From an alternative lullaby from The xx’s beatmaker to the latest club banger from the EDM scene’s answer to the Spice Girls, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you should look for this April.
Jamie xx – “Sleep Sound”
Fresh from completing a staggering 25 shows in just 11 days at New York’s Park Avenue Armory with The xx, Grammy-winning producer Jamie xx now unveils the full version of the gorgeously ghostly instrumental he first teased during a BBC 6 Music set late last year. A hypnotic blend of two-step garage beats, wordless vocal loops and swirling off-kilter synths, “Sleep Sound” is an aptly-named alternative lullaby which showcases the British beatmaker at his best.
Javeon – “Intoxicated”
Accompanied by the third part of a gritty short film, “Intoxicated” sees rising star Javeon continue to build on his promise with a subtle, slow-building and seductive fusion of electro-soul, gospel and classic house which has producer Julio Bashmore’s melodic fingerprints all over it.
Dominique Young Unique – “Throw It Down”
After lending her razor-sharp flow to DJ Fresh and Diplo’s Kick Ass 2 OST contribution, “Earthquake,” last year, former stripper-turned-rapper Dominique Young Unique now ropes in the two superstar producers for her solo debut single, a thrilling wave of stuttering vocals, 8-bit bleeps and tribal rhythms which recall M.I.A. at her most playful.
Paris Carney – “Run and Hide”
Los Angeles chanteuse Paris Carney has described her chilled synth-pop sound as “if Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell had a baby raised by Andre 3000 + a laptop.” There’s little on her charming third single to draw comparisons with the aforementioned female legends, but with flashes of vocodered-funk and a guest spot from West Virginia MC D-WHY, the latter references aren’t too wide of the mark.
Neon Jungle – “Welcome To The Jungle”
Thankfully not a cover of the Guns N’ Roses classic, “Welcome To The Jungle” finds the EDM scene’s answer to the Spice Girls causing chaos once again as they celebrate the joys of a Neon Jungle night out over a warehouse rave-friendly backdrop. It’s not exactly subtle but it neatly sums up what the girlband are about in three-and-a-half dizzying minutes.