Traxsource's Best Selling Tracks of 2016
2016 has been another vintage year for dance music, with the quality of electronic music releases continuing to astound and delight in equal measure. 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:
10. Midnight Star – Midas Touch (Jamie Lewis Touch the Stars Mix) – Purple Music
2016 was a great year for Purple Music who continued to unleash tune after tune of disco-tinged soulful house. Label boss Jamie Lewis’ re-rub of this 80s street soul classic was unsurprisingly a big tune for them this year; it’s impeccably produced, the vocal sits perfectly in the mix and it’s a great example of a producer successfully updating an older song for a contemporary audience.
9. Saison – Do You – Guesthouse
Californian House stalwarts Guesthouse released one of the best sellers of the year in the shape of the superb ‘Do You’ from Saison. Saison are Leigh Darlow and Matthew Bandy, two UK Garage veterans who have recently joined up as Saison, to pretty much instant success. The combination of an irresistible piano groove, the cut-up vocals of Marlena Shaw and an epic breakdown made ‘Do You’ an instant dance floor success.
8. Soul Vision – Don’t Stop – Dario D’Attis Remix – DFTD
Swiss DJ and Producer Dario D’Attis was killing it in 2016, with big releases out on the likes of Poker Flat, Defected, Toolroom, Milk and Sugar, and Lapsus, amongst many others. But this sublime slice of 3 a.m. Tech House on Defected sub-label DFKD really did it for Dario this year. ‘Don’t Stop’ consists of little more than beats, bass, keys and a chopped vocal, and is simple, effective, quality house music.
7. Man Without A Clue / J Paul Getto – Push Me Around – Clueless Music
Clueless, run by Dutch producer Man Without A Clue, are another label who’ve had a great year with a string of successful releases hitting the Traxsource charts. One of their biggest was the dream-team collaboration between two top-quality producers – MWAC and the prolific J Paul Getto – which resulted in the catchy and insistent groove of ‘Push Me Around’.
6. John Davis and the Monster Orchestra – Bourgie’, Bourgie’ – Louie Vega Mix – Nurvous Records
This pristine re-working of O.G. disco classic ‘Bourgie’, Bourgie’ destroyed many a dance floor this year. Remix duties were taken care of by Louie Vega who has also been on top form, having been nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Dance/Electronic Album – Louie Vega Starring… XXVIII. In a nice twist, Nurvous is a sub-label of Nervous, which is run by Michael Weiss, whose father’s Sam Records originally released ‘Bourgie’, Bourgie’.
5. Soul Asylum – Who Do You Love – Full Intention Remix – Simma Black
This release on Low Steppa’s Simma Black label was definitely one of the strongest remixes of the year. Full Intention’s killer re-rub of ‘Who Do You Love’ shows a near-perfect understanding of what works on a dance floor, and received heavy DJ rotation.
4. Detroit Swindle – Howsmusic – Heist Recordings
Detroit Swindle appeared in last year’s Traxsource best-sellers list, and their ‘Howsmusic’ release from February gets them in this year’s chart too. Deservedly so, as ‘Howsmusic’, on their own Heist imprint, is a smooth and funky dream of a tune, which was proved by its presence on dance floors for months after its release.
3. Alaia & Gallo / Kevin Haden – Who Is He – Soul Heaven
Relative newcomers Alaia & Gallo served up this frankly brilliant update of the soul classic ‘Who Is He (And What Is He To You) in April and it turned out to be one of the top vocal tracks of the year. Featuring the soulful vocals of Kevin Haden, combined with tight production and a moody feel, ‘Who Is He’ was a guaranteed Soulful floor filler all year.
2. Sante Sansone – Rising – Materialism
Italian Producer and DJ Sante Sansone also had a great 2016, with releases on Saved, Glasgow Underground and Lapsus, but this dance floor monster on Mihalis Safras’ Materialism imprint was his biggest of the year. ‘Rising’ was a highly effective combination of a classic vocal sample and stab, 909 snare rolls, sirens, and raw fat house beats that proved to be his biggest seller of the year.
1. Soul Speech – Soul Speech – Snatch! Records
A perfect example of how a few simple elements can add to up something superb, Riva Starr came out on top this year with his alias ‘Soul Speech’’s self-titled cut ‘Soul Speech’. Played all over the globe because the bounce of its 90’s-esque rhythm was irresistible, but also because that evocative vocal sample perfectly shaped the mood of the track, lifting it above the crowd. This is one of those tunes that has been precisely engineered to make rooms of dancers loose control, and it has performed this function perfectly again and again since its September release. A win for Riva Starr’s Snatch! Records, and proof that our customers are as discerning as ever!