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The February 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a reworking of an old-school R&B hit, to a disco legend’s latest A-list collaboration, to a super-producer’s attempt to become a star in his own right, here are five new dance/electronica tracks you ought to wrap your ears around this February.

Le Youth – “R E A L”

Thought that the craze of sampling 90s R&B classics was strictly a 2014 thing? Then think again. After previously borrowing from Cassie’s “Me & U” and TLC’s “No Scrubs,” Los Angeles producer Le Youth works his tropical magic this time on Brandy’s 1995 Top 40 hit, “I Wanna Be Down.” A well-worn formula it may be, but when it produces something this uplifting, he can just about get away with it.

Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue – “Right Here, Right Now”

The second taster from the Italian disco revolutionary’s star-studded and long-awaited comeback album sees him team up with Antipodean pop princess Kylie Minogue for an inevitably glittery electro-pop affair that sounds both classic and contemporary at the same time.

Sigma feat. Labrinth – “Higher”

Following on from their chart-topping collaboration with Paloma Faith, London duo Sigma now invite Simon Cowell protégé Labrinth to join their stable for a typically soaring blend of soulful melodies, sweeping strings and blistering beats which whets the appetite for their forthcoming debut album, Life.

Jimmy Napes – “Give It Up”

Having helped to propel the likes of Clean Bandit, Disclosure and Sam Smith to globe-conquering success, super producer Jimmy Napes steps out from behind the desk and into the limelight for the first time with a sleek electro-soul number, suggesting in the process that he may soon be joining his recent collaborators in the pop elite.

Jess Glynne – “Hold My Hand”

The voice behind two of last year’s biggest dance anthems, Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love,” Jess Glynne had an amazing 2014, and this feel-good slice of deep house, the second single from her eagerly-anticipated debut, indicates that the next twelve months will be just as fruitful.

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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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