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The March 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

Featuring an Irish eccentric’s long-awaited return, a collaboration between a superstar DJ and Disney Channel graduate, and a Hollywood A-lister’s latest musical venture, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for in March.

Roisin Murphy – “Gone Fishing”

Eight years after the slinky synth-pop of Overpowered, former Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy finally returns with her third solo album, Hairless Toys, in the spring. Its first single, a slow-burning electro-folk ballad inspired by 1990s drag ball documentary Paris Is Burning, proves she’s lost none of her power to bewitch.

Hot Chip – “Huarache Lights”

Named after a particular type of sneakers, the first taster of Hot Chip’s sixth album, Why Make Sense?, sees the electro oddballs reflect on both the anxiety and comfort that growing older brings, set against a vibrant backdrop of warped synth hooks, Kraftwerk-esque vocoders and nu-disco beats.

Zedd & Selena Gomez – “I Want You To Know”

Having previously joined forces with Ariana Grande, German producer Zedd now teams up with a second former tween queen, Selena Gomez, on an anthemic blend of kaleidoscopic EDM and maximalist electro house which, if rumors are to be believed, may also be something of a serenade.

Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”

An early contender for most aptly-titled track of 2015, “Lifted Up (1985)” sees Passion Pit return with a typically soaring electro-pop ode to the year of Live Aid, Back to the Future and the first million-selling compact disc, suggesting that forthcoming third LP Kindred will be as colorful as their previous two.

The Singles – “Candy”

After tackling the songs of Tom Waits on her first spot of moonlighting, and teaming up with Pete York on her second, Scarlett Johansson now takes a detour into 80s-inspired synth-pop for her third, with the likes of Haim’s Este, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and soul singer Kendra Morris also joining in the fun. Although given the recent cease-and-desist by a previously existing L.A. band called The Singles, it remains to be seen how long Johansson and friends continue playing under this moniker.

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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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