Traxsource Top 100 Artists of 2017

The end of year lists always prove an interesting time here at
Traxsource, with so many musical minds coming together to
evaluate the sounds of the year, fuelled using a combination of
sales data, stats and old-fashioned A&R intuition to
navigate the huge volume of releases and weigh up the dance
music pioneers alongside the up-and-coming talent.

It’s refreshing to see a global passion thriving for the music
we love, across all its many sounds and scenes, and to watch
the growth of new genres, the consistency and persistence of
major players, the evolution of progressing talents and the
emergence of brand new artists demanding a seat at the table.
This year’s list of movers and shakers come from an astonishing
range of countries, genres and generations, reflecting the
diversity of the scene and a reminder that the global
electronic music community is a fluid and exciting world that
is constantly changing.

We believe our Best of 2017 charts to be representative of
Traxsource users’ tastes, and since we are very aware of the
positive snowball effect the lists can give the artists, we
give painstaking consideration to each placing during their
curation. It’s not just about who’s making the biggest waves
and the most noise, but also who represents the future of
electronic music.

So here it is, the Traxsource Top 100 Artists of 2017.

100: DJ James Ingram
99: thatmanmonkz
98: Man Without A Clue
97: DJ Fudge
96: David Morales
95: Worthy
94: Jamie Lewis
93: Art Of Tones
92: JKriv
91: Chopstick & Johnjon
90: Kevin McKay
89: Purple Disco Machine
88: Sante Sansone
87: Opolopo
86: Joeski
85: Demarkus Lewis
84: ATFC
83: Crackazat
82: Ron Basejam
81: Riva Starr
80: Zepherin Saint
79: Alessio Cala’
78: Mattei & Omich
77: Homero Espinosa
76: KI Creighton
75: Iban Montoro & Jazzman

74: Groove Assassin
73: Kevin Saunderson
72: Pete Herbert
71: Black Coffee
70: Gene Farris
69: Dixon
68: Terry Hunter
67: Illyus & Barrientos
66: Till Von Sein
65: Deetron
64: Sandy Rivera / Kings Of

63: Studioheist
62: Kiko Navarro
61: David Harness
60: Saison
59: Todd Terry
58: Harry Romero
57: Kevin Yost
56: MoBlack
55: Hatiras
54: Scott Diaz
53: Roog
52: Rhemi
51: Moon Rocket
50: Jesse Perez
49: Sam Divine
48: Doug Gomez
47: Kerri Chandler
46: Claude Von Stroke
45: Sean McCabe
44: Coeo
43: &ME
42: DJ Mes
41: Fred Everything
40: David Mayer
39: Sonny Fodera
38: Reelsoul
37: Lorenz Rhode
36: Supernova
35: Kraak & Smaak
34: Jimpster
33: Low Steppa
32: Re-Tide
31: Dennis Quin
30: Sebb Junior
29: Kenny Dope
28: Floorplan/Robert Hood
27: Alaia & Gallo
26: Enzo Siffredi
25: Miguel Migs
24: Manoo
23: Demuir
22: Hot Toddy
21: Dario D’Attis

20: Pablo Fierro

The Vida Records boss is an artist we’ve had the joy of
nurturing from the start. His monumental rise over the past few
years has been a pleasure to watch and a ride we’re so thrilled
to have been a part of. 2017 has undoubtedly been Fierro’s
biggest year to date, as he contributed remixes for the likes
of Tuccillo, Alsarah & The Nubatones and Black Coffee, and
his remix of Floyd Lavine’s ‘Masala’ stormed the charts to
become the most downloaded Afro House track on site this year.
These successes, alongside landing his ‘La Palma’ on the mighty
Innervisions back in March, meant we had to find a place for
Pablo Fierro in our top 20.

19: Atjazz

You can’t argue with greatness, and Martin Iveson has had
another outstanding year at the forefront of the House music
scene. Whether it’s dropping his signature deliciously deep
house tracks or experimenting with dipping his toes into
cutting-edge sounds like Afro, every year Atjazz proves he’s a
cut above the rest, moving with the times and delivering truly
memorable house music. 2017’s gems included Atjazz’s series of
nameless tunes, with ‘Track 1’ and ‘Track 5’ proving
particularly popular. It’s another well-deserved spot in this
list for Atjazz.

18: Jesse Rose

It was with a heavy heart that we said our final goodbye to our
good friend Jesse Rose following his decision to retire. It’s
been a whirlwind year for Jesse and the Play It Down crew. A
year that’s seen them drop his vibrant ‘Alright mate’ album,
tour the world for the last time and all this alongside
dropping Jesse Rose singles like ‘Bare Mountain’ with Claude
VonStroke (clocking up Top 20 positions in both our House and
Tech House rankings). What an impact the musical maverick has
made over the past 14 years, touring the globe, amassing a
discography of over 200 releases and heading up 4 different
labels. It’s safe to say he kept up the momentum in 2017,
you’ll be missed Jesse!

17: Karizma

The Baltimore bad-boy Karizma aka Kaytronik is still one of the
most consistent artists in the game and 2017 witnessed him
joining Marcel Vogel’s Lumberjacks in Hell for one of our
favourite tracks of the year, ‘Work It Out’. Karizma also made
time this year to find homes for his own productions on the
likes of R2 and paired that remixing some of the finest names
in the game – Demuir, DJ Fudge, DJ Spen, Atjazz and Jullian
Gomes. Always big in the game and with plenty more hits under
his belt, there’s always space for the legendary Karizma in
this list.

16: CamelPhat

There was absolutely no escaping CamelPhat this year, the boys
achieved full global permeation with their infectious tunes.
Either you were hearing their huge Tech House bangers ‘Lizard
King’, ‘Hangin Out With Charlie’ and ‘Drop It’ being smashed
across dancefloors from Miami to Ibiza, or tuning in to their
crossover hit ‘Cola’ [Defected] being blasted on every
commercial radio station on the planet. This year well and
truly belonged to CamelPhat and to round off a truly fantastic
year, the boys received a Grammy nomination for the infectious
‘Cola’. Hats off to a great year.

15: Hyenah

The elusive Hyenah was our #1 Afro House artist last year and
retained a spot in the top 2 for 2017. A rare talent, Hyenah is
an artist that’s dominating the Afro-Tech scene in Berlin,
hosting the popular monthly Afro-centric residency ‘RISE’ at
the famous Watergate club. 2017 saw the recordings side of
RISE launch with ‘Masala’ by label
co-founder and heavy-hitter Floyd Lavine, and the mighty remix
from fellow Afro scenester Pablo Fierro became the best-selling
Afro House track of the year. On the production side, Hyenah’s
top efforts this year included appearances on Freerange and a
stunning remix of Afro Warriors ‘Uyankenteza’. Lots more on the
way from Hyenah in 2018 – watch this space.

14: Full Intention

It’s been another successful year for the dynamic duo, seeing
the Grammy-nominated producers dancing atop our charts with a
whole host of club-friendly releases and remixes. 2017 saw a
flurry of activity for the boys via the likes of Glitterbox,
Defected and Freakin909 amongst others and they even brought an
early Full Intention release ‘I Feel It’ into the present with
an up-to-date rework. It was their brilliant remix of Ralphi
Rosario and Linda Clifford’s ‘Wanna Give It Up’ that served as
the icing on the cake this year though, and ensured the lads a
spot in our top 15 for 2017 (as well as a #2 spot in our top
House Artists).

13: Franky Rizardo

Defected golden boy Franky Rizardo has shown us this year that
he’s got what it takes to be one of House music’s top players.
It’s been a stand-out year for the Dutchman, that’s witnessed
him grow his LTF label, tour the
globe relentlessly with the Defected crew, release a selection
of top-quality House music via the likes of on-trend Tech
labels ABODE, Sola and Circus and
maintain a significant release presence via the mighty Defected
records. He landed himself a top 3 spot in our Tech House
artists of the year and a much-deserved #13 in our overall

12: Rocco

It was great to see French producer and DJ Rocco back in action
this year, with fresh new Deep House sounds for the
contemporary audience. 2017 witnessed the launch of Rocco’s new
label Memories, through which he dropped his old-school
inspired release ‘Someday’, a tune that went straight to the
overall #1 spot on site. Other highlights for the year included
his stripped down ‘Only Drums’ via the Atjazz Record Company
and ‘Be Quiet’ on Tinnit Music.

11: Honey Dijon

What a year it’s been for Honey Dijon. It’s been nothing short
of a meteoric rise for the Chicago-born New York / Berlin
local, who’s known for her extensive musical knowledge and
exciting, raw, genre-spanning sets. Dijon is an artist who has
truly earned her stripes in the underground and is finally
seeing the well-deserved fruits of her labour. 2017 has seen
her grace the cover of Mixmag and tour relentlessly, with
performances at the likes of Glastonbury, Panorama Bar,
Coachella, Glitterbox, XOYO,
Paradise, Circoloco… the list goes on and if you’ve ever seen
one of her sets, you’ll understand why she’s in such high
demand. Dijon didn’t stop there, dropping her fantastic album
‘Best Of Both Worlds’ via Classic Music Company and it’s clear
to see that world domination is on the cards for Honey in 2018.
Bring on more of the genre-spanning dancefloor chaos we say!

10: DJ Spen

Our #1 Soulful House artist of 2017 and one of the
hardest-working DJ and producers on the circuit, DJ Spen is a
fire burning bright in the Soulful House scene. Despite having
decades in the game behind him, Spen holds a fiery enthusiasm
for the future of House music, as is evident from the output on
his two labels; Quantize and Unquantize, paired with his
personal works this year (remixing the likes of Black Motion,
DJ Fudge and Groove Assassin). A living legend in the House
scene, DJ Spen landed a massive TWENTY tunes in this year’s Top Soulful House
tracks of 2017 and easily deserves his spot in this list.

9: Kink

One of our favorite artists over the last few years at
Traxsource HQ, it’s KiNK’s talent and versatility that sees him
reclaim the top Techno spot he last held in 2015, and with that
a top 10 spot in our overall artists list. The Bulgarian
dropped his album ‘Playground’ on Gerd Jansen’s eclectic
Running Back imprint and was chosen to kick off DGTL’s new
label with his atmospheric yet club-ready ‘Neutrino’, our
best-selling Techno track of the year. One of the most talked
about artists of 2017, KiNK’s insane live performances and
musical prowess have propelled him to stratospheric heights.
Congratulations again KiNK!

8: Angelo Ferreri

It’s been a wild ride for Angelo Ferreri this past 12 months,
between DJing, producing and
Sitting at the helm of two hugely respected labels,
MONOSIDE and Mood Funk. His labels
have grown their rosters to include Jackin’ favourites Danny
Cruz, David Penn, Re-Tide and Jay Vegas to name just a few, and
established Ferreri as a forward-thinking A&R. But it’s
Angelo Ferreri’s instantly recognisable stream of Jackin House
anthems over the past year that’s placed him as our #1 artist
in the genre – and launched him into our overall Top 10 – for
2017. From ‘The Rule’ to ‘Jackin Anthem’ and ‘I’m Surprise’ –
It’s pretty safe to say the House music world had him on repeat
this year.

7: The Deepshakerz

Our #1 Tech House Artist for 2017, this year truly saw the
Italian duo come into their own, juggling a tight tour schedule
with a hoard of top releases via the likes of Cajual,
DFTD and their own Safe Music. As an
act that we’ve taken under our wing from the get-go, it’s been
great to watch the Deepshakerz hit the #1 spot on site several
times this year and prove to us why they’re such hot property
right now. Expect great things from these two in 2018.

6: Louie Vega

Our #2 Soulful House Artist of 2017 (and last year’s #1 in the
genre), the evergreen Louie Vega has enjoyed another superb 12
months at the top. He’s had a year that’s set the Soulful House
world on fire, with his work on the likes of ‘Set Me Free’,
‘Can’t Let Go’ and ‘Up Jumped the Devil’, and he also had a
number of top sellers within our Soul / Funk / Disco chart,
thanks to the seam of disco that runs through much of his
musical output. It was another Master-full year from the House
music legend. Oh, and this year saw Vega move up to a total of
six Grammy nominations (and counting!) during a truly
illustrious career.

5: Enoo Napa

Enoo Napa was an obvious choice for our #1 Afro House Artist
this year. The self-taught producer only started out in 2013,
and yet is already one of the most prolific young House music
producers in his native South Africa. A rising star of the Afro
House scene, Siphiwe Mkhiza aka Enoo Napa dropped original Afro
heat via some of the most important labels in the scene this
year, including MoBlack, Open Bar, Tribe Records, Offering and
Sunclock. May also saw Napa sign to Black Coffee’s Soulistic
Music and play alongside the Afro superstar at the new Hï Ibiza
throughout the summer. Whatever 2018 holds for this young
talent, it’s going to be huge.

4: Dr Packer

Our #1 Nu Disco artist this year, Dr Packer had to have a spot
in our top 5. The Australian will no doubt look back on 2017 as
a defining year in his career, with huge reworks of Brooklyn
Express and the Shapeshifters under his belt and now gracing
the rosters of Nu Disco industry leaders Glitterbox, Z Records,
File Under Disco and Midnight Riot. The Disco doctor has built
himself a reputation on carefully-selected funky edits and
cemented himself a place amongst our favorite Nu Disco dons.

