December 2016

Traxsource LIVE! #100 with Brian Tappert & Sonny Fodera

For the first hour, our very own head honcho Brian Tappert spins his favourite 2016 jams from DJ Spen to Emaneul Satie, Kraak & Smaak to Lee Walker. For the final hour, we’re delighted to welcome our no.1 artist of the year, Sonny Fodera to throw down an hour of non-stop fun, featuring chunky House anthems, some outright classics and with a bunch of his own tunes and edits thrown in for good measure. Wishing you a happy new year from the Traxsource team!

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Dosem: Recent Activity, 2016 in Review

For close to a decade, Dosem has been shaking the dance floors of the globe with his infectious, weighty club tracks, with his name a staple on the likes of Suara, Carl Cox’s Intec Recordings, Tronic, Bedrock and Toolroom. The end of 2016 sees Dosem drop the massive ‘Recent Activity’ on his own label Houstrike. We celebrated the release by catching up wth the Spaniard to run through his 2016…

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Label Spotlight #011 - Midnight Riot

Midnight Riot have built up a cult following over the years, with their ever-popular discography consisting of themed compilations, Disco edits and originals. The likes of Late Nite Tuff Guy, Ron Basejam, Kiko Navarro, Judge Funk, Seamus Haji, Yam Who?, Joutro Mundo and more feature heavily in the Funky, Balearic, Disco goodness and we’re happy to hand them a Label Spotlight this week.

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A&R Sessions #013 - Afro House - Mimmo Falcone

We call upon the talents of our Afro House boss, Mimmo Falcone to deliver up an hour of organic rhythms! Based in Italy, Mimmo is the mastermind behind Afro House mainstay MoBlack – a dj/producer, A&R and label manager with years of experience in FM radio stations, a decade of living in Ghana and almost 200 releases under the MoBlack record label.

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Celebrating 5 Years with Berlin based duo: Kyodai

Over the past five years, elusive Berlin production duo Kyodai have gained support from some of the most respected players in the game, from Laurent Garnier and Masters At Work to Jimpster and Gilles Peterson. We caught up with the guys to celebrate their milestone…

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Get to know Belgian producer: Fabrice Lig

This month, our machine-loving friend KiNK teams up with Fabrice Lig for the exciting “Charleroi DC” EP. Those in the know will remember Lig’s discography currently boasts releases on pioneering Techno imprints KMS, Planet-e, Submerge, R&S, Third Ear, 7th City Records and Garnier’s F-Communications. In celebration of the new release, we went to find out a bit more about Fabrice Lig..

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Doorly launches Reptile Dysfunction

Dubbed a ‘future star’ by Pete Tong way back when, Martin Doorly kicked things off running parties in Huddersfield in the North of England, booking the likes of Annie Mac, Armand Van Helden and Erol Alkan. This year also marks the start of something exciting for Doorly, as he launches his new label and party series – ‘Reptile Dysfunction’. We caught up with the man himself to chat about the label and it’s inspiration.

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Traxsource LIVE! #99 with Mihalis Safras

Vinyl-lover and head honcho of Material Series, Mihalis Safras joins the Traxsource LIVE team this week! The Greek artist has been destroying dance floors across the globe this year with his unique brand of Tech House and Techno and even bagged a spot in our ‘Top 100 Tech House Artists’ of 2016.

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Label Spotlight #010 - Vega records

‘Little Louie’ Vega is a man who needs no introduction to the dance music community. A godfather of our scene, one half of Masters At Work, a Grammy winner and as of recent – a Grammy nominee once again, it’s indisputable that Vega’s presence can be felt across the world. His own imprint Vega Records, features releases from Mr. V, Sara Devine, Anané, Victor Davies, Cerrone and Vega himself and we’re delighted to be able to chat with Louie about the imprint this week as part of our Label Spotlight series…

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We go 'Inside the Studio' with Luyo

We went inside the studio with Italian Soulful house head and head honcho of Double Cheese Records, Luyo to celebrate the 100th release on Double Cheese. The 100th release marks the beginning of their 5th anniversary celebrations via a special compilation, featuring essential tunes from the label form Kerri Chandler, Booker T, N’dinga Gaba, Luyo and DJ Spen! Congratulations guys!

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A&R Sessions #012 - Jackin House - Matt Pruitt

For week 12, we bring back our Jackin’ House manager, Matt Pruitt. Matt’s been looking after our Jackin’ House genre since 2011, playing an instrumental role in the recognition and support of the genre. You’ll find him out spinning records under the name 4Peace and his career to date has seen him own his own record store in Texas Tech*Sun Records and spend several years as a music reviewer for Elevated Beat magazine alongside running his 3 labels Juiced Music, Cabbie Hat Recordings & UHHQ.

