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The Electronic Music Playlist August 2014

From the welcome return of two chill-out scene maestros to the latest chart-topping remix to a potential drum n’ bass classic, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for in the month of August.

Lilly and the Prick – “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)”

Having previously transformed Dutch soul singer Mr. Probz’ ballad “Waves” into a sun-kissed chill-out classic, German producer Robin Schulz now does the same for French-Israeli duo Lilly and the Prick’s “Prayer In C,” beefing up the original twee folk-pop number’s melancholic guitar hook while adding some subtle house beats on another stellar remix which has already topped the charts across most of Europe.

Sigma ft. Paloma Faith – “Changing”

Also following up a massive summer dance anthem, DJ Fresh protégés Sigma look likely to avoid the one-hit wonder label with this euphoric mix of breakneck-speed beats and soaring strings. After sampling the soulful melodies of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” on “Nobody To Love,” this time around the pair have opted for a real-life hook-up, namely eccentric chanteuse Paloma Faith, on a track co-written with someone who is no stranger to chart-topping drum n’ bass herself, regular Rudimental vocalist Ella Eyre.

Cyril Hahn – “Slow”

After making his name with various pitch-shifted remixes, Swiss producer Cyril Hahn proves once again that his talents extend beyond contorting several iconic voices (Mariah Carey, Beyoncé) beyond all recognition with this latest entirely original single. Following in the footsteps of “Perfect Form” and “Breaking,” “Slow” is another tasteful blend of blissful beats, dreamy synths and R&B melodies, which this time appear courtesy of Brandy soundalike Rochelle Jordan.

Shift K3Y – “I Know”

Lewis Jankel’s first release under the guise of Shift K3Y, the two-step garage throwback of “Touch,” positioned him as this decade’s answer to Craig David. However, follow-up “I Know” is much more in keeping with the current appetite for all things deep house, fusing lolloping glockenspiels, old-school vocal loops and some impressive falsetto-led melodies into one infectiously bouncy melting pot.

Zero 7 – “Simple Science”

Perhaps inspired by watching their regular featured vocalist Sia become one of the world’s most in-demand hitmakers, chill-out specialists Zero 7 return from a four-year absence with an unexpected change in direction. Eschewing the laid-back after-hours sound for which they have become renowned, “Simple Science” is a rare foray onto the dancefloor whose twinkling synths, piano stabs and skittering hi-hats are perfectly complemented by Aussie unknown Danny Pratt’s featherlight tones.

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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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