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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seth Troxler's Five Favorite Tracks For Energizing a Dancefloor

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Seth Troxler plays at the Fox Theater this Saturday.
  • Seth Troxler plays at the Fox Theater this Saturday.

From Detroit to Ibiza, Seth Troxler is one of the most in-demand DJs in the world. It's not too hard to understand why, given that his style is a party-friendly blend that leans heavily on the new school of tech-house, with crowd-pleasing rubbery basslines and '80s production techniques. He's headed to the Fox Theater this Saturday as a part of Sonár on Tour alongside Die Antwoord and Azari & III. We recently caught up and asked him to show off five of his favorite tracks for a packed dancefloor.

5. "Party Rocking," by Trouble Men

"I always play this track to rescue the dancefloor. Amazing French house jam from 2000, which literally does what it says on the tin. Every time!"

4. "Critical Distance Pt. 2," by Tom Demac

"I wish I'd signed this one to my label. I actually had it as a demo and didn't realize until it was too late. The EP has been killing dancefloors all summer, and it stings a bit every time I play it. Yet I'm really happy for Tom and Jamie from Hypercolour, as this is going to be a huge release for everyone involved."

3. "Velocity Funk," by E-Dancer

"This is the ideal festival track. A Detroit rave-techno classic. Kevin Saunderson's 1997 classic kills it everytime, [and] it's recently been repressed as part of the KMS 25-year anniversary pack, out on 12[-inch] now."

2. "Utopia," by Footprintz

"Footprintz is a band that we are developing on our label who are making some of the most exciting synth-pop out there right now. They are two super cool guys from Montreal called Addy and Clarian and their sound is somewhere between Depeche Mode and a slightly more cheerful version of The xx. They've recently recorded a Maida Vale Session for BBC Radio One, which was a really big deal for us as this is only the third time this has happened for an 'electronic' act, after Nicolas Jaar and Art Department."

1. "International," by Tom Leer

"I only got introduced to this at an 'All Back to Mine' in London a few weeks back by Leon, who manages our Visionquest label. It's a 1984 synth-pop gem which seems innocent at first, until you realize that he's singing about being an international heroin smuggler."

-- @DerekOpperman

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