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15 Landmark Dance Tracks of 1991

Here are 15 pivotal tracks from 1991 when dance music's potential to amaze seemed boundless.

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Vladislav Delay Blends Electronics and Metal on the Brutal 'Rakka'

Sasu Ripatti's first Vladislav Delay album in six years, Rakka, is his shortest and most brutal, tying his electronic music legacy to his metal roots.

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Cubicolor's 'Hardly a Day, Hardly a Night' Is a Richly Drawn Work of Electropop

Cubicolor's meticulously crafted soundscapes morph from plaintive electronic pieces into uplifting dance tracks in the space of a single song. Hardly a Day, Hardly a Night is a richly drawn, triumphant record.

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German Producer Recondite Creates Emotive, Reflective Soundscapes on 'Dwell'

With Dwell, Recondite has once again created a superior set of sensitive, multi-layered compositions full of subtle shades that seem to exist in their own time and place.

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Music As Control: Phase Fatale on 'Scanning Backwards'

Berlin-based techno producer, Phase Fatale discusses how music can operate as a means of control and how technology has entered the most intimate of human affairs.

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The 25 Best Electronic Albums of 2019

Electronic music is a huge tent with so many diverse approaches, and it's more international than ever with producers around the globe pushing music forward. The year's best albums featured returns from established talents, as well as ground-breaking newcomers, and a host of women changing the old boy's club of electronic music.

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Giant Swan Finally Unleash Their Debut Record

Following a series of fantastic EPs, Bristol-based Giant Swan produce a work of exquisite hard hitting techno, while calling upon their hardcore punk roots.

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Electronic Duo Underworld Mesmerize with Their Brilliant 'Drift Series'

To say Underworld's Drift Series 1 is an immersive experience is an understatement. It's an album that invites you to pitch a tent in it and hunker down for a month. Both Rick Smith and Karl Hyde sound inspired.

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Floating Points Goes From Jazzy Ambient to the Dancefloor with 'Crush'

Floating Points' Crush is an album of profound contrasts. For every track designed to electrify the dancefloor, there is a gentle sweeping orchestral piece.

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Chance Versus Causality: An Interview with Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk talks about two new collections of the legendary post-punk band's early music, an upcoming new album, and how he prefers to listen to music.

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Konx-om-Pax's 'Ways of Seeing' Returns to the Optimistism of Berlin Techno's Origins

On Ways of Seeing, electronic producer and visual artist Konx-om-Pax moves away from dark ambient and rave to melodic electronica, alluding to the roots of Berlin techno.

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Videos vs. Colonialism: The Cases of Rammstein and Hatari

Two recent videos from Rammstein and Hatari offer a study in contrasts and speak loudly to the challenges involved in authentically confronting colonialism through popular music.

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Detroit Love: An Interview with Electronic Music Pioneer Carl Craig

Prolific electronic artist and label head, Carl Craig reflects on his most recent work, the state of music today, and his illustrious career.

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Burnt Friedman Looks for the Supreme Self As a Performer on "Supreme Self Dub" (premiere)

Experimental electronic producer Burnt Friedman documents the musical melting pot of Berlin and Central Europe generally on his latest album. Watch his new video for "Supreme Self Dub".

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Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar Team Up as 'J-E-T-S' on Their First Collaboration, 'Zoospa'

Zoospa finds producers Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar finding plenty of shared musical ground, laying charges, and then detonating them.

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Brits in Hot Weather #16

Brits in Hot Weather features five of the best new British songs. In this edition, we have trap-infused indie from 13XL, the compelling electronics of Le Module, anthemic indie from the Polarity, barrelling post-hardcore from Cagework, and sunshine filled house from Disciples.

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Harlequiin's "Eat Me Up Astoria" Gets a Stunning Makeover by Producer Peter Ibbetson (premiere)

Peter Ibbetson strips away the more soulful electronic elements and softens the edges of Harlequiin's "Eat Me Up Astoria", immersing the track in a hazy, digital mist.

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Producer Rian Treanor Creates a New Sonic Language on 'ATAXIA'

On his debut album ATAXIA, Rian Treanor has mastered a whole new sonic vocabulary that gradually destabilizes and erodes existing principles and practices of electronic music to create something wholly unique.

