15) Jungle – “Busy Earnin’”
Surely the slinkiest reflection on the credit crunch ever recorded, enigmatic electro-soul duo Jungle lived up to all their early hype with an impossibly infectious blend of chirruping brass hooks and falsetto-led melodies that could have been mistaken for a long-lost Stax classic.
14) Years & Years – “Desire”
Fronted by actor Olly Alexander (Great Expectations, The Riot Club), London trio Years & Years positioned themselves as ones to watch in 2015 with a yearning expression of desire packed with bouncy synths and emotive melodies.
13) FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”
Accompanied by a video in which she took on Aaliyah’s character in Queen of the Damned, “Two Weeks” also saw former backing dancer Tahlia Barnett channel the seductive and spacious turn-of-the-century fare of the late R&B star to mesmerising effect.
12) Indiana – “Heart on Fire”
Proving that Sweden doesn’t have the monopoly when it comes to melancholic electro-pop, fragile-voiced British chanteuse Indiana drew comparisons with the likes of Robyn and Lykke Li with this criminally-ignored ode to heartbreak.
11) Duke Dumont – “I Got You”
Blending the soulful melodies of Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love” with a poolside-friendly wave of steel drums, warm synths and looped chants, Grammy nominee Duke Dumont unarguably delivered the best of this year’s R&B-sampling deep house hits.