3: Black Loops

With no fewer than six tracks in our Deep House top 200, it’s
easy to see why Black Loops is our #1 Deep House Artist for
2017. We’ve been early supporters of Black Loops since the very
beginning and being able to watch the steady stream of Soulful,
Deep House bumpers – always full of emotion and deliciously
consistent – has been a huge part of 2017 for us here at
Traxsource HQ. Effortlessly classy Deep House via the likes of
Suol, Toy Tonics and Moda Black, Italy’s Riccardo Paffetti is a
star in the making and we’re excited to introduce him into the
top 3 this year.

2: Joey Negro

It’s difficult to sum up the importance of Joey Negro as an
artist in 2017, but hopefully we can express ourselves in
number form. Alongside releasing his ‘Produced With Love’ album
and a host of releases via his Z Records, we find Lee sitting
on two tracks in our top 20 tracks of 2017. This year he also
made his way into our top 3 Artists lists for both Soulful and
Nu Disco, so it’s only right that he finds his way into the top
2 here as well. With an artist as busy as Joey Negro, it’s hard
to single out particular favorites in any year, but some things
that felt particularly special included his rework of Phyllis
Hyman’s ‘You Know How To Love Me’ and his spritely remix of
‘Must Be The Music’ from his ‘Produced With Love’ album. Joey
Negro aka Dave Lee is very much still a regular Traxsource

Our overall number 1 artist of 2017 just had to be
Madrid-based producer and DJ David Penn. Our top-placed
artist in the House category for 2017, Penn’s unique brand of
timeless club music truly found its place this year, and
we’re thrilled to be able to give it the recognition it
deserves. First attracting widespread interest back in 2014
with his Latin-inspired Tech House groover ‘Con Son’, we’ve
watched Penn’s sound flourish over the past few years. It
felt like everything he touched this year turned to gold, and
most of his output rapidly ascended to the top of our charts.

Standout treats for us this year were his #1 tracks ‘Yeah
Yeah’ and ‘The Vibe’, both released on his own Urbana
Recordings imprint, a label has become more than just a home
to his own music, but also a proving ground for rising
underground artists. Urbana now boasts a roster that features
the likes of Traxsource favourites Angelo Ferreri,
ATFC, Dantiez Saunderson, and

Then of course, there were his releases outside of Urbana,
via a ‘who’s who’ of the House world, landing remixes and
releases on the likes of MONOSIDE,
Memix, Milk & Sugar, Papa Records, Big Love and Defected.

And as we write this right now, his latest release via Urbana
has claimed yet another spot atop the charts – his ‘Down Wid
Da’ collaboration with ATFC.
Coincidence? We think not. Congratulations David, we look
forward to more audio delights from you for years to come!

Releases on Traxsource.

People have been confusing the FCC chairman with an Indian DJ named Ajit Pai

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to
repeal net neutrality in a 3-2 vote led by chairman Ajit Pai.
People were understandably upset and sought to give Pai a piece
of their minds on social media, unfortunately catching an
innocent Indian DJ of the same name in the crossfire.

Ajit Pai (the DJ) is a Goa-based artist who shares nothing with
the FCC chairman besides his name. Unfortunately, several
headhunters found his Instagram and began to comment their
thoughts and pleas about net neutrality. Some were less kind,
leaving insults about the wrong Ajit Pai on his account.

The DJ seems to have taken the misled attacks with stride,
politely commenting back to his page’s visitors explaining that
he, actually, is fully in support of net neutrality and is the
wrong target. One commenter summed up the confusion pretty
well: “This is the Ajit Pai we deserve.”

Jeff Mills scores Japanese murder drama ‘And Then There Was Light’

Jeff Mills has produced the score for the Japanese film And
Then There Was Light
directed by Tatsushi Omori.

And Then There Was Light follows protagonist Nobuyuki,
who as a teen murders his girlfriend’s other love interest
after wrongfully believing an affair was an act of sexual
assault. 10 years following the crime’s cover-up, the deceased
reappears to blackmail Nobuyuki.

The full work with five additional tracks by Mills will release
via Axis Records on January 26.

Listen to the ten tracks from the film below.

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3LAU Has Compiled His Own Guide To Buying Cryptocurrencies

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past year,
you’re probably well aware of cryptocurrencies and the
incredible gains they’ve had. While there’s quite a bit of
naysayers to the whole idea, the DJ and producer 3LAU has taken it upon himself to
share some of his knowledge with the public.

In the beginner’s guide to cryptocurrencies, 3LAU talks about
Litecoin (LTC), Ether (ETH), and Bitcoin (BTC). While he
doesn’t get much into altcoins such as IOTA and Ripple (XRP),
3LAU shares details as to why people should still invest in
Bitcoin even though it’s outrageous price, the realities of
using Coinbase, and other frequently asked questions about

Download 3LAU’s guide to cryptocurrencies here.

3LAU Has Compiled His Own Guide To Buying Cryptocurrencies

Steve Aoki Teams Up With Lil Uzi Vert For ‘Smoke My Dope’

As Netflix and Will Smith anticipate the release of
Bright on December 22nd, the studio has released the
official soundtrack.

Laced with 13 tracks, the soundtrack to Netflix’s
Bright features guest appearances from Bastille,
Logic, Machine Gun Kelly, Camila
Cabello, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, Marshmello, Steve Aoki, Lil Uzi Vert,
Ambassadors, Rag’n’Bone Man, Bebe Rexha, and many more.

Stream the star-studded soundtrack to Netflix’s upcoming film
“Bright below”


1. Logic and Rag’n’Bone Man – “Broken People”
2. Bastille – “World Gone Mad”
3. Machine Gun Kelly, Bebe Rexha and X Ambassadors – “Home”
4. Camila Cabello and Grey – “Crown”
5. Ty Dolla $ign and Future Feat. Kiiara – “Darkside”
6. Migos and Marshmello – “Danger”
7. Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg and YG – “That’s My N****”
8. Lil Uzi Vert and Steve Aoki – “Smoke My Dope ”
9. A$AP Rocky and Tom Morello – “FTW (F*** The World)”
10. Portugal. The Man – “Cheer Up”
11. Alt-J – “Hares On The Mountain”
12. Neil Young and D.R.A.M. – “Campfire”
13. Sam Hunt – “This Land Is Your Land”

Steve Aoki Teams Up With Lil Uzi Vert For ‘Smoke My Dope’

Rage Into the Night At Lost Lands 2018 With All New Sound Camps

Excision’s festival Lost
became an instant favorite among headbangers
from near and far this year. Now, it sounds like the 2018
installment will be even bigger, better, and louder!

Lost Lands will introduce sound camps next year, to keep the
party raging on into the wee hours of the night. The concept is
really cool, as applicants will have the chance to share their
unique vision for music, decor, and entertainment with fellow
festival goers. May the camps with best overall vibes win!

In an official announcement, Lost Lands explained the new Sound
Camps initiative and how to apply:

After reviewing the applications, we will be giving sound
camp permits to the crews that promise to bring the best
experience for the Lost Lands patrons.

Applications will be judged on the proposed design, decor,
planned musical content, size of team and overall organization.
You need not limit your camp to one genre or style, but we will
be looking to make sure a variety of genres and geographic
areas are represented. Please note that even if selected to
host a Sound Camp, a festival pass will be required to enter
the campgrounds.

To the camp who threw the booty eating competition this past
year — we’re looking at you! Get in on this!

Check back with Lost Lands in early 2018 to apply…

Lost Lands Sound Camps

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Rage Into the Night At Lost Lands 2018 With All New Sound Camps

Watch Matoma Perform At The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Sigrid, Matoma, and Lukas Graham all performed at this
year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, but
only one of those artists is relevant to our tastes.

Matoma performed three songs at the concert:
“Slow” with Shy Martin, “One In A Million” with Adam Douglas,
and “False Alarm” with Becky Hill. Each track was performed
live, and in the case of “One In A Million,” also with the help
of an orchestra.

Videos from each performer are available on Nobel Peace
Concert’s YouTube page, but you can
watch all the songs from Matoma below.

Watch Matoma Perform At The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Nick Talos’ “Glass House” Inspires Remix EP

Released today is the remix EP that has been created from
latest single. The Berliner dropped the tune a little while
ago, and it now sees a fresh release with four reworks.

One of which comes from Nick Talos, who edges out the original
with a vibrant extended version. The renowned IBRANOVSKI dishes up
a pounding remake, whilst TRU CONCEPT keep
things bubbling with their deep house sound. YNC x S3RIOUS team
up to complete the set, with a pacy bass cut.

Check them all below.

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Alana Schulz

Felix Jaehn Does A Slick Remix For ADEN X OLSON

Coming out today is the brilliantly produced remix of “Cloud 9”
from new act ADEN X OLSON. The pair only released the track in
November, but its has already received critical acclaim, and is
a killer debut offering.

Now the one and only FELIX JAEHN has
taken it into the studio to remix, and has just put out his
refreshing slant of the tune. Filled with upbeat piano melodies
and a tropically-centred beat that sizzles beneath the surface,
this edit isn’t to be missed.

Check it out on Spotify below.

About the Author

Alana Schulz

Billboard’s 10 Best Dance/Electronic Albums of 2017: Critics’ Picks

In the days of disco, dance music was born from bands. You had
guitar players strumming wild rhythms, drummers kicking out
hefty beats and soulful singers ripping catchy hymns in
neon-lit churches of the night. DJs quickly learned to mix
those records with dexterous groove, and soon the DJ became the
ruler of the dance floor. But the past decade saw the DJ go
from a skilled master selector to more of a figurehead.
Suddenly, there was talk of prerecorded sets, too many hands in
the air and big light shows as distractions. Dance music needed
to return to its roots, get back in touch with the source, and
in 2017, it came home.

Seven out of our 10 best dance albums of 2017 come from live
performers and producers, if not just straight-up bands. These
records also reflect a growing sense of emotional urgency in
dance music, a need to open up honestly about personal
struggles and growths, whether that be reflected lyrically or
solely in the music. Cinematic moods, worldly influence and
experimentation also won big from clubs to concert halls and on
the radio.

Of course, dance music ain’t dance without a bit of party.
There’s still lots of room for funk and pop appeal. All in all,
it was a cool year for the album format and those who thrive
within it. Check our critics’ picks for the best dance albums
in 2017 below.

10. Petit Biscuit – Presence

If Petit Biscuit isn’t
on your radar yet, his debut album Presence provides
14 reasons why that should change. The French producer makes a
scintillating entrance with his buttery smooth LP, leading with
a cinematic record titled “Creation Comes Alive.” Listeners
will be hooked by his warm and cozy atmospheres, not to mention
the tasteful features from Lido, Bipolar Sunshine, Cautious
Clay and others. Petit Biscuit dips into future bass and chill
house throughout the project while making a conscious effort to
present diverse soundscapes — whether it be the starlit sound
design of “Gravitation” or the daytime nature elements heard in
“Waterfall.” While “Sunset Lover” is the clear standout record
from Presence, we recommend taking a listen to the
collection from start to finish. — Dave Rishty

9. Emancipator – Baralku

“Music takes me to places, and each song is a spirit island on
which its soul lives infinitely,” says Emancipator, real name Doug
Appling, when speaking about the tracks on Baralku.
Each record has a clear, definitive setting, presenting an
immersive and sensory experience for the listener. Take “Udon”
for instance — the production incorporates space blips,
hypnotic ambient pads and voice recordings in Japanese.
Baralku is not your typical album. Its imagery and
left-of-center sonic choices can perhaps even classify it as an
aural and visual experiment for fans.
– Dave Rishty

8. Illenium – Awake

The phrase “sophomore slump” may exist for some artists, but
not Illenium. The
Colorado-based producer has experienced triumph after triumph
over the past few years, especially with the release of his
debut LP Ashes in 2016 and most recently, his 13-track
Awake album. Tracks like “Crawl Outta Love,”
“Fractures” and “Beautiful Creatures” are just a few examples
that beautifully represent his euphoric sound. Not to mention
his “Feel Good” collaboration with Gryffin and Daya, which experienced plenty of love
from dance radio and Spotify with nearly 70 million streams to
date. Other acts to take part in Illenium’s glimmering LP
include MAX, Dia
and his go-to collaborator Said The Sky.
— Dave Rishty

7. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol.

