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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles Of 2013 (20-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2013, (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here), here’s a look at numbers 20-11.

20) Katy B – “5 AM”

Following on from comeback single “What Love Is Made Of,” Katy B continued her transition from Queen of Dubstep to vocal house diva with this typically classy tear-stained tale of a morning after the night before.

19) Jessy Lanza – “Kathy Lee”

A hypnotic blend of softly-whispered melodies, finger-clicking rhythms and hype-man chants, Jessy Lanza established herself as the most alluring of this year’s crop of post-R&B female artists with this highly seductive debut single.

18) Rick Smith & Emeli Sandé – “Here It Comes”

Fresh from Underworld’s triumphant contribution to the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Rick Smith hooked up with Danny Boyle again for the soundtrack to this year’s mindbending Trance, the highlight of which was this soaring electro-ballad featuring the ubiquitous Emeli Sandé.

17) Metronomy – “I’m Aquarius”

Premiered rather aptly via a stargazing app, the first taster from Metronomy’s forthcoming fourth album is a starry-eyed blend of shoop-shoop vocals, twinkling synths and muted R&B beats which gradually reveal its slow-burning charms with each listen.

16) Clean Bandit – “Dust Clears”

Continuing to meld classical music with classic house, Clean Bandit consolidated their status as one of the dance scene’s most cultured outfits with another unique symphony composed of disjointed garage beats, distorted vocals and sweeping strings.

15) Chris Malinchak – “So Good To Me”

Featuring an inspired sample of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Motown classic, “If This World Were Mine,” the featherlight house of New York-based producer Chris Malinchak’s breakthrough single was arguably this year’s most elegant chillout anthem.

14) Hot Natured – “Reverse Skydiving”

Taken from this year’s most poolside-friendly dance album, the sleek Italo disco synths and head-bobbing basslines of “Reverse Skydiving” proved that Hot Natured were worthy of their ‘supergroup’ status.

13) Goldroom – “Embrace”

Released just as the nights were beginning to draw in, Los Angeles producer Josh Legg helped to stave off those post-summer blues for just a little while longer with this gloriously sun-kissed slice of house-pop featuring the enchanting vocals of Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs.

12) Duke Dumont – “Need U (100%)”

Helping to spearhead this year’s classic house revival, Duke Dumont deservedly scored a UK number one and picked up a Grammy Award nomination with this instantly addictive early 90s-tinged collaboration with the ever-playful A*M*E.

11) Jessie Ware – “Imagine It Was Us”

Mercury Prize nominee Jessie Ware also went old-school with “Imagine It Was Us,” combining her sophisticated soulful vocals with Julio Bashmore’s hypnotic synth-led production on her most club-friendly and indeed most immediate single to date.


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

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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