From an unexpected venture into dance music from a Hollywood veteran to an inspired reimagining of a Whitney Houston classic, here are five dance/electronic tracks you need to hear this January.
Foxes – “Holding Onto Heaven”
Following on from the triumphant “Youth,” Zedd vocalist Foxes continues in a similarly dramatic vein with a slow-building blend of soaring strings and skittering breakbeats which suggests that her forthcoming debut album, Glorious, may well live up to its bold title.
Duke Dumont – “I Got U”
Responsible for one of 2013’s most euphoric dance anthems in “Need U (100%),” surprise Grammy nominee Duke Dumont now makes an early bid to land one of 2014’s with this poolside-friendly slice of tropical house which borrows the melodic hook from Whitney Houston’s 1999 R&B hit, “My Love Is Your Love.”
Mint Royale feat. Willem Dafoe– “Ring”
Best-known for giving the centrepiece of hit musical Singin’ In The Rain a big-beat makeover, Mint Royale, aka Neil Claxton, returns to the Hollywood theme by roping in actor Willem Dafoe for an unlikely but inspired collaboration which shifts from twinkling lullaby to suitably cinematic dubstep.
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”
Fusing the soulful vocals of Jess Glynne with their typically elegant brand of classical house, British quartet Clean Bandit deliver their most immediate single to date with this string-soaked declaration of undying devotion.
Bondax feat. Josh Record – “Fires”
Two artists tipped for big things in 2014, youthful electro duo Bondax and acoustic troubadour Josh Fires team up for a gorgeously relaxed blend of dreamy synths, slow-motion grooves and falsetto melodies which should help banish anyone’s post-Christmas blues.