From two transatlantic all-star hook-ups to a long-awaited return from the youngest Minogue sister, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you should look out for this month.
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake and MØ – “Lean On”
Having served as producer on Madonna’s latest opus and hooked up with Skrillex on the Jack U LP, Diplo cements his status as the electro scene’s hardest worker by joining forces with Danish songstress MØ and “Turn Down For What” hitmaker DJ Snake on a brand new Major Lazer cut. Eschewing the chaotic dancehall typically associated with the project, “Lean On” is instead a surprisingly melodic and relatively low-key affair which utilises his rather random collaborators to hypnotic effect.
Cashmere Cat feat. Ariana Grande – “Adore”
After lending his talents to her chart-topping second album, My Everything, Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat now asks former tween queen Ariana Grande to return the favour on a sultry blend of skittering R&B beats, chilly synths and swooning melodies which continues their winning streak.
Dannii Minogue – “Summer of Love”
Eight years after her last official single, Kylie’s younger sister finally returns to the fray with a brand new clubby affair recorded to coincide with her comeback performance at Sydney’s Mardi Gras. Featuring UK rapper Reece Robinson, “Summer of Love” is perhaps a little too slow-burning to make the same impact of her 90s/early 00s dance-pop hits, but it more than whets the appetite for a full-length studio effort later this year.
Kelela – “A Message”
One of the most intriguing names to emerge from the 90s R&B revival, dreadlocked chanteuse Kelela recruits Björk producer Arka for the first track from her upcoming Hallucinogen E.P., a brooding minimalistic soundscape which suggests anything that FKA Twigs can do, Kelela can do even better.
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath”
After a six-year wait, Scottish producer and Kanye West favorite Hudson Mohawke finally looks set to deliver his sophomore this summer. The very first taster is a suitably breathless wave of nervy synths, spacious basslines and falsetto vocals courtesy of Frenchman Irfane which should only heighten the excitement for Lantern.