Ten EDM Albums To Hear Before You Die
These Daft Punk protégés are quite honestly the reason any "hipster" listens to EDM. Their debut album was co-produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. And yes, this record's title is just a symbol. Pronounced "Cross," it initiated the reign of electro-house in 2006 and 2007, inspiring a generation of music nerds to fill the Internet with dance music blogs. You can tell just from the opening track, "Genesis," that the album will open you to sounds, grooves, textures, and rhythms unlike any that came before it. See: The breakdown in "Phantom."
In the first 30 seconds of the "Woo Boost" music video, Rusko grabbed America's attention. One second later, he ripped his way through green-screen effects of death as if to say, "This shit right here? This is dubstep." Nothing was ever the same again. For real, though, this dude had been putting in stateside work for years, representing for the genre he helped build in the UK since 2006. O.M.G.! came even before Skrillex's scene takeover, helping cement Rusko as the gatekeeper of the genre for many tapped-in beat freaks. This 14-track album is both funky enough for the uninitiated and true enough to dubstep's roots keep the purists hooked.