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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (10-6)

We’re reviewing the best dance/electronica singles of 2014 (40-36 here, 35-31 here, 30-26 here, 25-21 here, 20-16 here, 15-11 here). Let’s pick up the countdown now with numbers 10-6.

10) SOHN – “The Wheel”

A spellbinding ode to heartbreak which combines devastating lyrics with an intriguing robotic vocal loop (recalling Laurie Anderson’s oddball classic “O Superman”), “The Wheel” confirmed SOHN as the most compelling newcomer on the electro-soul scene.

09) Ten Walls – “Walking With Elephants”

Lithuanian producer Marijus Adomaitis delivered one of this year’s most aptly-named dance anthems with a mesmerising blend of sweeping cinematic strings and parping brass hooks which sounded like a herd of elephants infiltrating a remix of Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Symphony.”

08) Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”

After co-writing Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and guesting on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Charli XCX finally achieved that elusive solo hit by aligning herself with young adult movie The Fault In Our Stars for this explosive burst of new wave synth-pop.

07) Cyril Hahn – “Breaking”

The winner of last year’s MIMO singles countdown, Swiss producer Cyril Hahn maintained his impressive strike rate with this subtle blend of blissful beats, dreamy synths and R&B melodies, courtesy of soulman Javeon.

06) Katy B – “Crying For No Reason”

Combining the heart-breaking melodies of Adele’s 21 with some dramatic clattering percussion and gorgeously shimmering synths, Katy B delivered on her early promise with a towering electro-ballad which proved she’d outgrown her London club beginnings.

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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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