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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 Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Firestarter The Prodigy
Go Moby
Risingson Massive Attack
Block Rockin' Beats The Chemical Brothers
Get Lucky Daft Punk
Stem/Long Stem/Transmission 2 DJ Shadow
Da Funk Daft Punk
Little Fluffy Clouds The Orb
Pearl's Girl Underworld
Halcyon and On and On Orbital
To Be in Love Masters at Work
On Aphex Twin
Fold4, Wrap5
Autechre
Plastique Plastikman
Aftermath Tricky
Twift Shoeblade Mouse on Mars
Rendez-Vu Basement Jaxx
In/Flux DJ Shadow
Music LTJ Bukem
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Skrillex
Now Bassnectar
Moar Ghosts n Stuff Deadmau5
Around the World Daft Punk
Get Free Major Lazer
Born Slippy Underworld
The Girl With the Sun in Her Head Orbital
Pulsewidth Aphex Twin
A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ult The Orb
Inertia Creeps Massive Attack
Protection Massive Attack
Next Is the E Moby
Are We Here? Orbital
Voodoo People The Prodigy
Charly The Prodigy
Digeridoo
Aphex Twin
Come to Daddy Aphex Twin
Leave Planet Earth Talisman + Hudson
Dael Autechre
Spastik Plastikman
Overcome Tricky
Sui Shop Mouse on Mars
Setting Sun The Chemical Brothers
Leave Home The Chemical Brothers
One More Time Daft Punk / Romanthony
What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt. 4 DJ Shadow
Brown Paper Bag Reprazent / Roni Size
Belfunk Sasha
Towers of Dub The Orb
Quiet Friend Steve Roach
Venus as a Boy Björk

Electronic subgenres and styles [+]