Techno is a tricky one. As a genre, it's in rude health, but I think what you're broadly after is these days under the electronica umbrella.
Claro Intellecto and Matthew Dear's Audion alias will do you for actual techno, and I've been enjoying some Move D off the internets recently. You'd probably do well to check out anything on Spectral
If you're enjoying Daft Punk, I will echo the recommendations of Prodigy, Justice and Crystal Castles. For Chemical Brothers, I'd recommend Dig Your Own Hole
over Exit Planet Dust
, but that's just me.
You may find plenty to enjoy by 65daysofstatic
, on account of them being simply awesome. Also, Battles
, who are the perfect electronic/rock/jazz hybrid.
My favourite electronic record last year was Moog Acid
, a collaboration between 60s pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey and Cornish legend Luke Vibert. I'd call that essential listening.
And then there's the Warp
ening; your essential albums areRichard D James Album
- Aphex TwinHard Normal DaddyBig Loada Go PlasticHello Everything
- Squarepusher (not the complete catalogue, but the most accessible releases)For Beginner Piano
- PloneMusic Has The Right To ChildrenGeogaddi
- Boards of CanadaEmpty the Bones of YouBody Riddle
- (Chris) Clark
If you can ever get your hands on an album called My Mines I
by Kristuit Salu Vs Morris Nightingale, do. It should be easy to download, but trickier to get an actual physical copy. Anyway, it's blinding.
Oh, and finally
, hit up 8bitpeoples
for awesome 8-bit/Game Boy/chiptune downloads. Just use them responsibly, unlike Crystal Castles.
QUOTE (Novander @ May 24 2008, 11:05 AM)
For when you come to your senses and want good music again.
Ooh. Ouch. Like, really? Really really
? I mean, if we're separating out whole genres into "good" and "bad", which in itself is a concept I have serious problems with, the best you could come up with was "post-emo"?