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The August Electronic Music Playlist

From euphoric Ibiza house to melancholic trip-hop ballads to playful Scandinavian electro-pop, here’s a look at five of the best dance/electronic tracks that are scheduled for release in August.


Klangkarussell – “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)”

A number one across Europe last year in its original instrumental form, Austrian duo Klangkarussell’s sun-kissed blend of jazzy saxophone and chilled house-pop beats has now been given a further euphoric edge thanks to some added soulful vocals courtesy of UK singer-songwriter Will Heard. A throwback to the days when the Ibiza scene ruled the charts, the new improved version of “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)” is now a genuine rival to Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me” as this year’s classiest Balearic crossover hit.

Cyril Hahn ft. Shy Girls – “Perfect Form”

Taking time out from distorting the likes of Beyonce and Mariah Carey’s voices beyond all recognition, Swiss-born Canadian producer Cyril Hahn proves that there’s more to his talents than his slow-motion remixes with this debut single, a gorgeously blissful slice of shimmering synth-pop featuring the soaring falsetto-led melodies of Portland post-R&B vocalist Shy Girls.

Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sandé – “Lifted”

Proof once again that Olympic ceremony hogger Emeli Sandé is much more palatable when she steps away from her terminally dull solo material, “Lifted” is her third and arguably greatest collaboration with UK chart-topper Naughty Boy. Its anthemic trip-hop sound may be little more than another retread of Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Symphony.” But if you’re going to borrow, you might as well borrow from the best.

London Grammar – “Strong”

Seemingly incapable of releasing anything other than stunning, London Grammar build on the momentum of breakthrough single “Wasting My Young Years” with yet another quietly introspective yet utterly breathtaking electro-ballad which showcases frontwoman Hannah Reid’s husky vocals in all their emotionally powerful glory.

Annie – “Invisible”

After failing to deliver on her promise of three new releases last year, Norwegian electro-pop chanteuse Annie finally returns this month with The A&R E.P., a five-track collection produced by regular cohort Richard X. A wonderfully warped mix of early 90s acid house squiggles and chunky beats which also features a cameo from Annie’s male alter-ego rapper Mannie, the standout track, “Invisible,” suggests she might just get away with making her fans wait.

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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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