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The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: September 2019

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It’s a fairly U.K.-heavy cast this month in this bumper roundup. In particular, some notable manifestations of particularly British forms: drum & bass, breakbeat rave, broken beat, and original, minimalist, sub-heavy dubstep.

But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean this music is parochial. Even these aforementioned records bring global influences from Lagos to Detroit, and create discombobulating new twists on the existing templates. And on top of these genre-specific releases, we’ve got more uncategorizable stuff from, among others: a Scotswoman in Zurich immersed in Chinese culture, a Missourian industrial-exotica experimenter from the ‘80s, two Frenchmen on an electro-sleaze mission, a Frenchwoman in Berlin completely redirecting contemporary and past underground currents, a Vancouver label gathering the weirdest of the global left field, and a Canadian techno overlord in his element. (OK, strictly speaking, Richie Hawtin is British by birth too, but if anyone is a world citizen by now it’s him…)

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Exploring Glasgow’s Wide-Ranging Dance, Indie, and Experimental Scene

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Optimo by Niall M Walker.

Glasgow’s underground music scene has arguably never been as vibrant as it is right now. The current climate of “anything goes” fun can be traced back to the founding of legendary club night Optimo in 1997, and more recently, the work of independent promoters like Cry Parrot, Spite House, and OH141. All deserve enormous credit for creating the kind of events where underground dance acts perform with free jazzers, techno DJs take the stage after punishing noise acts, and queer punk bands share bills with electronic pop acts; the result is a culture of unforced eclecticism and anti-elitism. The city’s sturdy infrastructure of venues, community-minded studios like Green Door, and independent record stores like Monorail and Rub-a-Dub allows musicians, producers, and promoters to develop their practice, make connections, and sell their work. Established labels like Rock Action, Night School, and Geographic continue to support local talent, while a new wave of digital and tape labels expand the idea of Glasgow music by issuing everything from sound art and industrial electronics, to folk and jazz fusion.

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