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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (15-11)

We’re counting down the best dance/electronica singles of 2014 (40-36 here, 35-31 here, 30-26 here, 25-21 here, 20-16 here). We’ll pick it up now at number 15.

15) Jungle – “Busy Earnin’”

Surely the slinkiest reflection on the credit crunch ever recorded, enigmatic electro-soul duo Jungle lived up to all their early hype with an impossibly infectious blend of chirruping brass hooks and falsetto-led melodies that could have been mistaken for a long-lost Stax classic.


14) Years & Years – “Desire”

Fronted by actor Olly Alexander (Great Expectations, The Riot Club), London trio Years & Years positioned themselves as ones to watch in 2015 with a yearning expression of desire packed with bouncy synths and emotive melodies.



13) FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”

Accompanied by a video in which she took on Aaliyah’s character in Queen of the Damned, “Two Weeks” also saw former backing dancer Tahlia Barnett channel the seductive and spacious turn-of-the-century fare of the late R&B star to mesmerising effect.



12) Indiana – “Heart on Fire”

Proving that Sweden doesn’t have the monopoly when it comes to melancholic electro-pop, fragile-voiced British chanteuse Indiana drew comparisons with the likes of Robyn and Lykke Li with this criminally-ignored ode to heartbreak.



11) Duke Dumont – “I Got You”

Blending the soulful melodies of Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love” with a poolside-friendly wave of steel drums, warm synths and looped chants, Grammy nominee Duke Dumont unarguably delivered the best of this year’s R&B-sampling deep house hits.


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Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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