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We take a closer look Inside the Comp: Suprematism, Vol. 1

Giom’s Supremus records pull out all the stops on their new VA – Suprematism Vol. 1. A collection of fine, Deep House action with unreleased tunes from Tale Cooper, Giom, Pete Dafeet, Lessovsky and more. We ran through the comp, track by track with Giom..

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Traxsource Top 100 Artists of 2016

2016 was a superb year for house music and indeed for all its varied musical offspring – this year’s releases from the Afro, Soulful, Tech-House, Nu-Disco, Techno and Deep scenes all developed in their own interesting and unexpected ways and continued to delight and amaze us. Evaluating so much quality music inevitably involves some kind of compromise and disagreement, obviously not everyone can make it to the #1 spot, but we think our list is a good reflection of where the scene is at now: vibrant, global, inclusive and exciting, with fresh new takes on the original Chicago and Detroit templates dropping every week, keeping dance floors moving the world over.

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Traxsource LIVE! #98 with Homero Espinosa

Bay Area local, Homero Espinosa joins us on our Traxsource LIVE show this week! We’re super happy to welcome him onto the show to lay down an hour of Soulful / Afro / Deep House cuts featuring The Black 80’s, Saison, Miguel Migs, Josh Butler and David Harness and many more.

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Traxsource Top 100 Deep House Artists of 2016

It’s been fashionable to tag the moniker ‘deep house’ onto the end of anything with a four by four beat these days, from commercial Garage tracks to anything featuring a slowed down R&B vocal. Here at Traxsource, we believe there’s a lot more to it than that. We’ve seen our fair share of Deep House in our quarter of a century operating in the industry and feel we truly understand what the deeper sound of house music FEELS like. So check out our Top Deep House Artists of 2016 and see if you agree.

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Traxsource Top 100 Tech House Artists of 2016

From its beginnings in the mid-90s, Tech House has slowly developed into perhaps the most ubiquitous genre around, heard in clubs, raves and festivals the world over. Taking the swing and funk of house and marrying it with the raw intensity of Techno, and producing something that is greater than the sum of its parts: Tech House is the bass-heavy, club-friendly genre that conquered the globe

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It's time for a 'Switch': Catching up with Flashmob

Alessandro Magani aka Flashmob has made quite a mark on the scene over the past few years, pushing out his productions on influential labels including Get Physical, Defected, Upon You, Gruuv and 8bit and garnering support on his Flashmob Records / Flashmob LTD’s productions from the likes of the BBC Radio 1 Dance crew, Skream and Eats Everything. We caught up with Alessandro to discuss his latest release on Gruuv and looking forward to 2017…

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Traxsource Top 100 House Artists of 2016

House music is as big a sound today on the world stage as it’s ever been in it’s long history. With the scene diversifying into ever increasing genres and formats, certain DJs and producer’s sound can only be described as HOUSE; strictly four to the floor bump and hustle. Not everyone understands house music, but these are the players and purveyors that we believe brought the ruckus to the scene in 2016.

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Traxsource Top 100 Afro House Artists of 2016

We at Traxsource are very proud of our Afro House music section. In fact, we’re the only download website in the world that has this specific category for you to find all the latest Afro beats from around the globe in one easy place. 2016 has seen some truly amazing music come from the scene, so here is our guide to our Top Afro Artists of the year.

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Label Spotlight #009 - Moulton music

For this week’s label spotlight, we focus in on Moulton Music. Over the years, the imprint has been responsible for a quality musical output, spanning soulful, deep and Jackin’ productions that reflect the old sensibilities of House as a genre, yet encourage and nourish a new era of producers and DJs. He had a chance to talk with the label’s head Homero Espinosa about the past, present, and future of the label.

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Traxsource Top 100 Techno Artists of 2016

Techno, the unstoppable global-dominating genre, continues to rule dance floors around the world, with its incessant 4/4 pulse being the bedrock to countless unforgettable club nights. Whether austere and sophisticated, or face-meltingly banging, the music that began in Detroit 30 odd years ago is still at the forefront of musical progression and 2016 has seen some sublime developments in the genre.

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A&R Sessions #011 - Tech House with Chris Mackay

Chris Mackay is back for another hour of Tech House bangers this week! Our Tech House manager for 4 years now, Chris is signed to Jesse Perez’s Mr. Nice Guy Records under the alias Sex Sells and you’ll find him spinning tunes all across Miami. He’s got some tasty bits lined up this week from: Enzo Siragusa, Citizenn, Okain, Outstrip, & many more!

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Traxsource Top 100 Jackin House Artists of 2016

From its roots in the Chicago house sound, Jackin has now spread worldwide, with new producers bringing in different elements and influences, mutating and progressing the sound. Always based on skippy, heavily swung beats and a huge helping of funk, the Jackin scene contains some of house music’s most consummate professionals, players who run labels, put on nights, and release the tunes that keep the scene alive.

