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    This is kind of like the young'uns guide thread, only covering specific genres of music. Post short, helpful write ups of ten essential albums that best represent a certain genre with the objective of introducing that genre to a neophyte (as opposed to covering a selection of more obscure, difficult gems). Try to be as narrow as possible with your genre selections without becoming absurd. "G-Funk" and "West Coast Hardcore" as opposed to "Hip Hop" or "Punk." If you can't come up with ten essential albums, you're either being too specific or the wrong person for the job. Don't just post a list of 10 albums. Try to explain why each album is important in the context of the chosen genre, and then maybe do an alternates or further explorations list without write ups. Three or four sentences per album would suffice. Place requests for genres you'd like to see covered. Try to be helpful instead of a jackass.
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    I’m going to post 5 and return with the others. This is actually a pretty straining task and I'm too tired to finish. Anyway here’s my shot.

    1. Faust IV by Faust Krautrock(?)

    I have some trouble placing this album within the confines of the general idea of "Krautrock", however considering that it's opener is named just that calls my train of thought into question. Regardless, the songs on this album move effortlessly from gorgeous drones ("Krautrock") to hazy psych rock ("Jennifer) to jaunty quasi-garage ("The Sad Skinhead") and back, all with a sense of craftsmanship that's difficult for me to put into words (someone better versed can do so). Yeah, there are probably better examples of the Krautrock aesthetic in bands like Neu! and Harmonik, however what keeps me coming back to this one is how absolutely refreshing and exciting it feels every time. I suppose its importance to the genre lies in the very fact that it is so difficult to place, as it displays the furthest heights to which one can climb within this fairly specific style.

    2.Entertainment by Gang of Four: Post-Punk

    I'd argue to the death that The Fall and Mission of Burma are better bands than Gang of Four, however this is the album that comes to my mind whenever I think about post-punk. The jagged guitars, panic-attack vocals, disco stomp, social anxiety, pulsing bass, all show up on this album in some form or another, and "Damaged Goods" is basically one of the best songs ever. While other post-punk bands may have evolved and expanded the style to new territory, as far as capturing the distilled form of the genre goes, this one destroys them all. Above all else, it's really fucking fun.

    3. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine: Shoegaze

    This album is shoegaze incarnate. Besides being one of the most amazing sounding things tone-wise, the songs themselves are pretty much sublime. They are basically clouds of melody the float around until suddenly vanishing (minus "Soon"). "To Here Knows When" could possibly be one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard, and a great entrance to the rest of the album. It's just a wash of guitar blown through a string of effects that I can't identify, a drum loop, and an unintelligible vocal line, that when combined sound like a warped record playing a dream's soundtrack. Even though this album is technically considered a precursor to the shoegaze genre, it is (for me at least) in retrospect the fucking platonic form of the style.

    4. Dummy by Portishead: Trip-Hop

    I struggled between this and Endtroducing by DJ Shadow. I ultimately landed on this album because for me it perfectly displays the despair and gloom that trip-hop is astonishingly effective at capturing. The beats are grimy and noir-influenced, with Beth anchoring them all together with a voice that can turn from despondent and weary to searing and sexy at the drop of a hat. The whole thing has a sense of menace about it, and I really enjoy that streak in trip-hop.

    5. Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk: Synth-Pop

    This album is realistically very important in the context of electronic music as a whole, however that is far too wide to attempt to discuss and I honestly am not qualified to do so. Still, this album is a huge step forward for the genre of synth-pop, simply for the fact that it is one of the earlier examples of it. Besides that technicality, it is also absolutely amazing from front to back. Its drum machines tick along at a surgically precise beat with synths twinkling and buzzing around like clockwork. Really for me, it's the synth tones that do it. Everything is so clean and bright, warm and thick sounding: analog. Synth-pop is still a vast genre with numerous bands borrowing and reworking old ideas. However, Kraftwerk still sound like only Kraftwerk, and if you want to become familiar with that style then this is the album with which to do so.
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    Actually, I meant ten albums from the same genre, as a sort of introduction to that genre for the curious and uninformed. So for krautrock, you'd write about Faust, Can, Amon Duul II, etc. But thanks for contributing at all.

