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The October Electronic Music Playlist

From a surprise disco reinvention to a late Motown legend’s second major club hit, here’s a look at five of the best electronic/dance tracks to look out for this October.

Skream – “Rollercoaster”

Unexpectedly ditching the ominous bass wobbles and brooding beats which saw him hailed as the King of Dubstep, Magnetic Man’s Skream dusts off his flares with this thoroughly addictive fusion of squelchy synths, funky bass lines and vocoders fronted by the featherlight tones of regular vocalist Sam Frank. Comparisons with Daft Punk will be inevitable, but the 27-year-old actually began work on his own disco revival long before the Frenchmen turned up unannounced earlier this year.

Parov Stelar feat. Marvin Gaye – “Keep On Dancing”

After his little-known Tammi Terrell duet, “If This World Were Mine,” was sampled by Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me,” the legendary vocals of Marvin Gaye have once again found their way onto a 2013 house record with 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up” this time receiving the stylish poolside-friendly treatment courtesy of Austrian electro swing producer Parov Stelar.

Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Malin – “Safe With You”

A one-off collaboration between British producer Alex Metric, Niki & The Dove frontwoman Malin Dahlstrom and Jacques Lu Cont (aka Madonna/The Killers cohort Stuart Price), “Safe With You” is exactly the kind of soaring electro-pop banger you’d hope for from such an impressive list of names, perfectly complemented by its hypnotic ice skating-themed promo.

Sam Smith – “Nirvana”

Having showcased his falsetto-led talents on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s recent UK chart-topper “La La La,” Sam Smith now gets the spotlight all to himself with this gorgeous title track from his forthcoming Nirvana E.P. A slow-burning blend of angular guitars and atmospheric echo-laden drums, this electro-soul ballad suggests he could soon be giving the likes of Miguel and The Weeknd a run for their money.

All About She – “Higher”

Signed to Tinie Tempah’s Disturbing London label, London trio All About She immediately transport listeners to the warm shores of Ayia Napa circa 1999 with this instantly addictive two-step garage throwback that lends a touch of class thanks to Vanya Taylor’s inviting soulful tones.

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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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