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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 life left in the deep house revival.

29) Erasure – “Elevation”

Following in the footsteps of their fellow synth-pop survivors, Pet Shop Boys, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke rediscovered their mojo by returning to their club roots with a Balearic house anthem which would probably have dominated the Ibiza season had it been recorded by someone less unfashionable.

28) Bipolar Sunshine – “Deckchairs on the Moon”

Formerly of ska revivalists Kid British, the curiously-named Bipolar Sunshine left all the madness of his previous outfit behind with a blissful slice of chillwave which recalled Washed Out’s theme to Portlandia.


27) Henry Krinkle – “Stay”

Previously a cab driver in New York and a teacher in Shanghai, Estonia-born, Los Angeles-based producer Henry Krinkle built on his globe-trotting background for this captivating slice of pitch-shifted future-garage that deserved to be a much bigger hit than it was.

26) MNEK – “Wrote A Song About You”

Having guested on Gorgon City’s “Ready For Your Love” and written songs for the likes of The Saturdays and Kylie Minogue, 20-year-old MNEK proved once again that there substance to his Kid N Play-inspired style with this impassioned burst of soulful house.


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

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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