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The Dance/Electronica Playlist April 2014

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.


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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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