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    Whoops. That would probably make the task significantly easier. I was struggling to decide on one representative thing. I'll try post-punk when I'm less fatigued.
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    First Wave British Punk

    1. Sex Pistols - Nevermind The Bollocks
    You already know everything about this album. You already love it or hate it or are totally apathetic about it. Even more apathetic than Johnny Rotten tries to seem. Still, it's an important part of the story of early British punk and it has the added bonus of being a really good record full of great rock songs. If you're too punk rock to sing along with "Bodies," you're probably an insufferable twat. Even more of an insufferable twat than Johnny Rotten

    2. The Adverts - Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts
    With opener "One Chord Wonders," the Adverts perfectly sum up their (and punk's) entire existence with sloppy precision. They then play 13 more songs. Each one is as good as that first one.

    3. Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
    They were more raw with Howard Devoto, but anyone will tell you this is all you really need to know about pop-punk. Proof that you can mope about lovelessness and not be all Morrissey about it.

    4. Wire - Pink Flag
    Everything else would count as "post-punk," but here Wire proved they could write catchier and smarter songs than anyone else in the world in only 45 seconds.

    5. The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
    The darkness that made them a pioneering goth band is present ("Feel The Pain" anyone?), but lays mostly dormant here in favor of just having a total fucking blast. The cover tells you everything you need to know about these guys.

    6. X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents
    Some angry girls, one with braces and a distinctive shriek, one with a fucking saxophone, rage against the artificiality of their day and make a feminist and punk classic, along with one of the dreamiest songs about hypochondriacs.

    7. The Clash - The Clash
    Yeah, London Calling is THEGREATESTALBUMOFALLTIME or whatever, but this one epitomizes the sound of British punk. Snotty vocals, singalong choruses, memorable riffs, self righteous working class anger, it's all here. Hundreds of bands ripped this album off and sounded fucking terrible doing it.

    8. The Boys - The Boys
    They weren't really punk, but they played their unbelievably catchy power pop songs fast and dirty enough to pass.

    9. The Rezillos - Can't Stand The Rezillos
    Poppy, peppy, goofy, and yet still ferocious, the Rezillos wrote some of the best punk songs about alien invasions and art snobs. Totally inconsequential and essential.

    10. The Slits - Cut
    It's definitely punk, but is it punk? It's closer to botched reggae as performed by a group of enthusiastic amateurs, but it doesn't really matter. Nothing sounds like this.


    I'll probably edit this and add album art later but it's late and I just wanted to put up an example.

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    That's a very nice list Patrick, and I understand why (in retrospect) you'd not want to mention Generation X, given Billy Idol's later solo mediocrity. But I'm curious why you chose to exclude The Jam, The Stranglers, and Siouxsie and the Banshees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    That's a very nice list Patrick, and I understand why (in retrospect) you'd not want to mention Generation X, given Billy Idol's later solo mediocrity. But I'm curious why you chose to exclude The Jam, The Stranglers, and Siouxsie and the Banshees?
    I really am not familiar enough with Generation X and the Stranglers to have included them. I know a few songs but not any full albums (although I have them on my computer). I don't really love the Jam and I guess I feel they're more mod than punk. I adore Siouxsie & The Banshees, but would probably include them in a post-punk or goth type list. Just be glad I chose Cut over 999's debut album at the last moment.

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    Good idea for a thread. I might do one for black metal if anyone would be interested.

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    I am trying to think through a list for 80s cowpunk. I have a couple gaps to fill though.

    edit: or maybe 80s southern jangle pop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    I am trying to think through a list for 80s cowpunk. I have a couple gaps to fill though.
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    That would be difficult to come up with ten names. I can think of maybe 4 and that's about it. I have a feeling you'd put X over the Gun Club though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summerkid View Post
    That would be difficult to come up with ten names. I can think of maybe 4 and that's about it. I have a feeling you'd put X over the Gun Club though.
    Ha. I totally forgot about the Gun Club.

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    Someone do 60's California Sunshine Pop. I would like to learn something about that from a person in the know.

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    I picked up this record yesterday. It's excellent.


