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
Wax

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
Tomorrow

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
list.


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
favourite.



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
Hardsoul.

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.

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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
summer.


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
notable.


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
Thomas.

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
2018.

Releases on Traxsource.

http://news.traxsource.com/articles/2742/traxsource-top-100-vocalists-of-2017

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Traxsource’s Best Selling Tracks of 2017

2017 has been another spectacular year for electronic music,
offering up a wealth of dancefloor gold from both familiar
faces and lesser-known heroes on the rise. Our annual
‘Best-Selling Tracks’ list is always an interesting one,
delivering a mixed bag of delights from across the dance music
spectrum, with sure-fire season-long anthems nestled in amongst
underground builders. This year is no exception, we present you
a transparent insight into what working DJs were spinning
across global dancefloors, a vibrant and eclectic mix of genres
that showcases not only our constantly varied DJ customer base
but highlights the diversity of sounds popular within dance
music right now. Although it was undeniable that the influence
of Disco shone particularly brightly this year, its iconic
vocals, distinctive percussion and quirky guitar riffs infused
into the fibers of almost every genre.

So take a trip down memory lane and relive 2017 with our Best
Selling Tracks of the year, the year’s biggest underground
sounds, from Deep and sexy House numbers to speaker-shaking
Techno, peak-time Tech House, Afro, Disco and everything in
between. We present our Best Selling Tracks of 2017. Which was
your favorite?


10. Miguel Migs – ‘Broken Barriers’ (Tribute) – Salted

March unearthed another winner from the Salted Music camp.
Miguel Migs’ ‘Broken Barriers’ (Tribute) landed itself on
pretty much every summery compilation this year. A poolside
essential, this smooth, sun-drenched groover was driven by a
slow build of infectious guitar licks and clipped vocals, and
was justifiably championed by everyone from Roland Clark and
Angelo Ferreri to Kevin Yost. Also included on compilations by
taste-making labels such as Future Disco and Toolroom, it drove
straight up the charts and into the hearts of the masses.

9. SAMO – ‘Straight On’ (Original
Mix) – Cruise Music

SAMO’s ‘Straight On’ was just pure fun in a record, all 6
minutes and 3 seconds of it. A strong Jackin’ backbone fleshed
out with funky Disco body, via Cruise Music. Using elements of
Gwen McCrae’s classic 1978 cover ‘Let’s Straighten It Out’,
SAMO created the perfect club tool
for any set, fusing a familiar feel with a fresh new zest.

8. David Penn – ‘Yeah Yeah’ (Original Mix) – Urbana
Recordings

Urbana Recordings delivered a winner this year with David
Penn’s ‘Yeah Yeah’. A fist-pumping banger that dominated the
top spot during the summer months thanks to powerful keys and
enticing vocals. Put quite simply, a cut of high-impact 4/4
House mischief.

7. Joey Negro – ‘Must Be The Music’ – Z Records

Taken from his hugely successful second solo album ‘Produced
With Love’, Joey Negro aka Dave Lee chose to tackle a classic
song in response to increasing demand for the original in his
DJ sets. A spritely rework of a perennial favorite, we’re
positive it will be Lee’s remix being requested in clubs for
some time.

6. Floyd Lavine – ‘Masala’ (Pablo Fierro Remix) –
RISE

We called this one from the start, the very first release from
the RISE label. Stemming from the
popular parties thrown at Berlin’s infamous Watergate, with the
likes of Hyenah and Culoe De Song, RISE progressed to become a pioneering brand in
the Afro / Tech space, and recently celebrated its 2nd
birthday. ‘Masala’ is an uplifting and emotive Afro House cut
with warm keys and an infectious whistle throughout, and we
watched Traxsource favorite Pablo Fierro come into his own on
the remix of South African-born Floyd Lavine. It set the bar
high for the forward-thinking RISE
crew, but we know the output will be consistent from here out.

5. Aeroplane – ‘Love On Hold’ (Extended Mix) –
Glitterbox

Both Aeroplane’s and Glitterbox’s first single release of the
year, ‘Love On Hold’ hit the mark immediately, instantly
topping our chart and garnering healthy support from across the
dance music community. Fuelled by glittering synths and a
persistent and undeniably funky bassline, this authentic slice
of infectious Disco House exists as a piece of 2017 musical
history with a timeless feel. Featuring the vocals of legendary
backing vocalist Tawatha Agee, ‘Love On Hold’ was a return to
Disco deviance that harks back to 80s brilliance.

