It’s not always the day-glo, big-tent dance tunes but often the bass-heavy electronic beats that pump through your veins and stay there in the most base manner. There are a wide variety of electronic-based acts at this year’s Music Marathon, but we’re listing five of our favorite thumping, spooky and full-blooded pulsing sounds that’ll gurgle through CMJ 2013.

See the full CMJ 2013 line-up here.


Haven’t heard her lyrically driven (and quite fabulous) mixtape yet? Listen to that right now. And be prepared for a live show that’s equally engaging.

Kelela plays Tuesday, October 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Pony Bwoy

R&Beats Svengali Pony Bwoy’s smoothly manipulated sounds and softly whispered vocals are classically sexy, subtly seductive. I mean, just look at that slow-mo shower scene above. Oooh.

Pony Bwoy plays Tuesday, October 15 at the Knitting Factory.


Cameron Mesirow’s artful creativity has come a long way since her first EP, a series of lovely tonal vocals and GarageBand beats. Her moody dream jams twist you in dizzying circles.

Glasser plays Tuesday, October 15 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Jensen Sportag

Straight out of Nashville, the bastion of all thing country, this duo creates ’80s-eesque synth-pop and cool baby-blue-sport-jacket-but-no-tie slow burners.

Jensen Sportag plays Thursday, October 17 at Cameo Gallery.


The dancey-iest of this crew, Brooklyn-via-London duo Lovelife could be as at home on dance radio as on the stage of a slickly groovy New York Club (which, not-so-coincidentally, is exactly the case this week).

Lovelife plays Wednesday October 16 at Brooklyn Bowl.