After following blockbuster 18 Months with pretty much
the same formula on Motions, Calvin Harris returns to his
chameleonic roots with a new groove. Funk Wav Bounces Vol.
takes the radio-reigning sounds of tropical tempos and
poolside vibes and spins them through a colorful cotton-candy
machine with a dash of sweaty club floors and bedroom eyes. He
keeps the affair star-studded but lends a ’70s air to the
affair. This is a love-making album for women who wear gold
pant suits and men who believe in the tenants of vinyl. Lead
single “Slide” with Frank
and Migos, who
somehow made trappin’ sound easy, is a perfect example of a
feel-good anthem. “Feels” is cute enough for your parents to
love but cool enough for the kids. “Fakin’ It” brings some ’90s
drums into the mix for extra bounce. The album topped the
chart in July, when hot tub parties hit their peak,
but we’re rockin’ it still. — Kat Bein

6. Four Tet – New Energy

In a a galaxy far, far away, you might find U.K. producer
Four Tet‘s sonic voyage
soundtracking interstellar afterparties, presumably off his
latest transcendental masterpiece New Energy.
Launching the project with singles like the dialed-in “Planet”
and lounge-meets-runway builder “SW9 9SL,” the cosmic maestro’s
ability to teleport space ravers between uncharted worlds is
further indication his productions are birthed from the inside
of a galactic battleship. Bridge tracks like “Gentle Soul,” “10
Midi” and the static-y “Tremper” provide breaths of air
allowing listeners to temporarily unmask their proverbial space
helmets before strapping in for the next awe-inspiring
adventure. It’s no wonder Four Tet’s wizardry is rarely brought
to life in the performance landscape; he’s unreachable in a
distant dimension. — Jordan Diaz

5. Cashmere Cat – 9

This Norwegian producer is first and foremost a DJ. From 2006
to 2009, he repped his country in the DMC World Championships
as DJ Final. His juggling, bouncy approach to decks informs his
wild, jumpy sonic style, and if you catch him onstage today, he
still mixes pop and Jerseyclub, hip-hop and electro noise into
an ecstatic patchwork of booty-death. He turned heads with 2012
debut EP Mirror Maru and helped invent future bass
sounds and styles taken for granted today. A couple years
later, he was producing for Charli XCX, Kid Ink, Tinashe, Miguel and some guy named Kanye West. It became cool to buy
Cashmere, and everyone expected his debut LP to be a statement
of pop’s future. Cashmere did not disappoint, but instead of
bringing his sound to the masses, he dared to ask how far the
masses would follow his sound. He paired The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and more with
dark, wintry, sparse rhythms. The brightest song and namesake
of the album eschews its pop facade with an industrial mosh pit
of a hook. This album proves Cashmere Cat did not come to be
changed by the game. He came to change it.
Kat Bein

4. The xx –  I See You

The xx’s singers Rodaidh McDonald and Romy Madley-Croft have
known each other literally their entire lives. Their mothers
were childhood best friends, and they met the band’s electronic
percussionist Jamie xx when
they were about 8. The band’s first album exploded to
popularity before they graduated high school. They grew up
together, became stars together, and with stardom come
pitfalls. Drugs, alcohol, parties. It wears you down. I See
is an incredibly intimate portrait into their lives.
It tackles McDonald’s coming to terms with his alcoholism. It
tackles the band’s coming to terms with his apologies. It may
be the band’s most vulnerable record, and yet, it’s also the
band’s first real club effort. Its musical direction was more
strongly steered by Jamie xx following his successful debut
solo LP In Colour. It’s also the first album The xx
recorded outside its English home-base studio. It was recorded
in cities around the world, from New York to Los Angeles,
London to Reykjavik and Marfa, Texas. All this travel,
exploration and honesty was met with huge approval from fans
and critics. I See You topped the Album Sales chart in
early February. — Kat Bein

3. Mura Masa – Mura Masa

Hailing from the English Channel island of Guernsey, the
21-year-old producer — born Alex Crossan – earns his
first-ever Grammy nod for this delightfully varied debut album,
whose genre-defying sound reflects his “geographical isolation”
in its R&B, trap and future bass flirtations. However, the
eponymous LP’s 13 tracks are anything but empty, sporting
marquee features like A$AP
, Charli XCX,
Desiigner and Damon

Supported by six singles, Crossan’s first full-length effort
made both critical and commercial waves upon its July release
via Polydor, Interscope, Downtown and Anchor Point Records,
peaking at No. 6 on the Top Dance/Electronic
chart and even cracking the Billboard 200 at No. 192.
Matt Medved

2. Bonobo – Migration

Released on tastemaking indie imprint Ninja Tune in January,
the British multi-instrumentalist’s sixth album spawned a
global live tour and a series of conceptual music videos for
standout collaborations including “No Reason,” featuring
Nick Murphy, “Break
Apart,” featuring Rhye, and
“Bambro Koyo Ganda,” featuring Moroccan band Innov Gnawa, which
is also up for best dance recording. 

Channeling the transience of three years spent on the road
touring for 2013’s The North Borders, the Grammy-nominated
Migration has been critically hailed as Bonobo’s most
cohesive release to date. The 12-track outing is also his most
commercially successful, topping the Top Dance/Electronic
Albums chart and peaking at No. 59 on the Billboard 200.
— Matt Medved

1. ODESZA – A Moment Apart

Since first turning heads with their 2012 debut LP Summer’s
, the Seattle duo has evolved into one of electronic
music’s most eclectic headliners. ODESZA’s cinematic third
album is one of the rare electronic releases that never flags
over its full-length course with a conceptual cohesion that
establishes it as far greater than its constituent parts.

Boasting collaborations with the likes of Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor and RY X,
A Moment Apart debuted at No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic
chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The group’s
sprawling 16-track effort marked the first LP to see joint
release through Ninja Tune’s Counter imprint and their own
Foreign Family Collective label. In June, the artists announced
an ambitious world tour that included stops at Los Angeles’
STAPLES Center and New York’s Barclays Center. — Matt

Billboard Year in Music 2017

Traxsource Top 100 Vocalists of 2017

From its roots in the discos of the 1970s, House music has had
a great history of songs and vocalists – a tradition that has
continued to the present day. The Traxsource Top 100 Vocalists
of 2017 has been a pleasure to compile, as we got to re-listen
to some of the best vocal performances and productions of the
year. This category is all about contemporary singers – we know
there are plenty of classic and legendary vocalists that get
remixed and reworked every year – but for this list, we’re
talking about active vocalists, working in the House Music
scene now. So come with us as we present the songs and the
singers: our Top Vocalists of 2017.

100: Nonku
99: Clara Hill
98: Indeya
97: Sheree Hicks
96: Angie Fisher
95: Kaye Fox
94: Nomi Ruiz
93: Lee Wilson
92: Diva Avari
91: Carissa Nicole
90: Emory
89: Khaya Mthethwa
88: Jem Cooke
87: Mpumi
86: Solara
85: B’utiza
84: Carla Prather
83: Boswell
82: Nedelka
81: Teni Tinks
80: Brutha Basil
79: Joi
78: Ella
77: Coco Bonne
76: Chelsea Como
75: Darien Dean
74: Selina Campbell
73: Phonte
72: Kadesh
71: Sharlene Hector
70: Berget Lewis
69: Zipho
68: Mijan
67: Bel-Ami
66: Aaron K. Gray
65: Richard Burton
64: Vonita White
63: Randy Roberts
62: Noelle
61: Lifford
60: Ali Tennant
59: E-Man
58: Anane Vega
57: Robert Owens
56: Ann Nesby
55: Pauline Henry
54: SuSu Bobien
53: Jackie Queens
52: Sabrina Chyld
51: Karen Harding
50: Zano
49: Duane Harden
48: Mama
47: Joe Killington
46: KE
45: Lisa Millett
44: Jaidene Veda
43: Angela Johnson
42: S.e.l
41: Kenny Bobien
40: Fiora
39: Andre Espeut
38: Anabel Englund
37: Sara Devine
36: Stephanie Cooke
35: Asia Yarwood
34: Florence Rawlings
33: Cinnamon Brown
32: Cindy Mizelle
31: Tracy Hamlin
30: Amy Douglas
29: Vikter Duplaix
28: Xoli M
27: Jinadu
26: CeCe Rogers
25: Crystal Waters
24: Tony Momrelle
23: Nona Hendryx
22: Tawatha Agee
21: Ultra Nate

20: Marc Evans

Native Baltimorean Marc Evans served up lots of soulful vocal
delights in 2017, including a rousing performance on the
glitter-ball tinged ‘You Change My World’ from Jamie Lewis
& Marc Evans on Purple Music. He also sounded on great form
on the future-soul Opolopo remix of ‘Josephine’ on King Street
Sounds, in collaboration with Antonello Ferrari and Aldo
Bergamasco. Overall, Marc had a great year, with a clutch of
successful soulful and disco-tinged releases on Soul Deluxe,
Nervous, Purple Music, Defected and Glitterbox.

19: Sheila Ford

We loved singer/songwriter Sheila Ford’s jazzy vocals on Will
‘Reelsoul’ Rodriquez’s ‘Found A Way’ which dropped on Reelsoul
Musik in the summer, whilst her sultry delivery on ‘Why Can’t
You See’ was an absolute delight – showcased to the fullest on
the Louie Vega & DJ Open Extended Vocal. Sheila also
appeared on Stacey Kidd’s afro/jazz hybrid ‘Groove Funky Music’
which came out on his House 4 Life imprint.

18: Pete Simpson

The smooth tone and soulful delivery of Pete Simpson graced a
number of soulful house tunes this year. He really shone on the
uplifting ‘New World’ from Sean McCabe / Lem Springsteen on
Good Vibrations Music, and put in a sophisticated vocal on the
funky ‘Time To Change’ from Steven Stone at the end of the

17: Khalil Anthony

Khalil Anthony guested on UK Deep House don Jimpster’s killer
album ‘Silent Stars’ with a brilliant performance on the
cutting-edge Deep House track ‘Where Are You’, showing all
aspects of his not inconsiderable vocal abilities. Khalil also
appeared on Jimpster’s other label, Delusions of Grandeur, and
released a killer four-track EP with Damon Bell, and benefitted
from quality underground re-rubs by thatmanmonkz and Bryon The
Aquarius, all on Shadeleaf.

16: Yasmeen

Quality, emotive vocals are the order of the day with Yasmeen
Sulieman, most frequently known by her first name only, and she
certainly delivered the goods this year. Teaming up with last
year’s Traxsource #1 artist, Sonny Fodera, ‘Caught Up’ on
Defected tore up dancefloors worldwide, whilst ‘Glad I Found
You’, released under her full name, saw her make inroads within
the Afro House genre.

15: Elderbrook

It wouldn’t be right to put together a list of the top
vocalists of the 2017 without mentioning the dulcet tones of
Alexander “Elderbrook” Kotz who sung on CamelPhat’s huge
‘Cola’. ‘Cola’ was arguably the biggest dance tune of the year
and has since picked up a Grammy nomination, as well as being
named Traxsource’s biggest track of 2017.

14: Joi Cardwell

House music legend Joi Cardwell continued to delight in 2017,
with some gorgeous vocal tunes. Her ‘State of Confusion’ from
Honey Dijon’s Killer long player ‘State of Confusion’ was a big
track for Joi, and deservedly so, her soulful delivery a
perfect foil to Honey’s rolling Chicago beats. Joi also made a
sterling appearance on ‘We Can Do Better’ from DJ Gomi on
Nervous, the Fred Everything re-rub of which was particularly

13: Lisa Shaw

House chanteuse Lisa Shaw has got some serious house music
heritage, and this year she kept up the pressure with some
great songs with many of the scene’s best producers. The Art of
Tones remix of ‘In My House’, credited to Nickodemus, Lisa
Shaw, Carol C and Bam was easily one of the strongest vocal
tracks of the year and is still picking up DJ support 6 months
after its release. Her big Defected tune ‘You Got Me’ did the
business throughout the summer season and Lisa also released
‘Other Side’ with Dax On Sax, which French producer Sebb Junior
remixed into a serious vocal-funk excursion.

12: Dawn Tallman

A few producers were lucky enough to be graced with the
beautiful voice of Ms Dawn Tallman on their records this year.
One of them was New York producer Moon Rocket, whose
irresistible funky ‘Another Dimension’ was big on the Soulful
House scene this year. And we have to mention Stacey Kidd’s
emotive ‘Brenda’, dedicated to his mother, which Dawn delivered
with sensitivity and palpable feeling. Keeping busy throughout
the year, Dawn also appeared on releases on King Street Sounds,
Nite Grooves, Groove Odyssey, Doomusic and more.

11: Seven Davis Jr.

Plenty of big tracks this year from
vocalist/artist/producer/writer Seven Davis Jr. this year.
Kicking off 2017 with his sophisticated minimal ‘You Should Be
Dancing’ with Mark Farina and Homero Espinosa (Moulton Music),
he then spent the next 12 months putting out his own particular
brand of inventive house music on labels like Yoruba, Defected,
and Crosstown Rebels. His catchy ‘Appreciate’ with House
stalwart Jesse Rose was a huge dancefloor hit this year, as was
‘It’s Not Over’, both released on Jesse’s Play It Down label.

10: Mr. V

House music trooper Mr. V released some dancefloor destroying
vocal tracks this year, across a number of different styles. On
the one hand, he put out the dark, skipping beats and
earth-quaking bass of ‘My House’ with Low Steppa on Simma
Black, and on the other, he delivered the warm soulful vibe of
‘It Can Be’ with Sean McCabe on Good Vibrations Music. We also
enjoyed the rolling Atjazz remix of Mr. V / Genetic Funk collab
‘The Believe’ too, which picked up plenty of DJ attention when
it dropped on Grounded Music.