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    Ten essential American punk rock albums

    MC5 - Kick Out the Jams

    The Stooges – Funhouse

    New York Dolls - New York Dolls

    Patti Smith - Horses

    The Ramones – Self Titled

    The Modern Lovers – Self Titled

    Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation

    The Heartbreakers – L.A.M.F.

    Television - Marquee Moon

    Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
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    I'd like for someone to do the blues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Fuzz View Post
    I'd like for someone to do the blues.
    Chicago? Delta? Jump? Piedmont? Vocal? Pre-War?

    Specificity helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greghead View Post
    Chicago? Delta? Jump? Piedmont? Vocal? Pre-War?

    Specificity helps.
    Thanks for doing the Delta Blues. Can someone do the other blues genres?
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    I'd like for Mr. Fuzz to read the first post.
    "Try to be as narrow as possible with your genre selections"

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidsnake28 View Post
    I'd like for Mr. Fuzz to read the first post.
    "Try to be as narrow as possible with your genre selections"


    Help me out, dude. It's tuff to get a narrow category (especially since I don't categorize my music much). What bands don't fit in which genere?
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    Also, I'm thinking it might be a good idea to limit your lists to one album per artist except in extremely rare circumstances. That way you get a fuller overview of the genre.

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    80s cowpunk. This music is the bridge between 70s cosmic country and 90s alt-country/americana. Many of these bands were very much influenced by (or a part of) the LA punk scene of the time.



    1. The Blasters, The Blasters. From the opening chords to "Marie Marie" this album was a breath of fresh air -- old style rock and roll played with punk energy and commitment. This album is so damned good from beginning to end, not a weak moment on it anywhere. Unfortunately, nothing they did later came anywhere close to this.




    2. Jason & the Scorchers, Lost & Found. Jason Ringenberg was the son of an Illinois hog farmer; once he grew up, Jason moved to Nashville and started a hard rock band. Their debut is a classic, almost perfect blend of country and punk.




    3. The Mekons, Fear and Whiskey. The Mekons were a 70s brit punk band (from the Leeds scene that also produced Gang of Four), in the 80s they took a surprising country turn with this great album. It's pretty damned weird but it works great.




    4. Rank & File , Sundown. The Kinman brothers (of LA punk band The Dils) joined with Alejandro Escovedo (from SF punk band The Nuns) to make this fun, kitschy debut record. Really nice vocal harmonies, very lean guitar work. More Bakersfield than Nashville.




    5. Los Lobos, How Will the Wolf Survive?. A band playing wedding receptions and quinceaneras somehow evolved into a group with its own sound and identity. Hard rocking blues followed by countryish ballads. Something for everyone, and always passionate. This is before "La Bamba" made them millionaires, and you can hear the talent and hunger shine through on this record.




    6. The Beat Farmers, Tales of the New West. I've talked before on the board about how much I loved this band. One of the best live bands I've ever seen (picture, oh, I don't know, a really, really, really amped-up version of the Hold Steady, but drunker and not trying so hard to be important). This is their debut and the expanded re-release also includes a lot of the great stuff off their later albums. Check out "Gun Sale at the Church" for example. Also great covers of Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young.




    7. Lone Justice, Lone Justice. This band went through two different incarnations -- the band on the debut record, which is a great example of the 80s cowpunk style, and then the band after the record label fucked around with it, fired everyone except the singer, and tried to turn them into a slick pop group. Ignore the latter, but the former is really great. Maria McKee has an unforgettable voice and the songs are first-rate. (Her solo album You Gotta Sin to Get Saved is also highly recommended).




    8. The Long Ryders, State of Our Union. This album would be worth having if all it contained was the lead track "Looking for Lewis and Clark", as hard an anti-Reagan rip as you'll find. The rest of the album is in much the same vein and worth hearing.




    9. The Knitters, Poor Little Critter on the Road. The Knitters were seminal LA punk band X's country-folk alter egos, with Dave Alvin (from the Blasters) subbing for Billy Zoom on guitar. Spare and acoustic, including two "unplugged" versions of X classics. "The Call of the Wrecking Ball" is pretty fun too.




    10. True Believers, True Believers Alejandro Escovedo left Rank & File after one album, moved to Austin, and started this band with his brother Javier and ex-Skunks guitarist Jon Dee Graham. The album was later re-released in expanded version as Hard Road after Escovedo had some success in his solo career. To be honest I think this album is 'ok' but doesn't come close to capturing the amazing sounds I heard from these guys when I saw them live a few times.




