Kraftwerk
Iaora Tahiti
Daft Punk
Tangerine Dream

Electronic

Reaching back to grab the grooves of '70s disco/funk and the gadgets of electronic composition, Electronica soon became a whole new entity in and of itself, spinning off new sounds and subgenres with no end in sight two decades down the pike. Its beginnings came in the post-disco environment of Chicago/New York and Detroit, the cities who spawned house and techno (respectively) during the 1980s. Later that decade, club-goers in Britain latched onto the fusion of mechanical and sensual, and returned the favor to hungry Americans with new styles like jungle/drum'n'bass and trip-hop. Though most all early electronica was danceable, by the beginning of the '90s, producers were also making music for the headphones and chill-out areas as well, resulting in dozens of stylistic fusions like ambient-house, experimental techno, tech-house, electro-techno, etc. Typical for the many styles gathered under the umbrella was a focus on danceable grooves, very loose song structure (if any), and, in many producers, a relentless desire to find a new sound no matter how tepid the results.

Electronic Artists Highlights grid list

Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow
Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin
Roni Size
Roni Size
Underworld
Underworld
Vangelis
Vangelis
Moby
Moby
The Prodigy
The Prodigy
Goldie
Goldie
Orbital
Orbital
Skrillex
Skrillex
Deadmau5
Deadmau5
Major Lazer
Major Lazer
Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx
Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim
Massive Attack
Massive Attack
Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never
Autechre
Autechre
Mouse on Mars
Mouse on Mars
Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold
Todd Terry
Todd Terry
Tricky
Tricky
Air
Air
Boards of Canada
Boards of Canada
Dan the Automator
Dan the Automator
Björk
Björk
Nightmares on Wax
Nightmares on Wax
Lamb
Lamb
Borgore
Borgore
Röyksopp
Röyksopp
The Future Sound of London
The Future Sound of London
Larry Heard
Larry Heard
Justice
Justice
Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre
Fischerspooner
Fischerspooner
Actress
Actress
Carl Cox
Carl Cox
µ-Ziq
µ-Ziq
Fennesz
Fennesz
Juan Atkins
Juan Atkins
Sasha & John Digweed
Sasha & John Digweed
Masters at Work
Masters at Work
The Orb
The Orb
Plastikman
Plastikman
Coldcut
Coldcut

Electronic subgenres and styles [+]