From a former Mercury Prize winner’s unexpected sample of a Miley Cyrus track, to a reworking of a two-step garage classic, to the classy return of Britain’s premier soul chanteuse; here’s a look at five of the best dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for this July.
Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”
British chanteuse Jessie Ware delivered one of the most stunning albums of 2012 with Devotion, and this brand new single suggests that her as-yet-untitled follow-up will be just as special. But whereas much of her debut channelled the Quiet Storm of Sade, “Tough Love” instead evokes the seductive and spacious electro-soul of 80s Prince with its glowing synths and echo-laden beats. Let’s hope this gives her the breakout mainstream hit she fully deserves.
Le Youth feat. Javeon – “Feel Your Love”
After giving Cassie’s “Me & You” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” a tropical house makeover with “COOL” and “Dance With Me” respectively, Los Angeles producer Le Youth now gives the classic urban samples a miss for an entirely original but equally glorious wave of Italo piano chords, sun-kissed beats and soulful melodies courtesy of rising star Javeon.
Duke Dumont – “Won’t Look Back”
Also no stranger to the concept of borrowing from the odd R&B smash, Grammy nominee Duke Dumont follows up his chart-topping reworking of Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love” with a similarly euphoric slice of old-school house featuring a powerful Loleatta Holloway-esque diva vocal which recalls Black Box’s early 90s anthem, “Ride On Time.”
M.O. – “Dance On My Own”
Having recently supported Little Mix on their Salute tour, newcomers M.O. show that they have the potential to rival the X-Factor winners as the best girlband on the block with this addictive blend of two-step rhythms and slick harmonies, not to mention an inspired sample of Sweet Female Attitude’s one-hit wonder, “Flowers,” which fits in neatly with the current garage revival.
Alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine”
Following Miley Cyrus’ use of their 2012 single “Fitzpleasure” during her tabloid-baiting world tour, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J now surprisingly return the favour by sampling the ‘I’m a female rebel’ line from Bangerz album track “4×4,” on a shadowy fusion of synth drones and trip-hop beats which proves the departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury hasn’t affected their ability to intrigue.