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The Dance/Electronica December 2015 Playlist

From the return of a UK garage hero to a second hook-up between two giants of the bass-pop scene and a shoegazing swansong, here are five tracks you need to look out for this December. Arthur Beatrice – “Who Returned?” Following last year’s criminally-ignored debut album, confusingly-named female-fronted four-piece Arthur Beatrice return with a more electronic and cinematic sound on this dramatic collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra. DJ Fresh […]

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Introducing: Mura Masa

Named after a 16th Century Japanese swordsmith “possessed of a violent and ill-balanced mind verging on madness,” Mura Masa is the rather misleading alter-ego of hotly-tipped 19-year-old Alex Crossan. Indeed, there may be a subtle Oriental flavour to many of the tracks the bedroom producer has so far unveiled, but his luscious laptop sound doesn’t exactly match the savage nature perhaps indicated by his stage name. Hailing from the Channel […]

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Arca ‘Mutant’ – Album Review

Mute (2015)

Alongside the likes of Gessafelstein and Hudson Mohawke, Venezuelan producer Arca is one of several underground heroes who found themselves thrust into the spotlight following their contributions to Kanye West’s opus Yeezus back in 2013. However, the 25-year-old’s second studio effort, Mutant, indicates once again that he has no inclination to move any further towards the mainstream. Indeed, as with last year’s equally punishing Xen, the artist formerly known as […]

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Introducing: Zak Abel

It’s fair to say that Zak Abel has a voice far beyond his years. One listen to his raw, gutsy and supremely soulful tones, and you’d expect to find an aging Stax legend from the heart of Memphis, not a fresh-faced teenager from North London. Having named Bill Withers and Gil Scott-Heron as two of his major idols, the 19-year-old’s mature vocal style shouldn’t come as too much of a […]

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Oneohtrix Point Never ‘Garden of Delete’ – Album Review

Warp (2015)

Brooklyn experimentalist Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, appears to have spent just as much time teasing information about his second album for the Warp label, Garden of Delete, as he did making it. A cryptic PDF file, a blog interview with an alien named Ezra and a website dedicated to a fictional genre called “hypergrunge” are just some of the bizarre tactics that have been used to promote the […]

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Floating Points ‘Elaenia’ – Album Review

Luaka Bop (2015)

Nicknamed the techno Einstein, neuroscience graduate-turned-DJ Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, has taken almost as long to produce his debut album, Elaenia, as the legendary physicist did the theory of relativity. Indeed, it’s been seven years and over a dozen E.P.s and singles since the Londoner first began to stake his claim as one of ambient electronica’s most intriguing young composers, meaning that this eight-track collection arrives with a certain […]

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Grimes ‘Art Angels’ – Album Review

4AD (2015)

Given that she took on the roles of multi-instrumentalist and producer to gain full creative control, you would probably have expected electro-pop pixie-girl Grimes to have out-weirded herself for her fourth studio effort, Art Angels. And yet, despite recent talk of being impossible to pigeonhole, the 27-year-old has largely dialed down the hyperactivity that made 2012’s Visions one of the most wonderfully warped pop records of the decade. Sure, Art […]


The November 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From the welcome return of Brooklyn’s premier synth-pop duo to a clever mash-up of LCD Soundsystem and Bruce Springsteen, these are the five dance/electronica tracks you need to hear this month. DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “Middle” The follow-up to his monster Major Lazer collaboration “Lean On,” “Middle” sees Frenchman DJ Snake team up with indie-soulman Bipolar Sunshine for another sublime piece of bass-pop which offers a slightly more […]

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Jamie Woon ‘Making Time’ – Album Review

PMR (2015)

As the missing link between James Blake and Justin Timberlake, Londoner Jamie Woon inevitably became one of the post-dubstep scene’s breakout stars. But with his second album, Making Time, arriving four years after his first, the 32-year-old now has to reassert his place in the pecking order of after-hours singer-songwriters. It isn’t immediately clear why the record took so long, with producer Lexx (Wild Beasts, Gwilym Gold) largely stripping back […]

Bob Moses

Introducing: Bob Moses

Not to be confused with the legendary jazz drummer or the civil rights activist, Bob Moses are in fact a Brooklyn-based Canadian duo currently bridging the gap between the dance floors and the dinner party with their smouldering take on deep house. Lead vocalist Tom Howie, a Berklee College of Music graduate who initially pursued a career as a solo singer/songwriter, and Jimmy Vallance, a DJ/producer who once specialized in […]

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Introducing: Felix Jaehn

Last year it was Robin Schulz. In 2015, it’s Felix Jaehn‘s turn to become the German producer whose remixing skills can transform the most unassuming pop song into a globe-conquering chart-topping floorfiller. The 21-year-old’s infectious reworking of OMI’s “Cheerleader” recently saw him become the first German artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 since notorious lip-synchers Milli Vanilli way back in 1989, while his similarly sun-kissed makeover of the Chaka […]

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Armin van Buuren ‘Embrace’ – Album Review

Armada (2015)

After years of trying, superstar DJ Armin van Buuren finally scored that elusive mainstream hit with 2013’s Grammy-nominated “This Is What It Feels Like.” It’s little surprise, therefore, that the majority of his sixth studio effort, Embrace, sticks rigidly to his belatedly winning formula. Indeed, “Heading Up High,” “Freefall” and “Indestructible” are just a handful of the songs that attempt to replicate the over-emotive male vocal delivery, hands-in-the-air chorus and […]

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Jean Michel Jarre ‘Electronica 1: The Time Machine’ – Album Review

Following in the footsteps of Giorgio Moroder’s star-studded comeback, fellow electro wizard Jean Michel Jarre has also assembled an impressive line-up for his first new studio effort in eight years, Electronica 1: The Time Machine. But whereas Moroder’s unexpected return largely relied upon today’s synth-pop sirens, Jarre’s features a far more eclectic list of guest artists that have inspired him over the past four decades, ranging from legendary horror film […]

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Avicii ‘Stories’ – Album Review

Island (2015)

Third only to Calvin Harris and Tiësto as the world’s richest DJ, few have done more for the EDM cause than baby-faced Swede Tim Bergling, aka Avicii. But his second studio effort, Stories, suggests the 26-year-old is getting ready to leave the world of epic drops behind. The follow-up to 2013’s hit-packed #TRUE is still very much a floor-filling affair with ventures into everything from tropical house (“Gonna Love Ya”) […]


The October 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a belated summer house anthem to an indie-pop supergroup’s surprise reinvention, these are the key dance/electronica tracks you need to wrap your ears around this month. XYconstant ft. Tom Aspaul – “Do It Well” The summer may be well and truly over, but fresh from his triumphant remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” rising British producer XYconstant is doing his best to keep the sunshine vibes […]