Spotify for Electro-HeadsPosted on 11/05/11
This is a guest post by Jer White, better known as the man behind the Spotify blog The Pansentient League.
Spotify is the Swedish music-streaming phenomenon that's swept through much of Europe and looks set to conquer America soon too. With over ten million users, it now has more paid-for subscribers than any other music streaming service in the world. Not only that, with nearly 14 million tracks to listen to, Spotify has the largest catalog of streaming music available: that's more than Napster, Rhapsody, MOG or WiMP. With the recent expansion to enable cheap MP3 downloads (ideal for when you don't want to pay a monthly subscription or you want to "own" your music), Spotify is now gunning for iTunes too.
I use Spotify every day and think it's the most important thing to happen to the music industry since the MP3. It's simple and easy to use, plays songs instantly, lets you share music with ease and is 100% legal and licensed (unlike Grooveshark). At a stroke, Spotify obsoleted the need for illegal downloading as it's faster, safer, and less hassle than fiddling about with badly-tagged and variable-quality downloads.
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Despite the new download offering, I still prefer the subscription service as I think it's a much better deal for fans like Side-Line readers who listen to a lot of music. It also guarantees a small kickback of cash to the artist every single time I listen to a track on Spotify. Sure it's not much compared to the royalties from a CD sale, but it's at least something with the added bonus that it pays the artist more the more I listen to their music (unlike the one-off royalty from a CD or purchased download).
Spotify changed my musical life and I'm now a passionate advocate for the service (even though I don't work for them!).
I'm also a huge fan of synthpop and industrial music.
Electro Genres & Artists on Spotify
Think of your Top 20 favorite bands. I bet most if not all of them have something on Spotify. Pretty much all of the synthpop and industrial labels around today are adding their content (Spotify adds on average 10,000 new tracks per day). And that's as well as the archive of music that goes back to the very dawn of electronic music (and before then, well, that's on Spotify too but all that rock music was just tuning up, right?).
No matter which sub-genre you're into, I guarantee it will be well-represented on Spotify. There's synthpop old and new, electropop, futurepop, electro-industrial, industrial metal, oldschool industrial and EBM, darkwave, goth, aggrotech, noise, Neue Deutsche Härte, even some of that really weird sh*t you like that scares your neighbors.
Here's a look at what's available on Spotify from a selection of 10 bands you probably know: Kraftwerk (10 albums, 3 singles), Depeche Mode (20 albums, 47 singles), Front 242 (11 albums, 1 single), Nitzer Ebb (10 albums, 1 single), KMFDM (18 albums, including the excellent release from Skold vs. KMFDM), Combichrist (14 albums, 3 singles), Funker Vogt (10 albums, 4 singles), And One (10 albums, 9 singles).
That's pretty extensive, but what about some of the slightly more obscure electro? Well, some of my favorites you'll find on Spotify include both the superb First Aid 4 Souls albums, the brilliant EBM debut from Container 90 (man, I love that album!), retro-industrial releases from Mommy Hurt My Head,Gatekeeper and //TENSE//, and some great new synthpop from the likes of Northern Kind, Parralox,Future Perfect and the wonderful Maison Vague.
Synthpop & Industrial Labels on Spotify
As a Side-Line reader you obviously have a good taste in music and like me, you probably know that it's worth following specific record labels as well as particular bands. If you like one band on Metropolis Records for example, chances are you'll like others too. Spotify makes it easy to search for a particular label: all you need to do is open up Spotify then search for label:"
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