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.