The latest YOLO anthem, a chillwave pioneer’s clubbier alter-ego and a potential mainstream breakthrough for a veteran DJ all appear in our monthly guide to the hottest new dance/electronica releases.
Charli XCX – “Break The Rules”
Having finally achieved that long-awaited mainstream breakthrough with The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack cut “Boom Clap,” Tumblr-pop hit-maker Charli XCX looks set to consolidate her success with this latest taster from her forthcoming second album, Sucker. Returning to the YOLO theme of her Icona Pop collaboration, “Break The Rules” is another party hard anthem which reminisces about on a night on the town with possibly her most infectious chorus yet.
Vic Mensa – “Wimme Nah”
Fresh from the success of his deep house/hip-hop hybrid “Down On My Luck,” Chicago rapper Vic Mensa celebrates his rise to fame by comparing himself to Michael Jordan on a harder-hitting blend of whirring synths and hazy beats produced by rising star Kaytranada.
Les Sins – “Bother”
Best known as chillwave maestro Toro y Moi, producer Chaz Bundick resurrects his other alter-ego, Les Sins, for this first taster from next month’s debut LP, Michael. A massive departure from his more familiar laid-back fare, “Bother” aims straight for the feet instead of the head with a floor-shaking wave of skittering beats, shimmering synths and robotic vocal loops which fits in perfectly with the current 90s house revival.
Ferry Corsten – “Hyper Love”
Dutch superstar DJ Ferry Corsten has yet to score that massive commercial hit that would elevate him to household name a la Calvin Harris, David Guetta. This piano-driven slice of squeaky trance-pop, featuring the impressive soaring vocals of Australian chanteuse Nat Dunn, might just be the track to give him that long overdue mainstream smash.
Kele Okereke – “Doubt”
With indie-rockers Bloc Party now on their second self-imposed hiatus, outspoken frontman Kele Okereke resumes his more electro-heavy solo career with this first cut from his upcoming sophomore, Trick. Combining his trademark angsty vocals with a nocturnal blend of murky synths and foreboding basslines, “Doubt” is an intriguing slice of doom-laden house which suggests he’s far more confident and comfortable on his own this time round.