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The November 2014 Dance/Electronica Music Playlist

From an all-star collaboration for the latest young adult blockbuster to a welcome return from a French prodigy, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for this month.

The Chemical Brothers feat. Lorde and Miguel – “This Is Not A Game”

If any proof were needed that the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is going to be the coolest of the year, this is it. An unlikely collaboration between neo-soulman Miguel, teen prodigy Lorde and electronic veterans The Chemical Brothers, “This Is Not A Game” is an unsurprisingly eclectic blend of suave R&B crooning, industrial synths and brooding hip-hop beats which perfectly fits the series’ increasingly dark narrative.



Madeon – “Imperium”

Continuing to put most of the EDM producers twice his age into the shade, French whizkid Madeon ventures into electro-house territory for a barrage of harder-hitting beats and futuristic synths, while still retaining the playfulness and intelligence that has seen everyone from Lady Gaga to Coldplay request his services.



Marina & The Diamonds – “Froot”

Charli XCX may have stolen her thunder as of late, but Marina & The Diamonds seems prepared to wrestle back her electro-pop crown, judging by the title track from her unusually-titled third album, Froot, a bewitching and gothic-tinged number which impressively manages to bring something new to the already crowded nu-disco table.



Tove Styrke – “Borderline”

The latest in a never-ending array of synth-pop chanteuses to emerge from Scandinavia, Tove Styrke stands a good chance of standing out from the crowd judging by “Borderline,” a tropical-tinged wave of steel drums, syncopated guitars and kooky melodies which also serves as the title track from her forthcoming debut E.P.



CHVRCHES – “Get Away”

Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s decision to create a brand new score for ultra-cool Ryan Gosling flick Drive might have been greeted with some derision. However, Scottish trio CHVRCHES, whose gloriously moody 80s synth-pop sound has much in common with the original soundtrack, prove here that the idea might not be as foolish as first thought.


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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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