From an all-star collaboration for the latest young adult blockbuster to a welcome return from a French prodigy, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for this month.
The Chemical Brothers feat. Lorde and Miguel – “This Is Not A Game”
If any proof were needed that the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is going to be the coolest of the year, this is it. An unlikely collaboration between neo-soulman Miguel, teen prodigy Lorde and electronic veterans The Chemical Brothers, “This Is Not A Game” is an unsurprisingly eclectic blend of suave R&B crooning, industrial synths and brooding hip-hop beats which perfectly fits the series’ increasingly dark narrative.
Madeon – “Imperium”
Continuing to put most of the EDM producers twice his age into the shade, French whizkid Madeon ventures into electro-house territory for a barrage of harder-hitting beats and futuristic synths, while still retaining the playfulness and intelligence that has seen everyone from Lady Gaga to Coldplay request his services.
Marina & The Diamonds – “Froot”
Charli XCX may have stolen her thunder as of late, but Marina & The Diamonds seems prepared to wrestle back her electro-pop crown, judging by the title track from her unusually-titled third album, Froot, a bewitching and gothic-tinged number which impressively manages to bring something new to the already crowded nu-disco table.
Tove Styrke – “Borderline”
The latest in a never-ending array of synth-pop chanteuses to emerge from Scandinavia, Tove Styrke stands a good chance of standing out from the crowd judging by “Borderline,” a tropical-tinged wave of steel drums, syncopated guitars and kooky melodies which also serves as the title track from her forthcoming debut E.P.
CHVRCHES – “Get Away”
Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s decision to create a brand new score for ultra-cool Ryan Gosling flick Drive might have been greeted with some derision. However, Scottish trio CHVRCHES, whose gloriously moody 80s synth-pop sound has much in common with the original soundtrack, prove here that the idea might not be as foolish as first thought.