Jean-Michel Jarre has galloped out of the shadow of his father, film composer Maurice Jarre, to become one of electronic music's most successful artists. In chronological order:
Oxygène was the artist's first commercial success for a very good reason. The fact that he recorded such an inspiring album in his kitchen (as he couldn't afford to rent a proper studio at the time) makes it all the more impressive. It was followed by not one but two sequel albums.
From The Concerts in China, "Arpeggiator" is possibly the greatest demonstration of the power of the titular synth feature. It's no surprise therefore that it found its way onto the soundtrack to 9½ Weeks.
From Zoolook, "Ethnicolor", which just might be his artistic peak and awesomest music. Especially after 6:20 or so. (The studio version is better, though.)
"Fourth Rendez-Vous" 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 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.note Though tinged with sadness, as it was originally intended to feature a saxophone performance by Ron McNair live from the Space Shuttle Challenger; McNair and his six crewmates were killed when the shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff in January 1986. From the same album (Rendez-Vous), we also have "Second Rendez-vous", especially live versions, and full length (as in nearly 12 minutes) live versions in particular: Awesome MusicmeetsEpic Rocking.
Chronologie, according to the artist, was inspired by Stephen Hawking's cosmological treatise A Brief History of Time, with the sound being based on a new wave of electronic dance music that had been developing since the late 1980s. And it is all epic. "Part 1" is eleven minutes of pure awesome, while "Part 4" is a glorious ear worm.
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.
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".
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.
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.
: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 Makers 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.
The Knife. "Heartbeats", "Marble House", and "Pass This On" are examples of how awesome the Dreijer siblings are. And Karin is Crazy Awesome in her own merit, each relisten to the Fever Ray album yields new quirks in the songs.
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...
Wake Me Up and Hey Brother mix in soul and folk for a delicious electronic treat that must be heard to be believed.
Debates over whether "Levels" is the gold standard become a lot tougher once you bring Swedish House Mafia into the equation, as almost all of their original songs can be classified as "awesome"
Their anthemic "Don't You Worry Child" and its monster drop. What makes it even more awesome is that it was their last single together. Catchy chorus? Check. Aforementioned monster drop? Check. Uplifting, hopeful lyrics that could arguably serve as some kind of message to their fans? All there. What an amazing way to go out.
London producer Ilan Bluestone, or simply just Bluestone, has a sound that blends trance with big room house, with his tunes "Frozen Ground", "Bigger Than Love" - both featuring singer Giuseppe de Luca, and the eye-wateringly beautiful "Sinai". He is capable of making some pure trance bangers too, especially "Spheres".
Andrew Bayer, considered the unofficial fourth member of Above & Beyond, has blessed our ears and minds with the utterly incomparable "Once Lydian". There's a reason why A&B still play this in their sets to this day.
Silk Music: An incredibly underrated Los Angeles-based label that produces some seriously atmospheric progressive trance that is almost impossible to not be satisfied by. Standout tracks include: "Breathe" by David Broaders & Density Fuzion, "Timbo" by Rainbow Addict, "Sweet Surrender" and "Aurora" by Vintage & Morelli.
Zerothree: Established in the United Kingdom in 2014, Zerothree focuses on the punchier, synth-driven side of trance. Try out "Accelerate" by Capa, "Meteor" by Luke Chable, "Motion" by Tinlicker, and especially "Obsidian" by Soundprank, which is on the Wipeout Omega Collection soundtrack, and it's a perfect fit. The second drop will make you feel like you're flying through the air at the speed of sound.
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.
If you like Aphex Twin, then it's impossible to not like Squarepusher. This great drum and bass producer did underrated works which all languished in the shadow because of Aphex Twin's extreme popularity.
Despite starting as a straightforward rap crew, the Foreign Beggars have officially proven that rap and dubstep work very well together. "Contact", "Apex" (made in co-production with Knife Party) and "Crep Hype" will make Your Head Asplode, possibly. 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.
The entirety of Destroid: The Invasion counts, being a musical account of aliens taking over the world. Sounds detailed enough for someone to make a movie out of it. Special mention goes to Raise Your Fist, Wasteland, and Annihilate. The following single Get Stupid ain't too shabby either.
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?!" Other than "Turn Down For What", DJ Snake had already done two other trap anthems which achieved instant popularity amongst its followers: "Bird Machine (feat. Alesia)", which popularity was further boosted by its inclusion in Saints Row IV, and his remix of AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It".
The hauntingly beautiful "Wir sind wir" by Paul van Dyk featuring Peter Heppner of Wolfsheim, 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.
Paul van Dyk's "For an Angel" may have been released in the nineties, and not only does it still hold up well over twenty years later, it can blast a great deal of other current hits out of the water.
Goa trance is a mixture of Trance music and traditional Indian music (particularly from Goa, hence its name). For a track that embodies the spiritual and energetic build up all in one, here is Teleport by Martin Freeland, aka Man With No Name.
"Move Your Feet" by Junior Senior is so fun and energetic that you can't help but dance to this song.
Cruzo's awesome remix of "Epic Sax Guy", which manages to take a 6 second sample from a live performance and turn it into its own damn song.
Some Italo Disco songs like these below. Catchy melodies and everything else that makes true 80s music.
Basically any composition by Porter Robinson, especially on his album Worlds. Particular ones which stand out are "Sad Machine", the jaw-dropping "Sea of Voices" and the astoundingly epic "Fellow Feeling". You WILL tear up on the second drop.
Genre pioneer Suzanne Ciani was already a classically-trained pianist when she discovered the synthesizer and decided to put her instrumental skills to use in order to create electronic music. Her compositions are among the most beautiful and transfixing in the genre. For a sample, here's "The Seventh Wave", from her 1982 album Seven Waves.
Many of Swedish Eurodance musician E-Type's songs, when they're not simply good, such as: "Rain", "True Believer" and "Like A Child", due to the soaring choruses, powerful synths and structures and generally imaginative (if fairly cheesy) lyrics.
Are you looking to take a journey through a perfect unison of dubstep and trance? Well, say hello to Au5, theEnsemble Dark Horse of the new '10s wave. His seamless blend of entrancing soundscapes and melodies with his signature heavy, technical bass design makes any track of his stand out from the rest of the dubstep crowd. For best results, start with his breakout hit, his remix of "Days to Come" by Seven Lions. Next, carry on to his countless bangers produced with Monstercat, such as "Blossom", "Snowblind", and "Atlantis". Cap off your journey through the ages with "Freefal"l, "Arise", and "Lush".
Thought that EDM is only a thing in the West? Think again. These producers from the Middle and Far East have gained recognition from well-known European and American EDM labels, and are starting to gain a foothold in a Western-dominated sect of the music industry:
The little known UK electroclash band Add N To (X) are underrated, but their best known album, Avant Hard, stands out well in terms of experimental music, containing a lot of epic tracks including "FYUZ", "Revenge of the Black Regent", "Metal Fingers In My Body" and "Machine Is Bored With Love". The opening track for the aforementioned album, "Barry 7's Contraption", sets the tone of the album in a fun way, combining circus sounding music with glitches.