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Introducing New York based artist: Teknoize

Teknoize’s productions are already being supported by the likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Chris Liebing, Umek, Stefano Noferini, Chus & Ceballos, Steve Mulder, Cristian Varela to name a few, but just who is Teknoize? We went to find out a little bit more about the NY-based underground Techno producer..

Teknoize’s productions & His Labels signed Tracks Supported by

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Traxsource Top 100 Nu Disco / Indie Dance Artists of 2016

We were absolutely inundated with delicious disco influenced delights in 2016, making it one of the strongest years on record for the genre. As nights like Glitterbox tore up Ibiza, opening the ears of many clubbers to the updated sounds derived from yesteryear, Nu Disco’s popularity reached stratospheric new heights this year.

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Shur-I-Kan takes us Inside The Track: 'Deep In My Heart' EP

Long-standing Freerange Records artist Tom Szirtes aka Shur-I-kan returns to Lazy Days Recordings once again for another Deep House delivery in the form of the ‘Deep In My Heart’ EP. We went ‘Inside the Track’ to find out just how it was made…

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Traxsource Top 100 Soulful House Artists of 2016

2016 was a great year for the sweet, soulful side of the House music spectrum. With DJs and audiences across the globe looking for that little bit more from their favorite artists, the past 12 months has seen a slew of soulful releases that have not only shaken up the world’s dance floors, but even saw a Grammy nomination for one artist!

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Traxsource's Best Selling Tracks of 2016

Our Best Selling Tracks of 2016 are always particularly interesting as it’s an honest reflection of what working DJs are playing. It also showcases the breadth of talent currently working in dance music, and contains a healthy mix of established names and new faces. Ranging from the darkest, heads-down Tech House to the sexiest Disco, taking in the very best in Afro, Deep, Jackin, Soulful House and more, here are Traxsource’s Best Selling Tracks of 2016:

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Get To Know: Florian Busse & his Wolves EP

We’ve had our eyes (and ears) on Florian Busse’s blistering dance floor weapon ‘TATA’ for a while now and we’re pleased to say the rest of Busse’s Wolves EP [out now on Connected Frontline] doesn’t disappoint either! But just who is Florian Busse? We went to find out more…

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Traxsource LIVE! #97 with Josh Butler

We’ve got Josh Butler in the booth for our Traxsource LIVE show this week! Hot off the back of a dynamite release on the legendary Strictly Rhythm and a brand new EP on his own Origins imprint (with Todd Terry and Darius Syrossian), Josh provides us with an hour of the freshest beats from the likes of Marshall Jefferson, Detroit Swindle, Kerri Chandler, Anotr and several of his own cuts.. Enjoy!

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Luna City Express take us inside their new album: 'Lunation'

Norman Weber and Marco Resman aka Luna City Express land their album ‘Lunation’ on Supernova’s forward-thinking Lapsus Music, recently home to an exciting generation of Tech talent including Shosho, Tini Garcia, Montel, Electronic Youth, and Prok & Fitch. We got with the guys to dissect the project and discuss the process on a few selected works from the album.

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Label Spotlight #008 - Sense Traxx

Still in it’s formative years, Sense Traxx began as a club brand in 2012 and has quickly garnered support from all the right places. We’ve been watching these guys from the very beginning and despite only being on seven releases to date, the quality of the output has been spot-on and consistent. 2017 will only see this label get bigger and better, we had a chance to chat with label owner Simon Birkumshaw and we’re delighted to shine some light on them this week…

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A&R Sessions #010 - House with Dan Klokow

We’re going in again this week for more straight-up, no-nonsense House and we invite our House A&R Manager Dan Klokow back to the decks to show us what he’s digging. For week 10, Dan’s selected some hot new and exclusive cuts including tracks from: Kings Of Tomorrow, Mark Farina, LongPlay, Disclosure, & many more!

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Kryder's Top 10 Subliminal Releases

To celebrate his new release with John Julius Knight & Eddie Thoneick, Kryder counts down his favourite releases from Subliminal over the years…

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We go 'Inside the Album': Future Disco Vol. 10

The Future Disco series has touched hearts all over the globe. Looking back, it’s obvious to see that the man behind the hugely influential compilation series, Sean Brosnan, has always had his ear to the ground and his eye on the ball. We caught up with Brosnan to break down the blood, sweat and tears that went into the final Future Disco comp, running through the selections one-by-one…

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Traxsource LIVE! #96 with Sandy Rivera

We welcome a true legend into the Traxsource LIVE hall of fame this week! Long-time Defected Records regular, Sandy Rivera (aka Kings of Tomorrow) will be laying down an hour of House goodness to kickstart your weekend. Expect tunes from the likes of: Angelo Ferreri, Kings Of Tomorrow, Micheal Watford, Sante Sansone, and many others.

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