Napster's 2012 Dance-Music Spectacular
by Napster | August 27, 2012
Several million Skrillex fans can't be wrong: Electronic dance music is the alleged sound of now in 2012, packing festivals and commandeering magazine covers and terrifying parents and (most importantly!) electrifying music fans, young ones especially. But as Napster Electronic Editor Philip Sherburne will tell you, this stuff has a long, fertile, twisted, globally minded history, from the minimalism of Detroit techno to the minimalism-gone-maximalism of dubstep, from the robotic allure of Kraftwerk to the electro-pop thrills of Daft Punk, from Chicago house to block-rocking "electronica" to global bass to 2-step.
And so we've put together Napster's 2012 Dance-Music Spectacular to revel in it all: a monster collection of essays, album guides, playlists and personal reveries, co-starring some of the best dance-music writers around, veterans of places like Billboard, SPIN, Resident Advisor, the Village Voice and much more. There's a ton to read about and (most importantly!) listen to here, whether you're an expert or a curious beginner. We're all equal on the dance floor, after all, whether it's a gritty Midwestern rave or a sleek Berlin superclub. Dive in.