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The Electronica/Dance Playlist- May 2014

From the third hook-up between two of Scandinavia’s greatest musical exports to the latest reworking of a turn-of-the-century R&B anthem to a disco makeover for one of the world’s biggest bands, here’s a look at five of the best dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for in May.

Robyn & Royksopp – “Do It Again”

Having previously collaborated on Royksopp’s Junior (“The Girl & The Robot”) and Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1 (“None Of Dem”), the two titans of Scandinavian electronica join forces again for the title track to their forthcoming EP The throbbing synth-pop of “Do It Again” is both parties’ most straight-forward club banger in years, but the Swedish vixen’s bittersweet vocals and the Norwegian duo’s hypnotic glitchy production ensure that it should still appeal to both their usual fan base as well as the EDM crowd.



IV Rox – “Case Of The Ex”

Following on from Le Youth’s “Dance With Me” (TLC’s “No Scrubs”) and Duke Dumont’s “I Got You” (Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love”), IV Rox are the latest act to give a late 90s/early 00s R&B classic a 2014 reworking. But instead of giving Mya’s no-good boyfriend anthem, “Case Of The Ex,” the much-favored tropical house treatment, the fledgling British girlband instead opt for an intriguing blend of brooding Quiet Storm and blistering drum n’ bass which hints at a promising future ahead.


Klangkarussell – “Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)”

After watching their vocal reworking of the instrumental tune “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)” became a Top 10 hit all over Europe last summer, Austrian duo Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held now adopt the same approach for “Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain),” adding a moody melodic hook to the original’s progressive house beats and African chants (the latter of which sample Malian Afro-pop legend Salif Keita’s “Madan”).

Coldplay vs Giorgio Moroder – “Midnight”

Continuing his renaissance, electro pioneer Giorgio Moroder follows up his starring appearance on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and recent remix of Haim’s “Forever” by giving Coldplay an unlikely dark disco makeover. Transforming the Kid A-esque ambience of “Midnight” into a hypnotic blend of pulsing beats and shimmering synths, the Italian producer sends Chris Martin and co. hurtling towards the dancefloor in his familiar iconic glitterball style.

Banks – “Goddess”

Tipped at the start of the year to be one of 2014’s biggest breakthrough artists, Los Angeles chanteuse Banks recently announced the release of her debut album with this typically shadowy and sultry title track. Produced by SBTRKT cohort Lil Silva, the female empowerment anthem combines skittish hip-hop beats with woozy synths and ghostly melodies to produce yet another slice of haunting electro-R&B that justifies all the hype.


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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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