9: Sio

In Sio we have a singer/songwriter who is talented and
enigmatic, who put out a succession of sophisticated House
vocals this year, including ‘1000 Memories’ with top South
African producer Jullian Gomes, which was an absolute smash.
The original was a beautifully restrained collection of
percussion, keys and vocals that came with a set of killer
remixes from a remix dream team of Yoruba, Kaytronik, Atjazz
and Fred Everything. We were similarly impressed with the
slow-burning vibe of ‘How Did We Get Here’ from US House don
Gershon Jackson which Sio lit up with her intense vocal.
Finally, ‘A Dream Away’ teamed warm synths and sophisticated
Afro percussion to provide a perfect backing for her voice,
resulting in another deep and classy track.

8: Roland Clark

2017 was another sterling year for House Music legend Roland
Clark, whose voice will surely be familiar, if you have even
just a passing interest in the genre. ‘Do You Remember’
released in April by D-Vine Sounds, was a tight, moody slice of
quality House that picked up plenty of DJ support on its
release. And Roland’s ‘Talk Dirty’ on legendary NY label
Strictly Rhythm – their 900th release – was simultaneously
funky and dark, and another great track to add to Roland’s
ever-growing discography.

7: Hanlei

The distinctive tones of talented soulful house vocal duo
Hanlei were heard this year on a slew of House tracks in
different styles: ‘Runnin’ Me Wild’ from David Bailey and
‘Taste The Rainbow’ from Rhemi were both big on the Soulful
scene, while Hanlei also guested on Kiko Navarro’s ‘Right On’
which was given the serious tech treatment by our #2 Tech House
Artist this year, Dario D’Attis.

6: Barbara Tucker

One of our scene’s most legendary voices, Barbara Tucker is a
constant, soulful presence in house music. This she she gifted
us a bunch of hot releases, including the breaks and vocal
belter ‘Think (About It) from DJ Spen on Spen’s own Quantize
Recordings. A re-make of the Lyn Collins funk classic, Barbara
made the song her own, and both the vocal mix and the dub tore
up dancefloors worldwide.

5: Josh Milan

As one half of seminal house music group Blaze, Josh Milan is a
certified House Music legend. 2017 was a great year for Josh,
who had some big tracks including a collaboration with Louie
Vega, the frankly brilliant ‘The World Is A Family’ on
RMVK Records. His jazzy ‘I Will Wait’
on Honeycomb Music was a summer hit for Josh in 2017 too, and
in a productive year, he also dropped plenty of quality product
on Vega Records, Nite Grooves, Go Go and more.

4: Alex Mills

One of the most talented singers out there, Alex Mills’
appearance on Sonny Fodera’s vocal anthem ‘Always Gonna Be’ on
Defected put her centre stage this year. She also turned in a
euphoric performance on ‘Into The Blue’ on Joey Negro’s
acclaimed ‘Produced With Love’ album project. Showcasing her
versatility, Alex went straight from the disco to the
underground with a quality appearance on the low-slung, moody
tech-garage of Low Steppa’s ‘Karma’ for Simma Black.

3: Omar

Great work all year long from UK soul hero Omar, who featured
on some seriously big tracks in 2017. He dropped effortlessly
smooth performances on both the polyrhythmic ‘Getty Getty’ from
Hallex M (Groove Odyssey), and the string-laden, laidback
groove of ‘History’ from Los Charly’s Orchestra (Imagenes),
which we particularly enjoyed in the form of John Morales’ mix.
Then there was Boddhi Satva’s ‘Benefit’. The MYNY remix delivered a feast of heavy duty
percussion topped off to perfection with Omar’s trademark
confident vocal delivery. Always reliable, always quality.

2: Toshi

A leading voice within the Afro House scene, Toshi enjoyed a
fantastic 12 months with a series of fire tracks including the
Manoo remix of her massive ‘Amahloni’ on Stones and Bones. Her
collaboration with David Morales, ‘Hela’, a sizzling blend of
Afro rhythms and classic Morales production, was also a
standout track for Toshi this year, and she also made a superb
appearance on the classy Ticck D.H.A. Club Mix of DJ Kabila’s
‘Atsha Pha’. Toshi’s unique vocals also featured on the
atmospheric ‘Uyankenteza’ from Afro Warriors which picked up
substantial plays from the likes of Black Coffee and Hyenah.

At the top of the inaugural Traxsource Vocalists list is
Philadelphia singer-songwriter and producer, the
multi-talented Mike City. Mike (real name Michael Flowers)
got his name from his admiration for the seminal house vocal
group Ten City and has continued in their footsteps,
delivering soulful vocals on serious house grooves and
establishing himself as a serious player in the House scene.
However, it could be argued that he’d already achieved a
highly respectable status, having produced the likes of
Sunshine Anderson’s classic R’n’B / funk cross-over ‘Heard It
All Before’, Brandy’s ‘Full Moon’ and ‘I Wish’ for Carl

Mike comes from a musical background with a family history
that is full of talented vocalists, so it is perhaps no
surprise that he also developed into a professional singer.
2017 saw the talented Mr City release emotive soul duets like
‘When I Luv’ with R’n’B icon Faith Evans, which we
particularly enjoyed in the form of Kenny Dope’s taut remix,
and ‘My Weakness’ with Ian Friday, both of which were massive
for Mike this year.

He has just dropped another effortlessly smooth vocal killer
on Tribe, ‘Take For Granted’, and supplied more of his vocal
talent to releases on Groove Odyssey, Makin Moves, Liquid
Deep, and Double Cheese. Perhaps the biggest news for Mike
this year though, was the release of his full-length album on
BBE, ‘The Feel Good Agenda Vol. 1’.
Featuring 12 tracks of soul-infused house music, and guest
appearances from a host of other quality vocalists including
Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, Lalah Hathaway, it was a brilliant
affair that garnered support from all over the DJ spectrum.

A great year then, for a great talent, and as ever we’re
looking forward to more quality material from Mike City in

Releases on Traxsource.

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Five pristine copies of Prince’s rarest and “most expensive album of all time” have been found

Back in 1987, late icon Prince was preparing to release his
16th studio album dubbed ‘The Black Album’ thanks to its
nondescript, entirely black sleeve. However, just ahead of its
intended release date, the singer experienced a “spiritual
epiphany” that led him to believe that the album was evil. He
immediately stalled the release, recalled all 500,000 copies
and demanded that they were destroyed. Later on, the label was
allowed to sell the album on CD and cassette, but never again
on vinyl, making it one of the most coveted rare waxes to date.

What remained were some 100 promotional copies in Europe and a
handful in the United States made with no printed title, artist
name, production credits or photography. Following Prince’s death last year, an original promo
copy sold for a whopping $15,000, giving it the title as the
most expensive record to be sold on Discogs.

To many Prince fans’ delight, five pristine copies of the
promotional ‘Black Album’ have resurfaced thanks to a former
Warner Bros. Records employee, who discovered the treasures
after hunting through boxes in his closet at the request of his
daughter, who had recently purchased her first record player.
Left untouched for 25 years, the man has sent three of the
copies out for sale and retained two, one of which he is
contemplating selling later on as well.

All three copies of ‘The Black Album’ have already sold, two
for $15,000 and the third for $20,000.

Baauer issues a takedown against FCC chairman Ajit Pai for use of ‘Harlem Shake’

The Internet has been ablaze across the past few weeks with
concern about the Federal Communications Commission’s choice to
repeal net neutrality in the United States. Chairman of the FCC
Ajit Pai, one of the individuals behind the motion to repeal
the widely appreciated net neutrality law, recently released a
video attempting explain his anti-net neutrality stance on
The Daily Caller and ended the short with a segment
soundtracked by Baauer’s viral hit ‘Harlem Shake’.

The cringe-worthy attempt to reach Millennials by using the
2013 track and phenomenon caught the attention of the producer,
who immediately voiced his opposition to his song being used
for Pai’s agenda. “I’m taking action,” he responded to a Tweet
bringing the video to his attention. “Whatever I can do to stop
this loser.”

Lil Peep Posthumous Album Confirmed By Producer

An artist’s legacy is sometimes, if not often, stronger after
they’ve passed away. In the case of Lil Peep,
his death caught the attention of hundreds of thousands and
likely introduced many new people to his music. Now, his
producer and friend Smokeasac has
confirmed that a posthumous album exists.

In a series of tweets, Smokeasac reveals that Come
Over When You’re Sober Pt 2
exists – “it will come out
when the time is right, when Peep’s family approves,” he says.
“Just know it exists. Be patient for Gus.”

Listen to Come Over When You’re Sober Pt 1 below.

Lil Peep Posthumous Album Confirmed By Producer

Every Song On Soundcloud’s Top 50 Is By A Rapper

Soundcloud belongs to the rappers now.

The streaming platform, which was once dominated by EDM, has
now given way almost completely to rappers as EDM artists flee
en masse to services like Spotify and Apple Music. As of this
week, 50 of the top 50 tracks on
are by rappers. And not small ones, either –
established names like Post Malone, XXXtentacion, Lil
Pump, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Logic
, and Cardi
are dominating the list. (But no Kendrick.)

What does this mean for EDM? Not much. The question should be:
what does this say about Soundcloud and streaming? Is rap now
keeping the service alive? Are we looking at a legitimate
changing of the guard situation here? Perhaps the streaming
climate has just changed that much.

Compare this to Spotify where out of the ten most streamed
songs on the platform, four are EDM.

Take a look at this week’s Top 50 on Soundcloud below.

1. 6ix9ine – Gummo [Prod. Pierre Bourne]
2. 6ix9ine – Kooda
3. Post Malone – Rockstar (Feat. 21 Savage)
4. XXXtentacion – A Ghetto Christmas Carol Prod. Ronny
5. Lil Pump – Gucci Gang
6. XXXtentacion – Fuck Love (Feat. Trippie Redd)
7. Ybn Nahmir – Rubbin Off The Paint (Prod. Izak)
8. XXXtentacion – Up Like An Insomniac (Freestyle)
9. Lil Uzi Vert – The Way Life Goes (feat. Oh Wonder)
10. Migos – Motorsport
11. Lil Xan – Betrayed (Bobbyjohnson)
12. Kodak Black – Roll In Peace (feat. XXXtentacion)
13. XXXtentacion – Hate Will Never Win
14. Gucci Mane – I Get The Bag (feat. Migos)
15. Trippie Redd – Dark Knight Dummo (ft. Travis
16. XXXtentacion – Red Light! Prod. Ronny J!
17. Nav – Wanted You (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
18. Ybn Nahmir – Ybn Nahmir X Ybn Almighty Jay – No Hook
(Prod By Hoodzone)
19. G-Eazy – No Limit (feat. A$Ap Rocky & Cardi B)
20. Trippie Redd – Trippie Redd & Tekashi69 –
Poles1469 [Produced By: Pierre Bourne]
21. Post Malone – I Fall Apart
22. Famous Dex – Pick It Up (feat. A$Ap Rocky) [Prod. By
Fki1st And Sosa808]
23. Kodak Black – Codeine Dreaming (Feat. Lil Wayne)
24. Xxxtentacion – Indecision
25. Lil Uzi Vert – Dark Queen
26. Lil Uzi Vert – Sauce It Up
27. A$Ap Ferg – Plain Jane
28. Trippie Redd – Love Scars/You Hurt Me [Produced By: Elliott
29. Kodak Black – Transportin’
30. Rich The Kid Ft. Trippie Redd – Early Morning Trappin
(Prod. Lab Cook)
31. Layton Greene – Roll N Peace Remix (Prod. By G.
32. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Drowning (Feat. Kodak
33. Worldstar Hiphop Radio – Tay-k – The Race (@Djphattt
34. Youngboy Never Broke Again – No Smoke
35. Lil Uzi Vert – Xo Tour Llif3 (Produced By Tm88)
36. Trippie Redd – Bust Down/Love Scars 3 [Produced By:
37. Ski Mask The Slump God – Catch Me Outside
38. Lil Skies Ft. Landon Cube “Red Roses” (Prod.
39. Young Thug – Relationship Feat. Future
40. Logic – 1-800-273-8255 (Feat. Alessia Cara &
41. Lil Peep – Awful Things ft. Lil Tracy (prod. by
smokeasac x IIVI)
42. Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect
43. Lil Pump – Boss
44. Lil Baby – MY DAWG
45. XXXTentacion – I don’t wanna do this anymore
46. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
47. Gothboiclique – Lil Peep & Lil Tracy – WitchBlades
(Prod. Bighead & YungCortex)
48. Lil Pump – Molly
49. Tee Grizzley – From The D To The A feat. Lil
50. Joyner Lucas – Gucci Gang Remix

Every Song On Soundcloud’s Top 50 Is By A Rapper

Kainalu – Finding Peace Of Mind

Well do we have a treat for you. “Finding Peace Of Mind” by
Kainalu is a dreamy synth laden tune that’s perfect to kick it
on the beach to. Songs like these just put a smile on my face.

