The first in a new feature, The Playlist is a rundown of the best dance/electronica singles released each month. Here’s a look at what June has to offer.
Chase & Status – “Lost & Not Found”
After making the giant leap from production wizards to chart-conquering artists in their own right with 2011’s No More Idols, London duo Chase & Status return to consolidate their success with a typically classy and epic track, packed with blistering break-beats, acid-house samples and soulful vocals, courtesy of 21-year-old Louis M^ttrs.
Katy B – “What Love Is Made Of”
Katy B’s debut album, On A Mission, reached No.2 in the UK, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and was widely acknowledged as one of the defining records of her London club-hopping generation. Thankfully, the 24-year-old appears to have handled all the pressure as comeback single, “What Love Is Made Of,” is another elegant slice of dub-pop which also tentatively embraces the current deep house revival.
Fenech Soler – “Magnetic”
British quartet Fenech-Soler were pretty much overshadowed by Friendly Fires when they arrived in 2010 despite possessing a Technicolor synth-pop sound just as anthemic and euphoric. With Ed Macfarlane and co. currently out of the picture, the sun-kissed “Magnetic” might just be the track to give them the career boost they deserve.
Seasfire- “Oh Lucifer!”
While their first few releases owed more to the minimalist electronica of James Blake, Bristol four-piece Seasfire have recently beefed up their sound considerably, as evidenced by “Oh Lucifer,” which combines the epic indie-rock of early Coldplay with the ice-cold synth-pop of 80s Depeche Mode.
Dan Black & Kelis – “Hearts”
One of the few US R&B artists whose transition to dance music felt effortless, Kelis can now add wonky pop producer Dan Black to her impressive list of collaborators, thanks to this string-soaked electro offering which comes complete with a clever 24-hour time-lapse promo.