Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Will Hagle
22 Tracks is a music discovery service featuring playlists designed by DJs from Amsterdam, Brussells, London and Paris.
The music on the 22 Tracks is primarily electronic, although there are genre distinctions for hip-hop, jazz, folk/roots, and an eclectic mix of other sounds and styles. The site’s approach to music discovery utilizes curation, advocating for personalized recommendations rather than algorithms (a la Pandora) or endless pits of obscure and popular music (a la Spotify). Each playlist contains, as you’d expect, 22 tracks, along with a description of the DJ or personality that compiled the songs.
In addition to the DJ-created playlists, there are also special lists created for events or for clubs like “Paris’ lighthouse boat club” Batofar. Most of the playlists on 22 tracks are well-thought out, with song order progressing sensibly and giving a sense of things being tied together. The site is also optimized for mobile devices, making it one of the easiest music streaming sites to click through on a mobile device. The browser version works equally as well. The site is limited by its specific type of music and the amount of songs that actually appear on the various playlists, but its a worthwhile bookmark for those times when you can’t think of anything good to listen to on your own.