Hiroshi Watanabe, under the alias "cranky," puts outs some amazing rave music. Take for example, J219 "Ura-Rokkou mix", a remix of one of his own songs, or "R176".
"Fourth Rendez-Vous" by Jean Michel Jarre was an ethereal techno-dance song. Then the 1998 FIFA World Cup came to France, and now you have "Rendez-Vous '98", a song that captures all the thrill and bombast of a FIFA World Cup finale.
Which of course was an Apollo 440 remix of the original "Fourth Rendez-Vous", which can't fail to uplift the spirits of anyone who hears it. There's a reason that Jean Michel Jarre still uses it in his live performances. After all, the first live performance in Houston, Texas in 1986 is still utterly awesome even now.
Also "Ethnicolor" which just might be his artistic peak and awesomest music. Especially after 6:20 or so. (The studio version is better, though.)
Of course, the album Rendez-vous has even more to offer. There's also Second Rendez-vous, especially live versions, and full length (as in nearly 12 minutes) live versions in particular: Awesome MusicmeetsEpic Rocking. But "Fourth Rendez-vous" has been an encore for some of Jarre's biggest shows for a reason, yes.
Boards of Canada. Music Has The Right To Children is just about perfect. As for tracks, the sublime and just about a Heartwarming Moment of its own, go with "Olson". Other than that, all their music could qualify.
Daft Punk. Try this video, of the opening to their live set. Performing in robot costumes? Cool! Performing in a glowing pyramid? Awesome! Mixing together your very diverse albums of music in such a fantastic manner? Sweet! Doing so in a way that that builds the crowd up to a frenzy so big that it's hard to find a live video on Youtube of the opening that doesn't cut off only a few moments in? Insane!
And "Around the World" and "Harder Better Faster Stronger" at the same time, with a side of "Television Rules the Nation" for good measure.
Alive 2007. The entire thing. It won a Grammy for a reason. You may have heard all of the songs before, but have you heard them mashed up with each other? The crowner would have to be "Prime Time of your Life/The Brainwasher/Rollin' and Scratchin'/Alive".
Their entire first record is pure awesome. Every song maintains the psytrance but also does a good job reflecting the drugs in use. LSD is particularly epic and Mescaline uses samples from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas! Sweet!
"Acid for Nothing" is equally amazing. Who'd guess that Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" would sound so awesome with a bass drum!
From their first album, Cross: The aforementioned "D.A.N.C.E.", "DVNO", the original "Waters of Nazareth", the two part "Phantom", and their opener that's so awesome, it's the opener of EVERY LIVE ALBUM THEY'VE EVER DONE, "Genesis".
For fans of Jean Michel Jarre, Automat. Jarre himself is actually the first "customer" to this wonderful album.
Darude. "Sandstorm". A fantastic euro-trance song, unfortunately overshadowed by the fact that it's used on Youtube to mislead people who ask the song on a video. And if the original is too short for your taste, better go with an extended remix.
Aphex Twin has been declared to be the pioneer of modern electronic music. Selected Ambient Works 85-92, Richard D. James Album, ...I Care Because You Do, drukQs, Come to Daddy, On EP, Analord, etc. should be a part of everyone's music library regardless if you're a fan of the genre or not.
The "Come To Daddy" video is a good argument to metal fanciers that electronic music can be awesome and incredibly heavy. The imagery is more metal than most metal could ever hope to be, and the beat-sliced madness and horrific distortion is perfect!
Regarding pioneers, Autechre has been arguably defining the very concept of electronic music since their debut LP Incunabula. They have changed styles several times and in the most unpredictable ways, ranging from the bizarre abstraction of Confield to the heavenly glory of Oversteps, all the way to the frantic, bloodcurling beats of Gantz Graf. Awesome Music? Try "Treale".
The whole Parade of the Athletes album, performed live on the opening ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympics for extra awesome. In particular, his mixes of Albinoni's and Barber's Adagios, "Heroes", and "Forever Today".
If "Silence" isn't Awesome Music, then nothing is.
Ferry's remix of Moby's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". And his remix of William Orbit's cover of "Barber's Adagio For Strings".
And when Dutch artists combine, the result is exponentially more awesome. Ferry + Tiesto => "Gouryella." Ferry + Armin van Buuren => "Exhale". Ferry + Vincent de Moor => "Carte Blanche".
Give it up for Industrial Music:
:WUMPSCUT:. Their sound molds Industrial with house music. It worked well! Examples: "We Believe We Believe", "Jesus Antichristus", "Mother","Wolf", "Fuckit".
