Wean me off of Disclosure - please recommend some house-flavored jams
March 7, 2014 2:20 PM   Subscribe

I have a cursory understanding of EDM, but I'm obsessed with Disclosure... yet I've played their album to death. Please help me find something new to listen to.

I've been listening to electronic music for more than a decade, but I've always come at it from a headphone perspective versus a club orientation. Radiohead led me to Björk, which led me to IDM, but that's more or less as far as I got. I've made some attempts to educate myself about EDM, but I come from the World of Albums, and the Land of EDM is not necessarily album-friendly, as I've come to discover.

Lately, all I've been listening to is Settle by Disclosure. I discovered it just this year, and while I get the distinct impression that Disclosure is Old News, I hope y'all can appreciate my goal of broadening my horizons, because I could really use some help in finding something new.

Here's a list of some of stuff I love which is somewhat similar to what I'm looking for.

Disclosure - Settle
Lindstrøm - Smalhans
Booka Shade - Movements
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman, Second Toughest in the Infants, Beaucoup Fish
Todd Terje - Snooze 4 Love, etc.
Luomo - Vocalcity
Röyksopp - Melody A.M.
My My - Songs for the Gentle
Metro Area - Metro Area
Bassment Jaxx - Kish Kash, Greatest Hits

Lots of this is vocal music, which is great, but not essential by any means. I'd prefer names of LPs or mixes versus individual tracks, but I'm aware that beggars can't be choosers, so I'll take what I can get.

Here's a link to my last.fm profile, so you can see where I'm coming from.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and offer your suggestions!
posted by blue t-shirt to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Benoit & Sergio seems right up your alley, and they're my favorite! Nearly every song of theirs is a classic (and they play with a few different flavors), so, just listen to a couple to see if you're into it. :)
posted by semaphore at 2:27 PM on March 7, 2014

Best answer: I'm really into Jon Hopkins' Immunity from last year. "We Disappear".
posted by naju at 2:59 PM on March 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I have a lot more to post after i send a couple fb chats/texts/IMs i've been meaning to so i can get track or album names from people, but off the top of my head

Oliver - Mechanical EP (this track is a great sample)
posted by emptythought at 3:00 PM on March 7, 2014

Best answer: Metro Area makes me think of Kerrier District, which is a Like Vibert side project. He records under many names and I'd say most of them would be interesting to you, although some trend more towards drum and bass.
posted by feloniousmonk at 3:01 PM on March 7, 2014

I'm more of a DJ set kind of guy, so how about:

Jonas Rathsman
Sven Weisemann
Onur Engin
Isaac Tichauer
posted by drwelby at 5:59 PM on March 7, 2014

In terms of making electronic albums rather than just tracks, I think Orbital, Hybrid, Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers, Layo & Bushwacka, and BT might appeal to you if you like Underworld.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:43 PM on March 7, 2014

Oh, and Melody A.M era Royksopp is somewhat reminiscent of some Plaid, which could easily lead you down the Warp Records / Ninja Tune rabbit hole. Which is a rabbit hole well, well, worth going down. Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Plaid, U-Ziq, LFO and many others are all bloody excellent.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:46 PM on March 7, 2014

I just discovered Rudimental. Not sure if it is exactly what you are looking for but I've been enjoying a few tracks lately. http://youtu.be/M97vR2V4vTs
posted by photoexplorer at 6:59 PM on March 7, 2014

Also, other stuff on my recent playlist:
Hot Chip
Robert Delong
Scientists of sound
Black Ghosts

I listen to a huge variety of music, but I hope some of this is headed in the right direction for you!
posted by photoexplorer at 7:20 PM on March 7, 2014

Maya Jane Coles - Comfort
Moderat - Moderat II (pretty much anything from Monkeytown, TBH)
Emika also comes to mind. DVA is her new album, and it's a bit more divers than her self-titled debut, which feels more like the slow side of stuff from The Knife.

Getting spacier, you might dig Nosaj Thing (House is his album, and Drift is his EP, though they're about the same length, less than 40 minutes each.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:36 PM on March 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: It's stupid, but as you know, the kids call music that sounds like Disclosure "Deep House", a title that has been used before for totally different sounding music. Still, if you haven't heard it all already, you should check out the Ministry of Sound "The Sound of Deep house" compilation for the big hits in the genre.

Disclosure's music looks backwards to a lot of influences that are getting a little less known nowadays. You should look for compilations of dance hits from the 80's and 90's that were created by someone who actually listens to dance music (ie NO fucking Fatboy Slim). For example, the Sony "History of Dance" compilations, especially the Club Edition and the House Edition, are surprisingly not brain dead.

It's not quite the same thing, but you might also want to check out the Future Classic DJs compilation (for example, one of my favorite tracks is the Perseus Edit of Jeremy Glenn's New Life)
posted by w1nt3rmut3 at 9:05 PM on March 7, 2014

Best answer: If you're looking for a way to broaden your horizons in a self-sustaining way with EDM, there are a few great regular shows and podcasts you can get into that typically will provide full tracklists and after listening to them for awhile will help you find the specific niches and associated artists you really enjoy.

The best one for this in my opinion is Beats in Space, hosted by Tim Sweeney. Two mixes per week, usually one by Tim and one by a guest. Tim's sound ranges from old school funk and disco through pumping tech house so each episode can vary quite a bit depending on his mood. I think it's the single best way to keep up on new tracks and emerging and established DJs. The best part is you can search and download the full archive of episodes which stretches back many years.

Todd Terje, whom you mentioned, did an AMAZING mix for the show last year:

BBC Essential Mix, (which Terje also made a great mix for last year) is another show worth following, although has a much wider range of styles and can be harder to track down archived episodes.

As for more traditional artist albums, I would recommend Ghostly International as a label. Home to the likes of Matthew Dear, Shigeto, Tycho and Gold Panda. I consistently find this label's output in the album format to be of a higher quality than a lot of other long players. Nice range of artists from techno down to Royksopp style beats as well.

Finally, my favorite album of last year by a long shot was DJ Koze's Amygdala. I think he's one of the more creative producers going, works a lot with vocals and you should find a lot to like there if you enjoy Disclosure. He recently started his own label called Pampa, which features like minded artists like Robag Wruhme and Ada, if you end up liking his sound.

posted by the foreground at 4:42 AM on March 8, 2014

Another one that just popped into my thinker, new build.

Specifically check out your love, medication, and false thing.

It's a bit more like, idk, almost dance-punky. But the synths and heavy drum beat really does scratch the same kind of itch as some of the disclosure tracks. I'd throw them in the same playlist for sure.

You got some really great responses here though, especially w1nt3rmut3's post. A lot of this stuff really sounds like what would be playing through the outdoor speakers at a trendy high-fashion clothing shop in the late 90s, and going archaeologically back through that stuff is a really great way to find stuff that's as good if not better than a lot of the new stuff.
posted by emptythought at 5:42 PM on March 10, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks folks. I'm working through the comments here and I appreciate all the advice. I'm marking the stuff that hits the mark as "best answer". I should mention that I'm pretty familiar with the Warp records stuff, and I'm dangerously allergic to drum and bass.

I think the best thing I've discovered so far from this thread is that Oliver EP, so thanks especially to you, emptythought.
posted by blue t-shirt at 8:06 AM on March 12, 2014

« Older Getting a tattoo : how to pick a design and artist...   |   What to do with hand made educational posters for... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.