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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (20-16)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2014 (40-36 here, 35-31 here, 30-26 here, 25-21 here), let’s take a look at numbers 20-16.

20) Mr Probz – “Waves”

Originally a John Legend-style soulful ballad, “Waves” then became an unlikely Balearic anthem when Robin Schulz added some bongo taps and blissful house beats to its melancholic The xx-esque guitar hook and Mr. Probz’s distinctive husky tones.



19) Little Dragon – “Paris”

Cementing Little Dragon’s status as the masters of understated Scandi-pop, “Paris” saw Yukimi Nagano’s featherlight tones glide around an addictive fusion of flashy synth patterns, French whispers and Brat Pack soundtrack beats.



18) Shift K3Y – “Touch”

Having previously remixed the likes of AlunaGeorge, Tinie Tempah and Bastille, 21-year-old Londoner Lewis Jankel showcased his own pop star credentials as Shift K3Y with a bouncy slice of old-school two-step garage which recalled Craig David at his turn-of-the-century peak.



17) Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – “F For You”

The Chicago house throwback of “F For You” was already one of the highlights from the Lawrence brothers’ game-changing debut. But featuring the powerhouse tones of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, this 2014 reworking only heightened its appeal.



16) Tensnake – “Love Sublime”

After making his name with a string of club anthems that harked back to the late 80s, this year German DJ/producer Marco Niemerski switched his attention to a decade earlier by teaming up with Nile Rodgers for this sublime piece of disco-funk.


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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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