I just wanna touch base on the whole genres thing.
I for one am glad there is so much diversity in this scene right now.
If everyone was throwing down 808 drum tracks and SVC350 vocoder tracks it would get pretty boring fast.
We have all got our influences and that just makes the whole electro genre much more vibrant.
There is way too many people trying to sound like other artists, and while being influenced by those around you can be good, it can also lead to a generic sound (which we dont want)
Be influenced by all means, but use that to expand your own sound.
Ultimately, make what you like to hear, not what you think others want to hear.
I guess my point here is that it's all Electro, be it retro vocoder jams, chilled ambient grooves, funk tracks, ultra modern soundscapes, robot/machine tracks or breakbeat workouts!!
Its one big cooking pot of ideas and this can only be good.