The sound of popular dance music in America might be entering a new phase. EDM is as strong as ever, but, entering the back half of 2014, radio and streaming charts are being infiltrated by a number of pop-oriented house tracks nurtured first by dance clubs: Disclosure's "Latch", Naughty Boy's "La La La", and Clean Bandit's "Rather Be". In the States, this trend is still just a trickle, but the return to more traditional house sounds is a full-fledged wave in Britain, culminating in a series of #1 singles this year by artists like Route 94 and Kiesza that make a direct line to the classic sounds of Chicago and Detroit.
Though history may one day credit Disclosure as the trigger, the house-pop dam fully breached last year with UK chart topper "Need U (100%)", from a then-little-known underground producer and DJ named Duke Dumont. The track was never a hit in America, but 31-year-old Dumont (né Adam Dyment) is something like a sensation in his native Britain. Follow-up "I Got U" also topped the pop charts there, and his latest single "Won't Look Back" figures to make a third run at the throne.