1) Unouzbeck & Venturi - Mumbai Disco Sensation
Dekmantel massively expanded their offering of pre-festival activities, with a host of lectures, movie screenings and exclusive sets ushering in the 2017s festivities. For those of us a bit less energetic, a free BBQ at Tolhuistuin across the river in Amsterdam Noord overseen by rising British DJ Palms Trax was perfect. This wonky Indian banger had people rising out of their bean bags and sauntering to the dancefloor to use up what energy they had left.
2) Liem – If Only
Moodymann’s masterful selecting at the Greenhouse (perhaps one of the coolest festival stages ever) set the tone for the weekend. This effortlessly smooth beat fit Moodymann perfectly, who started sharing out his rider with the crowd as the track was tickling the eardrums.
3) Midland - Final Credits
Whilst it can be guaranteed that this track has been played at every single festival on the circuit this summer, hearing the man himself unload it on the main stage was spine-tingling.
4) Andrés - New For U
DJ Koze was one who played this soulful Andrés cut, and at least 3 other DJ’s did the same, firmly trapping this ear worm inside my head in the process… It still hasn’t left.
5) Kerri Chandler – On My Way
Palms Trax perfectly gauged the mood for the slightly fatigued Sunday crowd. He managed to raise the energy back up in what proved to be one of the festival's best sets with his disco soaked sounds drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. This track was one of many highlights.
6) Agua Re – Holy Dance (Large Sound Mix)
Young Marco nearly blew the roof off the Boiler Room stage with this track. Its combination of euphoric melody and light as a feather beats worked the crowd into a serious groove.
7) Zogo – Afrika
Motor City Drum ensemble dropped this gem towards the tail end of phenomenal headline set on Sunday. This was posted so many times on Facebook’s Identification of Music group that the man himself had to respond to identify it. Turns out that it’s such a rare slice of African disco that it’s not even on Youtube. Repress in order?
Words: Matt Staite
Images: Desiré van den Berg