We’re continuing our countdown of the 40 best dance/electronica singles of 2014, picking it up at No. 35…
35) Julio Bashmore feat. Jessie Ware – “Peppermint”
Hooking up with Jessie Ware, the Quiet Storm chanteuse whose debut album, Devotion, had his fingerprints all over it, the latest bedroom producer-turned-hitmaker, Julio Bashmore, delivered one of this year’s most relentless 90s house throwbacks with this six-minute whirlwind of thunderous beats and neon synths.
34) Example – “One More Day (Stay With Me)”
After losing his way on 2012’s aggressive The Evolution of Man, Example wisely returned to more melodic fare with a bouncy Disclosure-esque Italo house anthem which restored his reputation as one of dance-pop’s premier party artists.
33) Hardwell – “Dare You”
Featuring 2014’s most ubiquitous and most androgynous guest vocalist Matthew Koma, “Dare You” saw the two-time winner of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll score his first crossover hit with possibly the most palatable track to emerge from the EDM scene this year.
32) Sigma ft. Paloma Faith – “Changing”
After giving Kanye West’s “Bound” a drum and bass makeover, DJ Fresh proteges Sigma proved they could cut it with their own material on this euphoric mix of soaring strings, breakneck-speed beats and impassioned soulful vocals courtesy of the ever-kooky Paloma Faith.
31) Gorgon City ft. Laura Welsh – “Here For You”
Stealing the show from under the noses of Jennifer Hudson, Katy B and Maverick Sabre, emerging singer-songwriter Laura Welsh gave Gorgon City’s collaborative debut album an extra touch of class on this sun-kissed slice of deep house.