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The Wonderful World of Electro

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I know none of this will come as a revelation, but there is electronic music out there in the world.

In fact, it is fast becoming one of the more dominant genres or styles. In Australia this week, the new album by The Presets is the highest selling album in the country while Cut Copy squeaks into the Top Ten at number 9.

What is even more interesting is the gradual encroachment of electro into the world of pop – Rihanna’s Umbrella was just about the highest selling single in the universe last year, pushed along by one of the phattest synth-lines ever heard on commercial radio.

Sadly, the inevitable problem arises – when genres become more and more popular, then less and less talented musicians jump on the bandwagon in order to make a cheap buck. As a result it is getting harder and harder to find really intelligent, interesting and creative electro music. It most certainly still exists – The Presets’ My People comes to mind as the most outstanding recent release – but you do have to sift through a lot of shit to find what sparkles.

So what I thought I would do is help you in the sifting of the shit.

Obviously, Diplo and MSTRKRFT are two of the biggest names going around at the moment, not only in electro but in popular music. But these two tracks show them both at the top of their game.

Betty is Diplo’s take on the classic Betty Davis Eyes, originally by Kim Carnes but famously covered by Gwyneth Paltrow in the film Duets (2000) (which isn’t nearly as bad as you might think, and is a secret favourite of mine. Paul Giamatti is excellent).

Diplo – Betty

Leavin’ is MSTRKRFT’s remix of Jesse McCartney’s latest song.
I don’t want to editorialise much, but the original has to be one of the most hopeless, saccharine pieces of shit I have ever heard in my life. Despite the mountains of money it makes him, and the millions of 14 year-old girls who have his picture on their wall, I hope McCartney is embarrassed to put his name to this piece of tepid, boring crap.
Despite the unmitigated shite-ness of the original, the MSTKRFT remix is exceptional, even by their standards. If you have ever wondered what people mean when they say they can hear the sex in a song, THIS is what they mean.

Jesse McCartney – Leavin’ (MSTRKRFT remix)

My third offering for you is by a British band from Brisol, called Fuck Buttons. (Great name, isn’t it?) They are starting to generate some serious press from all angles, and are certainly worth your time.

Fuck Buttons – Bright Tomorrow



Exciting electro news in the last couple of days, with word that MSTRKRFT will be coming back out to Australia for Splendour in the Grass in August. Now, there are a lot of people who have differing opinions, but I think these guys are the best going around. I saw them at Parklife in 2007, and I have rarely enjoyed myself as much as I did during their set. If you get a chance, put your dancing shoes on and get along to one of their shows.

Written by soundaffects

April 24th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

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  1. Electro music seems to be getting over into a lot of different genres currently. But then, I think electro has borrowed elements from many genres itself.

    Currently in the UK a lot of boundaries are starting to blur in dance music, and it’s slowly making an appearance back in the charts.

    I run a couple of hard house events in the UK and we’re now putting electro into our room 2’s as it a style that’s sits well between “hard” dance music and house. Check out my blog as I recently made a post about two artists that are making waves in the UK called Dirty Inc.

    The article is here:

    Hard House

    April 24th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Circumcise.


    June 19th, 2008 at 11:21 am

  3. Fuck Buttons and Rat a tat have me reconsidering how electro can come across live. They’ve got some really physical sets and I was really impressed.
    check out my interview with Ben Power from Fuck Buttons at
    nice blog.


    September 26th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

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