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Introducing: Karen Harding

An early elimination on not just one but two televised talent shows might not be the most auspicious of career starts, but that hasn’t stopped Karen Harding from becoming one of the most dominant dance-pop divas currently around. The 24-year-old first came to attention in 2010 when she was knocked out of the penultimate round of Your Country Needs You, the BBC’s search to find an entrant for the Eurovision […]

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NZCA Lines ‘Infinite Summer’ – Album Review

Memphis Industries (2016)

Inspired by the works of Arthur C. Clarke, J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick, Infinite Summer sees Michael Lovett’s NZCA Lines “marry sci-fi futurism to personal intimacies” to produce what must surely be one of the funkiest apocalyptic concept albums of all time. Indeed, also featuring former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley and drummer Sarah Jones (Hot Chip, New Young Pony Club), the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled debut may center on […]


Introducing: Gallant

Championed by tastemaking DJ Zane Lowe, dubstep wizard Skrillex and none other than Sir Elton John, Christopher Gallant surely has the most impressive star-studded fan base out of all this year’s hotly-tipped alt-R&B vocalists. It’s little wonder that the 23-year-old, who also recently shared the stage with Sufjan Stevens for an impromptu cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” has been wowing such A-list talent. Indeed, with a glorious falsetto that evokes […]

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Tricky ‘Skilled Mechanics’ – Album Review

False Idols (2016)

Named after a term used for trained assassins he heard in a documentary on espionage, Skilled Mechanics sees trip-hop trailblazer Tricky assemble his own killer team for the most collaborative studio effort of his lengthy career. Some of those on board are no stranger to the world of Adrian Thaws, including regular vocalist Francesca Belmonte who lends her sultry tones to the eerie synth-balladry of “We Begin,” drummer Luke Harris […]

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Introducing: Love Ssega

As you’d expect from a founding member of studious classical-electro outfit Clean Bandit, British-Ugandan vocalist/rapper Love Ssega certainly isn’t short on brainpower. Born and raised in South London, the 24-year-old graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, then made the brave decision to quit the aforementioned Grammy winners to finish his Ph.D. in laser sensing. Love Ssega (real name Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka) is just as cultured as he […]

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Steve Angello ‘Wild Youth’ – Album Review

SIZE Records (2016)

Judging by all the pre-release talk of shunning EDM, steering dance music back into a proper direction and making a piece of art, you’d expect Steve Angello’s second solo LP, Wild Youth, to be something of a game-changer. So it’s slightly baffling to hear that the Stockholm DJ has delivered the kind of unadventurous, generic and largely forgettable record he appears to be rallying against. Indeed, featuring guest appearances from […]

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Dance/Electronica Preview 2016: What to Watch For

So after crowning Jamie xx’s “Loud Places” and Bob Moses’ Days Gone By as the greatest single and album of 2015 respectively, we now switch our attention to what we can expect to hear over the next twelve months in the world of dance/electronica. The first big album out of the blocks this year is Moth (Jan 22), the third album from alt-pop duo Chairlift, which judging by its first […]

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Introducing: Powers

Following in the footsteps of N.E.R.D. and Miike Snow, New York duo Powers (a.k.a. Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru), are the latest powerhouse songwriting team to step out from behind the scenes and launch a career as artists in their own right. Del Rio, who has penned tracks for the likes of Cheryl Cole (“Under the Sun”), Kylie Minogue (“Into the Blue”) and Christina Aguilera (“Make the World Move”), first […]

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Top 20 Electronica/Dance Albums of 2015 (#5-1)

And so we come to the end of our end-of-year countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2015 (20-16 is here 15-11 here, 10-6 here). Below are the Top 5 albums of the year. Happy 2016! 5) Shamir – Ratchet Blessed with a striking genderless voice, androgynous style icon Shamir justified all the comparisons with Michael Jackson, Grace Jones and Antony Hegarty with a striking, self-assured and unpredictable debut […]

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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#10-1)

Finishing our year-end countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2015 (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here, 20-11 is here), let’s cover the Top 10. 10) Chet Faker feat. Banks “1998” Originally released on Chet Faker’s 2014 debut Built on Glass, the brooding electro-soul of “1998” was given a new and even more sensual lease on life this year, thanks to the addition of sultry alt-R&B chanteuse Banks. 9) Shura […]

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Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2015 (#10-6)

Continuing our countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2015 (20-16 is here, 15-11 here), let’s take a look at numbers 10-6. 10) Grimes – Art Angels From shrieking nu-metal to opera, Grimes’ fourth LP still contained plenty of bewildering moments. But overall, Art Angels was a more streamlined pop-focused affair which proved that the Canadian pixie girl could still be just as captivating when she toned down the […]

Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#20-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2015 (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here), here’s a look at numbers 20-11. 20) Hurts – “Lights” Teaming up with Rhye’s Robin Hannibal, dramatic synth-pop duo Hurts embraced their previously hidden funk side on a slinky serenade which suggests they should lighten up a little more often. 19) Class Actress – “More Than You” Accompanied by a provocative noir-ish video that […]

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The Top 20 Electronica/Dance Albums of 2015 (#15-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica albums of the year (No. 20-16 is here) – here are numbers 15-11. 15) New Order – Music Complete Having arguably been on Autopilot for the last 20 years, few expected anything special from New Order on their first proper studio effort without founding member Peter Hook. But the bassist’s acrimonious departure appeared to have sparked some passion into the indie-disco pioneers, with […]

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Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2015 (#30-21)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of the year (No. 40-31 is here), let’s pick up at number 30. 30) Nick Brewer – “Talk To Me” Okay, so Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” might not be the most original of sample choices, but in a year swamped by reworkings of ‘90s club classics, this hip-house anthem was easily the most joyous. 29) FKA twigs – “In Time” The standout […]

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The Top 20 Electronica/Dance Albums of 2015 (#20-15)

As we look back over 2015, we now switch our attention to this year’s best dance/electronica long players. Here’s a look at numbers 20-16. 20) Georgia – Georgia The daughter of Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, BRIT School graduate Georgia eclipsed her father’s comeback this year with a self-titled semi-concept album which combined everything from grimy rave to otherworldly R&B and emotive pop balladry with compelling tales of encountering heartache in London, […]