermingling, exploring new evolutionary niches. Faithful old musical styles—jungle, disco, acid, electro—continued to prove themselves viable, but all around them, hybridity was the name of the game. Perhaps it has something to do with the rapid social and political shifts; perhaps musical and social homogeneity are being washed away and replaced by something more interesting; perhaps it’s just a patch of turbulence. Whatever the case, these certainly are “interesting times.” And while that can be seen as a curse in political and social terms, in music and culture, sometimes “interesting” is genuinely interesting. These are the Best Electronic Albums of 2018.

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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: November 2018

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After an October heavy on international releases, our focus in November shifts to the U.K., with releases from DJ circuit heavyweights Hodge and Mella Dee, and from connoisseurs’ favorites like Lobster Theremin, Don’t Be Afraid, Whities, and Balkan Vinyl. But even within the wealth of British releases, there are highlights from American, Russian, Swedish, and Canadian artists, as well as music from Tokyo via Paris, Tel Aviv via Amsterdam, and Genoa via Tuscany—so there’s little risk of getting parochial. There’s also high-definition grime, emotional retro-rave, re-energized minimal trance, post-punk grooves, and several genres yet to be named.

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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: October 2018

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Dance music has always been about cultural fusion, by virtue of the endless need for the new, and the ability of technology to dissolve and repurpose any sound. Sometimes this can result in crass appropriation; but it can also create a crucible for new hybrids of sound.

This month produced a bumper crop of those kind of musical cross-wirings: A 50-years-deep NYC poetry project meets old Mauritius and young London; a Bristolian uses abstract sounds to dream about her family in Fiji; a Russian rejuvinates London grime; a Scotsman turns dub reggae inside out. That’s before you get to the 25 different flavors of acid, sensual techno, amped-up hypersoul, and straight-up house music from all corners of the planet. It’s good to be reminded sometimes what a weird, wired world it really is.

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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: September 2018

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August was a strong month for house, techno, grime, braindance, sludge, and charming clockwork automata. In this month’s Best New Electronic column, you’ll hear Lisbon helping out Berlin and two very different sides of Detroit; you’ll spend a relaxing evening in rural France, and another on the eerie side of London’s East End. And through all of them are familiar strains of acid, funk, industrial weirdness, and rave bonhomie.

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