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The October 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a belated summer house anthem to an indie-pop supergroup’s surprise reinvention, these are the key dance/electronica tracks you need to wrap your ears around this month.

XYconstant ft. Tom Aspaul – “Do It Well”

The summer may be well and truly over, but fresh from his triumphant remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” rising British producer XYconstant is doing his best to keep the sunshine vibes going with this addictive tropical house banger.

Zara Larsson and MNEK – “Never Forget You”

Seven years after winning the Swedish version of Got Talent aged just ten, Zara Larsson looks set to make her international breakthrough with “Never Forget You,” a rhythmic club-friendly collaboration with MNEK, the Grammy-nominated soulman who’s written hits for everyone from Gorgon City and Duke Dumont to Little Mix and Madonna.

Small Black – “Back at Belle’s”

Also once renowned for their sunny disposition, Brooklyn quartet Small Black change tact for their third taster from forthcoming third album, Best Blues, abandoning their usual gauzy chillwave for a noisy blend of shoegaze and electronica which builds to a surprisingly intense finale.

Phases – “Spark”

Featuring various members of Phantom Planet, The Like and Rilo Kiley, the indie-pop supergroup formerly known as JJAMZ complete their unlikely transition to the world of gleaming 80s-inspired electro with “Spark,” a song written specially ‘for the prom at the end of time.’

Chromatics – “Shadow”

Nine months after announcing the arrival of their fifth studio effort, Dear Tommy, Portland synth-pop outfit Chromatics are still keeping everyone waiting. This latest teaser, a typically melancholic slowdance released through Adult Swim’s singles series, suggests all the anticipation will be worth it.

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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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