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) Nick Brewer – “Talk To Me”
Okay, so Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” might not be the most original of sample choices, but in a year swamped by reworkings of ‘90s club classics, this hip-house anthem was easily the most joyous.
29) FKA twigs – “In Time”
The standout from her surprise M3LL155X E.P., the slinky but sinister Aaliyah-esque electro-R&B of “In Time” proved once again that FKA twigs remains one of today’s most intriguing and daring talents.
28) Tei Shi – “Bassically”
Buenos Aires-born, Bogota-raised and Brooklyn-based, Tei Shi not only emerged as the alt-R&B scene’s most globe-trotting songstress this year, but also one of the most promising, thanks to this hypnotic blend of bubbling basslines, nu-disco beats and banshee wails.
27) Ratatat – “Cream on Chrome”
The long-awaited fifth album from Brooklyn instrumentalists Ratatat didn’t quite live up to its Magnifique title, but this unashamedly kitsch blend of loping basslines, yacht-rock riffs and muted disco beats did.
26) Jean Michel Jarre & M83 – “Glory”
The highlight from Jean Michel Jarre’s star-studded first album in eight years, this highly cinematic collaboration with fellow Frenchmen M83 proved that at 67, the French keyboard wizard still had plenty to offer.
25) Calvin Harris – “How Deep Is Your Love?”
An encouraging move away from the brainless EDM he’d been peddling since the turn of the decade, the world’s richest DJ rediscovered some of his early form with this surprisingly subtle deep house floorfiller.
24) Giorgio Moroder feat. Sia – “Déjà vu”
75-year-old Giorgio Moroder proved he could still teach the new generation of superstar DJs a thing or two with his first album in 23 years, the highlight of which was this soaring disco-pop hook-up with the ubiquitous Sia.
23) Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Justin Bieber’s astonishing career rejuvenation began when he teamed up with dancefloor giants Diplo and Skrillex on this surprisingly subtle Middle Eastern-tinged electro-ballad, complete with infectious high-pitched dolphin sound.
22) Postiljonen – “Go”
Abandoning the sleepy sax-pop that defined their majestic debut, Swedish dream-pop trio Postiljonen instead upped the tempo on a surging comeback single which more than whetted the appetite for next year’s sophomore.
21) Love Ssega – “Pray for Love”
Having left classical-electro hitmakers Clean Bandit to finish his degree in laser sensing, British-Ugandan vocalist Love Ssgea returned to the music scene in style with a head-bobbing electro-funk affair which proved he could cut it as a solo artist.
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