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Atlanta Music in 2011: Our Favorite Things

Electro's takeover, the threat of Apocalypse, and Killer Mike's humongous balls

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EDM sprouted some serious — and not-so-serious — genre-defying legs this year. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • JOEFF DAVIS
  • EDM sprouted some serious — and not-so-serious — genre-defying legs this year.

Inescapable Sound of the Year — In 2011, electro bumrushed the show. Transcending dance floors, the sound went viscous and crept into just about every musical nook and cranny imaginable. On the local level, glitch-hop producers heRobust and Ethereal continued to emerge while acts such as Cloudeater and Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun experimented with an electronic rock palette. Bedroom pop producers Featureless Ghost and Time Wharp mixed it up with laptops, abstractica, and found sound, while Miranda Nicole made slick inroads on the glam-soul side. Even the streets got in on the act, thanks to Future's Auto-Tune assisted mixtape onslaught. And then there was dubstep. EDM's subversive offshoot became all the rage (literally), casting a net wide enough to embrace long-time Atlanta veterans (Mayhem) and trapstep trendsetters (Heroes x Villains). Meanwhile, Cousin Dan, with his codpiece-mounted keyboard and surreal stage antics, seemed like a genre unto himself. — RC

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