Interesting how rant postings get the most responses by far. OK, you’ve asked for it, Markus in full rant mode now:
Souflex: Your wish is granted, you’re fired! Good night and good riddance.
Rodders: Agree with some of your statements. At 39 (yikes!) I’m finding I get the most pleasure out of listening to oldskool (up until ca 93) which is nicely summed up by the 808 Radioshows. However that doesn’t mean there isn’t good new electronic music about! (note I’m avoiding the expression ‘dance music’).
In all respect to the big acts you’ve named, your taste is commercial! They are stadium acts and as such indeed are under pressure by labels to write anything as long as they keep on churning out albums. You liked 90s chart acts and now you expect the 2005 chart acts to be as innovative as those from the 90s.
There’s a simple way out - go underground!! Thanks to the Internet there is sooo much more to explore than there ever was before, and access is so simple to signed or unsigned music. Loads of people and stations are streaming electronic music. Goodbye radio-friendly rubbish!
I suppose your core question is ‘can anyone advise of any new good music’ and I suggest we use the Music forum here more often when we discover new talented stuff. I sometimes find out about interesting labels through 808-related releases, e.g. the Black Dog remix lead me to hydrogendukebox.com
. One piece of advice is look abroad. Loads of interesting labels come from Germany, e.g. Kompakt
. Or look in Holland, the whole electro scene round around Legowelt
, Bunker Records globaldarkness.com
I just popped into cybernetic-broadcasting.net
great stuff but I have to admit Electro and Italo Disco are re-hashes too.
And then there is always the labels from Detroit…
Sites like boomkat.com
always have great write-ups of the latest electronic releases.
And I do find Warp acts like Squarepusher and Jamie Lidell are taking electronic music to interesting new and different levels.
One last objection. Is it really necessary to advise kids to be on drugs before one can appreciate live and recorded music? I suppose I am one of the few round here who don’t need that. I’ve always opposed the saying that you need to be on drugs to appreciate Techno / House etc. I guess that warrants a whole separate topic though…
Oh and one last rant: Shame on you that you don't know Geralds early stuff!!!
Rant-mode stops here, it’s about time to get those pictures of the legendary Turin night up! Maybe I’ll manage before I go on holiday…