From one of 2014’s first superstar collaborations to a return-to-form from one of the EDM scene’s biggest male vocalists, here are five tracks you need to look for this February.
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – “F For You”
Capitalising on their unexpected but entirely deserved Grammy nomination, the Lawrence brothers now continue their bid to crack the States by teaming up with one of its undisputed modern R&B legends. An inspired hook-up, Blige’s powerhouse diva tones add a further authenticity to the Chicago house throwback – a reworking of one of the highlights from Settle -proving that at the moment, Disclosure can do no wrong.
Feathers – “Wild Love”
Coinciding with their support slot on Depeche Mode’s European tour, Austin-based all-girl quartet Feathers build on the promise of last year’s If All Now Here debut by unveiling another slice of brooding synth-pop that’s not exactly a million miles away from Dave Gahan and co.’s late 80s/early 90s heyday.
Kwabs – “Wrong Or Right”
Criminally ignored by most of this year’s Ones To Watch lists, London crooner Kwabs once again teams up with hotly-tipped 4AD-signed producer SOHN for a gorgeous piece of 21st Century soul which blends his rich emotive vocals with a hypnotic backdrop of lolloping synths and emphatic R&B beats.
Example – “Kids Again”
After faltering badly with 2012’s dubstep-heavy The Evolution Of Man, Elliot Gleave gets back to what he does best on a massive but melodic “hands in the air” rave-pop anthem, which sounds like it’s the work of previous collaborator Calvin Harris, but is in fact produced by Fraser T. Smith, one of the men behind Adele’s record-breaking 21.
White Sea – “Prague”
Taking a break from her keyboard duties in French dream-pop outfit M83, Morgan Kibby now goes it alone (under the guise of White Sea) on an intriguing mix of grungy guitars, throbbing synths and gothic pop melodies which bodes well for her full-length debut later this spring.