The Best Progressive Electronic Music

By ctdub74 ctdub74
updated over 5 years ago

Recognizing those poor brave fools who suffer to advance the horizons which border our souls."

This list is not presented as a straightforward signifier of quality in respect of its sequence. I don't seek to dictate taste in that way. Presence on the list is the only relevant aspect, purely because what matters is the "Progressive" objective, and I aim only to remark upon and draw attention to the creative effort and its resultant achievement. It is part chronological and partly just related to when the item was added to my collection. In some cases one album is listed as a representative of an Artist's entire body of work, but some are legitimately albums of stand-out quality that exceeded perhaps even their own expectations. To that end, I'm always looking for obscure gems that have still so far eluded me, so ANY and ALL suggestions are welcome, no matter how seemingly obvious or remote.

I've gone back as far as 1988 so that the time period is an even 25 years, but I've also tried to limit the majority of entries to the more recent future, so please don't over-react to some obvious classics that are not included. This is by design. The older albums that are included are either signposts or points of divergence that I felt quite simply could not be excluded. Enjoy!

  1. Holden* - The Inheritors

    IDM, Techno, Experimental [2013]

  2. John Roberts (3) - Fences

    5 For Sale from $10.22

    Techno, Experimental [2013]

  3. Minilogue - Blomma

    4 For Sale from $18.68

    Minimal, Techno, Dub Techno, Ambient, Field Recording [2013]

  4. Ametsub - All Is Silence

    16 For Sale from $9.09

    Glitch, IDM, Downtempo [2012]

  5. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

    Electro, Tech House, Experimental, Downtempo [2013]

  6. Dadub - You Are Eternity

    Techno, Ambient [2013]

  7. Shackleton - Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs

    Abstract, Techno, Dubstep, Tribal [2012]

  8. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

    House, Techno, Ambient, Abstract, Dub Techno, Experimental [2012]

  9. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator

    Minimal, Experimental [2013]

  10. Blondes (2) - Blondes

    Krautrock, Deep House, Experimental [2012]

  11. Krill.Minima - Sekundenschlaf

    2 For Sale from $5.67

    Ambient, Dub, Experimental, Dub Techno [2013]

  12. DJ Koze - Amygdala

    Deep House, Tech House, Ambient [2013]

  13. Andrew Bayer - If It Were You, We'd Never Leave

    Glitch, Techno, Ambient, Downtempo [2013]

  14. Baths - Obsidian

    Glitch [2013]

  15. Ghosting Season - The Very Last Of The Saints

    Deep House, Techno, Downtempo, Experimental, Ambient [2012]

  16. Apparat - Krieg Und Frieden (Music For Theatre)

    16 For Sale from $6.47

    Score, Leftfield, Post Rock [2013]

  17. Bersarin Quartett - Bersarin Quartett

    Dark Ambient, Modern Classical, Ambient [2008]

  18. Julia Kent - Character

    Contemporary, Modern Classical [2013]

  19. James Blake - Overgrown

    Leftfield, Soul, Experimental [2013]

  20. Claro Intelecto - Reform Club

    Deep House, Techno, Dub Techno [2012]

  21. Clubroot - Clubroot (III - MMXII)

    Dark Ambient, Dub, Dubstep, Ambient [2012]

  22. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

    Abstract, Noise, Experimental, Ambient [2011]

  23. Shlohmo - Bad Vibes

    Abstract, Future Jazz, Downtempo, Broken Beat, Ambient [2011]

  24. Panda Bear - Tomboy

    Experimental Pop / Rock [2011]