    Honorable mention, or didn't fit the category close enough, or something: The Georgia Satellites, Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper, the Meat Puppets
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    Trip-hop; Portishead and MA excluded... can anyone take that one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimmy1222 View Post
    Trip-hop; Portishead and MA excluded... can anyone take that one?
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    If Massive Attack and Portishead are excluded this is a list to take you further down the rabbit hole that is essential Trip-Hop.


    1. Sneaker Pimps -Becoming X - 1996

    Probably the Band most associated with Trip Hop by the general public due to two pop charting tracks from this album. 6 Underground is a track that can be credited with causing Casey Casam to say the words "Trip Hop" on the Radio. Epic.

    2. Morcheeba - Big Calm - 1998

    This album gives you a taste of what defines trip hop. Silky smooth grooves and lyrics with a beat that you can't go jogging to. Very polished and well produced. one of the last great albums before trip hop splinterd into downtempo, acid jazz, and DnB, etc.

    3. Tricky - Nearly God - 1996

    An Album titled after a conversation in which he was asked how it felt to be God, or at least nearly god by a trip hop fan. Just can't explore the genre without Tricky. If you don't like early Tricky, you probably don't like trip hop.

    4. Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular - 1996

    Beat focused from the start, this album definetely drifts towards downtempo, just not enough to leave trip hop behind. Great chill out potential.

    5. Lamb - Fear of Fours - 1999

    A great evolution of using trip hop beats and transforming the groove through the use of acid jazz oozing upright bass. Lou's voice is grating and sensual at the same time. Just plain weird.

    6 Ruby - Salt Peter - 1996

    A Lesser known Artist of the genre, Ruby captures the beats and the groove well. Not my personal favorite, but worth a listen or a throw into the mix. The beats are harder and maybe a little creepier in the mood department. She's a little angry.

    7. Kruder and Dorfmeister - DJ Kicks: Kruder and Dorfmeister - 1996

    One of the more DJ focused Trip Hop albums. I find many of the tracks more dancable than other artists of the period and scene.

    8. Lamb - Lamb - 1997

    Just have to include a second helping of this group.

    9. Olive - Extra Virgin - 1996

    Slippery as a bath in their namesake. An overall dreamy vibe throughout the album, it won't leave you with much energy or ambition to do much of anything, which feels ok when it's over.

    10. Zero 7 -Simple Things - 2001

    Lot's of range exhibited by this group in this album. It hints at the talents that have kept them relevant in the eletronic scene of 2010.

    Nearly there...

    Bjork - Post. Hyperballad is the example most clearly associating Bjork of 1995 with the blooming Trip Hop scene. Of course her range keeps her out of the Genre and by 1996 she was doing something completely different.
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    I hope Donald does DnB, I've literally never listened to that genre and am clueless on where to start.

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    12/17: Sleepy Sun @ Brick and Mortar
    12/31: Derek Plaslaiko, Dave Aju @ f8
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    1/28: Beacon @ The Rickshaw Stop
    1/29: Ty Segall, Wand, Cold Beat @ GAMH
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    I hope Donald does DnB, I've literally never listened to that genre and am clueless on where to start.
    Ask and you shall receive. As I have explained to many, many people, Drum & Bass is a massive genre (possibly the largest in all of EDM) with so many styles and sub genres. You could ask 10 different "Junglists" what D&B was to them and each would probably give you a different definition from the other. So this is my very subjective list of where to start, not in any particular order either.

    Calibre - Setting Sun (2005)
    http://www.discogs.com/Calibre-Second-Sun/master/118846


    Calibre is possibly one of the top ten most prolific producers in D&B. He releases a staggering amount of material on a monthly basis. This was his second album. He created this very stripped down minimal groovy sound that almost no one can duplicate correctly.

