As electronic music gains popularity, here’s a guide

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As electronic music gains popularity, here’s a guide

British producer Flux Pavilion has helped bring dubstep to America.

British producer Flux Pavilion has helped bring dubstep to America.

Connor Allison

British producer Flux Pavilion has helped bring dubstep to America.

Connor Allison

Connor Allison

British producer Flux Pavilion has helped bring dubstep to America.

By Connor Allison, Decatur HS, Decatur, Ga.

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Since the late 2000’s, electronic dance music (EDM) has been charging through the world, taking with it millions of new fans. Ultra Music Festival, a prominent electronic music festival held annually in Miami, drew a crowd of 70,000. In 2013, more than 300,000 fans came to see the world’s top DJs.

We are in an era of technology where one can open a laptop with a production suite (Ableton, Fruity Loops, etc.) and create a full song. You can go from bedroom producer to festival DJ in a matter of months, without a professional studio or equipment.

In 2011, Spin magazine declared a “new rave generation,” with artists such as Skrillex and deadmau5 leading the way in electronic music.

I am an avid fan of everything EDM, and in this guide I have done my best to define the sub genres of today’s electronic music and give examples of songs from that genre. Producer/DJ Skrillex recently stated in a Reddit Q&A (also AMA or ask me anything), “At the end of the day it’s DANCE music … dancing is supposed to be fun. Dance music should be fun to… I don’t think it’s meant to be taken so seriously … it’s not politics.”

Every song in this article is one that I think represents the sub genre that it is in very well. I haven’t included any Soundcloud/YouTube links, but all of these songs are easily accessible by Google search. Enjoy!

Deep House

Deep house originated in the 1980’s, where it initially fused elements of jazz-funk, Chicago style house and One of the biggest things that separates deep house from the other genres in this article is that there’s no “drop”. Deep house normally lingers on a comfortable, relaxing sound. Today, artists such as Disclosure are bringing deep house to the national stage with Grammy nominated records (that are deep house).

Deep House Recommendations:

  • Janet Jackson – Go Deep (Tchami Remix)
  • Lxury – J.A.W.S.
  • Disclosure – When a Fire Starts To Burn
  • Destructo – Higher

Trap

This is covering EDM trap/instrumental hip hop, not the Southern rap style. EDM trap gained mass popularity in the early 2010’s with many producers introducing elements from the hip hop genre into their productions. A notable achievement for EDM trap was the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

DJ and producer, “Baauer,” rose to fame when his song, “Harlem Shake,” went viral.

DJ and producer, “Baauer,” rose to fame when his song, “Harlem Shake,” went viral.

Trap Recommendations:

  • What So Not – Jaguar
  • Loudpvck x Paper Diamond – Wylin
  • Aluna George – I Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
  • Blasterjaxx – Mystica (Loudpvck Remix)
  • Kanye West – New Slaves (DJ Snake Remix)
  • RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me
  • Chief Keef – Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
  • Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low
  • Baauer & RL Grime – Infinite Daps

Moombahton

Moombahton is a blend of reggaeton and house music. It was created by Dave Nada in the late 2000’s when he slowed down a house song from 128 BPM to 108 BPM, setting the standard tempo of the genre. Moombahton has heavy Hispanic and reggaeton influences, and many songs feature thick baselines along with long build ups.

Moombahton recommendations:

  • Take it Back – Toddla T (Dillon Francis Remix) Hits Me Like A Rock – C.S.S. (Dillon Francis Remix)
  • Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up) – Dillon Francis
  • I.D.G.A.F.O.S – Dillon Francis
  • Masta Blasta – Dillon Francis
  • I!! – Nadastrom
  • GTA & Diplo – Boy Oh Boy
  • GTA – Yolohton
  • Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
  • Oliver – Night Is On My Mind (Dillon Francis Remix)
  • Angger Dimas – Kitchen

Electro House

Electro house is basically a hard hitting subgenre of house music. Electro house songs are characterized by heavy and thick kick drums and lots of compression and distortion. Synth drops and percussion drops are common. Some electro house songs receive criticism for being unoriginal in the sense that all they are is a kick drum and a simple melody. Most EDM festivals are laden with electro house.

Electro House recommendations:

  • Martin Garrix – Proxy
  • Martin Garrix – Wizard
  • Clockwork – Surge (Riggi & Piros Remix)
  • Felix Cartal ft. Miss Palmer – Black to White (Clockwork Remix)
  • Clockwork – Blitz
  • Nicky Romero – Toulouse
  • Wolfgang Gartner – Fire Power
  • Alvaro & Joey Dale – Ready for Action
  • DJ Snake & Mercer – Lunatic
  • Dog Blood – Next Order

NuDisco

NuDisco is a genre that takes influences from 1970s and ’80s disco. Most songs do not have a climax (as in deep house), but instead retain one or two main beats. Instruments such as synthesizers are commonly used.

NuDisco Recommendations:

  • Foster The People – Don’t Stop (Oliver Remix)
  • A-Trak & Oliver- Disco Nap
  • Oliver – MYB
  • Oliver – Night Is On My Mind
  • Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance
  • Chromeo & Toro Y Moi – Come Alive

Dubstep

Dubstep originated in South London in the 1990s. It is characterized by strong, heavy hitting bass lines and syncopated drum patterns. In America, a new type of dubstep, called “brostep” was created by artists such as Skrillex who drew influences from dubstep, but made tracks that were more aggressive and upbeat.

British producer Flux Pavilion has helped bring dubstep to America.

British producer Flux Pavilion has helped bring dubstep to America.

Dubstep Recommendations:

  • Seven Lions – Days to Come
  • Rusko – Cockney Thug (Caspa Remix)
  • Above & Beyond – You Got To Go (Seven Lions remix)
  • Skrillex – Ease My Mind
  • deadmau5 – Raise your weapon
  • Skrillex – All Is Fair in Love and Brostep
  • Sub Focus – Falling Down (VIP)
  • Florence & The Machines – Cosmic Love (Seven Lions remix)

Drum and Bass

Out of all of the genres in this article, drum and bass has the quickest BPM and is the “fastest” sounding genre. The typical BPM of drum and bass songs is typically over 160 beats per minute. DnB originated in England in the 1990s. There are many sub genres of DnB, from liquid (chiller, smoother sound) to wobble (quicker, faster, meant for the dance floor).

Belgian drum and bass producer and DJ, Netsky, signed to Hospital Records in 2009.

Belgian drum and bass producer and DJ, Netsky, signed to Hospital Records in 2009.

Drum and bass recommendations:

  • Muffler – Uplifter
  • Brookes Brothers – Beautiful
  • Brookes Brothers – Tear You Down
  • Danny Byrd – California
  • High Contrast – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • High Contrast – The Agony & The Ecstasy
  • Netsky – Prisma
  • Netsky – Rise & Shine

Progressive House

Unlike electro house, progressive house songs don’t feature the loud, heavy kick drums of electro house or the percussion based drops. Progressive house songs, as the genre is named, “progress”, building up from the beginning of the song. Many progressive house songs are quieter and smoother than other songs in the house genre (see deadmau5). Artists like Avicii have been putting this genre in the spotlight with songs like “Wake Me Up.”

Progressive house recommendations:

  • deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember
  • deadmau5 – Drop the Poptart
  • deadmau5 – Faxing Berlin
  • Hardwell – Spaceman
  • Kaskade – Last Chance
  • Avicii- Dear Boy

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