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The Dance/Electronica December 2015 Playlist

From the return of a UK garage hero to a second hook-up between two giants of the bass-pop scene and a shoegazing swansong, here are five tracks you need to look out for this December.

Arthur Beatrice – “Who Returned?”

Following last year’s criminally-ignored debut album, confusingly-named female-fronted four-piece Arthur Beatrice return with a more electronic and cinematic sound on this dramatic collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

DJ Fresh and High Contrast feat. Dizzee Rascal – “How Love Begins”

The kings of commercial drum ’n’ bass and grime team team up for a second time (with a little help from High Contrast) on “How Love Begins,” an anthemic blend of breakbeats, acid house synths and wailing diva melodies which may well be both parties’ best single in years.

Craig David feat. Big Narstie – “When the Bassline Drops”

Having teased a comeback on a Little Mix/Wiz Khalifa mash-up and a surprise live appearance with Major Lazer, Craig David makes a proper return to the music fold with the kind of addictively bouncy two-step garage that made him such a sensation at the turn of the century.

School of Seven Bells – “Open Your Eyes”

The first release since the tragic death of Benjamin Curtis (and the first taster from next year’s final album, SVIIB), the gorgeously shoegazey electro-pop of “Open Your Eyes” shows just how much School of Seven Bells will be missed.

Miike Snow feat. Run the Jewels – “Heart is Full”

Fresh from their bizarre Meow the Jewels side-project, El-P and Killer Mike switch their attention to fellow supergroup Miike Snow’s comeback single with a booming hip-pop remix, thankfully free of any cat samples.


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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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