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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