Kainalu – Finding Peace Of Mind

Dion Timmer Releases His “Textacy” EP And It Bangs

At just 18 years old, DION TIMMER is
intent on breaking through barriers with his truly unique brand
of modern dubstep. This week sees the release of his “Textacy”
EP, which is sure to delight fans.

Made up of five tracks, we are treated to various different
styles from Timmer, and he keeps surprising with his
creativity. It title track is bursting with grooves, whilst
“Hoods Up” with Excision ft. Messinian is a thoroughly grimy
affair and comes at you with full-throttle bass energy.

You can pick up the EP

About the Author

Alana Schulz

DJs React to the FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality

The FCC just voted to repeal Net Neutrality laws, which opens
the door for Internet Service Providers to create a tiered
system of data usage. Opponents fear this will mean internet
packages similar to cable television, where you choose the
websites and streaming services you’d like to use for a flat
fee. Maybe one day, you’ll hit your streaming data wall on your
computer, much like your phone, and find your Netflix, or even
this website, doesn’t load quite as fast as it did a moment

It’s a horrifying prospect for artists that make a living in
the digital age. How many songs can a DJ download before he
hits his streaming wall? What happens to online publications
who already compete for your attention and advertiser money?
What happens to artists who are just getting their start?

Some of the biggest names in dance music and the surrounding
community are very unhappy. Here are their comments.





Just Blaze



Dani Deahl

Michael Brun

Tommie Sunshine

Fake Diplo

Baauer ‘Taking Action’ Against FCC Over ‘Harlem Shake’ Net Neutrality Repeal Video

As dance music’s reigning king of all things viral, Baauer has vowed to fight the FCC and
its chairman Ajit Pai on today’s (Dec. 14) vote to repeal
so-called net neutrality regulations.

Pai recently uploaded a rather obnoxiously-simple video to
Twitter listing all the things you can “still do on the
Internet” after the controversial repeal, which he calls
“restoring Internet freedom.” The video uses Baauer’s 2012
viral tune “Harlem Shake,” only further proving how out of
touch the FCC is with the rest of the United States of America
(no shade to Baauer, of course).

“I’m Taking action,” Baauer tweeted. “Whatever I can do to stop
this loser.”

Baauer provided the following statement exclusively to
Billboard Dance:

“The use of my song in this video obviously comes as a surprise
to me as it was just brought to my attention. I want to be
clear that it was used completely without my consent or
council. My team and I are currently exploring every single
avenue available to get it taken down. I support Net Neutrality
like the vast majority of this country and am appalled to be
associated with its repeal in anyway.”

Representatives from the FCC did not immediately return a
request for comment.

Check Baauer and that really cringe-worthy video from
Pai below.

Traxsource Top 100 Nu Disco / Indie Dance Artists of 2017

The Nu Disco sound isn’t really new, it just has a new name.
One thing we can be sure of is that Disco didn’t suck, it
totally ruled, and then it took over the world. Disco is the
beating heart of house music, the roots of all the house we
listen to today. It’s the sound of organic instrumentation,
Rhodes keys, funky guitars, precision percussion and sweeping
strings, but most of all, it’s the sound of losing yourself in
the groove on the dancefloor.

What differentiates this genre from its late 70s/early 80s
ancestor is the introduction of elements not so frequently
found on the dancefloor. The Indie Dance scene introduced a
host of genre-bending producers, whose work draws not only on
traditional staples such as House and Disco, but on Indie, Pop,
Balearic, Lounge and even Yacht Rock. With their typically
laidback yet danceable tempos, and emphasis on feelgood
grooves, the Nu Disco and Indie Dance genres have gradually
converged and cross-pollinated, to a point where it’s hard – or
perhaps even unnecessary – to attempt to draw a line between
the two.

With DJs like Harvey, Horse Meat Disco and Aeroplane flying the
flag for everything Nu Disco / Indie Dance, 2017 was a superb
year for the scene, with track after track of irresistible
musical delights, making it impossible for people to leave
dance floors worldwide. Packed full of some of the finest
productions of the year, here are the Traxsource Top Nu Disco /
Indie Dance Artists of 2017.

100: P-SOL
99: DJ S
98: Pontchartrain
97: Shit Hot Soundsystem
96: Jacques Renault
95: Joutro Mundo
94: SIRS
93: Body Music
92: Dj Vas
91: The Possé
90: Deelicious
89: Man Go Funk
88: Jorge Montiel & Juan Laya
87: Alexz
86: Misiu
85: Le Babar
84: The Revenge
83: Hifi Sean
82: Margherita Cecchi
81: George Kelly
80: Nebraska
79: Severino
78: Hotmood
77: Michael The Lion
76: Jarred Gallo
75: Will The Funkboss
74: Giman
73: Werkshy
72: Ivan Jack
71: J&M Brothers
70: The Reflex
69: Mark Lower
68: Birdee
67: Life on Planets
66: Dirtytwo
65: Dave Leatherman
64: Fatnotronic
63: Dicky Trisco
62: Used Disco
61: Loz Goddard
60: Cody Currie
59: Slync
58: James Curd
57: Rayko
56: Ed Wizard & Disco Double

55: Vhyce
54: Soul Clap
53: Horse Meat Disco
52: Harvey Sutherland
51: Aroop Roy
50: Faze Action
49: Yam Who?
48: Todd Terje
47: Snacks
45: Kiu D
44: Discotron
43: Boris Dlugosch
42: Satin Jackets
41: Tensnake
40: The Shapeshifters
38: Seamus Haji
37: Funkatron
36: Gerd Janson
35: Freiboitar
34: Micky More & Andy Tee
33: HP Vince
32: Luke Solomon
31: Opolopo
30: Babert
29: Sharam Jey
28: Cassara
27: Eli Escobar
26: Lovebirds
25: Art Of Tones
24: Tiger & Woods
23: Lorenz Rhode
22: Ziggy Phunk
21: Fouk

20: Dimitri From Paris

French disco evangelist Dimitri From Paris spent summer 2017
headlining the Glitterbox parties in Ibiza, where he could road
test his numerous productions and re-edits in the glitzy
surroundings of Hï. The suave Parisian released another
succession of great sounding disco records this year,
unashamedly paying tribute to the original disco sound,
featuring lush instrumentation, layers of Latin percussion,
sweeping strings and Philly-esque breakdowns. His dancefloor
tear-jerker ‘One For Frankie’ with DJ Rocca was massive and we
also enjoyed his Salsoul-esque ‘Ero Disco Theme’, both of them
released on Gomma. The Glitterbox connection continued with his
expert re-touch of Aeroplane’s huge ‘Love On Hold’, released on
the club night’s eponymous label.

19: Kenny Summit

Kenny is boss of the ever-reliable Good For You Records, a
label that has released music from luminaries like Frankie
Knuckles, Eric Kupper and Eddie Amador. Amongst a year of great
tracks from Kenny, his mixes of (his own alias) Chaka Kenn’s
‘The 9th Month & Mom Boobs EP’ on Good For You were huge, a
pair of tracks as good as they were different; one a big-room,
tech house stalker, the other a low paced, loose funky groove,
demonstrating the ease with which Kenny can move between
different genres and style. He also kept up the pressure with a
string of successful releases on Nervous, Nite Grooves, Robsoul
and Soul Heaven.

18: Samma Lone

Plenty of Samma Lone’s tunes graced the higher end of our chart
this year, with most of them on his own brilliant Uptown Boogie
imprint. Specialising in reworking and overhauling older
grooves for contemporary dancefloors, he delivered a pair of
massive party-destroyers in the shape of his ‘Good To Me’ and
‘Shake Time’, both dropping on Uptown Boogie.

17: Coeo

Following last years smash remix of ‘Light Star’ on
Razor-N-Tape, German producers COEO
unleashed a couple of really strong EPs on Toy Tonics. In
January they dropped the strong four-tracker ’Mydonna’, and
followed it up in October with the ‘Flesh World’ EP, three
shimmering gems of disco house, that instantly picked up
serious DJ traction.

16: JKriv

JKriv, the co-label boss of the superb Razor-N-Tape label, is
another producer who you can trust to do a proper job of
re-tooling a classic. The extremely catchy ‘The Queen on Her
Throne’ was a big release for JKriv, a storming eight-minute
bomb of a rework, and the ‘Eleanora’ EP, in collaboration with
Free Magic, took some unlikely source material and turned it
into three of the most original re-works of the year. JKriv
also runs Deep & Disco, which put out two superb volumes of
their finest releases from the last five years, Deep Cuts and
Disco Trax.

15: Purple Disco Machine

This was another very successful year for Purple Disco Machine,
(German DJ/producer Tino Piontek) who spent much of 2017
touring with Jamiroquai. Luckily, the prolific PDM found time to top the Traxsource charts with
the infectious vocal hook of ‘Body Funk’. He also put out his
full-length album ‘Soulmatic’ featuring thirteen tracks
showcasing his production chops across several styles and
featuring collaborations with artists like Kool Keith,
Faithless, Hannah Williams and Boris Dlugosch.

14: Crazy P

Easily one of the UK’s best dance music live acts, Crazy P were
all over the Traxsource charts this year, with big tunes out on
Classic Music Company, Wolf + Lamb Records and Toolroom. Lush,
pristine productions like their four-track ‘Truelight EP’ on
Classic and their classy, brooding rework of Greg Paulus’
‘Nightime’ were the order of the day in 2017 for Crazy P, as
well as releasing excellent music on Yoruba, Fred Everything’s
Lazy Days and BBE too. Crazy P are
one of those acts who continually define this scene, whilst
pushing and developing the sound too, and 2017 was a great year
for them.

13: Ron Basejam

Aside from being a member of uber-disco-ists Crazy P, Ron
Basejam is also a superb producer in this own right, with a
distinctive, high-quality sound, characterised by the warmth of
disco married to serious club grooves. Ron dropped EPs on
Classic Music Company and Midnight Riot, and his ‘Sound of a
Feeling’ EP on Jimpster’s Delusions of Grandeur label, with a
superb T Mango mix, was one of the strongest Nu Disco releases
of the year. His slo-mo acid interpretation of Crazy P’s ‘One
True Light’ went down a storm this year too.

12: Casual Connection

Casual Connection, real name Lukasz Ru-Kasu is a DJ and re-edit
culture aficionado, who achieved several Traxsource
chart-topping hits this year, characterised by laid-back
tempos, meticulous re-editing and quality additional
production. He also runs the M2MR label which had a great 2017,
releasing cut after cut of sparkling contemporary disco/boogie.
A 2017 high point for Lukasz has to be the massive release
‘High Tension (Bless The Funk)’, a team effort with Traxsource
Nu Disco artist of the year Dr. Packer which also featured
original members of Brit Jazz-Funk outfit High Tension.

11: Stephane Deschezeaux

Springbok Records label boss Stephane Deschezeaux makes it into
our Top Twenty having scored several chart-topping releases in
the last 12 months. Whether it was serving up a succession of
disco/funk flavoured cuts on Springbok, like the sublime vocal
tracks ‘Destiny’ and ‘C’Yeah’ or dropping big club tunes on CR2
and Good Stuff, he couldn’t put a foot wrong this year.
Stephane Deschezeaux’s pristine disco re-works and originals
are definitely leading the way in the Nu Disco / Funk scene.

10: Aeroplane

Obviously, 2017 was a big year for Italian / Belgian producer
Aeroplane, with his huge ‘Love On Hold’, featuring the vocals
of Tawatha Agee, the legendary vocalist from Mtume, breaking
out all over. ‘Love On Hold’ easily bagged the title of #1
Traxsource Nu Disco Track of 2017 and picked up DJ compliments
from Joey Negro, Dr Packer and Opolopo and many others. The
track, and the Dimitri from Paris remix it came packaged with,
really catapulted Glitterbox Recordings to the top of the Nu
Disco tree.

9: Folamour

2017 was definitely the breakout year for disco/house-hybrid
specialist Folamour who had a huge release on Glitterbox with
‘The Power and Blessings of Unity’ EP featuring three superbly
produced, string-laden disco epics. He also served up a
full-length album for Classic Music Company, a meticulously
crafted set of disco-flavoured tunes and Balearic grooves, as
well as releases on Room for Bloom, TRONIC SESSION,
Delicieuse and his Moonrise Hill Material label. We’re
expecting good things in the years to come from Folamour.

8: Pete Herbert

Pete Herbert had a busy 12 months, remixing some superb tracks
on Gomma, Nang and File Under Disco, with his re-rub of Mark
Lowry’s ‘On and On’ via Dutchie Music being a particular
standout. 2017 also saw Pete team up with Martin Denev to
produce the superb ‘Made In The Shade’ album, featuring eight
tracks of sun-drenched grooves, as well as finding time to
launch his brand new label ‘Music For Swimming Pools’.
Fittingly, the first release was a beautiful six tracker of
Balearic delights from Reverso 68 (Pete and production partner
Phil Mison).

