2016 has certainly been a successful year for Don Diablo, from headlining festival mainstages to remixing major artists while consistently releasing some of the most exceptional music the dance scene has to offer. Arguably one of the highlights of this triumphant year occured when the Dutch mastermind was awarded number 15 in the DJ Mag top 100 DJs Poll during Amsterdam Dance Event, gaining a whopping 15 places. As well as several guest appearances Don Diablo also delivered world class sets at Amsterdam Music Festival, AMF Presents SLAM! Mixmarathon, and his own Hexagon label night, Hexagon x ElectroNOW. During these sets, he both revisited some of his most crowd-pleasing classics, and dropped some of his unreleased IDs, premiering some of them for the very first time.
To open his set at Hexagon x ElectroNOW, Don Diablo dropped the Intro Edit of his unreleased track ‘Killer‘, which begins with an awe-inspiring build up before taking you by the hand on an incredible journey through future house during the massive drop. The track quickly brings you back to earth with a stunning piano solo accompanying the haunting vocals. Following this is Don Diablo’s unreleased edit of ‘1994’ by L’Tric, which showcases his recognizable style with a heavy bassline that will have crowds dancing in no time.
The next ID dropped during the set is another heavy house banger which begins with a classic future house style intro, before descending into mayhem with a bass-centred drop. The set also featured the VIP mix of ‘Tonight‘, one of Don Diablo’s most recent and recognized tracks. The track begins with a dark and ominous intro which leads the way into the huge drop, a hard-hitting masterpiece which will tear up any dance floor with it’s punchy beat.
During ADE this year Don Diablo surprised his fans by dropping his brand new remix of Justin Bieber & DJ Snake‘s ‘Let Me Love You‘. The remix puts a future house spin on the viral hit giving it a new burst of energy with a piano chord progression which leads the way into the drop, a lighthearted and bouncy feel-good section of the track which not only uplifts the listener, but provides the perfect energetic rhythm to dance to.
Turning in a different direction, the next ID is an emotional sequence which pulls at the heartstrings of the listener with all of the combined elements coming together, effortlessly taking you on a journey through the many segments of Don Diablo’s production ability, building up before evolving into one of his biggest hits, ‘On My Mind‘.
The set also saw the reappearance of Don Diablo’s much awaited unreleased track ‘Satellite‘, a powerful Drum & Bass anthem. With an uplifting and energetic drop, and impressive vocals, this track has all the makings of an epic hit, and certainly had the crowd going wild at ADE. The next unreleased track turns in yet another direction with a completely different style, an inspiring remix of ‘Innerbloom‘ by RÜFÜS which has been a part of many of Don Diablo’s sets this Summer, beginning with a more subdued and emotional mood before unexpectedly descending into a massive drop.
The final ID was featured alongside the vocals from Don Diablo’s iconic hit ‘Animale‘, which perfectly complimented the build up, taking you on an emotional expedition before throwing you headfirst into the huge uplifting drop. This track definitely makes an example of the incredible talent the the superstar DJ has when it comes to production.
Each of the unreleased tracks presented during ADE are examples of the adaptability Don Diablo has towards music production, being able to create exceptional masterpieces regardless of genre. Check out the tracklist on 1001Tracklists from Don Diablo’s set at Hexagon x ElectroNOW which features all of the above mentioned tracks here, or listen to the full set on Soundcloud here