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The November Electronic Music Playlist

From an inspired cover of this year’s classiest R&B hit to a welcome return from the electro-funk scene’s most playful duo to the latest in a long line of Swedish synth-pop starlets, here’s a look at five dance tracks you need to hear this November.

Mausi – “Body Language”

Featuring a wave of stop-start Gallic house synths, a chant-led chorus which you won’t be able to get out of your head for days, and a booming voiceover highlighting the rules of sexual attraction, Anglo-Italian four-piece Mausi deliver one of the most enjoyably kitsch singles of the year with this latest taster from their forthcoming Autumn/Winter mixtape.

Lulu James – “Sweetest Thing”

Tipped to be the next great “21st Century soul” singer by the blogosphere back in 2011, English-Tanzanian songstress Lulu James has yet to achieve that mainstream breakthrough she deserves. But this seductive blend of old-school R&B and witch house might just be the track that makes everyone finally sit up and take notice.

Holy Ghost! – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

Following in the footsteps of Arctic Monkeys, Rick Ross and Dev Hynes, New York synth-pop duo Holy Ghost now tackle the highlight from Drake’s third album, Nothing Was The Same, transforming the sultry R&B slow-jam into a shiny nu-disco anthem.

Chromeo – “Sexy Socialite”

As utterly ridiculous as it is supremely funky, the second single from Chromeo’s forthcoming fourth album, White Women, throws everything from disco guitar licks to windy sound effects into the mix as the New York duo try to impress a superficial socialite before realising that in fact she’s not worthy of their goofball charms.

Say Lou Lou – “Better In The Dark”

Once again proving that few do melancholic electro-pop better than the Scandinavians, Swedish duo Say Lou Lou manage to combine style with substance on a Richard X-produced blend of tumbling drums, lush synths and dreamy melodies which immediately places the twin sisters at the top of next year’s Ones To Watch list.


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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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