Every DJ makes it his or her mission to scour the charts on Beatport for the hidden gems and beg friends making tracks to cough up a quality unreleased banger that no one else will have. In electronic dance music, unlike almost any other form of DJing, the element of surprise is what you go for over familiarity.
But there are just some artists who are massive for a reason. They make insanely good music, and they have done so for a long time now. These four tracks come from stalwarts of the scene and they are fucking HUGE.
Paul Ritch is a beast. There’s no other way to describe this Parisian techno maestro. His tracks are techno through and through with driving percussion and basslines, but unlike the Midwestern, LA, and Berlin styles that hammer you with relentless, stripped down 4/4 madness, Ritch injects great musicality and has a penchant for downright monstrous breakdowns. Check the below as evidence of all of the above.
Sebo K has been cranking out quality house and tech house tracks for a decade and the experience shows. Whereas the Paul Ritch track above is a prime time chugger that will leave people sweating, Sebo K’s below remix of a Nina Kraviz track is one that hypnotizes, that you drop in after you have pummeled the dancefloor for a bit and want to take it down a notch and leave them in a trance as the sweat fills their eyes. Quality.
And then there is Reboot. There is perhaps no better melder of the two above qualities — the primetime chugging and the hypnotic — than this freakish German talent who burst on to the scene only a few short years ago (remember his remix of Sebo K’s Saxtrack?) and has since become one of the most sought after DJs and live acts. I won’t even attempt to describe the below track, just listen to it all the way through once and experience a master building and releasing tension like few others can in dance music today.
And last but certainly not least, we have the man giving hope to all nerdy Dutch men across the world: Joris Voorn. If you have never seen this man DJ before, just go do it. I watched him wreck Avalon not too long ago and for someone who has seen countless DJ sets over the past 13 years, it’s rare to have to pick your jaw up off the floor so many times. His production isn’t flashy, but it has a distinct sound and fits in with most any house, tech-house, or techno set flawlessly. He always finds one sound with an unusual tonal quality that somehow works. Can’t get enough.
And for good measure, because she’s hot and talented, check out new house music sensation Maya Jane Coles’ remix of a track off the new Tricky album. Tasty.