DJ Track Trade: What Was Hot In April 2017?

photo: Leah Tihia

Inspired by a conversation with Ean last week, today we’re kicking off our first-ever DJ Track Trade. The goal: once a month, for the DJTT community to share what new tracks, edits, remixes, and releases worked especially well on dance floors. We’ll share a few of our favorites, things that we’ve heard personally, trainspotted, or seem to be doing exceptionally well on charts – and then turn it over to you in the comments.

DJ Track Trade: The Rules

The only way that this idea will work is if a bunch of us all take part and contribute to the Track Trade. If you’ve discovered a few secret weapons or winning tracks this month, consider sharing them in the comments.

  • DJ Track Trade is genre-agnostic. That means all types of tunes are welcome – the only requirement is that you’ve experienced these tracks doing well when played out in public!
  • When commenting, post just one per comment. This allows other DJs to upvote individual tracks – so we can find the best easily. It’s harder to find quality stuff that’s buried in lists of tracks in comments.
  • Don’t share files, do share links to buy (ideally as direct from the artist/label as possible)
  • Classic tunes are fine, but we suspect most of your fellow DJs are interested in new/recent releases.

If this goes well, we’ll do this once a month – hopefully you’ll find something below that’s exciting or interesting to you!

Staff Finds

Here’s a few tracks tried and tested by the DJTT staff that we’ve found to be particularly successful:

Ean Golden

Skin (Martin Solvig / SG Lewis Remixes) – Flume released a whole series of remixes of his album Skin earlier this month. I would normally not play tracks that are this “big”, but these remixes made a few of Flume’s bangers really interesting and playable in my mixed genre sets:

Dan / DJ Spacecamp

Groove Nation: This track from Detlef and Green Velvet feels like a very intentional reference to the classic 1989 DA Rebels’ tune, House Nation Under A Groove. It’s far more aggressive, but it’s worked very well at a few gigs recently in SF.

Music Is The Answer (Hot Since 82 Remix) – This song is also an amazing reference: the 1998 Danny Tenaglia / Cleda track Music Is The Answer got a unique cover by Joe Goddard earlier this year. This remix by Hot Since 82 really helped me heat up a Mioli Music afterhours a few weeks back. Huge!

Marc / DJ PeeDot

Humble – This Kendrick Lamar track has the best crowd reaction since “Alright”. Being Los Angeles born and raised, it always feels good to have a hometown artist that gets such good crowd feedback.

iSpy feat. Lil Yachty – This track from Kyle is a really party-friendly trap tempo track. In the clubs, people sing along to every time I drop it.

Even More In The Comments

Alright gang, this is where YOU come in. Don’t just post the Beatport Top 10 in the comments, instead share tracks that you found worked well (in your own sets or in sets you witnessed/watched). Remember, one song per comment so we can upvote accordingly!

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