    High Contrast - High Society (2004)
    http://www.discogs.com/High-Contrast...y/master/37961


    High Contrast helped turn a very small disco infused sub genre called Liquid Funk into one of the biggest in all of drum & bass. This producer also turned a little label called Hospital Records into arguably the most successful today. This is his second album. it was really hard for me to decide which to recommend because they are all very good but I'd start with this one for a novice. His music is very melodic and has lots of soul and uk urban influences in it. Now he's of course working with people like Underworld and doing remixes for Adele, Missy Elliot and the White Stripes.

    Ed Rush and Optical - Worm Hole (1998)
    http://www.discogs.com/Ed-Rush-Optic.../release/22025


    Ed Rush and Optical championed a sound called Neurofunk. Its very minimal and often darker sounding with swirling basslines

    Calyx + Teebee Anatomy (2007)
    http://www.discogs.com/Calyx--Teebee...y/master/29834


    Neurofunk changed and mutated over the years and eventually started to sound like this. Its very good but also dark, evil, brooding sounding stuff.

    Netsky Netsky (2010)
    http://www.discogs.com/Netsky-Netsky/master/252631


    This 21 year old Belgian kid went from total obscurity 12 months ago into one of the hottest new producers in D&B. He is kind of taking the Liquid Funk genre into a totally new realm and some are calling him the next High Contrast.

    Commix - Call To Mind (2007)
    http://www.discogs.com/Commix-Call-T.../master/103483


    Often voted as the best D&B album of 2007 if had a few huge hits on it like a track called Be True which you heard in practically every DJ set for a good 6 months to a year.

    Danny Breaks Vibrations (2002)
    http://www.discogs.com/Danny-Breaks-.../master/128505


    No one else sounds like this guy. He took lots of weird minor key melodies and sci-fi sounding samples and created some of the most interesting drum & bass ever in my opinion. Hes also a world class turntablist and has since gone on to producing straight instrumental hip-hop.

    Goldie Timeless (1995)
    http://www.discogs.com/Goldie-Timeless/master/184569


    One of the first true d&b albums. This was massive when it came out. It had a huge effect on practically every producer for the next decade.

    Jonny L Sawtooth (1997)
    http://www.discogs.com/Jonny-L-Sawtooth/master/11674


    Jonny L has been around forever and gone through a ton of different styles within D&B. This album came out around the time a genre called Tech-Step was starting to emerge. Its very similar to Neurofunk which it sort of merged with eventually.

    Logistics Now More Than Ever (2006)
    http://www.discogs.com/Logistics-Now...r/131153<br />


    Logistics is another favorite producer of mine. Hes also quite prolific. This was his first album which is a double CD. He also helped turn Hospital Records into a power house and brought a bit of variety to the label at the time as he was producing some harder tracks than they were previously putting out. This album helped them branch out quite a bit.

    Other sub genres of note not discussed.

    Ragga Jungle, One of the first forms of drum & bass (then called Jungle) which was very heavy on reggae and dance hall samples. Artists of note include people like Shy FX, Top Cat, Serial Killaz etc. I like this stuff but I can't take a whole set of it because it's kind of a one trick pony.


    Breakcore/glitchcore, Arguably a totally different genre by both fans of breakcore and d&b. It was created by IDM heads like Aphex Twin and later expanded upon by people like Venetian Snares. Very heavy usage of the "amen-break" drum sample and interlaced with bits of random noises where one would expect drum beats. There are generally nights devoted to just this sound as it really doesn't work well in regular clubs


    Jump Up, straight dance floor d&b created by people like Aphrodite, Pendulum etc. This is probably the largest genre of d&b and also one of the most forgettable generally.



    Clownstep/Wobble, Derogatory terms finally accepted by fans of this music much the same way the Spice Girls accepted their nicknames. This was big just before dubstep hit big and thankfully pulled alot of those producers with it.


    Skullstep - Dark evil stuff. If Metalheads started creating d&b this is what it would sound like


    Sambass - Brazilian/South American D&B. It's very big in South America and pulls alot of influence from Latin American music


    Nu Skool Minimal - I love this stuff. Championed by guys like Spectrasoul and Alix Perez. It's very stripped down.


    Drumfunk - Atmospheric, beautiful, love it


    Drumstep/half step - D&B at full speed but sounds like it's running at half tempo pretty much like dubstep does.


