Charlotte de Witte: 10 after-hours classics

Belgian DJ and producer Charlotte de Witte first discovered electro and techno in her teens by attending the clubs of Ghent. Captivated by the darker sounds of electronic music, by 17 she had already made her debut behind the decks and her aggressive Techno sets soon landed her prime sets at festivals such as Pukkelpop, I Love Techno, Dour and Tomorrowland.

Today, although her DJ CV now extends across the globe, she continues to push her local scene, championing new talent on both her weekly radio show on Studio Brussels and at her residency at Brussels Techno institution Fuse.

Naturally moving into production, Charlotte’s releases carry in a similar vein to that of her DJ sets, crafting dark melancholic techno that’s gained support from influential figures like Ben Klock and Slam.

With two records on Sleaze and another due shortly on Amsterdam’s Mary Go Wild imprint, we manage to catch Charlotte in the midst of her busy schedule, where she shares with us a selection of after-hours classics, check below.

1. Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth (Original Mix)

A track we all know and remember from back in the days that’ll get you all sentimental. Released on Bonzai Records, go Belgium!

2. DBX – Losing Control (Original Mix)

One of the greatest tracks ever made. It was created when I was just two years old, back in 1994. It still sounds very current nowadays.

3. Carat Trax II by Zolex – The Message (Veronique Mas Remix)

This one truly is perfect for the early after hours, when you’re still full of energy and pumped up from the party you just went to.

4. Shiva Shidapu – Spiritual Healing (Original Mix)

If you want to take things very spiritual, this is the perfect track for it. I used to listen to this one quite a lot in the past, when I was about 17 years old, and recently rediscovered it. Psytrance at its best!

5. Jeff Mills – The Bells (Original Mix)

Well, if you’re looking for an all time techno classic that still works like a bomb what you play it? This is probably the one you’re looking for. This one always does the trick.

6. Dustin Zahn – Stranger To Stability (Len Faki Podium)

When I started DJing about 7,5 years ago, I started by playing electro. Think of Crookers, Bloody Beetroots, MSTRKRFT and so on. When you listen to this track, you can hear my musical history. It contains a lot of elements that remind me so much of where I was into all those years ago. My first love in electronic music.

7. Ben Klock – Sirens (Original Mix)

This is a more recent track but it’s another one of my all time favourites. The way this track is produced is just brilliant. I love how dragging those melodies are. This track really brings you in a sort of trance while listening to it.

8. Push – Universal Nation (Original Mix)

Another Belgian classic! I played this track as a closing track at Rock Werchter (a festival in Belgium) and the crowd went absolutely wild! It’s another great combination of something that’s easy recognizable and something that’s just brilliantly made.

9. Regal – Rem (Original Mix)

That guy is good at created acid rave tracks. I love all of his work, but this one in particular has a high rave feeling to it. Also check out “Action”.

10. Charlotte de Witte – Varpulis (Original Mix)

Sorry for being an ass here and including one of my own tracks, but I’ve used a sample in this track that would work really well on my at afterparties. It’s hypnotising and its just drags you into the sound.

Charlotte de Witte plays at Printwork’s Issue 002 – Opening on October 7. More info here

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