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The Electronic Music Playlist July 2014

From a former Mercury Prize winner’s unexpected sample of a Miley Cyrus track, to a reworking of a two-step garage classic, to the classy return of Britain’s premier soul chanteuse; here’s a look at five of the best dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for this July.

Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”

British chanteuse Jessie Ware delivered one of the most stunning albums of 2012 with Devotion, and this brand new single suggests that her as-yet-untitled follow-up will be just as special. But whereas much of her debut channelled the Quiet Storm of Sade, “Tough Love” instead evokes the seductive and spacious electro-soul of 80s Prince with its glowing synths and echo-laden beats. Let’s hope this gives her the breakout mainstream hit she fully deserves.



Le Youth feat. Javeon – “Feel Your Love”

After giving Cassie’s “Me & You” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” a tropical house makeover with “COOL” and “Dance With Me” respectively, Los Angeles producer Le Youth now gives the classic urban samples a miss for an entirely original but equally glorious wave of Italo piano chords, sun-kissed beats and soulful melodies courtesy of rising star Javeon.


Duke Dumont – “Won’t Look Back”

Also no stranger to the concept of borrowing from the odd R&B smash, Grammy nominee Duke Dumont follows up his chart-topping reworking of Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love” with a similarly euphoric slice of old-school house featuring a powerful Loleatta Holloway-esque diva vocal which recalls Black Box’s early 90s anthem, “Ride On Time.”



M.O. – “Dance On My Own”

Having recently supported Little Mix on their Salute tour, newcomers M.O. show that they have the potential to rival the X-Factor winners as the best girlband on the block with this addictive blend of two-step rhythms and slick harmonies, not to mention an inspired sample of Sweet Female Attitude’s one-hit wonder, “Flowers,” which fits in neatly with the current garage revival.



Alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine”

Following Miley Cyrus’ use of their 2012 single “Fitzpleasure” during her tabloid-baiting world tour, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J now surprisingly return the favour by sampling the ‘I’m a female rebel’ line from Bangerz album track “4×4,” on a shadowy fusion of synth drones and trip-hop beats which proves the departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury hasn’t affected their ability to intrigue.



 


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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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