4. Lexa Hill – ‘The Blues Man’ – Snatch!

Lexa Hill brought the fire with his ‘The Blues Man’ via Riva
Starr’s Snatch! Records imprint. A tune with drums for days,
‘The Blues Man’ did serious damage all over the White Isle this
summer. A track with real swing and an irresistible groove, we
know we’ll be dancing to this one for a while.

3. Phyllis Hyman – ‘You Know How To Love Me’ (Joey Negro
Extended Disco Mix) – Z Records

This one was always going to go straight to the top. Joey Negro
lovingly and tastefully brought Phyllis Hyman’s 1979 classic
into 2017 as part of his ever-popular ‘Remixed With Love’
series, drawing out the fun into over 10 minutes of delicious
Disco nostalgia and offering it up via the Z Record Ibiza 2017
compilation. Supported by the likes of Groove Armada, Horse
Meat Disco, Dr. Packer, Dimitri From Paris and DJ Spen, this
became an anthem for the festival season and beyond, with Honey
Dijon even spinning it in her massive Mixmag Live set back in
November. Alongside his reworks of ‘Love Hangover’, ‘Pull Up To
The Bumper’ and ‘Keep the Fire Burning’, this one will sit up
there with one of our favorite Joey Negro edits.

2. Kevin Hedge – ‘My Beat Spaced Out’ (Dave Harness Remix) –
Blaze Imprints

Dropped back in July, this slice of sultry Deep, Techy House
worked its way up the charts, supported by Joeski, Lord
Leopard, Karizma, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and DJ Spen
amongst many others. An instantly recognizable vocal and the
distinctive, yet respectful touch of Dave Harness gave us a
moody piece of pure late-night magic.

1. CamelPhat & Elderbrook – ‘Cola’ – Defected

It was hard to miss this one. It seemed like everybody had an
opinion on ‘Cola’ – a sure sign of a record making a
significant impact – but one thing was universally
acknowledged: it is an undeniable hit that broke from the
underground. Surpassing expectations in every conceivable
way, 2017 saw CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s tune fizz up like
the drink which inspired it, with the Defected crew properly
working the record like the old days, driving ‘Cola’ from
underground bubbler to Ibiza anthem to mainstream radio
A-list to bona fide pop hit. An infectious hook does the work
and landed it in the bag for DJs across the globe for months.
The now Grammy-nominated ‘Cola’ is a fine example of modern
House brilliance – this one will go down in history.

View the Top 200 Tracks of 2017: HERE


http://news.traxsource.com/articles/2733/traxsource-s-best-selling-tracks-of-2017

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This festive season, Purchase a Traxsource Gift Certificate for
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Now Hiring: Various Positions

Ever wanted to work at Traxsource? This is your
chance!

Traxsource is the ultimate underground music store, created,
built and managed by DJs and producers that have decades of
experience and who are still active in today’s thriving scene.
We cherry-pick only the finest new releases to be featured on
our site and delivered into the hands of the world’s DJ
community.

We’re searching for exceptional individuals as passionate about
dance music as we are to join our ever-expanding international
team. We’re currently recruiting for our global A&R and
Marketing departments, so whether you’re a seasoned label
A&R, touring DJ, or content whizz, there could be space for
you in the family.

We hand-select only the finest underground music to feature on
our platform and we recruit in much the same way, cultivating a
tight-knit community of experts from across the industry with a
shared love of underground house and techno. If you live and
breathe records, thrive in the fast-paced creative environment
and want to be part of the future of dance music then we
encourage you to apply for one of our openings and join the
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Our A&R team is at the core of what we do, listening to all
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Our Marketing team works closely with our A&R department,
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We’re looking for a talented video editor to work alongside our
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Get to know Italian Producer: Rico Casazza

London-based Rico Casazza is well-known for dropping
productions on the likes of Soma, Archipel, Plastic City,
Wiggle & Wavetec and for his compelling live and hardware
performances.

