Audio: Fifteen Examples of Excellent Electronic Ear Candy
2012 saw the rise of wide-spread appeal and coverage of electronic music. Established newspapers including the New York Times covered artists such as bass nectar and skrillex; unfortunately another well known news source, mabearnews.com, lagged behind in coverage. In the spirit of the new year, here’s a kick-start to our electronic music coverage.
As I mentioned, big names from Bass Nectar to Adventure Club have enjoyed a year of record popularity and publicity; on the other hand less well know names such as Seven Lions, Kill Paris and Savant have driven most of the innovation in dubstep, funk and glitch. In my list of top 15 tracks I’ll provide a few examples of these artists’ works with a description for the first track of each section.
A couple unusual features: I’ve eschewed genre definitions and rankings in favor of sorting by mood, or tone which hold more meaning given many of the artists I list belong to no specific genre (Savant’s facebook page lists his genre as “R.I.P GENRES”). I also feel that any tiering between my top 15 tracks will come down to personal preference. Although there may be differences in technical proficiency, as I myself am not an electronic music artist I’m restricted to evaluating music on my personal taste.*
Upbeat: lively, cheery tunes
Kill Paris’ use of high pitched vocals and high notes beautifully complements the bass sections, while the on-going off beat rhythm keeps up a lively feel. Overall, Kill Paris’ tunes are my favorite for listening to keep in a chipper mood on a summer morning, or for livening up this cold California winter.
‘Just Kiddin’ by Paloma, remix by Bit Funk
‘Walk on By’ by Noosa, remix by Sound Remedy
‘Karate’ by Kennedy **
‘Forgotten Past’ by Indivision and Moleman
Pensive: mellow, somber beats
Forget best of 2012, the combination of this track’s melody with youtube uploader ‘mrsuicidesheep’s video montage from anime 5 centimeters per second epitomizes feelings of nostalgia, regret year on year, or a longing for a having made a different choice. I recommend watching the original anime after this video. Some critics called it the greatest non-Miyazaki anime, I say it’s as good as most Miyazakis.
‘All Alone’ by Superbus, remix by Seven Lions
‘Let it Be’ by Black Mill feat. Veela
‘My Love’ by Sorrow
‘Please Don’t Go’ by Mike Posner, remix by Adventure Club***
Caffeine: energetic, angry sounds
Savant produces my favorite vocal-less electronic tracks. Many artists end up falling into repetitive bass lines interspersed with screechy highs, whereas Savant’s beats always impress.
‘Ain’t Nobody’ by the Pitcher
‘Spaceman’ by Hardwell, remix by Eliminate
‘I Wanna Go’ by Britney Spears, remix by Shesmackshard
‘Set Fire’ bootleg by 3lau
*All youtube videos are best enjoyed in 720p. As for speaker systems: you’ll either need a sub woofer, or as I personally prefer high quality headphones such as my Superlux HD 681 (http://www.amazon.com/Superlux-681-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B002GHIPYI).
**I’m somewhat bending the 2012 requirement on ‘karate’, but the music video was released this year.
***Slightly bent the requirements on that one too, adventure club is hardly an undiscovered artist.