European Electro Playlist

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!

Portugal

Sound of Kuduro
Buraka Som Sistema

Buraka Som Sistema is a really prominent electro band from Portugal. You probably all know their famous wegue wegue by now! But if you want more, watch and listen to this hangover…

Spain

Ni tu ni nadie
Fangoria

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. 

France

Audio, Video, Disco
Justice

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”.

Iceland

Hoppípolla
Sigur Rós

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.

Ireland

Floating
Jape

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.

United Kingdom

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.

Norway

Happy Up Here
Röyksopp

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!

Sweden

Om du Möter Varg
Detektivbyran

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.

Finland

Group sex
Imatran Voima

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.

Denmark

Moan
Trentemoller

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…

Netherlands

Ik Ga Hard
The Partysquad

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

NY Excuse
Soulwax

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.

Germany

Aaron
Paul Kalkbrenner

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.

Austria

Catgroove
Parov Stelar

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

Switzerland

Boom Boom Boom
Da Cruz

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.

Italy

WARP
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…

Slovenia

Beautiful
Proteus Noir

It sounds like Depeche Mode but it’s Slovenian. But don’t worry, they sing in English! Enjoy this original eletro-rock tune from the Sunny side of the Alps.

Hungary

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.

Czechia

Electro gastronomique
Cartonnage

This is a wonderful remix of old samples singing in French. We found it, we liked it. 

Slovakia

♪♪ Mariena – Noisecut : This new Slovakian group has not gained an international fame yet, but is full of promises.

Poland

♪♪♪ Sculpture – Skalpel : A bit of electro-jazz in this playlist from Poland. This is certainly not music to party, but excellent to relax

Lithuania

♪♪♪♪ I’ll be Gone – Mario Basanov & Vidis feat. Jazzu : this excellent tune shows how Lithuanian music can be creative in the field of electronic music.

Latvia

♪♪♪ Preses Nams – Gas of Latvia: Latvia has a long tradition of industrial/ambient electro music. This title is experimental and evokes Latvian history…

Estonia

♪♪ Laanetaguse – Galaktlan : Galaktlan is the Estonian representative for electronic music. This is more like ambient music, ideally to be listened to in background.

Belarus

♪♪ Without Thinking – Dreamlin : Belarus people are really creative. This may be because of the oppression there. A short tune and digital pictures. Quite calm.

Ukraine

♪♪♪♪♪ 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…

Moldova

♪♪♪ Epic Sax Guy – Ozo : In 2010, the moldavian saxophonist made a great impression at the European song context. He was remixed a lot on the net. Here is an example.

Romania

♪♪♪♪ Bucovina – Ian Oliver & Shantel : The origins of Shantel, the German DJ, are in Romania. You may already know by heart this tune, Bucovina.

Croatia

♪♪ Sutra – Nipplepeople: Here comes an interesting electro-pop title from Croatia. Unfortunately, there is still a female voice which always downgrade the whole quality of the music.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

♪♪♪♪ Bla bla bla – Basheskia: Here is a funny music from Bosnia and Herzegovina produced in 2006. This demonstrates the talent of Bosnia and Herzegovina for electronic music.

Serbia

♪♪♪♪♪Why don’t You – Gramophonedzie : We may not have to present this tune, we already know it all. Disco-electro-vintage. From Serbia of course !

Macedonia

♪♪♪♪♪Jungle Shadow – Kiril Džajkovski : Another great tune. Music from Balkan allow us to dance better ! Good video clip !

Montenegro

♪♪♪ Don’t Happy be Worry – Rambo Amadeus : This is an unconventional tune with noises from mouth. It comes from Montenegro, and it’s quite popular there, from what I read…

Albania

♪♪♪ Cokollata  – Fanfara Tirana feat Nevenko Bucan : Back in music from Balkan with a traditional  fanfare. Pay attention, this tune is a remix, but the original is not on youtube.

Bulgaria

♪♪ Kuker – Balkansky :  we are now coming deeper in the Balkans with ethnic music, quite psychedelic. For those who like.

Greece

♪♪♪ Club soda – Savvas Ysatis : It sounds like French Touch and it is to forget about the crisis. This is quite efficient and lounge.

Turkey

♪♪ 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.

► Bonus

♪♪♪♪♪ Europe Endless – Kraftwerk : A short trip all over Europe and its construction. A tune composed by the grandpa of electro music.

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