Combichrist. Don't let their Nightmare Fuel thematics fool you. Their music WILL raise your blood pressure. Examples: "I Want Your Blood", "What the Fuck is Wrong with You", "Sent to Destroy", "Shut Up and Bleed" and "This is My Rifle".
Laibach. They have an incredibly distinctive sound, mixing booming industrial beats with folk music. Examples: "Yisrael", a mashup of the Palestinian and Israeli national anthems.
VNV Nation. The Trope Makers of the beautiful genre called Futurepop. Listen to them right NOW!!! Examples: "Industrial Love", "Arclight"
Covenant. Their music ranges from lovely tear-jerking futurepop songs, all the way to fistpump-friendly industrial dance. Examples: "Bullet", "We Stand Alone", "20 Hz", "Wir Sind Die Nacht"
mind.in.a.box. Want a journey in an amazing alternate reality? Go ahead and listen to them. Examples: "Identity", "Walking", "What Used To Be", "Change"
Centhron. Viking metal meets industrial music. Yes, it's awesome. Examples: "Tanz im Sternefeuer", "Asgard", "Einheit C"
Skinny Puppy. If you don't love them... You don't like industrial music in general. Examples: "Useless", "Worlok", "Testure", "Pro-Test"
Neuroticfish. Another awesome futurepop act, which crosses industrial with progressive trance. Examples: "The Bomb"
Assemblage 23. Their sound is incredibly cryptic, and will really enter in your mind in no time. Examples: "Damaged"
Xotox. Their sound is raw, aggressive, and no holds barred. Examples: "[Xo]toxic" and "Mechanische Unruhe"
Emika. Dark and eerie, just the way gothic industrial should be. Examples: "Double Edge (GeRM remix)"
Nine Inch Nails. Bypass their way too over-the-top thematics, and ANYTHING made by them becomes this. Examples: "The Hand That Feeds", "Discipline", "We're In This Together", "Head Like a Hole", "Closer"
Ministry. The Trope Maker of industrial metal. They have to be awesome! Examples: "Jesus Built My Hotrod"
Throbbing Gristle. Ever since 'The Second Annual Report', TG have had a discography full of haunting, powerful tracks to scare the listener, including the classic "Hamburger Lady", which was based of a report about a woman's skin which was so burnt it looked like hamburger meat.
The Birthday Massacre, one of the best bands ever, write incredibly catchy and well done music. Their style could be described as synthpop-industrial-alternative rock-metal. Also, they're Canadian.
"Pulstar". There's also a fairly awesome trance remix of this by Majestic (12), however, good luck finding it, as it wasn't commercially released and all filesharing networks carrying it have since been shut down.
Endtroducing by DJ Shadow. An hour of perfection, proving that sampling can be made to create outstanding music, and possibly the crowning example of beautiful music in all trip hop along with Mezzanine and Dummy.
Andy Hunter proved that Christian music can be awesome, by making a disc of Christian Techno. and it is incredible. Two noteworthy tracks include "Sandstorm Calling", which managed to make it onto the mobile edition of [[Lumines]], and "Amazing", which is just plain epic.
Goldfrapp, all the time. From their downtempo release Felt Mountain, to their Intercourse with You-filled electroclash gem Black Cherry, then the glamrock-influenced epicness called Supernature, then the Lighter and SofterSeventh Tree, and in the end the synthpop-influenced album Head First, where to start? They're amazing!!!
Tales of Us continues the trend, this time going back to basics and returning to the band's outright ethereal Dream Pop sound in Felt Mountain. What to say other than... It's amazing and you must listen to it right now.
"Falling Up" by Collide. If you can't stand waiting, skip to 3:27. It gets epic from there...
"Searching for the Spark" by Steve Hillage, on the album Live Herald, recorded live at the Marquee Club in 1978. * (Select the highest playback quality: it does make a difference to the sound.)
Any song from LFO. The British techno/IDM act Low Frequency Oscillator, mind you, not the American boy bandLyte Funky Ones. Check out Tied Up, LFO, Freak, and Shut Down. The last one is notable because it was featured in the highly underrated 1998 PC game Hardwar.
During their final shows, just when you thought they couldn't top themselves, the One Last Tour finale segues it into the Sebastian Ingrosso/Tommy Trash collaboration "Reload" (along with a "Don't You Worry Child" reprise). This isn't just a monster drop, it's a monster slam it at the ground and watch it explode into a million pieces.