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Icelandic Producer Bjarki Celebrates His Country's Natural World on 'Happy Earthday'

Bjarki's Happy Earthday can be understood as a reflection of the artist who made it, as a representation of the power and majesty of nature, or simply as a brilliant, intricate electronic album.

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Silk Road Assassins Create a Wholly Original Genre-Defying Electronic Album with 'State of Ruin'

Silk Road Assassins use sci-fi sound design as a means of exploring the minimalist structures of trap and grime on the magnificent State of Ruin.

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'Brainfeeder X' Celebrates 10 Years of Flying Lotus' Brilliant Multi-Genre, Forward-looking Label

Brainfeeder X is an important collection for those who are new to the label's output and for those who want to revel in its glories. A worthy celebration of a genuinely groundbreaking label.

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Electronic Duo BeatLove Release New Single "Train" (premiere)

The first taste of BeatLove's forthcoming Gorilla EP is the shadowy, beat heavy "Train", an electronic track with a post-dub vibe.

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Needs More Trombone: Elektro Guzzi Boost Their Organic Techno Approach with 'Polybrass'

Austria's prolific, three-piece instrumental outfit Elektro Guzzi add horns to their sound with the daring, dynamic new album, Polybrass.

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Elektro Guzzi Merge Analog and Digital in the Experimental Techno of "Miney Mick" (premiere)

Austria's Elektro Guzzi have made their name as a live techno group that create their music through a blend of analog instruments and electronics, and interestingly, they don't use computers to compose or loops to drive the music.

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The Depth and Breadth of Matthew Dear's 'Bunny' Makes It His Best Album Ever

Matthew Dear has written an album in Bunny that wholly reflects the person he is now, and it's the best record of his career.

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Brits in Hot Weather #6: Fröst, Peter Ibbetson, Vulgarians, Dahlia Sleeps, Freddie Frampton

In this edition we have Krautrock infused pop from Fröst, warm, ambient techno from Peter Ibbetson, shadowy post-punk from Vulgarians, spacious dream-pop from Dahlia Sleeps, and finally some kicking house from the returning Freddie Frampton.

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'Collapse' Is Another Testament to Aphex Twin's Brilliance

On his latest EP, Aphex Twin abruptly pulls the rug from under your feet, turning his nostalgic IDM perspective into an etude on electronic music deconstruction.

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Orbital's Cellar Monsters and Cosmic Despair

Phil and Paul Hartnoll reunite as Orbital for a second time to sculpt another career highpoint with Monsters Exist.

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Detroit Dance-Punk Duo ADULT. Deliver the Goods with Exhilarating New Record 'This Behavior'

Dark, dangerous, and wrapped in anarchic black leather, ADULT. return with a stunning record that matches the feverish spirit of 2003's Anxiety Always.

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Chris Liebing Ignites a 'Burn Slow' in the Darkness

On Burn Slow, Chris Liebing creates a dark techno world where the music oozes more than trips out of the speakers. There's a syrupy sense of primal life.

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Ital Tek's 'Bodied' Is Breathtaking in Its Scope and Ambition

On Bodied, Ital Tek frees himself from the limitations of time and place, creating atemporal, amorphous tracks that exist somewhere wholly new.

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Brits in Hot Weather #5: Sisteray, Alpines, RuthAnne, Inland, and the Run Up

In this edition we have swaggering rock 'n' roll from Sisteray, shadowy trip hop from Alpines, classy contemporary pop from RuthAnne, intricate ambient techno from Inland, and life-affirming pop-punk from the Run Up.

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Brits in Hot Weather #3

In this edition we feature the stunning experimental electronic sounds of EMSEATEE, the full-blooded indie-punk of BlackWaters, the smooth drum 'n' bass of Djrum, the 1980s synth-inspired pop of Natalie Shay, and the reflective indie of Night Flight.

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Ross From Friends Expands His Lo-Fi Electronic Sound on Debut, 'Family Portrait'

Ross From Friends' Family Portrait is an album you can easily disappear into from one of electronic music's most thrilling new talents.

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Rizzla's 'Adepta' Is One of the Most Inventive and Original Albums of the Year

Rizzla's Adepta is nothing short of a full-on, multi-sensory assault that constantly threatens to tear itself apart.

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Dutch DJ Martyn Creates a Lasting Testament to Survival with 'Voids'

Martyn's Voids is reflective of an artist who has survived a life-changing trauma and, in doing so, visited the very darkest places a mind can go.

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