And so, we come to the conclusion of our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles from the past year. (Links to all posts in this series can be found at the end of the article.) Here are the Top 5 electronic music singles from 2014.
05) Ben Khan – “Youth”
The latest in a long line of enigmatic artists refusing to reveal little more than their name to the general public, Ben Khan let his music do the talking with a dreamy Twin Shadow-esque synth-pop number which even managed to give the over-used “Yeah! Woo!” sample a new lease of life.
04) Royksopp feat. Robyn– “Do It Again”
The Scandinavian dream team of Royksopp and Robyn’s 2014 E.P. may have underwhelmed, but it did give us this propulsive club banger which perfectly combined the glitchy production of the Norwegian duo with the sassiness of the Swedish vixen.
03) Clean Bandit – “Rather Be”
Released right at the beginning of the year, Clean Bandit’s inescapable hit has undoubtedly suffered from overplay. But even after twelve months of ubiquity, it’s still difficult to deny that its string-soaked electro sound injected the commercial dance scene with some much-needed class.
02) Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Accompanied by the best dance routine of 2014, Canadian diva Kiesza’s monster hit combined the thickest and most addictive bassline you’re ever likely to hear with quick bursts of EDM and an impressive powerhouse vocal for the perfect mix of the old and the new.
01) Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”
Perhaps inspired by his support slots with Disclosure and J. Cole, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa took the neon-lit synths of the former and the slick lyrical flow of the latter and merged them together for the best hip-house hybrid since Azealia’s Banks “212.”