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The Electronic Music June Playlist

The first in a new feature, The Playlist is a rundown of the best dance/electronica singles released each month. Here’s a look at what June has to offer.

Chase & Status – “Lost & Not Found”

After making the giant leap from production wizards to chart-conquering artists in their own right with 2011’s No More Idols, London duo Chase & Status return to consolidate their success with a typically classy and epic track, packed with blistering break-beats, acid-house samples and soulful vocals, courtesy of 21-year-old Louis M^ttrs.

Katy B – “What Love Is Made Of”

Katy B’s debut album, On A Mission, reached No.2 in the UK, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and was widely acknowledged as one of the defining records of her London club-hopping generation. Thankfully, the 24-year-old appears to have handled all the pressure as comeback single, “What Love Is Made Of,” is another elegant slice of dub-pop which also tentatively embraces the current deep house revival.

Fenech Soler – “Magnetic”

British quartet Fenech-Soler were pretty much overshadowed by Friendly Fires when they arrived in 2010 despite possessing a Technicolor synth-pop sound just as anthemic and euphoric. With Ed Macfarlane and co. currently out of the picture, the sun-kissed “Magnetic” might just be the track to give them the career boost they deserve.

Seasfire- “Oh Lucifer!”

While their first few releases owed more to the minimalist electronica of James Blake, Bristol four-piece Seasfire have recently beefed up their sound considerably, as evidenced by “Oh Lucifer,” which combines the epic indie-rock of early Coldplay with the ice-cold synth-pop of 80s Depeche Mode.

Dan Black & Kelis – “Hearts”

One of the few US R&B artists whose transition to dance music felt effortless, Kelis can now add wonky pop producer Dan Black to her impressive list of collaborators, thanks to this string-soaked electro offering which comes complete with a clever 24-hour time-lapse promo.

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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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