Hottt Dance Trax, November 2013
With the Dutch EDM upstart Hardwell having just been crowned the world's No. 1 DJ in DJ Mag's annual reader's poll, he's an obvious choice to kick off this month's roundup of big-room dance music. Expect to be hearing a lot of his "Countdown" over the coming months -- or at least on New Year's Eve, the event to which the song seems to have been tailored. In other hot new releases, Diplo declares a "Revolution," Dillon Francis gets slinky with Passion Pit's "Carried Away," Deadmau5 returns with the chord-heavy "Suckfest9001," and Skrillex and Alvin Risk team up for a typically audacious slab of bass, breaks and squealing high end.