2012 saw an influx in exposure to electronic music, from sources both domestic and abroad. Good beats abound in the States for sure yet I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. This is entirely because over the last few years, electronic music has been graced by some really creative citizens of the U.K. Here’s a playlist of a bunch of them and the incredible new sounds they’ve made.
Both in and out of the limelight, acts such as James Blake, Rustie, and Actress have released tracks that set the standard for post-dubstep, experimental house, and maximalists genres, among others. This British surge isn’t simply dance music, nor is it only for listening, but rather a balance between the two: both experimental and reliable. A lot of the artists featured here toe the line quite expertly. Actress’ song “The Lord’s Graffiti” off his new Honest Jon’s release R.I.P., is simply the idea of the house, the absolute basics, but totally revisited. The track is fun and danceable but totally perplexing as well, as if there is too much material for contemplation to get up and jump around. In a similarly eclectic fashion, James Blake coos soft love ballads, satiates the cravings of bass-addicts, and experiments endlessly, all while sounding true to his own personal sound and style.
There’s more electronic music from more parts of the world than ever but admist the overload, there are some standouts worth clearing your head for. These are some of the British ones.
We Might Feel Unsound – James Blake
Wait – Airhead
Fog (Jamie xx Remix) – Nosaj Thing
Before I Move Off – Mount Kimbie
4D – Koreless
You – Gold Panda
NYC – Burial
The Bells Sketch – James Blake
Harrier Attk – Actress
NY Is Killing Me – Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx
Ordinary Things – XXXY
This Is It – Addison Groove
The Lord’s Graffiti – Actress