Spotify is hoping to set the soundtrack for your next gathering with a new Party mode.
The streaming music service already offers dozens of ready-made party playlists, but Party mode goes a step further. Start by choosing a mix, such as “Crowd Pleasers” or “Hip Hop Takeover,” and as the music plays, a slider lets you choose from three “mood” or energy levels.
Adjusting the mood slider doesn’t just change tracks. It also creates a blend effect so the music doesn’t stop playing. Likewise, each playlist flows from one track to the next, so it sounds like there’s a DJ running the show. (Spotify says it used actual DJs do the mixing, and has partnered with Diplo in particular on a Spotify-exclusive “Diplo and friends” playlist.)