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Dance/Electronica Preview 2016: What to Watch For

So after crowning Jamie xx’s “Loud Places” and Bob Moses’ Days Gone By as the greatest single and album of 2015 respectively, we now switch our attention to what we can expect to hear over the next twelve months in the world of dance/electronica. The first big album out of the blocks this year is Moth (Jan 22), the third album from alt-pop duo Chairlift, which judging by its first […]


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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#10-1)

Finishing our year-end countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2015 (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here, 20-11 is here), let’s cover the Top 10. 10) Chet Faker feat. Banks “1998” Originally released on Chet Faker’s 2014 debut Built on Glass, the brooding electro-soul of “1998” was given a new and even more sensual lease on life this year, thanks to the addition of sultry alt-R&B chanteuse Banks. 9) Shura […]


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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#20-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2015 (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here), here’s a look at numbers 20-11. 20) Hurts – “Lights” Teaming up with Rhye’s Robin Hannibal, dramatic synth-pop duo Hurts embraced their previously hidden funk side on a slinky serenade which suggests they should lighten up a little more often. 19) Class Actress – “More Than You” Accompanied by a provocative noir-ish video that […]


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The Top 20 Electronica/Dance Albums of 2015 (#15-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica albums of the year (No. 20-16 is here) – here are numbers 15-11. 15) New Order – Music Complete Having arguably been on Autopilot for the last 20 years, few expected anything special from New Order on their first proper studio effort without founding member Peter Hook. But the bassist’s acrimonious departure appeared to have sparked some passion into the indie-disco pioneers, with […]


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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#30-21)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of the year (No. 40-31 is here), let’s pick up at number 30. 30) Nick Brewer – “Talk To Me” Okay, so Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” might not be the most original of sample choices, but in a year swamped by reworkings of ‘90s club classics, this hip-house anthem was easily the most joyous. 29) FKA twigs – “In Time” The standout […]


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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#40-31)

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 tropical house and post-dubstep to drum ’n’ bass and nu-disco, here’s the first in our four-part countdown of 2015’s best dance/electronica tracks. 40) Kygo – “Stole the Show” Offering a more leisurely take on the prevalent tropical house […]


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Floating Points ‘Elaenia’ – Album Review

Luaka Bop (2015)

Nicknamed the techno Einstein, neuroscience graduate-turned-DJ Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, has taken almost as long to produce his debut album, Elaenia, as the legendary physicist did the theory of relativity. Indeed, it’s been seven years and over a dozen E.P.s and singles since the Londoner first began to stake his claim as one of ambient electronica’s most intriguing young composers, meaning that this eight-track collection arrives with a certain […]


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The September 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a beachside anthem by Texas’ biggest chillwave export, to a dance-rock stomper from Mumford and Sons’ unlikely touring buddies, these are the dance/electronica tracks you need to wrap your ears around this month. Blonde feat. Karen Harding – “Feel Good (It’s Alright)” Two rising stars of the British deep house scene, production duo Blonde and former U.K. X-Factor contestant Karen Harding, continue to build on their promising year by […]


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Giorgio Moroder ‘Déjà Vu’ – Album Review

Having recently come out of retirement to lend his golden touch to records by Daft Punk, Coldplay and Haim, Italian dance legend Giorgio Moroder continues his unlikely second wind with his first new studio album in three decades, Déjà Vu. In recruiting a whole host of contemporary chart stars, most of whom weren’t even born when the last album came out (i.e., 1985’s collaborative LP with Phil Oakey), the undisputed […]


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The June 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

A deep house duo’s official comeback, a talent show graduate’s foray into drum ‘n’ bass and a Great Gatsby-style makeover all appear in this month’s collab-heavy guide to the hottest dance/electronica tracks. Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – “Holding On” Following on from buzz track “Bang That,” Disclosure make their proper return with the first official single from their eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Settle. Featuring the soulful tones of Grammy-winning jazz […]


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Jamie xx ‘In Colour’ – Album Review

Young Turks (2015)

One-third of Mercury Prize winners The xx, acclaimed producer Jamie xx now goes it alone for a solo debut album, In Colour, which as its title suggests, is a little brighter than the slightly gloomy alt-pop of his day job. The 26-year-old hasn’t entirely distanced himself from the trio that helped cement his status as one of his generation’s premier beatmakers. The multi-layered instrumentals “Obvs” and “The Rest Is Noise” […]


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The March 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

Featuring an Irish eccentric’s long-awaited return, a collaboration between a superstar DJ and Disney Channel graduate, and a Hollywood A-lister’s latest musical venture, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for in March. Roisin Murphy – “Gone Fishing” Eight years after the slinky synth-pop of Overpowered, former Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy finally returns with her third solo album, Hairless Toys, in the spring. Its first […]


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Public Service Broadcasting ‘The Race For Space’ – Album Review

Test Card Recordings (2015)

As much a documentary as a conventional studio album, The Race For Space sees geeky London duo J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth, aka Public Service Broadcasting, switch their attention to the history of space travel on a second remarkable blend of krautrock, ambient electronica and archive audio footage. Jumping ahead several decades from 2013’s Inform-Educate-Entertain, which borrowed heavily from the public information films of the pre-war era, these nine tracks […]


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The February 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a reworking of an old-school R&B hit, to a disco legend’s latest A-list collaboration, to a super-producer’s attempt to become a star in his own right, here are five new dance/electronica tracks you ought to wrap your ears around this February. Le Youth – “R E A L” Thought that the craze of sampling 90s R&B classics was strictly a 2014 thing? Then think again. After previously borrowing from […]


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Dance and Electronica Albums to Watch for in 2015

2014 was a great year for dance and electronica music. After crowning Vic Mensa’s “Down On My Luck” and Caribou’s Our Love as the greatest single and album of 2014, respectively, we now switch our attention to the upcoming year. Here are some of the upcoming dance/electronica albums we have our eye on for 2015. Featuring an unlikely collaboration with Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes, British trance trio Above and Beyond […]


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