Exclaim!'s Best of 2012: An Analysis of the Year in Electronic

Exclaim!'s Best of 2012:An Analysis of the Year in Electronic
Now that we've sorted out the Exclaim! Best of 2012 in Dance and Electronic, it's time to take a closer look at what trends defined this year in the genre.

Though our Metal and Hardcore list evinced the multifarious sub-genres — Doom, Grindcore, Death Metal, Thrash — inherent to genres in today's music environment, it's electronic music, a genre increasingly difficult to define, that we felt deserved a deeper analysis of how its boundaries were being broken down in 2012.

We also looked into the alarming trend of Canadian DJs and producers fleeing our healthy electronic scene for the UK and Germany, praising those artists who play here and stay here — for now.

Of course, there are a few Canucks on our list of the best Dance and Electronic of 2012. See if you can spot them.

Stay tuned next week for the conclusion of the Pop and Rock Best Albums of the Year, our favorite Hip-Hop, analyses of both of those genres, and the Year in Experimental and Avant-garde music.