Rock, paper, dance: five artists standing between rock and dance/electronic

Traversing unfamiliar territories can be a daunting prospect. Stripped from your comfort zone, shivering as the strange and the frightening surrounds you. Is it not possible, though, to at least come away with a new favourite song or band?

Either you’re firmly entrenched in dance/electro and are curious about stringed instruments being at the forefront, or grow slightly tired of relentless guitar riffs and are soothed by electronic textures and shaken by beats that can be just as heavy as downtuned eight-string bowel-churning chug.

With this in mind, here’s five artists bridging the gap between genres, in different ways.

Enter Shikari

One of the UK’s best young-ish rock bands – with a second (!) blistering second-stage headline slot at last year’s Download Festival under their belts, Enter Shikari seamlessly mix chugging riffs with dance-y bleeps, boops and thuds, always to excellent effect. The two ingredients easily mesh, making dance moshable and rock danceable.


Killing Joke

The post-punk legends have always acknowledged their dance influences, usually blending it deep into their favoured brand of hellish noise. Sometimes, however, the scales are tipped just a bit more in the dance fan’s favour. Also lifelong dub fans, bassist and celebrated producer Youth finally completed his three-disc KJ In Dub labour of love, collecting amazing remixes from the band’s thirty years-plus existence.

Amongst a veritable treasure-trove of mixes was a gorgeous interpretation of previous single In Cythera:

Nine Inch Nails

Generally categorised – although categorising isn’t recommended – as angst-ridden industrial rock, mainman Trent Reznor’s penchant for hard beats and ethereal dreamscapes is writ large, not least on the Ghosts I-IV compilation, countless NIN remixes and ditties like this:


Steven Wilson

Usually found constructing grandly conceptual prog-rock masterpieces, Steven Wilson’s influences are proudly acknowledged as coming from almost every spectrum of music itself – he may usually be wielding a guitar, but makes successful forays into various genres, to unnervingly accomplished results. Indeed, last year’s colossal Hand.Cannot.Erase. album often combined several of these into one song alone. Single Perfect Life may be his most precise channelling of this influence yet, telling a heart-breaking story with electronic scene-setting and beautiful atmospheres and textures.


However, for a ‘purer’ experience, there is his no-nonsense Unreleased Electronic Music, Vol.1:



Slotting back into balls-out rock after previous electronic-leaning flirtations, the festival-swallowing Teignmouth trio’s masterful songwriting and genre-hopping fearlessness nevertheless produced Follow Me, a stonking piece of epic electro-pop with a slamming chorus.



An honourable mention, meanwhile, goes to spooky instrumental The Gallery, a fascinating gem tucked away on Disc 1 of the stadium-bothering band’s Hullabaloo collection:



MNEK – Ready For Your Love (Stripped Gorgon City Cover)

MNEK has released a video to accompany this beautiful cover of his track with Gorgon City. The cover evokes new emotion with his distinctive vocals lightly complimented by piano. The original is titled ‘Ready For Your Love’ and is available from the 26th of this month on Virgin EMI Records. We have included the original track below for you to listen to. Expect this to hit the charts as soon as it’s released, a top five spot is almost guaranteed.


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Hellogoodbye – (Everything Is) Debatable

Hellogoodbye just released the video for their newest single from their upcoming album of the same name  ‘Everything Is Debatable’ The album is set to be released on the 29th October and they have taken a slightly different direction from their past genre of synthpop its a little more laid back but still something you most definitely vibe too with a catchy chorus. The band first formed way back in 2001 and the members of the group have since changed drastically with only the lead singer Forrest Kline present from the beginning, this helps to explain the genre change but the vocals are still very much on point. Some reading this post will definitely remember the name Hellogoodbye for their single “Here (In Your Arms)” which was a popular hit back back in 2006 and one I have fond memories of so check out the video for that below!

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