The Crystal Method
Label: Tiny E Records
Long before Electric Daisy Carnival lit up the Nevada desert, The Crystal Method were Las Vegas' breakbeat emissaries to the global rave scene. And while America slumbered, their soundtracks for films like The Matrix helped plant seeds for the eventual EDM renaissance. The duo's fifth studio album, which marks its 20th anniversary, confirms their rule over homegrown rave-rock, a high-energy style fueled by concussive breakbeats and metal-edged synths. Underscoring their heartland sensibilities are flickers of blues and even a cameo from LeAnn Rimes.