Digital Boy, 2BadMice and the Prodigy's 'Experience' album (which got cranked up in my Ford Capri quite alot) i would say hooked me onto the genre after spending a few years beforehand listening to rock and metal in the late 80's and early 90's. Of course i liked Beverly Hills Cop's Axel F, Miami Vice, Knight Rider and Airwolf theme tunes before i even knew an electronic genre existed. Tangerine Dream's Street Hawk theme tune also notable, although it doesn't seem to have aged as well as the Knight Rider theme tune, which has been sampled by many artists inc Busta Rhymes in recent years. But then most people i believe liked those theme tunes in a general sense anyway.
Most genres of electronica i have delved into in varying degrees. If it sounds good to myself then i delve deeper.
LTJ Bukem's Logical Progression on Good Looking records then had me mesmorised by the cool, ambient, deep jazz vibes and paved the way for a long journey of electronic music that i have listened to, to this day. Albeit i've gone through many electronic genres and sub-genres and found some amazing, quality productions in Breakbeat, Detroit Techno, Oldskool rave, Drum n' Bass, Downtempo Lounge, Funk, Nu-Jazz, Neo Soul, Tech Step, Deep & Soulful House to name a few.
Wax Doctor, Photek, Orbital, Omni Trio, Deep Blue have also gained my attention through the 90's. Nookie's Phusion label has showcased music on a par with Bukem's Good Looking and Fabio's Creative Source label given us the best in liquid funk drum n' bass. Aural Imbalance has pushed the ambient dnb and deep house vibes and is a rather unknown or less recognised producer in the field of electronica in general unfortunately.
These days I tend to edge towards the more colourful, deep and soul based sounds of house, neo soul, funk and deep dnb when the mood is right. I often return to oldskool flavours when nostalgia strikes.
Thanks to Paul (Hillsman) for the youtube playlist below of my favourites recently..
Not forgetting Blastro's (Dj Hobnoxious) tidy house mixes of varying sub-genres. Always a good listen, and he adds a new mix on mix cloud every so often so worth checking now and again for his recent mixes.
Extended playlist by Hillsman. 43 tracks of various electronica/dance.