Dance nerds, rejoice. Iskur has updated his definitive electronic music genre guide for the first time in 18 years. Brostep, trap, moombahton and Dutch house all have their digital day -- and uh, Pendulum is its own genre?
Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music is an interactive, online flow chart map created by Kenneth John Taylor, aka Ishkur. It covers more than 100 subgenres of beat-freakin' bleep bloops and gives examples for most. It launched in 1999, covering the dance timeline from experimental music of the early 1900s to the progressive splintered sounds of house, techno, hardcore, garage and bass music until its last official update in 2001.
In 2001, "EDM" wasn't even a twinkle in a marketing executive's eye. It was a year before Eminem pronounced that "nobody listens to techno," and that was pretty much a catch-all term for all things synthy with a heavy bpm. Sometimes savy ravers talked about house and disco and electronica, but these were dark days when, despite a few breakout eurotrash hits and French touch crossovers, most Americans thought listening to "techno" was to commit musical suicide.