This month, Casazza joins the vibrant Beef records family with
a fresh new four tracker, the “They Move Fast” EP. We sat
Casazza down to find out a bit more about the new release, the
Beef crew and changing musical direction…


Hey Rico, thanks for chatting with us today! This is the
first time we’ve chatted with you so for anyone who’s not
familiar with your work yet, please give us a quick lowdown of
who you are and what you’re about.

I’m a dude that has been making and releasing music for the
past 10 years. My sound is constantly evolving, merging my
loves for ambiance, electronica, house, techno & electro.
I’m Italian but based in London and love the rush. I’ve
released on labels such as Archipel, Soma, Wiggle & Wavetec
– and now Beeeeef!

How did you first get into music, DJing, and production?

I’ve been always into music, first tuning my ears with 80s
electronica, rock, hip hop & classical music.
I started DJing in London in 2002 and got myself 2
technics & a Vestax mixer. I continued to get more obsessed
until my social life was 10% & my imaginary life 90%!

Funnily enough, my music production started on PlayStation
– there was a game called ‘music2000’, an amazing video game
and also a music program where you could make tracks – very
basic but so enthralling.

Are there any artists or DJs you particularly look up to as an
influence?  

Too many to name, so I’m going to try and be short here.

Burial – When I discovered his music, I connected to the
melancholy like never before.

Aphex Twin – Who does not love him? Epic music.

Piero Umiliani – An Italian composer of film scores, amazing
cinematic music – he embraced electronic music a lot as well
and he did some amazing stuff back in the 70s/80s.

Andy Stott – Really love his latest production and more
Electronica oriented music. Also, his techno stuff is great but
I prefer the style present on his ‘Faith in Strangers’ album.

You’re based in London, how do you find the scene there?

London has undeniably one of the best music scenes in the
world. It’s so multicultural and this rickles through to the
city’s creative spark. Fabric has especially given me an
amazing education in electronic music – in the early 2000s I
was a regular.

Your sound has taken a turn from a more minimal feel into
electro and acid now, was it a natural transition or did you
make a deliberate decision to switch things up and join the
Acid resurgence?

I’m one of those guys that likes to change directions from time
to time – to keep me on my toes. I can do industrial
techno one evening and the day after a filmic piece of
ambiance.    

I still produce minimal influenced stuff and I will release
more in the future. I’m just embracing a different vibe at the
moment…I’ll transform back, I PROMISE!

We’re here to celebrate your forthcoming release on Beef
records “They Move Fast”. How did you get in with the Beef guys
and why did you choose here to drop your new release?

Through some special friends and connections. London’s music
scene is so big but there are always mutual connections.

I recently made a good friend in Frederick from Loose Lips –
I’ve connected to him via my friends Kozber & Olin from
Littlebeatdifferent. He’s now the label manager at Beef Records
as well…and so it was through Frederick that I got to know
Schwa, the label-owner – music talks better than words!

What’s coming up next for you?

It’s a really exciting period for my release schedule. I’ve got
the following on its way:

1 remix for Clock Poets label which is coming out this
month,
1 track on a compilation for PlayitLoud! which is also coming
out this month, 
Beef Records vinyl release this winter,
1 remix for Masaki Uchida’s debut album (a wicked Japanese
producer to watch out for) on Loose Lips,
An EP for 22digit Records, with remixes from Inxec and
Varg,
An EP for Murge Recordings with remixes from Aubrey & Kirk
de Giorgio,
1 track for Wet Yourself’s 10 year V/A,
1 track for a compilation on Cultivated Electronics,
1 remix for Sinapsis Records,
1 track for Breakfast Musik V/A.



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Dj Pope Takes Us Inside His “90’s House Music” Compilation

In the 1990’s, the US Soulful House music scene was at its
zenith worldwide. Coming out of its raw, precocious age of the
late 80’s, US Soulful House (termed Underground, back then)
competed vigorously with Rap and R&B, even to the point of
an ill-fated marriage between Rap and House that had some
shining moments as Hip-House. Major labels were snatching up
the more consistent Soulful House music artists, regional
sounds from Chicago, Jersey, Detroit, Baltimore and
NYC became more sophisticated with
accompanying music videos. Underground clubs dotted the
northeast and were responsible for breaking regional hits that
ultimately became national hits then worldwide anthems
reinforced by radio stations that had its finger on the pulse
of the underground. Chicago native, DJ, Producer, Songwriter,
Baltimore planted DJ Pope came into his own in the within the
underground House and Soulful House music scene of the 90’s.
His affinity for the vocal performance is evident in his DJ
sets and the music he creates. Pope has put together an
interesting retrospective of eleven 90’s underground Soulful
House jewels (some of his favorites) that didn’t quite reach
the massive commercial successes of 90’s Soulful House tunes we
now deem classics but were strong dance-floor stompers that
were certainly contenders for club land anthems. We were
luckily enough to chat with DJ Pope to go through the album in
depth, track by track