7: Moullinex

Portuguese producer Luis Clara Gomes, better known as
Moullinex, heads up the Discotexas label and 2017 saw the
release of his full length thirteen track album ‘Hypersex’. The
album is a feast of dancefloor flavours, from 4/4 glitter-ball
stompers, through laid-back yacht grooves to Minneapolis funk.
Among a prolific year, Luis also dropped a quality piano and
synth dancefloor destroyer ‘Open House’, also on Discotexas,
back in February.

6: Moon Rocket

Producer and musician Moon Rocket, Raffa Scoccia to his
friends, had a great year in 2017. His own label Doomusic
unleashed a steady flow of top-notch disco breaks from the man
himself and he teamed up with the Re-Tide crew for several
visits to the top of the Traxsource charts. His top-drawer
collaboration with Re-Tide ‘Thousand Finger Man’ feat. Libby
Baeeloo was massive as was his ‘Inner City Blues’ collab with
Angelo Ferreri. Seriously funky.

5: Kraak & Smaak

Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak are a DJ/production/live outfit,
specialising in funk-filled disco-esque productions destined to
provide the perfect disco night’s soundtrack. We were
particularly taken with their ‘Juicy Fruit Remixed’ album on
Jalapeno, a killer 18-track affair which featured
reinterpretations from producers like Eli Escobar, Snacks,
Fouk, and Richard Dorfmeister, whilst their synth-drenched
track ‘Hendo’ on Exploited sounded as good by the pool as in
the club.

4: Hot Toddy

Crazy P member Chris Todd continued to put out plenty of
disco-tinged tracks and remixes this year under his Hot Toddy
alter-ego, including remixing some of the biggest records of
the year. He put a Bohannon-meets-Moroder spin on Joey Negro’s
‘Stomp Your Feet’, turned in a sparkling synth-laden deep mix
of Crazy P’s ‘In My Hands’ for Classic Music Company, and a
frankly brilliant three tracker for House Of Disco in November.

3: Re-Tide

2017 was another great year for Italian trio Re-Tide, who hit
big with more of their signature disco-fied productions. Huge
for them this year was their anthem ‘Changes’ with Woody
Bianchi on their own Cut Rec Promos label. Re-Tide hit the Nu
Disco / Indie Dance top spot several times in 2017 and
‘Thousand Finger Man’ (with Moon Rocket feat. Libby Baeeloo),
and ‘Track Two’ from Paradise Garage, again both from Cut Rec
Promo – two standout tracks in what was a remarkable year of
Re-Tide releases – flew out of the store on release.

2: Joey Negro

Perhaps the ultimate Disco Don, Joey Negro has been putting out
high-quality disco-tinged gems since the early days of the
house scene. The artist known to his friends as Dave Lee,
dropped his sensational ‘Produced With Love’ album project, a
feast of mid-tempo steppers and serious disco dancefloor bombs,
featuring the vocal talents of Linda Clifford and Diane
Charlemagne. Joey also put out a heap of big releases on his Z
Records imprint including the string-laden ‘You Know How To
Love Me’ featuring Phyllis Hyman, and the massive ‘Meat Me Down
The Disco’ compilation, put together by Horse Meat Disco.

At the number one spot in the Traxsource Top Nu Disco / Indie
Dance Artists chart for 2017, we have the Australian
DJ/Producer Dr Packer. In what was a superb year, Greg Packer
turned out a series of original tracks and edits that
simultaneously defined the Nu Disco sound and showed
fledgling producers how to update the disco template. Quality
is the watchword here, as demonstrated by his expert re-edit
of Brooklyn Express, ‘Change Position’, which took a
stone-cold disco classic and expertly updated it for
contemporary dancefloors. Equally, his recut of the
Shapeshifter’s ‘Lola’s Theme’ on Glitterbox and his
uber-funky re-touch of ‘Running Away’ from Belezamusica on
Seamus Haji’s Soul Love label, all demonstrate supreme
confidence behind the mixing desk and an ear for what makes
dancers move.

This year, Greg put out tunes on Glitterbox, Joey Negro’s Z
Records imprint, Masterworks Music, Hotbox Boogie and File
Under Disco, continually delivering delicious disco goods
targeted directly at the dance floor. His track record this
year shows a genuine sensitivity in his approach to updating
older tunes, together with his commitment to putting out top
quality, no-sell-out dance music. We’re delighted to have Dr
Packer at the top of our Nu Disco / Indie Dance tree!

Releases on Traxsource.

Traxsource Top 100 Techno Artists of 2017

A genre that morphed from its birthplace of Detroit to become a
genuine global phenomenon, today’s Techno incorporates modern,
speaker-shaking club tools, retro Detroit-influenced tunes and
darker, experimental sounds. Techno is defined by its high
energy and underground feel and consistently remains a staple
of the late-night club environment in its many forms.

2017 was a fruitful year for the genre, with many artists
dipping their toes in the Techno pool and the abundance of more
accessible Techno tracks as we witnessed further growth in the
European Techno scene. We also saw many of the original
pioneers of the scene back in the limelight, producing and
touring the globe. We’re delighted to say that, based on their
musical output for the year, this year’s list is a healthy
mixture of industry veterans and the newer faces of Techno, and
exists as a reminder that this broad and busy genre is still
very much a global force.

These are the Traxsource Top 100 Techno Artists of 2017.

100: Pirupa
99: Van Czar
98: Giorgio Rusconi
97: Ilario Alicante
96: Gaston Zani
95: Mario Ochoa
94: Miss Kittin
93: Oxia
92: Skober
91: Tiger Stripes
90: Ron Costa
89: Cari Lekebusch
88: Sam Paganini
87: Deborah de Luca
86: Johannes Heil
85: Devid Dega
84: Rouss Noir
83: Hollen
82: Hot Lipps Inc.
81: Humantronic
80: Ellen Allien
79: Shaded
78: Frankyeffe
77: Luigi Madonna
76: Metodi Hristov
75: Teenage Mutants
74: Rudosa
73: Umek
72: dubspeeka
71: Sonate
70: Arjun Vagale
69: 2000 and One
68: Guy Mantzur
67: Reset Robot
66: Toni Alvarez
65: Darren Emerson
64: Coyu
63: Mark Reeve
62: Monika Kruse
61: Tiefschwarz
60: Hatzler
59: Stephan Bodzin
58: Handzoff
57: Recondite
56: Pleasurekraft
55: Vaal
54: Nina Kraviz
53: Kaiserdisco
52: Phaedon
51: Jay Lumen
50: Drunken Kong
49: Christian Hornbostel
48: Fabio Neural
47: Avision
46: Christian Smith
45: Landmark
44: Matador
43: Maceo Plex
42: Green Velvet
41: Laurent Garnier
40: Audion
39: Ramiro Lopez
38: Paride Saraceni
37: Anna
36: Alan Fitzpatrick
35: Ben Klock
34: Tiga
33: Saytek
32: Spektre
31: Charlotte de Witte
30: Layton Giordani
29: Truncate
28: Henrik Schwarz
27: Dubfire
26: Tale Of Us
25: Josh Wink
24: Carlo Lio
23: Marcel Dettmann
22: Slam
21: Nicole Moudaber

20: Mr. G

A true veteran of the UK underground scene, it’s well-known
that Colin McBean AKA Mr. G’s back
catalogue is brimming with over 20 years of gold, with releases
and remixes on the likes of Loaded, Rekids, Hypercolour and
BPitch Control alongside his own Phoenix G. However, it’s his
new works that land him a coveted spot in our top 20 this year.
His ‘All About Expression’ EP was a weighty hello to modern
Techno fans and the end of 2016 saw Mr. G drop his 5th studio
album, ‘A Good Place…?’ via his own Phoenix G (and what a
release it was) featuring a blend of genres and influences,
unearthing musical gems like ‘Yard Food’, ‘In the Sun Finally!’
and ‘One For The Headz’ (the latter which remained our third
highest-selling Techno tracks well into 2017). It’s great to
see McBean take more of a centre stage in the scene over the
past few years with his new sounds, proving that his appeal not
only spans countries, but generations too.

19: Oliver Huntemann

Last year saw Techno dream team Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann
storm the charts with both their ‘Retrospectivo’ compilation
and their ‘Elements Remixed’ project, that had Joseph Capriati
remix their 2011 collaborative effort ‘Terra’ to massive effect
(landing it a spot in our top Techno tracks for both 2016 and
2017). Huntemann followed up this year with his fifth studio
album, ‘Propaganda’, via his own Senso Sounds imprint, a
release that cemented Huntemann’s place near the top of the
Techno tree. The Senso Sounds label boss has amassed over 20
years in the game and there’s no doubt in our minds of the
Hamburg native’s huge influence in the European Techno scene.
If the last two years have been anything to go by, there will
be more exciting things on the way from Huntemann in 2018.

18: Julian Jeweil

A new entry this year, Julian Jeweil just had to have a place
in this list. The French producer’s brand of modern European
Techno has found homes via respected imprints Suara, Drumcode,
Tronic and Octopus Recordings, leading to impressive support
from the likes of Monki, Gabriel Rocha, Benji B and Matt
Sassari. His Drumcode EPs ‘Space’ and ‘Rolling’ seriously
caught our attention here at Traxsource HQ this year and proved
that Julian Jeweil is well on his way to the top in 2018. But
the real jewel in Jeweil’s crown this year has got to be his
stunning remix of Moby’s classic ‘Porcelain’ that dropped via
Suara back in April. A well-crafted Techno homage and one our
our top sellers in the genre for 2017.

17: Mark Broom

It was fantastic to see the legendary Mark Broom back on the
scene this year! With a career that dates back to the early
‘90s, Broom has almost 3 decades of industry experience under
his belt as a DJ, producer and all the while sitting at the
helm of his iconic Beardman label. He’s remained something of a
pillar for the Techno community, particularly in the UK, having
landed his productions on the finest Techno has to offer, from
Blueprint and Ostgut to Warp, M-Plant and Soma. 2017 saw Broom
step into the limelight once again, dropping a versatile mix of
fire across the Techno and Electronic spectrum. Favourites for
us this year included ‘One Sound’ and ‘King’ via EPM Music and remixing for the likes of Mark
Fanciulli & Rob Cockerton, Maral Salmassi, Julian Jeweil
and Guti.

16: D-Unity

Another year in the top 20 for D-Unity and he’s been pushing
hard, as is evident from his steady stream of releases on the
likes of Intec, Session Womb, Transmit and his own Unity
Records and District Audio imprints. As an artist we’ve been
supporting for a while, it was great to see him with a healthy
presence in the best-selling Techno tracks of the year,
including both tracks on his collaboration with Matt Sassari
for the ‘I Like It’ EP, plus his remix of Deborah De Luca &
Giorgio Rusconi’s ‘Chain Reaction’ coming in at #35, and his
late-2016 release ‘Sinner’ (via Suara) finishing as the second
highest-selling Techno track of this year. More big things on
the way from this guy in 2018!

15: Matt Sassari

Rising a massive 20 places on last year’s list, Matt Sassari
has shown us he’s a serious force to be reckoned with in 2018
and beyond. DJ, producer and owner of Panterre Records, the
Frenchman has been keeping busy in the studio and his
productions (on the likes of Glasgow Underground, Tronic, Intec
and Transmit) are receiving massive support from a global body
of artists, including Man Without A Clue, Kevin Saunderson,
D-Formation and Mattei & Omich – and Traxsource
Techno-heads too. As if that wasn’t enough, following on from
the huge Intec collaboration ‘Fired Up’ last year with D-Unity,
the pair joined forces once more for the ‘I Like It’ EP in
September, which landed not one, but two places in our
top-selling Techno tracks of the year list. It seems like it’s
full speed ahead for Sassari from now on.


The last few years have been nothing short of an insane ride
for Charles McCloud Duff AKA
Matrixxman. Another new face for this year’s list, Duff first
burst on the scene in 2013 and has been attracting serious
attention from industry ears since his epic 2015 debut album
‘Homesick’ on Ghostly International. Fast-forward only two
years and the California-based artist is swimming in support
from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Levon Vincent, Len Faki,
Boddika, Jeff Mills and Seth Troxler and has been catapulted to
the forefront of the scene, even teaming up with
artist-of-the-moment Honey Dijon for her ‘Personal Slave’
release earlier this year via Classic Music Company (a
highlight for us this year alongside his December single
‘Sexual Frustration’ and his 303-heavy ‘Arrival’ via the
‘Sector II: Acid’ EP). A serious mover and shaker, dancing
somewhere between Chicago Acid House and Detroit Techno, with a
retro sound that’s found solid fans with the Dekmantel crowd.

13: Victor Ruiz

If you didn’t know his name already, now is the time to get
acquainted because 2017 really put Brazilian Victor Ruiz on the
Techno map. He kicked off the year in style with his club
banger ‘Red Light’ via Oliver Huntemann’s Senso Sounds and as
the year pressed on, he maintained a relentless production
schedule, showing us just how crucial he is to this year’s
list. With his dark and atmospheric take on Moby’s ‘Go’ via the
Suara remix package back in April and with further releases on
Techno staples Tronic, Elevate and Octopus, it’s clear Victor
Ruiz is a name to watch out for in the next few months.

