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Mid 2000’s House / Electronic Dance Music (EDM)


Strictly Rhythm had closed its doors and websites like Traxsource and Beatport had ushered in the rise of the indy “label” release.  Napster’s success and the endless proliferation of clone sites like Limewire made file sharing a common occurrence.  The inability of artists to effectively sell their music due to this “sharing” of music led to the demise of Strictly Rhythm and many other labels. 


Simultaneously, the mid 2000s saw the rise in computer technology accelerate, accompanied by the rise of the laptop producer.  DJs like Diplo were now able to effortlessly and instantly sample tracks, sounds and effects.  In 2005, the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album was introduced, that year going to Basement Jaxx for their album Kish Kash.


Links to songs which are examples of music from this period include:


Strict Machine – Goldfrapp -

Everything – KasKade -

Talk – Coldplay -

Make a Move on Me – Joey Negro -

Wait Forever – DJ Tekin feat Beth Trollan -

Who’s Your Daddy – Benny Benassi -

Just Dance – Paul Johnson -

Love Don’t Let Me Go – David Guetta -





Early 2010’s-Mid 2010’s House/Electronic Dance Music (EDM)


By the early-2010s, the EDM scene had exploded.  Artists like Lady Gaga and David Guetta had pioneered EDM's domination of mainstream radio waves, while the rise of web 3.0 catalyzed the evolution of genres at an unprecedented rate.  Dubstep gave birth to brostep and electro house splintered into countless derivatives, including Dutch House, artists such as Afrojack and Avicii.  


The “rave” scene has seen a resurgence, though it differs greatly from the original raves, as the parties are now being held legally at huge, corporately sponsored festivals. South African songwriter/DJ/producers begin to dominate the Deep House Music scene hosting huge events in South Africa and touring around the world.  New York, Chicago and Europe continue to produce a steady stream of Soulful Deep House and Traxsource explodes with producer’s offerings.  


Links to songs which are examples of music from this period include:


Beethoven’s 5th – Wolfgang Gartner -

Hey Hey – Dennis Ferrer -

Why Don’t You – Gramophonedzie -

Superman feat Bucie - Black Coffe -

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