1. LNR “Reachin” (Extended Vocal dub)

Produced by Larry Thompson & Rick Lenoir, Written b7 R.
Lenoir & L. Thompson. House Jam Records 1993

This tune reminds me of Chicago House Music, It gives me that
feeling when House music was fun and free. It was the perfect
record to start my mix show off on WEAA 88.9FM

2. Brothers In The Struggle “Come Together” (Little Kids Dub)

Produced by DjPope, Written by DjPope & Nicole Love for
Pope Pump Muzick ASCAP. Emotive
Records 1992 ***Bonus Track

This dub mix was a staple on my radio mix show “The Underground
Experience”.

3. Brothers In The Struggle “Come Together” (Dockins Come On
Mix)

Produced by DjPope, Written by DjPope & Nicole Love for
Pope Pump Muzick ASCAP. Emotive
Records 1992

This tune is special to me because it was my first record I
produced and co wrote with my then girlfriend. My college buddy
Charles Dockins helped make this deal possible with his great
mix, that Tony Humphries was banging ever week on his legendary
New York mix show.

4. Billy “Jack” Williams Ft. Jeanie Tracy “Call It Love” (4007
Mix)

Produced, Written and Mixed by Billy “Jack” Williams for
Critical House Mylo Blue Publishing Productions DC 10 Records
1996

I can remember being in the studio when Charles was working on
this remix and when I first heard it, I fell in love with it,
right then and there I knew it would be a classic.

5. Blunted Dummies “House For All”

Produced by Shawn Caesar & Ty James. Dj Boy Records
1992

This tune right here also brings back good memories of being on
the radio here in Baltimore. One Saturday night I am on the air
and the phone rings in the studio, so I go to answer it and
it’s two local dj’s Sean Cesar & Scotty B. After ringing
them in and hanging up the phone. I am thinking what do they
want, considering that they played a different style of dance
music than I played. When they got up to the station
they handed me this test pressing. Again I am thinking, why are
they giving me a record, I don’t play Baltimore Club Music? Let
me tell you when I dropped the needle on this record I was in
shock in a good way, so much that I played this track twice
that night on the radio.

6. Leslie Joy “What Is Happiness” (D & T Mix)

Produced by Dino & Terry Demopoulos, Shem Ali,Written
by Shem Ali, Vocals by Val Timothy, Crash Records 1995

This tune was a staple in Baltimore at a party we called Oasis.
This record had that Soul factor in it and it fit just right
for our dancers. The brothers out of Canada Dino & Terry
had their finger on the pulse back in the 90’s.

7. Project 4007 Ft. James Howard & Joe Wormly “It’s Our
Turn” (LP Version)

Produced, Mixed by Charles Dockins, Written by C. Dockins,
J. Howard, & J.Wormly Vocals by James Howard & Joe
Wormly Emotive Records 1993

This record was close to my heart, because I can say I broke
this record in Baltimore playing it from pitch control cassette
deck. The late Joe Wormly hung out with one of my roommates in
college, they both sang on Morgan State University choir. One
day after class I came home and when I walked into the house I
heard this singing in the basement, so I went down stairs to
investigate. Joe’s voice was strong and smoothed at the same
time, after they were done I asked him if he ever thought about
singing House Music, his response was no but he would try it. I
introduced him to Charles and the rest is history.

8. DC Track Team “Pressure” (Metro Mix)

Produced For 95 North Productions by Doug “Lone” Dog &
Richard “Party” Payton, Emotive Music,Party Payton
Music,Dungeon Culture Music. Emotive Records 1993

The 90’s had some great production teams and one of them was 95
North along with their many alias. It seem like Rich & Doug
could do no wrong with everything they touched, The Pressure
was one of those tracks that definitely got the party jumping.
It was one of your go to tracks if your dance floor was loosing
its energy.

