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The Electronic Music July Playlist

Last month, we began a new feature, a monthly “playlist” of electronic music that ought to be on your radar. Here is July’s instalment of the list. Enjoy!

AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”

The London duo first released this sumptuous blend of bubbling witch house and slinky 90s R&B last year. But following the pair’s crossover success with “Attracting Flies” and Disclosure collaboration, “White Noise,” it’s now been given a brand new swanky video and a re-release ahead of their hotly-anticipated debut album, Body Music. It’s the standout among their consistently impressive run of singles.

 

Duck Sauce – “It’s You”

After reviving a forgotten Boney M track for debut hit, “Barbra Streisand,” and creating a “crotch-faces” video for follow-up, “Big Bad Wolf,” Armand Van Helden’s supergroup Duck Sauce remain as playful as ever for their fourth single, “It’s You,” a quirky fusion of squeaky high-pitched synths, twanging guitars and vintage vocal samples which bring the Charleston kicking and screaming into the disco era.

 

Drums Of Death ft. Yasmin – “True”

After teaming up with Gorgon City for sleeper hit, “Real,” former DJ-turned-singer Yasmin takes time out from her under-rated solo career once again to lend her sleek and soulful vocals, albeit in a chopped-up form, to the similarly lush deep house of “True,” the first single from fellow Scot Drums Of Death’s forthcoming second album.

 

Avicii ft Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

23-year-old Swede Avicii has always been one of the more intriguing superstar DJs, as evidenced by this unlikely collaboration with soul singer Aloe Blacc. The latest release from his long-awaited debut album #TRUE is a heady blend of foot-stomping rhythms, folksy guitars and hands-in-the-air trance which sounds like Mumford & Sons have suddenly gone all EDM.

 

Tensnake – “58BPM”

Previously responsible for a series of old-school house anthems inspired by the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Masters At Work, German DJ Marco Niemerski, aka Tensnake, slows down the tempo on his first release through his own True Romance label. Full of gleaming synths and school disco slow-dance beats, “58BPM”still has both feet steeped in the 80s, but Australian-born Fiora’s ethereal tones ensure this is a far more wistful and introspective listen than the likes of “Coma Cat” and “Mainline.”


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About the Author

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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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