Diplo & crew aren't reliable - Mad Decent Worldwide Radio episodes seem to come out on no set schedule, and because they feature a wide variety of dance music, some of the DJs' mixes offer more to chew on than others - but they are pure fun and offer unexpected surprises.
I wasn't sure who John B was when he walked up to a club in South Beach, dressed in DayGlo and hair standing at attention. My first thought was that he was just another club kid in need of attention, who had a whole lotta friends to give it to him: nearly everyone standing in line to get in flocked to him when he walked up.
I learned who he was a few hours later, when he took over the decks to massive cheers in the club/laundromat and played an impressive mix of drum 'n' bass, techno and self-produced punkers like "Stalking U on Myspace."
It was a time of war, a world where electronic music was under attack from the evil hordes of reality television: the armies of The X Factor, the legions of American Idol, and worst of all, those fist-pumping douchebags from Jersey Shore. Techno fought against electro, dubstep versus drum 'n' bass. But now, it's time for a change. One man will bring these worlds together once more. Drum 'n' bass united with the world of electro, techno and bass. Part human, part machine, raised on a distant planet by robots - electro, drum machines and synthesizers. And now, this man is here tonight, the undisputed master of drum 'n' bass. Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your panties, put your hands in the air and make some noise for your DJ tonight.
Over several hours in each monthly episode of Kick in the Eye, @themutante and @mrjohnkennedy bring you sounds that suck, sonics that scare you, songs that you love when you remember them, and music that reaches into all corners of your life.
Invariably, the XLR8R Audio Podcast is the best music for working to, playing in the background while dining with friends, or having a late-night chillout session. Techno, house, R&B, dubstep, disco, and every sub-genre in between is woven into a series that's amazing in its consistency - and variety.
1. Solid Steel
Ninja Tune's mastery of vintage hip-hop, modern electro and bass is equalled by none other and their regular Solid Steel podcast Especially good for motor-vehicular travel and appreciating the increasingly sci-fi nature of your daily existence.
Bonus: WNYC's Radiolab
WNYC's Radiolab isn't an electronic-music podcast, but definitely a show that wouldn't be possible without electronic audio devices creating amazing sonics. Stories and sound effects take you on a tour of places and experiences you've heard of but never lived through.
The Tiger Shark podcast ain't too shabby, either. I just posted a new song to it and will have some more mixes available soon, too.