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The July 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a long-awaited follow-up by a trio of protesting shoegazers, to the latest side-project from Sweden’s number one synth-pop siren, to a brand new challenger for Lorde’s alt-pop throne, here are five dance/electronica tracks that you should be blaring out of your speakers this July.

The Radio Dept. – “Occupied”

Continuing to take things at their own leisurely pace, Swedish shoegazers The Radio Dept finally follow up last September’s comeback single, “Death to Fascism,” with another foray into the world of electronica, this time with a seven-minute epic in which they also rally against society’s greed.

La Bagatelle Magique – “Love is Free”

Following on from last year’s joint E.P. with Royksopp, former Max Martin prodigy-turned-cult pop icon Robyn remains in collaborative mode for “Love is Free,” the slightly chaotic first single from her La Bagatelle Magique side-project, which also includes keyboardist Markus Jagerstedt and late producer Christian Falk.

Cyril Hahn feat. Joel Ford – “Last”

Best-known for his work with experimental electronica maestro OneOhTrix Point Never, Joel Ford lends his dreamy vocals to yet another blissful affair from the current master of chilled house, Swiss producer Cyril Hahn.

Polarheart – “Dystopia”

The latest single from Sydney-based electro-pop duo Polarheart arrived as a result of an unusual writer’s block challenge in which members Mary Rose and Chris Chidiac forced themselves to write something terrible. Thankfully, the atmospheric alt-R&B of “Dystopia” shows that they failed.

Kiiara – “Gold”

The first taster of her forthcoming Meet Me in the Cornfield E.P., 20-year-old Illinois newcomer Kiiara announces her arrival on the scene with a sparse and slinky synth-pop affair which possesses the same sense of elegance and intrigue that defined Lorde’s breakout hit.

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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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