There is no need to play stuff 2 months before it comes out. There are so many tracks out there. Plenty of which are very good, and many of those very few people will have heard about.
Your best bet is to get into a system of browsing Juno + Beatport everyday so you can keep up! Avoid the charts sections because all the big names chart the same tunes over and over, and besides you don't want to be playing their sets you want to be playing your own.
The only way to find great gems that you can bust out is to rummage through the shitpiles of both beatport and juno (yes they both have a lot of shit, juno less so but still).
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Location: Ottawa, Canada
Alex I have been doing that now and it seems to be working a lot better now that I have hours to spend on searching for music. I love the fact that beatport has that +favorite LABEL/ARTIST.
So I have like 50-100 FAV artists and 20-30 Labels and growing, and since beatport has that marker for new things added within 7 days you can keep up really easy. Looking through the top 100 charts isn't a bad idea too.
The only problem for me is music that you guys enjoy right now which is the "mainstream underground" I would call is tech house, and the lighter shades of minimal techno.
Lately I have really been enjoying the darker percussive tribalish minimal tech house, with a rolling bass line, something like Suedmilch - Roberto Mario, and those few tracks that I posted before by Sascha Khron and Reboot Remix of that Stardub track.
Son-Tec - Edge is one of my top tracks right now.
That new release Springbond - Frequencies ......
I also enjoy a lot of techno out there but that's not a problem for me to find at all, plenty of good stuff out there.
But hey I guess everybody faced this at one point, and the only solution is to spend hours browsing through the new releases and maybe find that 10 % of those releases are of the kind you like and maybe 1% is actually amazing.