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Next to Deadmau5's head and the twin robots in Daft Punk, American house legend BT is easily one of the most recognizable figures in modern electronic music. Brian Transeau has a way of laying a heavy layer of groove and aural scenery down on a crowd, which means he is heavily in demand even as the younger dubstep set grows in strength and numbers. BT survived the last massive electronic surge in the '90s with 2000's gateway album Movement in Still Life, which found fans outside of the usual tech-heads because of a guest spot by Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty on "Never Gonna Come Back Down." He managed to stay on top of the house scene long enough to get a Grammy nod for 2010's These Hopeful Machines, a 12-song, two-hour headphone epic. Par the course for many electronic artists, BT is constantly in flight or other mode of transit, meaning he can infuse styles from literally all over the world into their sets. In the span of a month, BT can play Korea, Taiwan and Las Vegas without blinking an eye, proving that other than rock and roll, electronica is the great unifier.

 
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