9. Maydie Myles “Keep On Luvin” (Deep Luv Mix)

Composed, Produced,Egineer,Mixed by Kingsley O. Lead
Vocals,Backing Vocals Maydie Myles

This was one of my go to vocal records that I knew folks would
start screaming and jumping up and down loosing their minds.
Some 20 plus years later this record still has the same effect
on the dance floor, straight classic.

10. Baltimore Soul Tree “Hope In Your Soul” (C-Dock & Oji
Original Extended Mix)

Produced,Written by Charles Dockins & DjOji, Vocals by
Sande Velocity Recordings 1998

Another tune that was very close to my heart. It was produced
by two of my College friends Charles Dockins and my business
partner DjOji. I have always found myself more attracted to
vocals than instrumental tracks. This was one of those vocals
that spoke to my heart with its lyrical content. Songs like
this made it easier for me to tell my story when playing music.

11. Kingsley O. “The Hard Key Track” (Deeper Keys Mix)

Composed by. Performer,Producer, Mixed by Kingsley O. K4B
Records 1995

My Boston buddy Kingsley O had the head bangers, this track had
a type of aggression in it that had your speakers rumbling and
the bass booming. This peak hour track was non like any other
90’s track.



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Label Spotlight #034 – Quantize Recordings

This week’s label spotlight pops the lid on Spen’s Quantize
Recordings. An imprint dedicated to House music with a rich,
Soulful feel, Quantize is home to an incredible family of
artists that includes Yass, N’Dinga Gaba, Ziggy Funk, Marc
Evans and of course DJ Spen himself. Find out more about
Quantize as we sit down with DJ Spen..


Give us a bit of background on you, the label, and what your
influences are.

Quantize Recordings began in 2011 after DJ Spen and Thommy
Davis finished their work with Code Red Recordings. The
company’s first release “Until You” by N’Dinga Gaba, Marc Evans
and I did very well and set a high standard for everything that
followed. Many of the artists, producers, and musicians we’ve
worked with over the years including Gary Hudgins, Irvin
Madden, & Sheila Ford continued to work with us as we grew.
Initially, our main focus was Soulful and Gospel house, but we
quickly expanded our sound to include Deep House, Afro House,
and Soul, Funk, Disco. Our influences include the productions
of classic producers such as Quincy Jones, Gamble and Huff,
Ashford and Simpson, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and DJ’s
like Larry Levan, Tony Humphries, Timmy Regisford, and John
Morales. Their professional work is the epitome of sound.

What have been your favorite releases from the label over the
years?

Of course, the first record “Until You” by N’Dinga Gaba, DJ
Spen, and Marc Evans was a favorite. “What You Afraid of “ by
Ziggy Funk & Taliwa, “Let Me See You Clap your Hands” by
Michele Chiavarini, “Be Free” by Melissa B, “Home” by Tracy
Hamlin, and “La Costa” by Sheila Ford. These tracks represent
the sound and quality that we have become known for.

Tell us a bit about what’s upcoming for the label.

We have quite a few forthcoming projects on Quantize and
Unquantize. On the horizon are tracks from Diephuis &
Eastar featuring Jocelyn Brown, Barbara Tucker, Vonita White
(one of lead singer from Jasper Street Company), Sterling Void,
Dave Anthony, Paul “Trouble” Anderson A.K.A. Greedy T, Doug
Lazy, The Scientists of Sound, The Jersey Maestros, Keith
Nunnally, Warboy, and Hozay Clowney. We also have LP projects
coming from Byron Stingly, H.I.M.O.L, Gary Hudgins, Thommy
Davis, DJ Beloved , and Mark Francis, as well as Quantize
Quintessential and Unquantize Your Mind mixed compilations
featuring JayClectic, DJ Pope, John Khan & Earl TuTu, and
Soulfuledge. Finally, we’ve added new artists to our roster
like Matt Bianco, Neapolitan Soul feat Channelle, and Michele
Sodano, so expect even more sizzling productions.

Your best moment, so far, working at the label/ best project to
work on to date.

That’s a difficult question. As the label execs, we often wear
many hats from A&R to production, and mastering on some
projects. Some of the more memorable moments are always when we
get to work with iconic artist that we have admired their work,
from legendary vocalist to song writers, to stylish remixers
and musicians, it’s all memorable.

