Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2014 (40-36 here, 35-31 here, 30-26 here, 25-21 here), let’s take a look at numbers 20-16.
20) Mr Probz – “Waves”
Originally a John Legend-style soulful ballad, “Waves” then became an unlikely Balearic anthem when Robin Schulz added some bongo taps and blissful house beats to its melancholic The xx-esque guitar hook and Mr. Probz’s distinctive husky tones.
19) Little Dragon – “Paris”
Cementing Little Dragon’s status as the masters of understated Scandi-pop, “Paris” saw Yukimi Nagano’s featherlight tones glide around an addictive fusion of flashy synth patterns, French whispers and Brat Pack soundtrack beats.
18) Shift K3Y – “Touch”
Having previously remixed the likes of AlunaGeorge, Tinie Tempah and Bastille, 21-year-old Londoner Lewis Jankel showcased his own pop star credentials as Shift K3Y with a bouncy slice of old-school two-step garage which recalled Craig David at his turn-of-the-century peak.
17) Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – “F For You”
The Chicago house throwback of “F For You” was already one of the highlights from the Lawrence brothers’ game-changing debut. But featuring the powerhouse tones of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, this 2014 reworking only heightened its appeal.
16) Tensnake – “Love Sublime”
After making his name with a string of club anthems that harked back to the late 80s, this year German DJ/producer Marco Niemerski switched his attention to a decade earlier by teaming up with Nile Rodgers for this sublime piece of disco-funk.