Published: August 19, 2013
By: Jordan Calvano
Discovering the perfect pairing of a delicious cheese and an elegant wine isn’t always an easy task, but the end result is worth the effort. In a similar vein, we have producers and vocalists. The flawless amalgamation of enthralling instrumentations and genuinely sublime vocals can create a feeling so unique, so spellbinding, that every restraint or boundary seems to disappear. This list compiles dance music’s most talented singers, highlighting those who’ve brought a sense of originality and passion to each song they’ve touched. From trance to dubstep, covering males and females, these are the crème de la crème of electronic vocalists.
10. Sam Smith
2013 has been a huge year for Sam Smith. The British singer received worldwide acclaim after contributing his bittersweet vocals to Disclosure’s hit single “Latch,” and that was just the start. Following this were hair-raising original tracks of his own like “Lay Me Down” along with Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” proving his first hit was no fluke.
Worked With: Disclosure and Naughty Boy
9. Sinead Harnett
Applying Sinead Harnett’s bewitching vocals to any song is comparable to coating a delicious steak with layers upon layers of spices. Everything gets that much juicer, and pressing repeat is your only option. Harnett has become a crucial facet of the Black Butter Records team this year, creating divine masterpieces with acclaimed artists like Rudimental and Kidnap Kid.
Worked With: Disclosure, Kidnap Kid, and Rudimental.
8. John Newman
In an age where following suit has become commonplace, we have John Newman. Press play on Rudimental’s hit “Not Giving In” and you’ll instantly see what we mean. The British songwriter has crafted a tear-jerking, enticingly soulful sound that hails no comparison, packing endless emotion into each titillating harmony released from his powerful pipes.
Worked With: Rudimental on “Feel The Love” and “Not Giving In”
7. Tasha Baxter
Best known for her work with Feed Me on hauntingly gorgeous tunes like “Strange Behaviour” and “Cloudburn,” Tasha Baxter is an absolute gem. The South African songstress possesses a harmonious voice that acts like a snake charmer, controlling each individual movement with emotive lyrics and a wildly impressive vocal range.
Worked With: Feed Me/Spor, The Upbeats, Indivision & Livewire, Brookes Brothers, and Smooth.
6. Matthew Koma
2012 was a massively successful year for Matthew Koma. The American vocalist rose to fame after Zedd’s “Spectrum” took over dance culture, becoming a ubiquitous track overnight. Next up were jaw-dropping contributions to ethereal summer anthems like “Years” and “Sparks,” solidifying the New-Yorker’s prominent position amongst lovers of house music.
Worked With: Zedd, Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero, and Alesso.