12: Reinier Zonneveld

It seemed like there was barely a moment’s rest for Reinier
Zonneveld in 2017. Between running his Filth On Acid label,
touring the length and breadth of Europe, releasing EPs on the
likes of Suara and Stil Vor Talent and remixing the likes of
Steve Mulder and Victor Ruiz, you’d be forgiven for thinking
these were the accomplishments of a more established artist.
And yet, at the tender age of just 26, it seems that the road
is just beginning for the Dutchman and his melodic electronic
sound. The Techno world is very much Zonneveld’s oyster and
we’re certain you’ll be finding him even higher up this list in

11: Adam Beyer

Undeniably one of the most influential names in Techno right
now, and potentially all of dance music. The Swedish DJ,
producer and label owner of course earns himself another year
in our top artists list as the driving force of the mighty
Drumcode. The podcast and label has reached unfathomable
heights as a platform for emerging Techno artists and become
one of the strongest brands in electronic music right now, with
Beyer making global appearances for Awakenings, Melt,
Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Junction 2, Elrow and Cocoon in
Ibiza. Musical highlights for us this year included his
collaborations with Pig&Dan ‘Capsule’ and ‘We Are E’ and
Enrico Sangiuliano on ‘Preset Heaven’ – all of which made it
into our best-selling Techno tracks for 2017. Hats off Adam, to
another great year.

10: Amelie Lens

Techno has a new leading lady in the form of Amelie Lens and
it’s been nothing short of a meteoric rise for the Belgian DJ.
This year has taken her all the way to Awakenings, the infamous
annual ‘Drumcode Halloween’ party in London – and beyond.
High-octane, driving Techno is the name of the game in her
highly-regarded performances and her productions have graced
the sets of Techno greats the world over. Our favourites from
Lens this year had to be ‘Follow’ via Second State Audio and
her September Drumcode smash ‘In Silence’, pure fire!

9: Enrico Sangiuliano

Supported by the likes of Sven Vath, Alan Fitzpatrick, Pan Pot
and Joseph Capriati, it’s easy to see why Sangiuliano is such
hot property right now. ‘Preset Heaven’, Sangiuliano’s
collaboration with Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, was up there with
one of our favourite Techno tracks of the entire year. A
reflection on the more accessible side of Techno we’ve seen
coming through recently, and also of the consistency we can
always rely on from the Italian. We’re looking forward to more
of it in the coming year!

8: Kevin Saunderson

The Detroit Techno legend’s career is one of the most storied
in all of electronic music, as he remains both a pioneering
figurehead for the genre and one of the most influential and
important Techno artists on the planet. This year was no
different, as we witnessed more magic from Saunderson as he
teamed up with KiNK for the punchy ‘Idyllic’, revisited his
early E-Dancer works via his KMS
label and tastefully remixed his Inner City works to phenomenal
effect, with both ‘Big Fun 2017’ and ‘Good Life 2017’ flying up
the charts to no.1 spots. Right now we can’t imagine a time
when Kevin Saunderson won’t be appearing in this list.

7: Deetron

Switzerland’s Sam Geiser aka Deetron has built an unwavering
reputation on being one of the most consistent names in the
House and Techno sphere. 2017 witnessed Deetron remix for the
likes of Fritz Kalkbrenner, Len Faki and Customer, as well as
releasing the ‘DoubleSix Takes Vol. 1’ EP via his own label
Character. Towards the end of the year, he compiled the best of
his 200+ remixes to date onto the ‘Re-Creation’ retrospective,
including his work for the likes of Todd Terje, No Artificial
Colours, Jimpster, Tiga and Jamiroquai (whom he also supported
on his European tour), to name just a few. With his creativity
refusing to conform to any particular genre, we are constantly
reminded just impactful Geiser truly is and his unique brand of
electronic music still makes him one of the most exciting
artists around at the end of 2017.

6: Radio Slave

Moving up two places from last year, Matt Edwards AKA Radio Slave is always a serious contender in
these lists. The producer / label boss has had another
fantastic year, defined heavily by his own musical output on
his forward-thinking label, Rekids, including his march release
‘Another Club’ and his brilliant album ‘Feel The Same’
(released back in September). Cutting-edge electronic music is
a staple for Edwards and we’re always looking out for what he’s
going to do next.

5: Loco & Jam

The Northern Irish duo are unstoppable right now. It’s been
another year of no-nonsense Techno ragers from the boys, with
their huge build in momentum stemming from a wealth of releases
on heavyweights like Toolroom, Stereo Productions, Suara and
Terminal M. Their melodic roller ‘Splitting Minds’ could be
heard on dancefloors everywhere from Ibiza to Amsterdam and
only 6 years on from their debut release, it’s another year in
the top 5 for Loco & Jam. We’re expecting a lot more heat
from the guys in 2018.

4: Pig&Dan

They say two heads are better than one, and the combined
brainpower of Pig&Dan is something we love to watch, year
in and year out. Their epic ‘Chemistry’ release via Adam
Beyer’s Drumcode, released at the end of last year, easily hit
our top 5 best-selling Techno tracks for 2017 and could be
heard in sets for months all over the world. Fast-forward a few
months and we find the boys producing more brilliance on the
likes of Elevate, Wasabi Recordings and dropping one of our
favourite Pig&Dan tracks, ‘Get Me On’, picked up by Monika
Kruse on her Terminal-M imprint. It’s exactly these kind of
hard-hitting late-night anthems that makes Pig&Dan an
essential part of the current musical landscape.

3: Floorplan / Robert Hood

Quite simply a living legend, Robert Hood aka Floorplan weighs
in at #3 for us this year. Whilst 2016 may have been the year
for loyal fans of his Floorplan alias (due to the highly
anticipated and thoroughly well-regarded release of his
‘Victorious’ LP), 2017 yielded amazing treats for patient fans
of his tougher Robert Hood moniker. Dekmantel’s pioneering
label dedicated their 50th release to ‘Paradygm Shift’, the
first Robert Hood album since 2012. The Detroit legend also
tirelessly toured the globe, joined the Rekids party to remix
label boss Radio Slave’s ‘Feel The Same’ as Floorplan, and he
even remixed his own Floorplan track ‘Let The Church’ as Robert
Hood too! Just another year in the office for this titan of

2: Len Faki

It had to be top two for Len Faki. A resident for Berlin’s
‘temple of Techno’ Berghain since its opening in 2004, it’s
easy see why his tour schedule is consistently packed and as an
alumnus of the likes of Techno mainstays Ostgut Ton, Rekids and
Cocoon, Len Faki’s name has remained very en vogue in Techno
circles of late. The brains (and ears) behind labels like
Monoid, Feis, Figure and more recently Podium, Faki’s
production and A&R skills have secured him a place in the
hearts of Techno fans across the globe. 2017 saw a flurry of
activity via his Figure and Podium imprints, whilst Faki also
found the time to remix the likes of Radio Slave and Michael
Burkat. Judging by his presence over the last 12 months, the
Berghain resident is an artist we know will be dominating this
list for years to come.

It’s another year at the top for KiNK! Our #1 Techno artist
back in 2015, and one of our favourite artists right now at
Traxsource HQ, KiNK’s artistic combination of versatility,
humble nature and, above all, pure talent sees him reclaim
the top spot this year. It’s been non-stop for the Bulgarian
in 2017, and he became one of the most talked about artists
of the year as he dropped his album ‘Playground’ on Gerd
Jansen’s eclectic Running Back imprint alongside his
brilliant remix of Radio Slave’s ‘Children Of The E’. He was
also chosen to kick off DGTL’s Festival’s new label venture
DGTL Records with his atmospheric
yet club-ready package ‘Dynamo and Neutrino’, featuring the
epic ‘Neutrino’, our best-selling Techno track of the year.
All of this alongside touring his insane live performances
that utilise more hardware than you can shake a stick at.
Congratulations again KiNK!

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Melbourne is getting a new 5000-capacity event space

New 5000-capacity event space ‘B3’ will be unveiled in
Melbourne next year.

Promoter Novel has kept details scarce in its first
announcement, only hinting the basement-car-park-look space was
close to the city centre, and offering a glimpse at its
potential through a short teaser video.

Novel director Daniel Teuma said: “One aspect sorely lacking in
Melbourne’s nightlife is an inner-city location suitable for
large-scale, indoor events. We are extremely confident that we
have found the right venue to fill that gap.”

“To ensure each occasion is truly special, B3 will only host
three events per year and feature artists who have transcended
their respective niches to become full-blown scene icons.”

The venue’s sound will be provided by Full Throttle, the team
responsible for overseeing sound at Australian festivals
Rainbow Serpent, Subsonic, Let Them Eat Cake, Strawberry Field
and Pitch Music & Arts.

Lighting and installations will be overseen by Colourblind and
John Fish.

Check out the teaser video below.

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CC:DISCO! unveils new Antipodean compilation on Soothsayer

Melbourne good times purveyor CC:DISCO! has shared details of a
new compilation focusing on fresh artists from Australia and
New Zealand.

Featuring locals Jace XL, Nite Fleit, Rings Around Saturn, Love
Deluxe and Sui Zhen, as well as Manuel Darquart from NZ, ‘First
Light: Volume 1’ channels the radio host’s mantra of ‘less chin
stroking, more dancing’ across its 12 tracks.

Speaking of the the first slice, Jace XL’s soulful ‘Really Want
That’, CC said: “I remember the first time I heard Jace sing in
a bar, at first I thought a DJ was playing, then I looked up to
see Jace singing his guts out. He blew me away. Jace’s voice is
amazing and to me, a huge part of what’s going on in Australian

The release is out on Soothsayer in February 2018. Stream
‘Really Want That’ below.

Spotify Stats Reveal Just How Huge Of A Year 2017 Was For The Chainsmokers

2017 was the year of The Chainsmokers! 61
countries. 101 million fans. 162 million hours of listening.
And that’s just if you count Spotify!

As part of Spotify’s 2017 Wrapped movement, these stats have
been officially announced and The Chainsmokers are obviously
stoked about it. In a post revealing these accomplishments, the
electronic duo shared some thoughts on their success.

“This sort of stuff is so motivating. If you’re an artist out
there never bet against yourself and keep proving everyone

The Chainsmokers also claimed 3 of Spotify’s 15 most streamed dance
for 2017. They nabbed #1, #3 and #7 with hit songs
“Something Just Like This,” “Paris,” and “Closer” (the last of
which was released in 2016). The Chainsmokers strongly
represent EDM as far as Spotify listening goes for 2017.

Congrats to The Chainsmokers on all their massive
accomplishments this year!

Spotify 2017 Wrapped – The Chainsmokers


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Spotify Stats Reveal Just How Huge Of A Year 2017 Was For The Chainsmokers

Brooks Reveals How He And Martin Garrix Created “Boomerang”

Martin Garrix (as GRX) and
Brooks released a new song
“Boomerang” this past October, but as with any production, it’s
been in the works for much, much longer.

At Dancefair 2017, Brooks engaged fans and
contemporaries in a 40 minute masterclass that went over all
the intricacies behind the production of “Boomerang,” from the
synths to the sample packs and arrangement.

Seasoned producers will likely find most use in the masterclass
from the revelation of what plugins were used, however
producers at any level are likely to find at least something in
the 40 minutes that they might not have realized.

Check out the full video below and listen to “Boomerang” again

Brooks Reveals How He And Martin Garrix Created “Boomerang”

Ephwurd teams up with Insominac for LA takeover at Belasco Theater

The power duo, EPHWURD, which is
comprised of producers and DJs DATSIK and BAIS HAUS, has
recently announced their headlining performance on Friday,
December 15 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California
to wrap up this year. From their stage performances at
festivals like EDC Las Vegas to Lollapalooza, beginning their
own record label and radio show, 2017 has been a tremendous
year for these two talents. They will be bringing along
favorites like LUCA LUSH, WHIPPED CREAM,
of course the prized PK Sound system to ensure there will be
plenty of bass all night long.

Tickets are available

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NGHTMRE & Dillon Francis comes together on “Another Dimension”

You know when two heavyweight DJs and producers collaborate on
a record it’s going to be out of this world. NGHTMRE and DILLON FRANCIS
came together on their latest collaborative track titled,
“Another Dimension.” The record packs pounding bass with an
infectious percussion and synths elements that combined with
the lyrical opening “Pay close attention, I’ll take the brain
to another dimension,”. “Another Dimension” is the fourth and
final track on NGHTMRE’s “II” EP, out on Mad Decent. Be sure to
catch NGHTMRE as he continues touring below.

Tour Dates:
12/14 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
12/15 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
12/16 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
12/17 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
12/20 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
12/21 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
12/22 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
12/23 – Terminal 5 – New York City, NY
12/26 – Solaris Winter Music Festival – Toronto, Canada
12/28 – Beta Nightclub – Denver, CO
12/29 – Lights All Night – Dallas, TX
12/29 – Resolution – Seattle, WA
12/30 – Lights All Night – Dallas, TX
12/31 – OMFG! NYE 2018 – San Diego, CA

Tickets for his tour are available here.

