Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of the year (No.40-31 is here) – let’s pick up at number 30.
30) Flume – “The Greatest View”
Capping off an incredible twelve months which saw him deny One Direction the number one spot in his native Australia, producer/DJ Flume teamed up with The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi for a darkly hypnotic piece of symphonic soul on the deluxe edition of his wonderfully eclectic self-titled debut.
29) Disclosure – “You & Me”
Seemingly incapable of doing anything wrong in 2013, the impossibly youthful Disclosure even managed to turn Lily Allen’s natural successor Eliza Doolittle into a convincing dance diva on this summer-y slice of early 00s two-step garage.
28) Breach – “Everything You Never Had”
Blending Andreya Triana’s soulful melodies and the iconic “Yeah! Woo!” sample with an instantly addictive blend of classic house stabs and pulsing beats, Ben Westbeech’s second single under the guise of Breach suggested he should give up his Jamiroquai-esque soul man day job for good.
27) Bright Light Bright Light – “An Open Heart”
Following on from last year’s highly under-rated debut Make Me Believe In Hope, singer-songwriter Rod Thomas once again lived up to his “male Robyn” tag with the equally glorious In Your Care E.P., the highlight of which was this typically emotive slice of neon-lit electro-pop.
26) Little Boots – “Motorway”
All but ignored since she failed to capitalise on her BBC Sound Of 2009 win, Little Boots appeared to rediscover her mojo on a gorgeously atmospheric synth-pop number which recalled Saint Etienne at their mid-90s peak.
25) MDNGHT – “I Will Lead You On”
Harking back to the Gallic funky house of Stardust and Modjo, vowel-less quartet MDNGHT delivered one of this year’s classiest pool party anthems with a seductive mix of glittery synths, deliciously funky bass-lines and crystalline falsetto vocals.
24) Chase & Status – “Lost & Not Found”
Consolidating their success as the drum ‘n’ bass scene’s premier outfit, Chase & Status once again returned to the 90s with this typically epic blend of blistering breakbeats, acid-house samples and sweeping Massive Attack-esque strings.
23) Bondax – “Giving It All”
After giving Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” a sun-kissed sheen, 19-year-olds Adam Kaye and George Townsend continued to distance themselves from the Disclosure comparisons with this effortlessly chilled wave of Balearic synths and slow-motion grooves.
22) Delphic – “Baiya”
Abandoning the New Order-inspired dance-rock of their 2010 debut, Mancunian trio Delphic dipped into everything from hip-hop to post-R&B to 80s synth-pop on their unfairly-maligned follow-up, Collections. But it was the percussive electro-funk of “Baiya” which best showcased their new-found eclectic streak.
21) Pet Shop Boys – “Vocal”
Paying tribute to the era where the “big fish, little fish cardboard box” dance move reigned supreme, legendary duo Pet Shop Boys produced their best single in over a decade with this unashamedly nostalgic acid house pastiche.