Looking at Beatport’s top selling tracks of 2015, one thing was obvious: it was the year that sounded the death knell of the EDM era. With Martin Solveig and GTA’s housey summer anthem “Intoxicated” claiming the year’s No. 1 spot ahead of more bombastic mainstage rivals, the year’s Top 10 also included Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Technasia and Green Velvet, Umek and Mike Vale, and Enzo Siffredi—producers who make tracks for late-night club dancefloors, not mainstage glory.
The first No. 1 of 2016, “Rinse & Repeat” from low-key Londoner Riton, continues the theme in the new year. With a vocal hook from the self-coined “monotone rap princess” Kah-lo that instantly calls to mind Azealia Banks on her breakout hit “212,” it’s the kind of punchy, playful house jam that Riton has made his signature. (See also his work alongside the late DJ Medhi as Carte Blanche.)
While “Rinse & Repeat” only hit Beatport in December, it was already gathering speed thanks to early club play by major DJs and a ringing endorsement from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. Riton may not be the biggest name in dance music, but his new No. 1 exemplifies what DJs and fans are looking for en masse right now—club bangers with head-turning vocal hooks.
Naturally, the Top 10 for the first week of 2016 (January 1-7) include a few big room regulars. Following the blockbuster returns of his KSHMR collaboration “Secrets,” Tiësto has continued the tradition of teaming up with younger producers—this time drawing from the anthem playbook for “Get Down” alongside Tony Junior. Meanwhile, Armin van Buuren and W&W’s “If It Ain’t Dutch” is the kind of EDM orgy that brings a cold sweat to trance purists. Mainstage music as we know it is ever-present, though right now it’s outnumbered by tracks built for closer quarters.
Elsewhere, there’s a throwback theme to the year’s early success stories. After first lighting up dancefloors back in 2007 (you definitely danced to it somewhere), the Late Nite Tuff Guy remix of “I Get Deep” has been given another buff and polish by Get Physical recruit Emanuel Satie, landing at No. 3.
Also making the Top 10 is The Cube Guys mix of “Mawby” (No. 4), featuring a riff familiar to fans of mid-2000s Deep Dish hit “Flashdance”; an unlikely revival of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” by Australian newcomer Throttle (No. 9); and Don Diablo’s 2015 flip of The Jungle Brothers classic “I’ll House You” (No. 8). If played right, there’s clearly a winning formula to nostalgia—Martha Wash’s vocal on Showtek & Eva Shaw’s “N2U” (No. 7) ticks that box—but it would be disappointing to see old ideas dominate 2016 in lieu of something new.
TOP 10 TRACKS (JAN 1-7, 2016)
- Riton ft. Kah-Lo – “Rinse & Repeat” [Riton Time]
- Tiësto & Tony Junior – “Get Down” [Musical Freedom]
- DJ Le Roi feat. Roland Clark – “I Get Deep” (Late Nite Tuff Guy Remix/Emanuel Satie Rework) [Get Physical Music]
- Miami Dub Machine – “Mawby” (The Cube Guys remix) [Cube Recordings]
- Armin van Buuren & W&W – “If It Ain’t Dutch” [Mainstage Music/Armada]
- Green Velvet & Patrick Topping – “When Is Now” [Relief]
- Showtek & Eva Shaw ft. Martha Wash – “N2U” [Spinnin’ Records]
- Don Diablo feat. Jungle Brothers – “I’ll House You” (VIP Mix) [Mawby Records]
- Throttle x Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [Ultra]
- Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra – “Too Much Information” (Laolu Remix) [Innervisions]