Radio: Editor's Picks -- Electronica/Dance
by Philip Sherburne | September 25, 2014
This isn't news to anyone, but when it comes to electronic music, it can be awfully hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. That's always been true, given the genre's propensity for semi-anonymous artists, multiple aliases and blink-and-you'll-miss-'em releases offered on white-label vinyl. Ironically, though, the bigger dance music becomes, the harder it can be to find your way to the good stuff -- especially if your tastes don't necessarily run toward the amped-up trance-hop abominations that are ruling Las Vegas superclubs right now.
But take heart. Napster's Editor's Picks -- Electronica/Dance Radio is tailored to deeper tastes, with a diverse selection of styles and sounds spanning 30 years of electronic-music history and an emphasis on new releases but plenty of classics sprinkled in for good measure. That means the best in (real) deep house, dub techno, classic electro (that is, the Drexciyan kind), old-school minimal techno, French house, ragga jungle, IDM, electropop, instrumental grime and all kinds of far-out fare for which there's no convenient name. It means artists like DJ Koze, Laurel Halo, Perc, Actress, Kelela, Superpitcher, Jam City, Aphex Twin, Xeno & Oaklander, Daphni, Rustie and Ben Frost, and it means labels like Workshop, Night Slugs, Ghostly, Warp, Pampa and Houndstooth, among others. Check it out now -- it's your one-stop shop for discovering the best in electronic music.