1. Aphex Twin
What's left to be said about
electronic music's wild genius? The guy lives and produces music inside
an old bank vault, drives his own military tank around the countryside, and takes the inspiration for his weird alien soundscapes from LSD and
lucid dreaming. Plus, he's just as prone to heavenly beatific ambient works as he is to demonic twisted hardcore breakbeats.
2. 808 State
Manchester outfit 808 State's 1988 album Newbuild was the
foundation for not just acid house, but also progressive house, trance,
and IDM. Even Aphex Twin has said he still keeps the record in his
bag after all these years and recently re-released it on his Rephlex label.
3. A Guy Called Gerald
A relentless visionary and innovator, Manchester producer Gerald Simpson
pioneered acid house in the late '80s and continues to push the sonic
envelope today with jungle and techno.
These UK legends brought drum 'n' bass out of the '90s London
underground, turning it into a world-class musical phenomenon imbued
with substance, songrcraft and soul.