For the past seven or eight years, electronic music has not only become increasingly popular in the U.S. … it’s become mainstream. Artists like Skrillex, Diplo and the Chainsmokers have managed to crush the mainstream charts in the states after being relatively unknown 10 years ago.
But there are still many great underground artists who make music you might’ve never heard. Here are some artists you should really check out from the electronic music scene.
Johannes Klahr, better known by stage name Klahr, is only a teenager, but he’s showing that he has what it takes to make incredible music. In 2015, he got signed to the legendary Axtone Records, owned by former Swedish House Mafia man Axwell, and made his debut with a stunning remix of Adrian Lux’s Torn Apart. The track quickly became a fan favorite, and Klahr has been killing it ever since with a two-track EP and some remixes as well. His most recent track, Eleven, was inspired by “Stranger Things,” and when you listen to it, you’ll be able to tell why … as long as you’ve seen “Stranger Things” that is. The best part? It’s available as a free download.
Mentioned above, Adrian Lux has been on the scene a lot longer than Klahr. He made himself well-known in the electronic scene after his track “Teenage Crime” debuted on Axtone in 2011. It combines a somewhat melancholic guitar with light synth sounds and a dreamy backdrop to create a nice and relaxed feel. His self-proclaimed favorite track he’s ever produced is his remix of “Giants” by Bear Hands.
Chances are you’ve heard one track by Kölsch, and you didn’t even know it was him. His track “Calabria,” released under his alias Rune RK in 2003, has an unforgettable sound. It got a remake in 2007 with help from Enur and Natasha, and that version burst onto the Billboard top 50. Kölsch now produces songs that would fall under the genre of tech house and has been for awhile. He’s released two full albums called 1977 and 1983, which center around his childhood. A quick disclaimer when it comes to Kölsch’s music — it’s pretty repetitive. But that can be exactly what you need depending on your mood and situation. Here’s an example of some of his work.