What's the Pitchfork of the electronic music world?
September 27, 2007 12:57 PM   Subscribe

What's the Pitchfork of the electronic music world?

I occasionally find good recommendations on Pitchfork for various "electronic" albums, but I'm way out of the loop when it comes to the happenings of the many genres and sub-genres and sub-sub-genres of electronic music. I'm looking for a definitive source for new releases, reviews, and news that covers this niche, Pitchfork-style.
posted by c:\awesome to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by c:\awesome at 1:05 PM on September 27, 2007

Which types of "electronic" are you looking for?

Most of what I find for electronic music is split up into genres. If, for example, you're looking for dubstep, I would send you to the dubstep forum. I don't know of a really good, one-stop place for all the sub-genres of electronic music.
posted by atomly at 1:30 PM on September 27, 2007

Discobelle is a daily visit for me. It's pretty heavy into the brave new mashup world of Diplo, Flosstradamus and such. You can download dozens of mixtapes that mash up everything from Ghetto Tech and Electro to 70s power pop and Brazilian baile funk.

Many DJs will drop preview cuts of their unreleased albums. They give equal time to Canadian, European and even some Latin American DJ outfits.
posted by caveatz at 1:50 PM on September 27, 2007

Epitonic used to be great before they stopped updating it.

I'd like to know some possible answers to this too.
posted by mand0 at 1:56 PM on September 27, 2007

This may be about the third time I've mentioned them in response to an askme, but I like boomkat for new releases. They aren't all electronic and they might not cover every subgenre. Also, ignore the reviews since they gush about everything (trying to move product) and just pick through the ones with audio samples.

If you hit "browse" you can get to a genre listing.
posted by juv3nal at 1:56 PM on September 27, 2007

Depends on what you're looking for, but Bigstereo has the sort of stuff I'll begrudgingly call New Rave.
posted by the jam at 3:46 PM on September 27, 2007

EM411 is pretty good for reviews, but also good if you yourself record & play music.
posted by deern the headlice at 5:45 PM on September 27, 2007

pitchfork is the pitchfork for electronic...kinda.

Because there hasn't been much in the way of good electronic (other than free net releases and dubstep) album releases in a while, that pitchfork hasn't covered. And they've covered quite a bit.

Other than that, I get the twice-monthly earplug email newsletter, with reviews, videos, and downloadable mixes (fantastic).
posted by Espoo2 at 6:57 PM on September 27, 2007

Perhaps out of bounds, but an hour spent browsing around other music is an education in itself.
posted by Kinbote at 7:51 PM on September 27, 2007

Best answer: Resident Advisor, no question.
posted by maxreax at 8:16 PM on September 27, 2007 [2 favorites]

posted by pluckysparrow at 8:24 PM on September 27, 2007

Do yourself a favor and get a subscription to The Wire. Also try to read the reviews and listen to the samples at Smallfish and Aquarius Records, because they're actually a lot more useful than most online music review websites.
posted by apetpsychic at 9:13 PM on September 27, 2007

The forums at discogs.com
posted by gen at 12:10 AM on September 28, 2007

If you're on metafilter, I think boomkat might be more up your alley. Covers most of the electronic spectrum, but mostly the avant-garde and experimental end.
posted by tehloki at 5:58 AM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

Little White Earbuds.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 6:27 AM on September 29, 2007

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