Finding a new drum and bass producer which can still bring some beautiful old school rave vibes? Then Danny Byrd is spot-on. Check out his official Youtube playlist by Hospital Records to hear his great rave-influenced sound.
Speaking of Hospital Records, this label is just plain perfect if you want to hear some great drum and bass music. Other than Netsky and Danny Byrd (who also did a song together, called "Tonight", another great tune merging Netsky and Danny's signature styles (vocal, loud d-n-b for Netsky; old-school rave influences for Danny Byrd) into an epic song), check out also these artists, with a few tunes of them to get started!
Flux Pavilion, real name Joshua Steele, a kick-ass, white-haired Bishōnen who makes probably the most brutal dubstep around. If you think you can handle such epicness, then go forward. "I Can't Stop", "Double Edge", "Blow The Roof" and "Bass Cannon" have been reported to literally blow away unprotected listeners by its savage awesomeness.
If you think Flux Pavilion was brutal, then you haven't heard KILL THE NOISE. His dubstep is so brutal, heinous and ferocious he makes the other artists of the genre look like crybabies. You want to hear how it's brutal? Then listen to his most well-known song "Kill The Noise (Part 1)". The good part starts at 1:11. Now that's brutal dubstep!
And then there's the equally awesome and equally brutal "Black Magic (Kill The Noise, Part 2)". This one, instead of sounding like the tech-death of dubstep, this one has a very definite and blatant Black Metal aura. The first part doesn't sound really brutal, but when you arrive at 1:40... We can best describe it as Black metal gone dubstep, with the screeching basses, very akin to the harsh screams and the screeching guitars which are part of black metal's sound, and a continuously pounding and complex drum pattern, similar to the blastbeats used in both death and black. And it's awesome.
They now have made a collaboration with Noisia, who are longtime partners of them, called I AM LEGION. "Make Those Move" is right now the only song they've made under this alias, but is a great start for a collaboration that will be big someday.
Milkways' "Galactic Reaction" and "Unknown Flight", despite being older tracks, do have a good listen value. "Galactic Reaction" has a happy-sounding rhythm to it. "Unknown Flight" doesn't sound positive in the beginning, but it gets more uplifting in its last quarter.
Oh so much of Infected Mushroom. This is the psytrance group. "Becoming Insane", "U R So Fucked", "Deeply Disturbed" and "Mambacore" qualify definitely as awesome psytrance, although "U R So Fucked" and "Mambacore" have both electro house and dubstep influences, which however don't stop them from being awesome.
Everything made by Asian Dub Foundation. This British jungle group has been constantly cherished by the drum and bass fanbase, which regards them as one of the best dnb bands of all time. "Flyover", the opening track of their album Tank, is the go-to song if you want to put the pedal to the metal (which makes its inclusion in Burnout Revenge all the more fitting). "Fortress Europe" is their Signature Song, and it kicks ass so much your feeble mind can't even think.
Nicky Romero's "Toulouse", with its respective video, is one of electro house's modern staples. FEEL THAT BASS!!!!
Disclosure's music is almost always awesome. "F for You", "When a Fire Starts to Burn", "Latch" and "You & Me" (the music video is Not Safe for Work, however) are songs that come to mind.
What makes Disclosure more awesome is the fact that Guy and Howard Lawrence (the two brothers that are Disclosure) are 22 and 19, respectively. They make music that can compare with songs done by producers who've been at it for decades longer.
Mac n' Cheese, an incredible mashup by Shawn Serrano, comprised of over 130 sound samples, ranging from a plethora of artists and bands such as Avicii, Earth Wind, & Fire, Daft Punk, and Justice to sound effects pulled from video games such as Super Mario Bros. and Pac-Man!
And just when you thought brostep couldn't get any more mlg... Here comes Excision, the dubstep demon hailing from Canada, to prove you wrong with its 1337 mlg dubstep influenced by brutal death metal, first-wave industrial and Harsh Noise. "X Rated", "Headbanga", "Before The Sun", "Deviance"... Don't listen to these songs if you're faint of heart. You might just get a stroke.
Trap music may be pretty well known in certain circles, but hadn't had its mainstream breakthrough until 2014, when producer DJ Snake teamed up with crunk's favorite hype man Lil Jon for one of the biggest, loudest, and most ridiculous hits of the year, spawning a popular catchphrase in the process. Behold, "Turn Down for What?!"
The hauntingly beautiful "Wir Sind Wir" by Paul van Dyk and Peter Heppner, a rallying call for Germany and a damn good song on musical merits alone. Speaking the language isn't necessary to enjoy, but it certainly does help.