The best new dance tracks of the week from Anna Lunoe, Marshmello & Khalid, The Chainsmokers and more

This Week in Dance Music: We spoke with scorching UK producer HAAi on his new album, Daft Punk’s video and The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming” hit a billion casual views on YouTube , Acraze continued to do so by signing with Capitol Records in partnership with Thrive Music, in honor of Pride Month, we’ve ranked the 60 greatest LGBTQ anthems of all time, ODESZA released a new single ahead of its highly anticipated album coming next month, Claude VonStroke’s venerable Dirtybird Campout West Coast released a powerful lineup for its October festival, Dua Lipa’s PNAU edition and Elton John’s “Cold Heart” recorded its 34th week at #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and we spoke with LA producer Swardy over his immensely delicious (and Porter Robison-approved!) new animated short.

Is there more? Yes, there is more! Here are the best new dance tracks of the week.

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Anna Lunoe, “Like Me”

On her new single “Like Me,” Anna Lunoe makes her message crystal clear: “You’ll never find another like me.” Australian multi-hyphen announced a new EP last week, Saturday Love, and this latest taste of the project offers more dynamism and bouncing club weight from previous tracks “Double Dip” and “Back Seat”. “Like Me” is both loud and tender, bold yet intimate as Lunoe’s sugary filtered vocals balance a thick, deep bassline and swirls of technicolor synths – a central calm amid the swirling action. Add a few hand-in-the-air breakdowns and it’s an outdoor festival moment in the making.

Lunoe co-wrote “Like Me” with Bag Raiders’ Jack Glass during lockdown at the end of 2020. decided to take it heavier and weirder! she says. “I was blown away when I played it 2 months later on the US tour in March this year – people reacted immediately and I felt [it] perfectly sums up the anticipation, love and yearning I feel for life, clubbing and connection during this strange moment in time. Saturday Love arrives July 29 via NLV Records, the label of Australian recording artist and Lunoe’s longtime best friend, Nina Las Vegas — KRISTAL RODGRIGUEZ

Marshmello & Khalid, “Numb”

Marshmello and Khalid have proven themselves, with their 2017 collaboration “Silence” reaching No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and No. 30 on the Hot 100. Logic would follow that this success would lead to another Crooner R&B collaboration and one of music’s most adaptable stars, and today we have it with “Numb.” A simple track built from a strong bass line and an even louder hiss, the track was released via ‘Mello man’s Joytime Collective.

“Me and Khalid always talked about doing another song, so I sent him this idea and he loved it,” Marshmello says. “I was super excited when I asked him if he wanted to do the song and he said ‘yes’ – because the song is a little different for him, but I knew he would crush it. He told me. ‘sent the next day, and I knew right away we had one with this. KATIE BATH

Shygirl, “Come For Me”

It takes a bold presence to make melodies from Arca’s most experimental productions, but UK-based villain Shygirl is never more in her element than when she leads a shattered glass beat, grainy and rough like this. “Come For Me” is as haunting as it is daring, a kind of chilling sensuality that has become Shygirl’s (and Arca’s) signature. It follows the tangled sweetness that was “Firefly” as the second single from the singer’s upcoming debut album, Nymph, and we are more than willing to follow her on this path of musical atmosphere. – KAT BEIN

Jamie Jones, “Bionic Boy”

After releasing the Defected single “My Paradise” in April, Jamie Jones returns to his own Hot Creations label with a three-track EP, Bionic Boyhis first solo appearance on the label since Billboard-recommended Handy Work last September. From the soulful, soulful disco of “My Paradise,” Jones on the EP’s title track is all about naughty tech-house, baby. This hump-and-grind jam hits hard from downbeat, building on its razor-sharp percussion with foghorn synth hits, choppy ’90s R&B vocal samples and glitchy overtones. While the bass drum remains constant in its roar, the stuttering nature of the song makes “Bionic Boy” sound like a cyborg singer short-circuiting (rhythmically) during a performance in the year 3000. Count us in. KR

Ghosts, “Let Me Go”

A little dreamy, a little damned, Phantom’s latest single “Letting Me Go” is a bittersweet track of synth perfection that will have your head spinning in a haze of disbelief. It represents for the softer side of breakup anthems, a disco house-pop tune that’s soft on the skin but still kicks ass.

“It was another that we wrote quite early in the album process and tried to incorporate a lot of the sounds that we felt characterized the record,” the Los Angeles-based duo explain. “It’s still dance-driven with synths and punchy drums, but we also wanted it to be euphoric and melancholy, like you could float while listening to it.”

“Letting Me Go” is the fourth single from the duo’s upcoming album. This can’t be all, and it’s the first song on the tracklist, setting the tone for the hooks and synth to come. The LP is due out in August, via ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective. – K.Bein

The Chainsmokers, “The Fall”

Some of the best moments from The Chainsmokers’ recently released album So far, so good — which recently debuted at No. 1 for Dance/Electronic Albums — is where the duo leaned hard on the experimental production side of their work. This bonus track from the just-released album, featuring Ship Wreck, is more of that good experimental good, with the track stuttering to life like a slightly wistful machine – before Drew Taggart delivers lyrics on what sounds like a pretty doomed relationship and the track swells into one of the most polished versions/versions the duo have ever produced. “The Fall” is the first of three new tracks on The Chainsmokers’ deluxe release So far, so good, and the duo (along with Ship Wreck) is holding a remix contest for the song, which fans can enter before July 26 for a chance to win $10,000 in prizes. — K.Bath

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Colleen D. Ervin