If you could have signed any record in the world, what would it
have been and why?

I think both of us would agree that it would be the “Off The
Wall” MJ album. The album was chocked full everything we
consider to be phenomenal! Writing, performance, production and
engineering at its best!

What do you look for when signing a record for the label? Any
tips for budding producers looking to get signed to the label?

We first look for a marketability to our audience when
listening to all demos. We love so many kinds of music, but we
want to make sure that the plan is to sell music we sign. After
years of doing the music business (starting from Basement Boys
and moving to Code Red) the sound of dance music has developed
and our aim is to give them what they want. We don’t overlook
new concepts as if they need to adhere to a particular sound,
but we want to love the music we sign. The rest we put in God’s
hands. The entire infrastructure of Quantize Recordings is not
owned by us, but by God. Anyone that knows us will tell you
that this is God’s label and we are honored to manage it in
Jesus’ name.



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A&R Sessions #038 – Techno w/ Jonny Marciano & Loco & Jam

Welcome to the Traxsource A&R Sessions. Each week we’ll be
delivering up 1 hour of the finest uninterrupted underground
music, brought to you by your favorite online record store and
showcasing the talents of our dedicated A&R team. Every
Tuesday, one of our talented A&Rs will select their very
own up-and-coming guest from the genre they love to lay down an
exclusive mix, full of fresh records for the club.

Our Techno master Jonny Marciano is back in control this week,
alongside special guest Loco & Jam to deliver two hours of
hard-hitting heart raising Techno! For the first hour, Marciano
will be outlining the sound of our new and exclusive Techno ft.
late-night bangers from Sin Sin, Antimatter, Monika Kruse and
Pig&Dan & more! Coming up in the second hour, Loco
& Jam dig deep into their collection for some driving
Techno goodies courtesy of Oscar L, Ramiro Lopez along with
several of their own productions!

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HOUR 1 – TECHNO MIX W/
JONNY MARCIANO TRACKLISTING:
JUNE 20TH 2017

01. Nooncat – 18.2 (Original Mix) Eighteenthirtyeight
(Out Now)
02. Matt Cubero – Angel From Hell (Original Mix) Eichtal
Recordings (EXCL Out
Now)

03. Sin Sin – SILO (Dolby D Remix)
Sin Sin Records (Out Now)
04. Tony Dee, Marciano(Italy) – Elevate (Original Mix) Tronic
(Out Now)
05. Marco Effe – Subliminal Response (Original Mix) Planet
Rhythm (Out Now)
06. Antimatter (MT) – Apathy (Original Mix) Solid Tracks
Records (Out Now)
07. Emmanuel – E900 (Original mix) Arts (Out
Now)

08. MAAE – Fingers Crossed (Original
Mix) Unrilis (Out Now)
09. Introversion – Dystopia (Original Mix) Arts (Out
Now)

10. Raffaele Rizzi – Secret Combination (Original Mix) Unrilis
(Out Now)
11. Monika Kruse, Pig&Dan – Get Me On (Original Mix)
Terminal M (Out Now)

HOUR 2 – GUEST MIX W/
LOCO & JAM TRACKLISTING:
JUNE 20TH 2017

01. Oscar L – Mutte (Promo)
02. Mark Jenkyns Feat Mizbee – Reach For Me (Suara)
03. Drunken Kong – Mission (Tronic)
04. Loco & Jam – Fist Pumps From Outer Space (Suara)
05. Frankyeffe – In My Shoes (Tronic)
06. Loco & Jam – Tell Me Why (Suara)
07. Rob Hes – Slices (Octopus)
08. Ramiro Lopez – Loving You (Drumcode)
09. Sian – Medicine Man (Mark Reeve Remix) (Octopus)
10. Loco & Jam – Hypnosis (Tronic)
11. Loco & Jam – Apocolyptic (Suara)
12. Loco & Jam – After The Storm (Suara)
13. Patrik Berg – White Armour (Loco & Jam Remix) (Filth On
Acid)

FORTHCOMING ON TRAXSOURCE LIVE!
A&R SESSIONS

• Nu-Disco – Dan Klokow / David Marston (June
27th)

• Soulful House – Doruk Ozlen (July 4th)
• House – Dan Klokow / Catchment (July
11th)

• Tech House – Chris Mackay (July 18th)

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