It recently came to my attention that my significant other isn’t familiar with a fuckton of the music I hold dear, namely key players in the world of electronica. This is unacceptable and must be remedied. Solution: PLAYLIST TIME! While I can’t claim this is even remotely close to a History Of or even Comprehensive Introduction to Techno, I can put together a fun mixtape of songs and artists that were essential in developing my own personal appreciation of genre.
Because it turned out so long, I’ve divided into two movements. The songs are pretty much grouped by artist and somewhat organized by subgenre (…as defined by me). PART ONE starts off with Ed Banger bros and moves through artists based on what I consider to be incestuous remix relationships. It stays mostly within the confines of minimalist, experimental house, if that’s even a thing. PART TWO explores the more lyrical, danceable, psychadelic and poppy sides of electronica. So basically, everything else. It even has some dips into trance, drumNbass and triphop. God this was fun to make. A most productive trip down memory lane. Enjoy!
HEADS UP: For the life of me, I can’t find any of The Chemical Brothers on Grooveshark, so sadface. Also, in the zipfile version, the Lemon Jelly tracks aren’t obeying my requested changes in their ID3 tags. They are supposed to be songs 63 and 64– down with the triphop, out of electrohouse territory.
Lastly, no post about electronica is complete without a flowchart. Eventually I have plans to map out the artists featured in this mix based on their country of origin, remix connections and general subgenre tendencies. But that’s a good amount of effort and research I’ll reserve for another day. Til then, you get this classic: