Insofar as all this electro-smooth-loud-subtle music goes, I lean heavily on the sounds coming out of England and Australia and their legion. This is the kind of music I like to listen to, ear-buds in, walking through NYC. Artists such as Clean Bandit, Sohn, Perseus, Mount Kimbie, Efterklang, Friendly Fires, & XXYYXX have been on heavy rotation of late
Pop music. And I mean those powerfully derived and so, so danceable jams by Avicii, Katy, all of them. Pop-folk too, but that may be betraying too much of my own sensibilities.