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Nineties Electronica Survivors Rave On

EDM is on the rise, but these 12 superstars never went away

Nineties Electronica Survivors

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The last time the DJ scene was this huge in the U.S., Bill Clinton was president – and many of the superstars who took electronic dance music to the top of the zeitgeist back then are still going strong. From the Chemical Brothers to Fatboy Slim and more, here are 12 of the biggest EDM survivors.

By Steve Baltin

Underworld

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Underworld

Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have been doing it since the Eighties, but the English act broke through with 1996's "Born Slippy," featured prominently in Trainspotting. Since then, they've embraced the role of EDM's elder statesmen. This summer, they're getting the royal treatment as music directors of the Olympics opening ceremonies in London.

Roni Size

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Roni Size

With the drum and bass-derived sound of dubstep dominating EDM, O.G. junglist Roni Size – whose 1997's Mercury Prize-winning New Forms is a classic of the style – is ready for a comeback. Size continues to be a major live draw overseas, and he just played for tens of thousands of fans at Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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