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Caleb Lau

Traxsource Top 100 Soulful House Artists of 2017

Vivacious vocals and bouncing beats were everywhere this year,
with the more soulful end of the house spectrum finding a new
generation of adoring fans in the UK, across Europe to
festivals in Croatia, and in Africa as well as traditional
heartlands in the USA. A strong
channel back to the original New York house scene, the sound
has really been going from strength to strength over past few
years; it refuses to fade away.

Home to some of the most revered and respected DJs and
producers in house music, the soulful scene is also the place
that sees many internationally recognized singers crossover.
From Jill Scott to Adeva via Faith Evans, the strength is in
its funk-fuelled flavors and instrumental brilliance that draws
people on the floor.

No matter what the current ‘on trend’ sound may be, the cream
always rises to the top.

100: Monodeluxe
99: Shino Blackk
98: Soulbridge
97: Distant People
96: Thomas Blondet
95: Alton Miller
94: DJ Oji
93: Nikos Diamantopoulos
92: FCL
91: Larry Espinosa
90: DjPope
89: Bobby D’Ambrosio
88: Kyle Kim
87: ANT

86: Kelvin Sylvester
85: Sterling Ensemble
84: David Bailey
83: Rightside
82: Prefix One
81: Johan S
80: DJ Romain
79: Wipe the Needle
78: Terrence Parker
77: Vick Lavender
76: DJ Beloved
75: Demarkus Lewis
74: Steven Stone
73: Ron Trent
72: Muzikman Edition
71: Brian Power
70: Lem Springsteen
69: The Journey Men
68: Emmaculate
67: Jayclectic
66: Sean Ali
65: Rapson
64: Ross Couch
63: M. Caporale
62: Timmy Regisford
61: Neapolitan Soul
60: Ashley Beedle
59: The Rhythm Sessions
58: Peppe Citarella
57: Cafe 432
56: Aldo Bergamasco
55: Shane D
54: Stacy Kidd
53: Michele Chiavarini
52: Ziggy Funk
51: Kenny Carpenter
50: Soulfuledge
49: The Layabouts
48: Booker T
47: Soul Clap
46: Mike Dunn
45: Glenn Underground
44: Ralf GUM
43: Mark Francis
42: Sir LSG
41: Kai Alce
40: Jihad Muhammad
39: Groove Junkies
38: Adam Rios
37: Micky More & Andy Tee
36: Gary Hudgins
35: Souldynamic
34: Ian Friday
33: Zepherin Saint
32: Mr. V
31: Hallex M
30: MdCL
29: Mark Di Meo
28: John Khan & Earl Tutu
27: Marc Cotterell
26: Dave Anthony
25: Josh Milan
24: Thommy Davis
23: DJ Fudge
22: Eric Kupper
21: Kiko Navarro

20: David Morales

Another great year for the legendary David Morales, with the
super-producer pushing out his contemporary soulful sound
alongside a number of sublime Afro-inspired tracks. ‘Hela’ with
Toshi on MoDef hit all the right notes on the world’s
dancefloors this year, alongside ‘Esperanza’ with Luciano on
Cadenza and his old school inspired re-rub of Robert Clivilles’
‘Set Me Free’ on Nervous.

19: Jamie Lewis

The Purple Music boss enjoyed a fantastic 12 months, with a
series of sublime releases alongside the launch of his new
sub-label – Purple Disco Records. Big tracks this year included
his innovative disco slant on the Snap classic ‘Rhythm Is A
Dancer’, the superb ‘You Change My World’ featuring Marc Evans
and the super-funky ‘It’s Alright’ with vocals from Lisa
Millett, whilst his re-rub of Papik ‘Figli Delle Stelle’ was
our favorite of his many remixes in 2017.

18: Richard Earnshaw

The Liberace of the soulful house scene had another spectacular
year with non-stop hits over the last 12 months. His remix of
‘So Long Gone’ by Brian Power and Rebecca Scales started 2017
with a bang, and his reworkings of ‘Back 2 Love’ by Newman
& Stephanie Cooke and ‘Perception’ by Groove Junkies – plus
further output under his Spiritcatcher and One51 guises –
maintained this high standard all year long.

17: Crackazat

UK musician Crackazat is one of the most intricate producers in
the house music scene and he didn’t disappoint over the last 12
months. Big releases all year long on Local Talk, Z Records,
Plastik People and Ovum cemented his place as the musician’s
producers, with big tracks like ‘Proton Blue’, ‘Latican Boogie’
and ‘Sundial’ ending up in the boxes of Hot Toddy, Saison,
Terry Hunter, Husky and many more. Big in the game.

16: Kenny Dope

Big tracks all year long from the Dope Man with epic releases
throughout the past year. His label Dopewax went from strength
to strength, pushing out heavyweight joints like ‘Piano Groove’
and ‘In Need’, but don’t sleep on his gold-standard remixes of
Mike City & Faith Evans’ ‘When I Luv’ and Purple Disco
Machine’s ‘Love For Day’. Kenny even had the honor of being
Strictly Rhythm 900th release this year. The governor.

15: Opolopo

One of the most talented musicians in the house scene with his
blend of keys and vocoder creating a truly unique soulful
sound. A great year for the Swedish was topped with huge
releases on Defected, Papa, Z and TR Records, like his remixes
of Crystal Water’s ‘Testify’, Urban Sound Lab’s ‘Karma’ and
Woody Bianchi’s ‘Keep Doin’ It’. Impeccable.

14: Reel People

The soulful house connoisseur always knows to look out for Reel
People releases, and this year was no exception. Their
re-interpretation of the Sunshine Anderson classic ‘Heard It
All Before’ was a huge hit, whilst ‘Purple Funk’ and their
recent remix of David Federmann’s ‘Cherry Tree’ opened the
hearts and minds of dancefloors across the globe.

13: Sandy Rivera / Kings Of

Another sterling year for Sandy Rivera with a plethora of big
tracks under his own name and the Kings of Tomorrow moniker.
Standouts included the deep and moody ‘Try A Little Tenderness’
on Defected, his superb remix of Sonny Fodera’s ‘Caught Up’ on
Soul Heaven Records and the 2017 update of his classic
‘Changes’ on deepvisionz.

12: DJ Spinna

One of the scene’s most legendary producers, DJ Spinna
continued releasing serious heat over the past 12 months. His
remix work was as sublime as ever, with his reworkings of
Hallex M’s ‘Feeling’ on Groove Odyssey, The Foreign Exchange’s
‘Body on Makin Moves’ and Tony Momrelle’s ‘Love Me Again’ on
Reel People Music scorching the dancefloors this year.

11: Moon Rocket

New York producer and keyboard whizz Raffa Scoccia aka Moon
Rocket had a fantastic year with his superb tracks spanning
various genres on Traxsource over the past 12 months. Big
tracks included ‘Go’, ‘Situationship’ and ‘Another Dimension’
on Doomusic, plus a whole host of other firing releases on Soul
Deluxe, MONOSIDE, MoBlack and Cut Rec

10: David Harness

Oakland-based DJ/Producer David Harness enjoyed a string of big
productions over the past 12 months with releases on Blaze
Imprints, Makin Moves, Moulton Music, Nervous and Papa Records.
His remix of Kevin Hedge’s ‘My Beat’ was a huge crossover hit
with support from Karizma, Ralf Gum, Roger Sanchez and Joeski,
while the recent Barry White influenced ’We Got It’ is a great
way to end the year. Big album in the pipeline for next year

9: Groove Assassin

Straight Outta Sheffield and into our Top Ten is Nick Moss aka
Groove Assassin. The Things May Change label boss and veteran
UK producer enjoyed a prolific year, with big tracks on his own
label like ‘No Drama’, ‘Baby Baby’, ‘Lonely’, ‘The Mothership’
and ‘Carried Away’. Non-stop floorfillers. Always on point.

8: Terry Hunter

Soulful house legend Terry Hunter needs no introduction, so
let’s get straight down to business on another outstanding year
for Chi-Town’s finest. With a consistent stream of huge
releases on his own T’s Box label like ‘I Found Love’ ft.
Kadesh, ‘Queen’ ft. Angie Fisher and ‘Circle of Life’ ft. Mya
hitting all the right notes, it was his sublime remix of The
Late Night Affair’s Luther-inspired ‘Still In Love’ that saw
the likes of thatmanmonkz, Mr.V, Todd Terry and DJ Spen pay
special homage to one of the great house music producers.

7: Sean McCabe

The classy British producer and DJ enjoyed a fantastic year,
with his label Good Vibrations Music going from strength to
strength. Big tracks on the imprint included ‘New World’ with
Pete Simpson and Lem Springsteen, ‘Grow (After The Storm)’ with
Dawn Williams and ‘It Can Be’ with Mr. V. Plus don’t sleep on
his superb piano remix of Louie Vega & Vikter Duplaix’s
‘Gimme Some More’ on Vega Records.

6: Rhemi

The super-funky duo of Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk make up
Rhemi, who had a great year both in the studio and with their
label Rhemi Music. The London based partnership enjoyed success
with ‘Live Life Free’, ‘Beat Within’ and ‘Feel Me’, whilst
their remixes of Louie Vega and Adeva’s ‘In The Morning’ saw
big support from Joey Negro, DJ Spen and Terry Hunter to name
just a few.

5: Karizma

Baltimore bad-boy Karizma has got more hits under his belt than
Omar Little from ‘The Wire’, and this year was no exception to
the rule. Big tracks included ‘Work It Out’ on Lumberjacks In
Hell – which ended up in front rooms throughout North America
courtesy of a major TV advert – his remix of Shimza’s
‘Destino’, and the jazzy soulful goodness of ‘The Power’ which
crossed over into the sets of Man Without a Clue, Kiko Navarro,
Mark Di Meo and more. Always big in the game.

4: Reelsoul

A big year for William Rodriquez III
aka Reelsoul, with a string of big releases and the launch of
his new label – Reelsoul Musik. His work with DJ Spen on
‘Heaven’ for Soul Heaven garnered support from Kenny Dope, DJ
Spinna and Sean McCabe, with other prominent tracks including
‘Get Myself Together’ with Mr. V, ‘Found A Way’ with Sheila
Ford and amazing remix of Rob Haye’s ‘To Be With You’ on
Soulstice Music.

3: Joey Negro

British DJ and producer Joey Negro has been a champion of the
soulful house sound for decades, and it’s great to see him
still at the top of his game in 2017. The Z Records label boss
enjoyed great success this year with ‘You Know How to Love Me’,
the new update of the classic ‘Must Be The Music’, ‘Won’t Let
You Go’ and his reinterpretation of Atlantic Starr’s ‘Circles’,
all on his own label Z Records. Legendary status unlocked.

2: Louie Vega

Last year’s Soulful House Artist of the Year has enjoyed
another superb 12 months with a slew of releases and remixes
that really set the soulful scene on fire. ‘Set Me Free’ with
Eric Kupper on Hysteria destroyed dancefloors across the globe,
whilst ‘Can’t Let You Go’ with Loleatta Holloway secured Louie
his sixth (!) Grammy nomination. With further highlights
including re-rubs of the Sylvester classic ‘Dance (Disco Heat)’
and John Davis & The Monster Orchestra’s ‘Up Jumped The
Devil’, we enjoyed another Master-ful year from one of the
scene’s true pioneers.

One of the hardest-working DJ and producers on the house
music scene showed no signs of slowing down over the past 12
months. With a plethora of releases over the last 12 months
from his two labels, Quantize and Unquantize, plus scores of
remixes under his belt, it’s safe to say DJ Spen was a man in
demand this year.

Spen started his production career at the tender age of 13. A
little known fact is that in 1986 he wrote and recorded a
unknown track called ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, which ended
up being an international Number 1 for Milli Vanilla (even
though they didn’t actually sing it!). Not a bad introduction
to the songwriting game, we’re sure you’ll agree. From here,
Spen joined Basement Boys Records, where he formed the Jasper
Street Company, and later joined forces with Karizma to
create one of the most enduring duos in house music history.

But let’s look more at the here and now, as we could spend
hours going over Spen’s contribution to contemporary house
music. This year alone sees a massive TWENTY DJ Spen tunes in our Top 200 Soulful
House Tracks of 2017, with big personal tracks this year like
‘Heaven’ with Reelsoul on Groove Odyssey, ‘Think (About It)’
with Barbara Tucker and ‘I Feel’ with Ann Nesby. Spen’s remix
roster has been nothing short of prolific, with huge re-rubs
on the likes of Black Motion’s ‘Rainbow’ on Defected, Ali
Tennant and Ronnie Herel’s ‘Free Love,’ DJ Fudge’s ‘Don’t
Wanna Miss A Thing’ and Groove Assassin’s ‘Fireflyin’’.

It’s producers like DJ Spen that keep the soulful house fire
burning bright. With a career that’s spanned decades now,
it’s great to see the same enthusiasm today as what first
propelled him into the international arena almost 30 years
ago. It’s this unbridled work ethic, intertwined with a
unique talent, that sees DJ Spen rightfully at the top of the
pile this year as our Number One Soulful House Artist of

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