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The December 2014 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From the return of a bona fide electro legend, to a deep house London session from the Queen of hip-hop soul, to a neo-classical reworking of a 90s club classic, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out this month.

Giorgio Moroder – “74 is the New 24”

The first taster from his forthcoming collaborative studio effort featuring Britney Spears, Sia and Kylie Minogue, the Godfather of Electro proves that age ain’t nothin’ but a number with a Hi-NRG blend of throbbing synths and pulsing Euroclub beats that puts most superstar producers a third of his age to shame.

Little Boots – “Pretty Tough”

Building on the promise of last year’s Nocturnes, this highly atmospheric FKA Twigs-esque blend of spooky horror movie strings, trap-lite synths and breathy melodies suggests that Little Boots’ major label departure may have been a blessing in disguise.

Charli XCX – “Gold Coins”

Keen to put the surprisingly muted response to party anthem “Break The Rules” behind her, Charli XCX ditches the shouty EDM pop for a much more distinctive brand of scuzzy guitars, hip-pop beats and angsty melodies which suggests she’s realized that she’s a far more compelling artist when she isn’t chasing trends.

Mary J Blige feat. Disclosure – “Follow”

After showcasing her 90s club diva credentials on Disclosure’s “F For You” earlier this year, Mary J. Blige once again teams up with the Lawrence brothers for another slinky deep house anthem, the highlight from her return-to-form, The London Sessions.

Clean Bandit – “Show Me Love”

Taken from the reissue of their debut album, New Eyes, the classical-electro quartet and guest vocalist Elisabeth Troy give Robin S’s dance anthem “Show Me Love” a string-soaked makeover to cap off their incredible year in typically elegant style.

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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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