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The September Electronic Playlist

The godfathers of UK house, Jay-Z’s favourite synth-pop outfit, and surprisingly, an Irish indie-rock band top the best of this month’s new electronic/dance releases.

Basement Jaxx – “What A Difference Your Love Makes”

After venturing into film composing with the score to Joe Cornish’s sci-fi comedy Attack The Block, the UK’s most playful electronic duo return to more familiar ADHD territory with this first single from their seventh studio album. Featuring the soaring vocals of emerging folk singer Sam Brookes, “What A Difference Your Love Makes” – think Friendly Fires covering ABC’s “The Look Of Love” – is arguably their most immediate dancefloor offering in over a decade.

Foxes – “Youth”

The voice behind Zedd’s US Top 10 smash “Clarity” and Rudimental’s UK Top 20 hit “Right Here,” 24-year-old electro-pop chanteuse Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes, now goes it alone with “Youth.” Eschewing both the EDM of the former and the drum ‘n’ bass of the latter, this latest taster from her forthcoming debut is an atmospheric mix of tumbling drums, glistening synths and dreamy ethereal melodies which might just give her the solo breakthrough she deserves.

Polica – “Change My Name”

A slightly more accessible affair than the woozy trip-hop which defined their stunning Give You The Ghost debut, Minneapolis quintet Polica tentatively move onto the dancefloor with the funky bass-lines and 808 snares of “Change My Name.” But Channy Leaneagh’s haunting reverb-drenched vocals ensure that the second release from upcoming sophomore Shulamith is just as hypnotic.

Wookie ft. Eliza Doolittle – “The Hype”

After lending her vocals to Disclosure’s Ayia Napa throwback “You & Me,” Lily Allen’s natural successor, Eliza Doolittle, continues to moonlight as an unlikely two-step garage diva with this subtle and soulful collaboration with one of the scene’s pioneering figures, Wookie. Perhaps it’s time she gave up the ska-pop for good.

Two Door Cinema Club – “Changing Of The Seasons”

Having previously teamed up with Underworld for the gorgeously epic cauldron-lighting theme to last year’s Olympics opening ceremony, Alex Trimble and the rest of his Two Door Cinema Club bandmates now venture outside their comfort zone once again. Produced by French whizkid and Lady Gaga producer Madeon, “Changing Of The Seasons” throws in a pulsing beat and a flurry of kaleidoscopic synths in with their usual angular guitar riffs to produce one of the best indie-disco hits of the year.


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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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