From a beachside anthem by Texas’ biggest chillwave export, to a dance-rock stomper from Mumford and Sons’ unlikely touring buddies, these are the dance/electronica tracks you need to wrap your ears around this month.
Blonde feat. Karen Harding – “Feel Good (It’s Alright)”
Two rising stars of the British deep house scene, production duo Blonde and former U.K. X-Factor contestant Karen Harding, continue to build on their promising year by joining forces for a typically vibrant floorfiller which should stave off those post-summer blues for at least a little while longer.
White – “Blush”
Having recently appeared on Mumford and Sons’ traveling Gentlemen of the Road Festival, you would probably expect White to deal in twee hipster-friendly folk. But combining the swaggering post-punk of Franz Ferdinand with the bubbling electro of Giorgio Moroder, “Blush” is the kind of indie-disco banger which almost makes you forgive the Glaswegians for their hopelessly generic name.
VV – “Shift”
After failing to break through with her rockabilly-led debut and electro-pop-inspired sophomore, the persistent VV Brown tries again with a third musical reinvention. Now known just by her initials, the eccentric singer-songwriter aims straight for the dancefloor with a squelchy techno call-to-arms which recalls Grace Jones at her fiercest.
Neon Indian – “Slumlord”
The second taster from Neon Indian’s forthcoming third album, VEGA INTL. Night School, “Slumlord” is another sleek and sophisticated fusion of funky basslines, shadowy synths and Balearic grooves which prove that the Texans remain the kings of modern yacht-rock.
Jamie Woon – “Sharpness”
Missing in action for the past four years, velvet-voiced Jamie Woon finally returns to the fold with a track which premiered on Pharrell’s Beats 1 radio show. Ditching the post-dubstep which made his name, “Sharpness” is a sleek and sensual electro-soul affair which is arguably more Justin Timberlake than James Blake.