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The May 2015 Dance/Electronic Playlist

From Diplo and co.’s latest star-studded single to the welcome return of the Big Beat scene’s pioneers, to an underrated UK vocalist’s rebranding, here’s a look at the finest dance/electronica singles making waves this month.

Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding – “Powerful”

Following on from their hit collaboration with MØ, the usually chaotic supergroup Major Lazer continue to tone down their hyperactivity by teaming up with another European synth-pop songstress. This time, it’s Ellie Goulding, along with Jamaican reggae star Tarrus Riley, who provides the big vocal hook on a dramatic affair which strays far beyond the trio’s dancehall roots.

SLO – “Shut Out of Paradise”

British chanteuse Jess Mills released a string of glorious singles back in 2011-12, but sadly, few appeared to notice, and her debut album was canceled. The latest taster from her first EP under the guise of SLO, this simple yet sensual electro-ballad suggests she may have more luck second time around.

MS MR – “Painted”

New York duo Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow flirted with electronica on their 2013 debut album, Secondhand Rapture, but have embraced it fully for their comeback single, an anthemic mix of Italo house piano and skittering drum ‘n’ bass beats which should give them that elusive chart breakthrough.

Jax Jones – “Yeah Yeah Yeah”

Nominated for a Grammy thanks to his work on Duke Dumont’s Whitney Houston-sampling hit, “I Got U,” producer Jax Jones now goes it alone for another uplifting club anthem filled with soaring strings, euphoric diva vocals and classic house beats.

The Chemical Brothers – “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted”

After several years of focusing on soundtrack work for the likes of Hanna, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the London Olympics, Big Beat pioneers The Chemical Brothers are now gearing up for the release of their first studio album since 2010. This first cut, an intense and supercharged slice of robotic electro, proves they certainly haven’t lost their magic touch.

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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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