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The Electronica/Dance Playlist June 2014

From the welcome return of a certain flame-haired songstress to one of the best ever World Cup anthems to a British chanteuse beating Scandinavia at their own game, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you should look out for this month.

La Roux – “Uptight Downtown”

Five years after spearheading the nu-synth movement with their self-titled debut, La Roux finally get round to releasing a follow-up next month with Trouble In Paradise. Its first official single, a vibrant blend of lavish guitars and funk grooves, suggests that the British duo have swapped 80s electro for 70s disco. But alongside the brilliantly moody taster track, “Let Me Down Gently,” it also indicates that the lengthy wait for their new record will be worth it.

Indiana – “Heart On Fire”

Sweden could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that it has the monopoly on crying-at-the-discotheque electro. However, “Heart On Fire,” the latest single from fragile-voiced British chanteuse Indiana, is arguably just as emotive, melancholic and atmospheric as anything that Robyn, Lykke Li or any of the dozens of Scandinavian pop queens have produced over the last twelve months.

Dario G – “Carnaval de Paris”

As proven by Pitbull and J-Lo’s current trash pop anthem for Brazil 2014, World Cup themes are usually indescribably awful. However, re-released this month with a slew of new remixes from the likes of Jaxxon, Owen Westlake and Jonas Westling, Dario G’s hugely ambitious attempt to represent the national music of each and every one of the 32 competing nations in France ’98, still sounds utterly majestic sixteen years on.

Deadmau5 – “Seeya”

The mouse-headed Canadian’s material can veer from the utterly sublime (“I Remember”) to the hopelessly moronic (the whole of the Album Title Goes Here LP). Thankfully, this first single from his new record, while(1<2) leans towards the former, combining burbling Daft Punk-esque synth-funk with an impressive impassioned vocal from Colette D’Agostino of San Diego indie rockers The Material.

Jungle – “Time”

If Chromeo’s recent White Women album still hasn’t satisfied your appetite for retro funk-pop that straddles the fine line between homage and parody, then you could do worse than check out the latest glitterball number from Jungle, an enigmatic British duo named J and T who are widely tipped to be one of this summer’s breakthrough dance acts.

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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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