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The April 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

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.

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About the Author


Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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