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The October 2014 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a deep house diva anthem, to the latest Studio 54 pastiche, to the return of a Hot Chip side project, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for this October.

Breach vs. Kelis – “The Key”

No stranger to the dance world, having previously collaborated with Benny Benassi, Timo Maas and Calvin Harris (not to mention her club-focused 2010 LP, Flesh Tone), Kelis now dips her toe into electronic waters yet again for a re-recording of the standout from this year’s criminally ignored Food. Produced by acid jazz crooner-turned-house maestro Breach, the original remix of “Rumble” was unveiled six months ago. But this revamped and renamed version, featuring a brand new vocal from the wild-haired diva, is significantly more anthemic.

Kiesza – “No Enemiesz”

The spelling of its title might be appalling, but luckily the sound of Kiesza’s third successive retro house epic is far less questionable. Possibly even more euphoric than “Hideaway” and “Giant In My Heart,” “No Enemiesz” both whets the appetite for her forthcoming debut, Sound Of A Woman, and confirms her status as the scene’s leading lady.

The Ting Tings “Do It Again”

The Ting Tings’ previous disco throwback, “Wrong Club,” was criminally ignored, so let’s hope they have more luck with this second attempt to recapture the sounds of studio 54. Taken from their third album, Super Critical, “Do It Again” is another supremely slinky blend of Nile Rodgers-esque guitar licks and slick beats which virtually commands you to shimmy onto the dancefloor.

The 2 Bears – “Not This Time”

Just three months after bandmate Alexis Taylor released his solo debut, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard also ventures outside the band to revive his collaborative side-project with former press officer Raf Rundell. “Not This Time” is an engaging mix of tortured soul and playful house which suggests their upcoming second album, The Night Is Young, will be every bit as intriguing as their first.

Estelle – “Something Good”

Following a brief foray into soaring indie-rock on last single “Conqueror,” British soul singer Estelle continues to showcase her eclecticism by joining in with the 90s revival for “Something Good.” Picking up the pieces with the little help of an addictive sax riff, the Grammy winner channels Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” on a post-heartbreak anthem perfectly designed for dancing your troubles away.

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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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