Bimey, the EDM genres issue is a huuuuge thang, so it is!  If I were you, I’d just find the stuff you like, and not get hung up on whether it’s a cool genre or not (my tendency is to go for the non-cool ones, but hey, that’s just me).amen-brother-the-winstons

Here is a definitive guide I found – the language is a bit, er, cynical, fruity and not for work probably, but you get the idea : – there’s a really naff intro, it lasts a couple of seconds then : boom!  You get some samples you’ll have heard over and over (I loved the drummer ones – been searching for those for ever) and then the EDM Genre Sections : House, Trance, Techno, Breakbeat, Jungle, Hardcore, Downtempo – interesting overview!

So click on one of the genres : you get all sub-genres. I could have done this all here, but I think this is a real piece of work (I’m not related!) – with many examples of each sub-sub-genre.  

Like these for example :

Techo / German – my favourite, here’s an example “Andreas Krämer & Thomas Pogadl ‎- Der Rächer

Techno / JTEC – this is a new find for me, similar to the German Techo – but very oriental sounding : “Ken Ishii – Extra

Hardcore / TerrorCore aka Doomcore aka Deathcore – yes really, not going to put an example here – crikey it’s scary 🙁

House / Microhouse – not very housy at all, but sweet : “Pantytec – Does Ronda Know

Trance / Hard – one of my guilty pleasures, ooops : “Dutch Force – Deadline

Breakbeat / Chemical Breaks aka West Coast (of the good ol’ USA I assume) Breaks : “Dj’s Friction & Spice – You Make Me Feel So Good

Downtempo / Trip Hop aka Dub Hop aka Brit Hop – a Bristol UK sound, close to me! Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack etc – very unique sound. Here’s the extraordinary Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil) singing, in English (unusual for her, she normally invents her own language for each of her songs) with Massive Attack : “Massive Attack – Teardrop

Jungle / Industrial DNB – not really my thing, but I thought is was very cool at the time (Jungle in general), once I asked in a record shop in Brighton what that music was with the drum machine tempo turned up to max – “that’s on a jungle tip” the assistant told me, and sold me a three-cassette box set. Still haven’t listened to all of it. “Detritus – Equilibrium

What’s your favourite sub-sub-genre? And I bet you could invent one (ambient death techno?)




conner goff · December 4, 2015 at 7:32 pm

I have to say, your website really stood out to me! I like the conversationalist tone you take in your article, and I also like how interactive your post was with all the samples of different electronica genres and sub-genres!

I actually love electronica music myself, but I prefer chiptune, glitch hop, and dubstep the most. If you ever get a chance, you should check out one of my favorite artists, “Savant”.

Here’s a song that’s been stuck in my head for about a week:

Probably one of my favorite songs by him. Be patient…the drop has a lot of buildup but the payoff is great.

    andy · December 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Conner -wooo, yes that does drop nicely – blaring from my speakers now! Thank you for you kind comments 🙂

    Interesting about chiptune – I like the idea, it’s great that music can be made with all kinds of bits of electronics and simple software, as well as the like of might Native Instruments plugins and ProTools etc – but all distinctly ‘electronic’ – sounds the human ear has never before heard …



andy · January 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

Here’s another list, with links : Enjoy!

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