Electronica Awards

In compiling our shortlist for Best Electronica Music and Blogs, we were conscious that the genre title didn't quite convey the full range displayed by the artists below. In reality, a lot of these guys are individually impossible to pidgeonhole, so trying to come up with a single descriptor for such a diverse group was akin to herding cats. Nevertheless, each one is worthy of a listen as fresh surprises abound!


The Mystic Underground

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The Mystic Underground is comprised of two guys from New York who are resolved to create a kind of music different to the everyday, to provide a spot of relief from the daily grind of the ordinary. Successfully breaking into the world of electronic pop, these two guys have gone from strength to strength since the release of their first album, 'The Nameless and the Faceless' in 2004. The pair - Vladimir Valette and Benedetto Socci - makes it their aim to put the feeling into electronic pop.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

No one can describe the band and the experience that they create for their listeners better than Valette and Socci themselves, and they do it with such eloquence. Take a look at their website for their own bio, a few song lyrics, video clips and news, and let them welcome you to their world of electronic pop.


Veto

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Veto, an electro band from Denmark, is a band to be watched. Their music has a certain clarity to it that is not always to be found among bands of the same genre, and the music they create is extremely interesting, but definitely in a good way. The band formed in 2004 and have since won a number of awards for their fresh and original sound. Evoking emotions in their listeners that seem to be a unique response to Veto's music, the band has created something really special.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Their website is often updated with news for their fans, and in particular they publish their diaries while they are on tour around the world so you can keep up with where they are and how their gigs are going. When Veto rise to the absolute top, remember that you heard it here first.


Found

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Found is a Scottish band which formed in 2005 and began its life on the art scene, putting on "weird and wonderful events" just about wherever they could, from storage containers to art galleries. The UK music industry singled them out for success and it has not been let down, having already broken into the American market with their bizarre mix of rock, electronica, folk pop. To say that they are experimental would be an understatement. They recently created an emotional robot band called Cybraphon which was very well received across the globe.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

To follow the comings and goings of a band who are interesting not just for their music but for their many art projects as well, check out Found's website. Make sure you've got a while though, because you'll be interested enough to read it all at once.


Codebreaker

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Codebreaker are a kaleidoscopic electro band; they take their influences from some of the most unlikely of places and combine them to create music which is not quite here nor there in terms of genre. Who would have thought that The Beach Boys and The Clash could inspire something falling within (or without) the boundaries of funk, house, electro and disco? Unbelievably, Codebreaker have done it, and they've done it with such style that they've made it look easy, as though it was always meant to be.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Their website it as stylish as they are, simply uploading their new music and their new videos for you to enjoy and letting you know when they're on tour. So go online and take a look at the intriguing musical lives of Steven Hawley and Sage Schwarm.


Northcape

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Northcape is an artist from Warwickshire in the UK. He presents the interesting contrast in his work between the electronic methods and techniques by which his music is created and the natural images and memories it evokes in the listener. Northcape explores notions of simplicity in his music, and creates sounds which are clear and uncomplicated by the processes which create them. He is unconcerned with creating music to fit into a sub-genre, and more concerned with the purity of its creation.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

The style of Northcape's website reflects the simplicity and clarity of his music, giving you the information you want, told with the honesty and earnestness of a musician who knows what his music is and who has created it from the heart.


Sienna

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The music of Sienna will gently lull you into that state somewhere between waking and sleeping, when your dreams are still going but you're only half aware that none of it is real. Taking influences not only from her native Japan and her base in Norway but from all over the world, she concocts a musical recipe like none other while maintaining a comforting sense of the familiar. As a result of this, her fan base covers a huge range of people.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Her website is well kept with regular updates of tour news and dates, new tracks to listen to and just enough info to keep you interested. Take a look here and be guaranteed that you won't look back. Sienna is not only exciting, she's a musician you want to listen to.


Voide

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Voide is the stage name of the Swedish electro composer, Dave Almgren. Despite the name, Voide's music is upbeat and lively, combining some traditional electro sounds with the more contemporary which creates a sound that is both interesting and that works. Nominated as one of the electronic music artists of the year by Somjo.net, Voide has been working his way up the electro ladder and with good reason; he has given his fans the kind of music that has kept them interested, and will no doubt continue to gather fans who are just as loyal.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Voide's blog is the place to be for news not just on his most recent releases, but also to find a more personal insight into the life of an electro artist. Voide also promotes music of other friends and artists who will be of interest to his own followers, so you might find another favourite new artist there too!


Artemis

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Artemis' music is a cleverly compiled mix of beautiful yet varied sounds, put together to create something mystical, exciting, and very, very now. Her voice resides eerily and elegantly over the music which is played expertly by her band, comprised of Daniel Berkman, Cliff Tune, Keith Crusher and Daniel Durrett of the RTFM Collective. The combination of Artemis' voice and the band's sounds draws a connection between musician and listener which will take you out of this world and into another.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Artemis' blog is both informative and interesting. On the one side, there is all the information you need about the artists, their background, their music and their tours. On the other, Artemis provides you with an interesting tale behind each of her albums. Have a browse and find your new favourite way to spend the afternoon.


Life Toward Twilight

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Describing their atmosphere as the 'space between a flower's full bloom and the wilting of its last petal', Life Toward Twilight have produced a feeling of deterioration in their music, but at the stage that the memory of beauty and life is still ripe. David Tuttle, the bands only member, formed Life Toward Twilight in 1999 and has concentrated on developing the soft, gentle sounds of dark ambient and neoclassical music ever since. He has been very successful over the past decade and his profile is continuing to grow.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Life Toward Twilight has a website that suitably emulates the style of his music; the stark contrast between the life and the death of something beautiful and serene. There is all the appropriate information to tell you more about the artist, and to bring you up to speed with his music.


Dan Pound

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With a wealth of musical experience behind him, having been classically trained on three instruments and composing orchestral pieces, Dan Pound has used it all to branch out and create a different kind of sound. The majority of Dan's work is geared towards film scores and multi-media soundtracks, alongside which he has created his own albums in his studio. Dan is a dedicated musician and has gradually been building his home studio in order to provide you with his exciting, modern music.


Reasons to Check 'Em Out

Take a look at Dan's website to find out more about the music he creates and where it's been played, news of his new and most recent releases, and links to buy his CDs and downloads. There's even a Merchandise link so make sure you have a look at the range of t-shirts sold on there.