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The June 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

A deep house duo’s official comeback, a talent show graduate’s foray into drum ‘n’ bass and a Great Gatsby-style makeover all appear in this month’s collab-heavy guide to the hottest dance/electronica tracks.

Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – “Holding On”

Following on from buzz track “Bang That,” Disclosure make their proper return with the first official single from their eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Settle. Featuring the soulful tones of Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, “Holding On” is another authentic attempt to recreate the sound of classic Chicago house which suggests the Lawrence brothers’ grip on the dance scene is set to tighten even further.

Sigma feat. Ella Henderson – “Glitterball”

Here’s another British chart-topping duo who don’t appear to be in too much of a rush to change their winning formula. A collaboration with Ella Henderson (one of the more credible names to emerge from The X-Factor UK), “Glitterball” follows the same sweeping strings, skittering drum ‘n’ bass beats and soaring melodies template as the Kanye West-sampling “Nobody To Love” and Paloma Faith-fronted “Changing,” but it’s an approach they can just about still get away with for now.

Alexander Brown feat. Jack Savoretti – “Jack In A Box”

The first of several hook-ups between odd couple Jack Savoretti, the Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter renowned for his acoustic folk-pop, and Alexander Brown, a Danish DJ best-known for his work with Morten Hampenberg, “Jack In A Box “is a slow-burning acoustic house affair which bodes well for their future partnership.

Avicii feat. Cherry Ghost – “Waiting For Love”

Another unlikely pairing, “Waiting For Love” sees EDM powerhouse Avicii join forces with sensitive British troubadour Simon Aldred, aka Cherry Ghost, for the latest cut from his forthcoming sophomore, Stories. The Swede’s twinkling production is pretty much business as usual, but Aldred’s emotive vocal lends this sure-fire hit a depth that’s been largely missing from Avicii’s previous world-conquering fare.

Icona Pop – “Emergency”

Hoping to shake off their one-hit wonder label, Swedish duo Icona Pop swap the hedonistic EDM of “I Love It” for an unexpected venture into electro-swing packed with marching piano keys, parping brass hooks and shuffling grooves perfectly designed for breaking out into the Charleston.

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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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