The first track and the last track. A lot of the times those are the two records that anyone in the room immediately recollects when thinking about a set they witnessed. It may seem like an annoying trivialization perhaps, but it’s still the truth. They are the bookends that encapsulate what we always hope is an unforgettable musical journey.
The first track is the business card which the DJ presents to his dance floor, the one that somehow draws in the crowd and lets them know the trajectory and mood the set will take from that moment on. Granted, the DJ may throw in a surprise or two during his performance but more often than not the beginning of a set gives a clear inkling of the direction the night may be going in. And then you have the last track, the icing on the cake of a path that, hopefully, has already given a myriad of emotions and comes together as a whole, as a single piece of definitive musical work.
That last record can often be the the one track they still hear when their head touches the pillow and they close their eyes back home. When chosen and offered right, the last track is often associated with some of the best clubbing and underground partying memories, that link that binds us to the music and to entire nights spent dancing until sunrise.
These tracks can be anthems that drive the entire room into one last frenzy, or dreamy records that perfectly bring the journey to a close. A crafty track-selector is able to read the room and knows which one to pick and when. We have chosen 15 of these tracks – but there are plenty others – that give us wonderful chills along the back, transforming our six in the morning into literal inescapable moments: