“The old Europe ; she won’t revive : may the young Europe offer more chance ?”
François René de Chateaubriand, 1849.
The old continent works in relative mysterious ways: on one hand, it concentrates on the thinnest continent of the world a certain amount of states, cultures and languages, but, on the other hand, this cultural diversity barely circulates on its territory – so that young Europeans would better know American hits and charts than the successful tunes of their neighbours. Lady Gaga, 50 cent, Katy Pery and other American idols enjoy the advantages of a strong media coverage which allows them to reach everyone around the world. Well, good for them! But what about Europe? Our European playlist of electro music tries to bridge this gap. Have a look at the French, Ukrainian, Serbian, German and, most important Austrian references – they are great!
Ni tu ni nadie
Spain is not only the country of Almodovar’s transexuals, it’s also the country of Fangoria’s transexuals! Fangoria sold more than 1,200,000 CDs over the world. The music clip of Ni tu ni nadie is quite entertaining, even though we would have preferred it without lyrics.
Audio, Video, Disco
We couldn’t choose another tune than this one by Justice. First, because it inspired the menu of this blog but also because it really grooves! Just a reminder: “Audio, Video, Disco” means “I hear, I see, I learn”.
Sigur Rós is without doubt the Icelandic reference when it comes to electro music. Hoppípolla is a tune full of emotion and you should watch the video clip: it is greatly edited.
If you like vegetables in slow-motion, this song is for you! Jape is an electro-pop-rock group from Dublin with refreshing music rythms.
The Salmon Dance
The Chemical Brothers
A very entertaining song mixed by the kings of the British electro music – namely the Chemical Brothers. With that song, you will learn how to dance the amazing salmon dance. If you want more, have a look at all their repertoire – it’s time well invested.
Happy Up Here
You may have already heard this melody – be it on TV or in a shopping center – without being able to properly identify its author. Röyksopp offers us pure and fresh electro beats from Norway!
Om du Möter Varg
For those who have seen the film Amélie Poulain, you may think she was actually from Sweden after listening to this melody. It really sounds like Yann Tiersen who made the soundtrack.
We didn’t know that our Finnish friends were so interested in that kind of practice. Well… a chilling tune anyway. Not one of the best of this playlist, so if you don’t have a lot of time, just skip it.
This is the calm and psychedelic Danish band Trentemoller – the best to be working with while listening to music. Mind that the dog is speaking in the video clip…
Ik Ga Hard
Ik Ga Hard is an excellent song between rap and electro, and the whole, in Dutch! If you don’t like rap music, just listen to this one, and you might change your mind!
Belgium rocks and Soulwax remixes! The band first recorded this track in a rock version, and then remixed it in electro. You’ll recognise the sample as the one of Funky Town.
Straight from the film soundtrack of Berlin Calling, Aaron by the prodigious Paul Kalkbrenner. It is obviously minimal – as all electro music originating from the German capital. If you want more, just listen to Dockyard as well.
This is one of the best tune of this playlist. It was hard to select one title from the excellent titles of Parov Stelar – a style between swing, vintage and electro. Just listen to Chamberman Swing, Starlight, Libella Swing and Charleston Butterfly…
Boom Boom Boom
You liked the Portuguese track in this playlist? You may enjoy this Swiss tune by Da Cruz. They sing in Portuguese – which shows how multilingual the country is.
The Bloody Beetroots
Italy is culturally close to France – and we can feel it in this tune. The Bloody Beetroots take their inspiration from Daft Punk and Justice, even in their costume. They are great! This track is quite violent, so, if it’s not your cup of tea, you may not like…
Tedd a napfényt be a számba
Anima sound system
It sounds like LCD Soundsystem but with Hungarian electronic voices matched with an original funky pop rhythm.
This is a wonderful remix of old samples singing in French. We found it, we liked it.
♪♪♪♪♪ Shepherd disco – OMFO : Another great discovery. It’s worthy. OMFO (One Man From Odessa) was born in USSR and criticize through music this system. At the end of the tune, just visualize the shepherd…
Bosnia and Herzegovina
♪♪ Just your touch – Mert Yucel feat Derek Conyer: Mert Yucel is considered as the best Turkish reference for electro and house music. The (repetitive) video selected for this playlist has been seen by very few people. I’m sorry, I find it hypnotizing and original.