the best electronic artists of 2016

Electronic music is a broad term that refers to music created using electronic equipment. The type of equipment used can range from synthesizers to computers and more. Electronic music is not made using instruments such as guitars, pianos, drums or horns.

Electronic music is often confused with dance music. This is because many types of electronic music are designed for dancing at clubs or raves. However, there are many other types of electronic music that are not designed for dancing.

This article is a list of the best electronic artists of 2016. The artists listed below have all been very important in the genre of electronic music and have also been very successful in their careers.

With a year of fantastic electronic releases behind us, 2016 feels like a great time for music lovers who want to get in on the ground floor of what’s next.

With a little digging, you can find talented up-and-coming artists who are poised for a breakout and push the boundaries of what electronic music can sound like. Here are 13 such electronic artists that caught our attention in 2016.

In a year when everyone from The Chainsmokers to Marshmello were dominating the charts, it’s easy to forget that the biggest names in this scene have been around for decades. Yet, they still show no signs of slowing down.

But there are tons of newer acts out there too – they just might not fit into any neat categories or genres yet.

We’ve put together a list of 13 artists we think you should be listening to right now (in no particular order).

If you’re one of the millions of people who has been listening to electronic music for the last decade, then you should already know who they are.

If you’ve been listening to it for the last five years, then you’ll have heard their names, but not necessarily heard their music.

If you’ve only just got into it in the last year or so – well, good luck.

But there are a lot of other artists out there who aren’t as well known, but whose music is every bit as good – if not better.

Here’s a list of 10 electronic artists that deserve your attention.


I know what you’re thinking: “Skrillex? Really?” But bear with me here. The number one reason Skrillex is on this list is because he has made a lot of people like electronic music. And when I say “a lot”, I mean tens of millions. So if we want to get more people into electronic music, then it makes sense to include him in this list, right?

2:Aphex Twin

If you are looking for an artist who is more than just a producer, then Aphex Twin is the one to go for. He’s also one of the most innovative

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The Guardian’s top 10 alternative electronic music tracks of 2016

For the last year, I have been obsessed with an alternative electronic genre known as “vaporwave.” While it started as a music genre, it has also grown into an art movement and internet meme.

The name of the genre is derived from a Tumblr user, named Saint Pepsi, who released an album called Hit Vibes in 2012. The album was a collection of slowed-down samples from 70’s and 80’s funk and disco songs. It was largely ignored until 2013, when the album was rediscovered by another Internet user, who re-released the album under their own name. Since then, vaporwave has become its own subgenre.

Many people claim that vaporwave is dead; however, it had a resurgence in popularity recently when musicians on Soundcloud started combining it with other genres like hip hop and indie rock. Here are my favorite artists making music right now:

FKA twigs

FKA twigs is the project of London-based artist Tahliah Debrett Barnett. She has a voice that sounds like pure emotion, but with a charisma and power that makes that emotion feel totally in control. It’s otherworldly, but never dark. FKA twigs makes music for dancing – her songs are slow and sensual, with a sense of drama and tension that’s hard to resist. This year she released two EPs, M3LL155X and EP2, which you should listen to back-to-back because they sound amazing together. Her debut album, LP1, is one of the best albums of 2014.


Grimes’ last album, Art Angels from 2015, is one of the best albums this decade. It’s fun and energetic pop music with glitchy beats and catchy melodies. Grimes often writes about dark subject matter in her lyrics, but it doesn’t bring down the mood of the song. The juxtaposition makes it even more interesting as a listener – you’re smiling as you sing about being sad or angry or disappointed in love. She also has an amazing voice that sounds completely unique – her new single “Medieval Warfare” from Art Angels is one my favorite songs from

Electronic music will continue to rise in prominence in 2016. The genre is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, and the world has taken notice. Artists like Skrillex, RL Grime, and Flume have found success by creating new sounds that were previously unexplored.

One of the most important factors behind this trend is how accessible electronic music has become with programs like Ableton Live and Logic Pro. In the same way that computer programming was once an arcane skill before being democratized by tools like Ruby on Rails, electronic music production is increasingly in the hands of talented artists who would not have been able to learn how to produce their own music a decade ago.

Future Garage – a subgenre of garage house pioneered by legendary producer Burial – rose to prominence in 2015. This style combines elements of hip-hop and R&B with ambient textures and a hauntingly nostalgic feel. Future Bass also rose to fame in 2015 with artists like Wave Racer and Mura Masa garnering critical acclaim for their unique sound design and complex rhythms.

The next wave of electronic music will feature more experimentation with new instruments and sounds. The genre will also become more collaborative as artists begin working together more often.

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