La Roux – Calvin Harris – Sebastian – The Rapture – Breakbot – Justice – Martin Solveig – Azaela Banks – The Midnight Beast – Jaqcues Lu Cont- Girl Talk
Calvin Harris, the producer most known in the US for his House tracks and collaboration with Rihanna, started out with full length, electro albums before house music took over the planet. Justice is all over the electronic category map as well. reinforcing why they should not be missed. Jacques Lu Cont is known for his remixes and Girl Talk’s mashups get the crowd going.
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FOLLOW THE WILBUR- The Rapture
Leaders of the post-punk revival in the U.S., The Rapture blends rock and electronics into a disco-like mash of feet movin’ grooves.
Listen- “Sail Away:
New York City based Indie-rock electronic-disco flavor-charged The Rapture is one of the pioneers in making your feet move in the post-punk era. The band formed back in ’98 and shortly after released the 6 song EP Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks. They have 3 full length studio albums including Echoes (’03), Pieces of the People We Love (’06) and In the Grace of Your Love (’11).
They are signed to DFA Records founded by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. They’ve toured with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Daft Punk, Mogwai and The Cure. You can compare their sound to Datarock and !!! and they are similar, however a little less “synthie” than LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost! and Is Tropical. Their Album Echoes was runner up to The White Stripes for 2003’s Album of the Year by Pitchfork.
Current members of the band- Luke Jenner (vocals, guitar), Vito Roccoforte (drums) and Gabriel Andruzzi (keys, sax, bass and vocals).
Listen- “How Deep is Your Love”
Listen- “No Sex For Ben”
About the old days: Calvin Harris
Well, 2009 might not necessarily be “back in the day,” but in terms of the Scotsman’s music, the transition is as apparent as night and day. Producing electronic based tracks since the late ’90s, what started as traditional album production and live performances with a band, Calvin’s shows now mainly consist of some decks and a laptop. That is not to put down the electronic genius, it is just testament to the fact that DJs and house music have taken over the word. What at first were electro-pop tracks like “Colours,” now are full blown house tracks like “Awooga” and collaborations with stars like Rihanna on “We Found Love.” Calvin’s got the skills to do whatever he wants and if he keeps collaborating with artists, can achieve Guetta-like status. Maybe Calvin will surprise us with a vintage-type performance?
Watch- “Colours” 2009 Oxygen Festival – Ireland