We’ve all been there: standing stationary in the middle of a crowded dancefloor with Shazam open and our phone thrust towards the speakers as we attempt to figure out what song is playing, only to get a “no track info available” message.
Spotify and 20 of the world’s most cutting-edge DJs are here to assist via a newly unveiled suite of dance/electronic playlists, “track IDs.”
Co-curated by the Spotify team and artists including Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Black Coffee, Aluna, Jayda G, Honey Dijon, Gerd Janson, Green Velvet, Amelie Lens, MK and Pan-Pot, these new playlists give DJs a way to share the tracks they’d play during their own sets, from known hits to obscure and unreleased cuts.
“It’s no secret the tracks I play are usually unreleased from whichever sounds I’m into at the time,” Berlin house and techno veteran Dixon is quoted in a statement. “Right now with the usual game on hold, this playlist feels quite personal. Of course there are the floor fillers in there, some from prior lockdown, some that never have been tested on a dancefloor. But I’m more curious to gauge the listeners’ response to the underdogs.”
With clubs currently closed, these new playlists will help listeners feel a bit closer to the dancefloor, with “track IDs” also allowing artists to provide exposure to all the lesser-known artists whose music is found in their sets.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate and curate with DJs as we continue to expand Spotify’s support for Dance/Electronic music,” Maik Pallasch, Spotify Germany’s Head of Music, says in a statement. “With our expansive offering of Dance/Electronic music content, we are excited to offer fans the chance to further explore this diverse and culturally influential genre and dive deeper into the space to uncover their new favorites.”
These playlists join ten new sub-categories launched earlier this summer including: DJ (the home to DJ-related content and the “track IDs” playlists), House, Techno, Electronica & Chill, Bass, Disco, Trance & Progressive, Mood, and Workout, and podcasts exploring the dance/electronic genre. Spotify also recently launched a Global Club Music playlist curated by Jersey Club leader DJ Sliink, in response to the producer’s call for greater diversity on the platform.