No one can answer the “Is it a banger?” question better than a booked-up DJ on the frontlines, road-testing new releases on the regular. At the end of each month, we’ll be tapping a handful of selectors to find out which records have been popping off the most in their sets. These are the hottest jams according to some of our dopest DJ friends. Take it from them; they know what they’re talking about.

The Magician

Kölsch “Grey”

Anthem alert! This is my hit of the moment.

BLVION “Reckless”

Hot garage house workout. Bassline on the beat kills your ass off!

Slaptop “Passenger”

This is the latest release on my imprint POTION. Beautiful house track. Will Fraker on the vocals gives it a cool disco vibe. Set to cross over.

DJ Snake “Future Pt. 2”

My favorite track on his album. French disco groove with the amazing Bipolar Sunshine on the vocals.

Roby “Waterfalls” (Dear David Remix)

Infectious melody house tune.

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Patrick Topping

Raumakustik “Dem a Pree” (Patrick Topping Remix) 

My new remix, which has been my biggest track since I started playing it out in June!

Redshape “The Choice” 

Always look forward to the yearly Cocoon compilation, and this monster by Redshape is my favourite on the release. Been waiting months to get it.

Matador “Inceptions” (Patrick Topping Remix)

Very happy to remix one of my favorite techno artists, Matador.

wAFF “Sick Pleasure”

My mate wAFF, back with another beast. He only makes naughty tracks.

Kollektiv Turmstrasse “Sorry I’m Late” (Richy Ahmed Remix)

Mint remix by Richy, quite close to the original, but just the right amount added to give it new energy.

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Mark Sixma

Push “Strange World” (Andrew Bayer Remix)

The original version of this track is one of my favorite trance classics. Stunning melody and a very creative rework by the brilliant Andrew Bayer!

Hardwell & Armin van Buuren “Off the Hook” (Mark Sixma Remix)

When these two giants asked me to remix their collaboration, I was honored and hesitant at the same time, as the original is already such a big tune and it wouldn’t be easy to deliver a remix of the same caliber. So, I switched it up and turned the theme to triplets and built it up to 138 BPM at the climax. Definitely a highlight in my sets!

Maestro ft. Clara Yates “I Will Follow You” (Alexander Popov Remix)

Alexander Popov is definitely one of my favorite producers at the moment. With this remix, he sets the perfect mood in the breakdown, and as soon as the main synth melody comes in… goosebumps!

Cold Rush “Unlimited”

Cold Rush are known for their uplifting melodies, and the guys definitely bring the feels with this epic trance track! In fact, I like this one so much that I’ve included it in my forthcoming mix compilation under my M6 alias.

Willem de Roo “Hyperdrive”

Willem de Roo is one of Armada’s fast rising talents, and his latest track is an absolute dancefloor monster! With its heavy percussions mixed with some acid, this one is sure to bring the house down!

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Nathan Barato

Infinity Ink “Full Capacity” (Nathan Barato MOOV Remix)

This one means a lot to me, because Infinity Ink are friends and I really wanted to do the original mix justice. In the end, I’m really happy with how it turned out and was so happy to see how much it got played at DC-10 this summer.

Italoboyz “Junior Junior”

I’ve always been a massive fan of Italoboyz. I play nearly everything they put out. This one is no exception, especially as a track that pushes forth the idea of a DJ (Junior Vasquez) making someone “orgasm.”

Ramakaustik “Dem a Pree” (Patrick Topping Remix)

This is just a super bomb from the homie Patrick Topping. I mean, those elements to remix are so dope, but this guy just smashed this remix to the next dimension. He’s a bona fide star in dance music.

Carlo Lio, Nathan Barato “Feeding the Rhythm”

This one is part of an EP that I did with one of my longtime best friends, Carlo Lio. We used to play a lot together as local DJs in Toronto and make a lot of tracks together, too. So, it was really cool to make a couple fresh tracks with him this year.

Groove Armada “House With Me”

Not a ton I can say about this one, other than I just love the groove and arrangement. Always good to hear new stuff from these guys.

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Ivy Lab

Shades “Gravediggin”

Straight-to-the-point heavy-hitter from our buddies at Shades HQ. This one is a prime example of the “less is more” approach, boasting an unsettling, morbid synthline that paves way to a super-clean rig-mashing drop.

Fono “Feet on the Ground” (Ivy Lab Remix)

Our minimalist flip of Fono’s sleek AND sexy summer anthem—a somber, melancholic interpretation of the originally euphoric vocals, placed with a super-basic dubwise beat not normally harnessed in our other material.

Alix Perez “Tempest”

“Tempest” pits a huge kick against an arrogantly cheeky riff in a question-and-answer pivot back and forth. The sheer infectiousness of the motif carries the entire tune, shifting as it goes along from mutant toms, to nosebleed mentasm, to beyond and back again.

Chimpo “Bedsprings Riddim”

Chimpo’s playful twisting together of classic breaks, sub-low shakes, rave chords and some actual bedsprings. Honest, face-value jungle nostalgia meets chop’n’screwed vocals.

Hyroglifics “All Talk”

The super creative and gritty, sliding bassline charts its path via an overdramatic melody. Sounds like a continental banned-from-VHS art-house horror film.

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Maximono

Josh Brown “Systematics”

#1 goes to one of the freshest talents out there. We’re more than happy that we were able sign him as a new key artist to our label, This Ain’t Bristol, and released his debut EP in September. Lot more to hear from that guy very soon.

DJ Funk & Will Clarke “Booty Percolatin’”

Not the biggest surprise that this peak-time bouncer made it into our September charts. Will Clarke never disappoints. “Booty Percolatin’” made people go crazy in every single set we played this over the past weeks.

Air Wolf & Space Cadet “Talking Bass” (Hood Rich Remix)

Such a sick groove by Mr. Hood Rich from Australia. We’ve been in love with this right from the very first listen, and it will stay in our playlists for quite a while.

Kry Wolf “Temper”

Kry Wolf are one of our all-time favorite producers, and we were inspired by their music even before we started Maximono. Whether it’s a straight techy banger or some broken-beat madness, they always hit our nerve. “Temper” proves their ability to switch styles constantly without losing their trademark sound.

Kovaxx “801” (SION Remix)

SION is definitely one to keep an eye on (or two). The CUFF resident constantly delivers. With his 801 remix, he brings us the perfect balance between weird synthlines and a straight kickin’ bassline.

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