    Jazzstep/Intelligent - Very groovy stuff taking lot's of cues from jazz. Guys like LTJ Bukem have been pushing this hard for more than a decade. This stuff is great, huge fan.


    Electrostep - John B is the big guy doing this and has been doing it for a long time. It's kind of corny but kids, especially, eat it up.
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    Ask and you shall receive. As I have explained to many, many people, Drum & Bass is a massive genre (possibly the largest in all of EDM) with so many styles and sub genres. You could ask 10 different "Junglists" what D&B was to them and each would probably give you a different definition from the other. So this is my very subjective list of where to start, not in any particular order either.

    Calibre - Setting Sun (2005)
    http://www.discogs.com/Calibre-Second-Sun/master/118846

    Calibre is possibly one of the top ten most prolific producers in D&B. He releases a staggering amount of material on a monthly basis. This was his second album. He created this very stripped down minimal groovy sound that almost no one can duplicate correctly.

    High Contrast - High Society (2004)
    http://www.discogs.com/High-Contrast...y/master/37961

    High Contrast helped turn a very small disco infused sub genre called Liquid Funk into one of the biggest in all of drum & bass. This producer also turned a little label called Hospital Records into arguably the most successful today. This is his second album. it was really hard for me to decide which to recommend because they are all very good but I'd start with this one for a novice. His music is very melodic and has lots of soul and uk urban influences in it.

    Ed Rush and Optical - Worm Hole (1998)
    http://www.discogs.com/Ed-Rush-Optic.../release/22025

    Ed Rush and Optical championed a sound called Neurofunk. Its very minimal and often darker sounding with swirling basslines

    Calyx + Teebee Anatomy (2007)
    http://www.discogs.com/Calyx--Teebee...y/master/29834

    Neurofunk changed and mutated over the years and eventually started to sound like this. Its very good but also dark, evil, brooding sounding stuff.

    Netsky Netsky (2010)
    http://www.discogs.com/Netsky-Netsky/master/252631

    This 21 year old Belgian kid went from total obscurity 12 months ago into one of the hottest new producers in D&B. He is kind of taking the Liquid Funk genre into a totally new realm and some are calling him the next High Contrast.

    Commix - Call To Mind (2007)
    http://www.discogs.com/Commix-Call-T.../master/103483

    Often voted as the best D&B album of 2007 if had a few huge hits on it like a track called Be True which you heard in practically every DJ set for a good 6 months to a year.

    Danny Breaks Vibrations (2002)
    http://www.discogs.com/Danny-Breaks-.../master/128505

    No one else sounds like this guy. He took lots of weird minor key melodies and sci-fi sounding samples and created some of the most interesting drum & bass ever in my opinion. Hes also a world class turntablist and has since gone on to producing straight instrumental hip-hop.

    Goldie Timeless (1995)
    http://www.discogs.com/Goldie-Timeless/master/184569

    One of the first true d&b albums. This was massive when it came out. It had a huge effect on practically every producer for the next decade.

    Jonny L Sawtooth (1997)
    http://www.discogs.com/Jonny-L-Sawtooth/master/11674

    Jonny L has been around forever and gone through a ton of different styles within D&B. This album came out around the time a genre called Tech-Step was starting to emerge. Its very similar to Neurofunk which it sort of merged with eventually.

    Logistics Now More Than Ever (2006)
    http://www.discogs.com/Logistics-Now.../master/131153


    Logistics is another favorite producer of mine. Hes also quite prolific. This was his first album which is a double CD. He also helped turn Hospital Records into a power house and brought a bit of variety to the label at the time as he was producing some harder tracks than they were previously putting out. This album helped them branch out quite a bit.
    very nice list. I was just looking at a few or these artist while making the Trip hop list. We have our Vinyl arranged historically by genre, so all electronic albums we have eventually connect near this point. If I didn't have to be be up in a couple hours, I'd totally be spinning some TeeBee, or John B. This list will ensure a wicked jungle drone in my house after work. Thanks for the links.
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    Of course. The blues genre defined by singles and composed of a handful of itinerant musicians who recorded under dozens of pseudonyms. I'll try this one, but listing albums will be nearly impossible, I'll likely rely on songs.


    And Drinkey, cowpunk is really great, fun music. I suggest you dive headlong into it.
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