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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (#25-21)

We’re counting down the 40 best dance/electronica singles we heard in 2014. (40-36 here, 35-31 here, 30-26 here.) Let’s pick it up at No. 25. 25) Jakwob – “Someone New” British-Indian producer Jakwob took over a year to follow-up 2013’s breathtaking breakbeat anthem “Fade,” but the wait proved to be worth it thanks to this typically classy blend of featherlight basslines, piano house stabs and rising star Tiffani Juno’s ethereal […]


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Rock Rewind: Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas”

The well-loved holiday tune “Blue Christmas” has been an established part of American culture since the late 1940s, and has been covered by literally hundreds of artists over the years ranging from Johnny Mathis to Porky Pig. But without a doubt, Elvis Presley’s version of the song is by far the one that is most recognized, most played, and best loved. Written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, “Blue […]


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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (#30-26)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of the year (Nos. 40-36 is here, 35-31 is here) – let’s pick up at number 30. 30) Blonde – “I Loved You” Accompanied by a striking Thelma and Louise-esque video, and the engaging vocals of Melissa Steel, the summery breakthrough single from Bristol duo Adam Englefield and Jacob Manson, aka Blonde, was a gloriously retro throwback which proved there was still […]


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The Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2014 (20-16)

As we take this month to look back over 2014, there were a number of long-players in the dance/electronica vein this year that are definitely worth a second look. Let’s start counting them down now, beginning with numbers 20-16. 20) Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers Nine months after teaming up with Miles Whitaker for Andrea & Millie’s similarly doom-laden debut album, Mancunian Andy Stott cemented his status as one […]


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50 Cent to Release ‘Beautiful Nightmare’?

Fif’s at it again. Quickly becoming the King of Multiple Releases, 50 Cent recently revealed he may be  coming out with yet another album, potentially called Beautiful Nightmare.  Counting June’s lackluster Animal Ambition, and the still-to-be-released Street King Immortal, Beautiful Nightmare makes three. It has been suggested that 50’s business strategy is to pepper the streets with product in order to make himself relevant again to the public (because seriously, […]


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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (35-31)

We’re continuing our countdown of the 40 best dance/electronica singles of 2014, picking it up at No. 35…   35) Julio Bashmore feat. Jessie Ware – “Peppermint” Hooking up with Jessie Ware, the Quiet Storm chanteuse whose debut album, Devotion, had his fingerprints all over it, the latest bedroom producer-turned-hitmaker, Julio Bashmore, delivered one of this year’s most relentless 90s house throwbacks with this six-minute whirlwind of thunderous beats and […]


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Welcome Princess Carter: Lil Wayne Signs Daughter Reginae

Lil Wayne’s Young Money Imprint is officially in the family way.  Meaning Weezy’s birthing a new baby -– his own.  Earlier this year he signed his 16-year-old eldest daughter, Reginae Carter, as the latest (and youngest) Young Money artist.  The singer/rapper (and author!) is prepping her first album, Becoming Reginae, and has just released her first single, “Mind Goin Crazy.” Mind Goin Crazy – Reginae Carter Over a boom-bass beat, […]


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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (40-36)

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we trawl through everything that the last twelve months had to offer and determine which singles and albums truly stood out. Featuring everything from Miley Cyrus-sampling trip-hop to odes to the golden age of rave, here’s the first installment in our annual countdown of 2014’s best dance/electronica tracks. 40) Calvin Harris – “Blame” Named the world’s richest DJ by Forbes magazine, the 30-year-old […]


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Grammy Nods a Bit Disappointing This Year

Choosing proven artists, or playing to the public?

In case you weren’t paying attention, the Grammy nominations were an all-day affair yesterday. It started with the announcing of four major categories on CBS This Morning by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams, followed by a trickle of announcements via Twitter throughout the morning and early afternoon—culminating in a Christmas-themed prime-time special, A Very Grammy Christmas, during which the Album of the Year nominees were revealed. In my humble opinion, […]


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Bastille ‘VS: Other People’s Heartache Part III’ – Album Review

Universal (2014)

Wrapping up an incredible year in which they won Best Breakthrough at the BRIT Awards, conquered America with the hit single “Pompeii,” and watches sales of their debut album soar past the two million mark, London quartet Bastille return to their mixtape series with VS: Other People’s Heartache Part III. Unlike their 2012 first two installments, which mashed up classics from Snap & Corona, and TLC and The xx, and […]


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Kid Rapper Astro Jumps In The Rap Ring With ‘Champion’

New cut from Brooklyn rapper Astro (or The Astronomical Kid), of X Factor fame. Remember that kid on the show who smack talked Simon Cowell before launching into, “Stop Looking At My Mom?” Well, after melting the hearts of mothers everywhere, Hollywood came calling.  Astro rocketed into the big and small screens, co-starring in Person of Interest, Earth to Echo, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Red Band Society.  Still […]


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The December 2014 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From the return of a bona fide electro legend, to a deep house London session from the Queen of hip-hop soul, to a neo-classical reworking of a 90s club classic, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out this month. Giorgio Moroder – “74 is the New 24” The first taster from his forthcoming collaborative studio effort featuring Britney Spears, Sia and Kylie Minogue, the Godfather of Electro […]


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Kanye West x Sam Smith Mash-Up

Kanye always did sound good over a soul beat. But here, cruising over one of the most soulful artists to recently emerge, Sam Smith, he sounds especially heartfelt, magical and sage. The mash-up is remixed by artist Carlos Serrano, and is called “Tell Me I’m The Only One.” “Tell Me I’m The Only One” Kanye West x Sam Smith Mr. Serrano, who has a whole SoundCloud page of creative mash-ups, […]


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David Guetta ‘Listen’ – Album Review

Parlophone (2014)

As the biggest superstar to emerge from the second generation of superstar DJs, it’s little surprise to discover that Frenchman David Guetta has once again managed to attract another A-list line-up for his sixth studio effort, Listen. But although the follow-up to 2011 blockbuster Nothing But The Beat features a couple of the usual suspects – Nicki Minaj on the chaotic electro-hop of “Hey Mama,” and Sia on the soaring […]


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Azealia Banks ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ – Album Review

Azealia Banks / Prospect Park (2014)

Azealia Banks is one odd duck.  But the eccentric rapper is so unpredictably out the box that her debut album (finally!), Broke with Expensive Taste, is a breath of incredibly fresh air. After all the tweeter beefs Azealia launched in her career (Angel Haze, T.I.), fans wondered if she could even put out an album! But in the tradition of Beyoncé, Azealia surprise-released the album online without promotion (on her […]


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