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The Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2014 (20-16)

As we take this month to look back over 2014, there were a number of long-players in the dance/electronica vein this year that are definitely worth a second look. Let’s start counting them down now, beginning with numbers 20-16. 20) Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers Nine months after teaming up with Miles Whitaker for Andrea & Millie’s similarly doom-laden debut album, Mancunian Andy Stott cemented his status as one […]

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Bright Light Bright Light “Life Is Easy” – Album Review

Self Raising (2014)

Responsible for arguably the best synth-pop album of 2012 with Make Me Believe In Hope, Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas certainly has a lot to live up to with Life Is Easy, the second record released under his Gremlins-inspired moniker Bright Light Bright Light. The recruitment of The Invisible Men, the production team behind massive hits by Jessie J and Iggy Azalea, Scissor Sisters’ Del Marquis and none other than pop […]

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Electronic Music Playlist March 2014

From a British pop legend’s surprise foray into electronica, to a return-to-form from a largely forgotten Mercury Prize winner, to a debut from the latest producer-turned-artist, here’s a look at five dance tracks to look out for this March. Bright Light Bright Light and Elton John – “I Wish We Were Leaving” Previously signed to Elton John’s management company, melancholic synth-pop maestro Bright Light Bright Light now teams up with […]


Top 40 Electronic/Dance Singles of 2012 (Part 4: 10-1)

To complete my countdown of the best electronic/dance singles of the year (No.40-31 is here, No.30-21 is here, No.20-11 is here) – let’s pick up at number 10.   10) Azari & III – “Reckless With Your Love” In a year when retro house anthems were all the rage, it was an outfit from Canada, a part of the world not usually renowned for its thriving club scene, who produced […]


Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2012 – (5-1)

Completing our countdown of the best offerings of electronic music for 2012, (20-16 is here, 15-11 is here, 10-6 is here) we’ll pick it up at Number 5:   05) Crystal Castles – III Crystal Castles’ third album might not have assaulted the senses in the same abrasive manner as their first two nightmarish studio efforts, but it was still a beautifully unnerving record. From its themes of dystopia and […]


Introducing: Bright Light Bright Light

There aren’t many singer-songwriters who would confess to being just as much inspired by Ace Of Base, Black Box and Bizarre Inc. as the usual suspects Kate Bush, David Bowie and Bjork. But then Welshman Bright Light Bright Light isn’t your typical singer-songwriter. Initially recording under his own name, Rod Thomas began his musical career as a one-man-band troubadour, first as a busker on the London Underground and then as […]