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Electronic Music Playlist March 2014

From a British pop legend’s surprise foray into electronica, to a return-to-form from a largely forgotten Mercury Prize winner, to a debut from the latest producer-turned-artist, here’s a look at five dance tracks to look out for this March.

Bright Light Bright Light and Elton John – “I Wish We Were Leaving”

Previously signed to Elton John’s management company, melancholic synth-pop maestro Bright Light Bright Light now teams up with the Rocket Man on record for the title track to his forthcoming EP. An emotive tale of two lovers reluctantly and amicably waving goodbye to their relationship, crying at the discotheque anthem “I Wish We Were Leaving” is easily the best thing the British pop legend has put his name to in years.

Jakwob – “Somebody New”

Underrated British producer Jakwob has taken nearly twelve months to follow-up last year’s breathtaking 90s breakbeat throwback, “Fade.” Thankfully “Somebody New,” a typically classy blend of piano house stabs, floaty basslines and ethereal vocals courtesy of rising star Tiffani Juno, has been worth the wait.

Klaxons – “There Is No Other Time”

After winning the Mercury Prize with the glorious nu-rave of 2007’s Myths Of The Near Future, Klaxons then dropped the ball with 2010 self-indulgent proggy follow-up Surfing The Void. However, the London trio appear to have learned from their mistakes judging by their new single, “There Is No Other Time,” an effervescent slice of electro-pop produced by classic house revivalists Gorgon City.

Starsmith – “Be My Love”

Responsible for writing and producing tracks for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Marina & The Diamonds and Kylie Minogue, Finlay Dow-Smith, aka Starsmith, now attempts to make it as an artist in his own right. A collaboration with Mark Ronson’s former backing vocalist Taiwah, the soulful spacey electronica of “Be My Love” is certainly an encouraging start.

Jess Glynne – “Home”

Also stepping out into the limelight on her own, the voice behind mammoth hits by Clean Bandit (“Rather Be”) and Route 94 (“My Love”) continues her incredible start to the year with an elegant solo debut which retains both the string-soaked elegance of the former and the euphoria of the latter.

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About the Author


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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