Every October, Amsterdam Dance Event attracts droves of DJs, industry leaders, and clubbing aficionados to the Dutch dance music capital for five days of meetings, interviews, and deftly-curated club sets. 2016 marked the 21st annual ADE, and per usual, Europe’s premier electronic music conference hosted a plethora of exceptional sets from DJs across a variety of genres.
In the wake of this year’s ADE, there are innumerable set recordings from the marathon event that warrant dedicated listening. We’ve compiled ten particularly exceptional sets from some of techno and house’s most remarkable talents. The sets below draw primarily from festivals such as DGTL, Dockyard, and Awakenings. These festivals (and a number of other gatherings from the week) played host to a number of outstanding sets which are not included in this list. For those who wish to familiarize themselves further with the performance canon of ADE’s 21st anniversary, we recommend listening to these sets as a starting point, and exploring further afterward.
1. Audion (DGTL)
2. Maceo Plex (DGTL)
4. Cleric (Awakenings)
5. Francesca Lombardo (Cranesessions)
6. DJ Tennis (Awakenings)
7. Truncate (Awakenings)
8. Fur Coat (Dockyard)
9. wAFF (DJ Mag Sessions)
10. Len Faki (Awakenings)
Featured image courtesy of DGTL’s Facebook.