Top 100 Nu Disco Artists of 2015

The popularity of the Nu Disco sound just continued to grow throughout 2015, with a whole host of familar names, plus a few newcomers, really making their mark with some superb music this year.

With a sound that crosses over not just old school disco, but also elements of modern house, 70s funk and 80s electro, Nu Disco is a place where producers can really go free and let there influences and imagination run wild.

This year was a seriously stellar year for the sound, so without further ado, here’s our choice of Top 100 Nu Disco Artists of 2015.

100: Coutel
99: RobJamWeb
98: Rasmus Juul
97: Loui & Scibi
96: Mash
95: Chad Tyson
94: H@k
93: Alfa Flite
92: J&M Brothers
91: Lux Experience
90: Disco Tech
89: Mark Lower
88: Deeplomatik
87: Projections
86: Funkatron
85: JSquared
84: Joeblack
83: Deadly Sins
82: Venice Beach
81: Mason
80: Rafael Fernandez
79: P Jay
78: Lumoon & Rob!n
77: Situation
76: GreySkoolEdits
75: Oh Yeah
74: Groove Motion
73: Woolfy
72: Dave Gerrard
71: Escort
70: Lonely Boy
69: Chocolate City Tracks
68: Babert
67: Inland Knights
66: Casual Connection
65: Malikk
64: Trujillo
63: Ben Sun
62: Chewy Rubs
61: Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee
60: Nebraska
59: Timmy Vegas
58: Ray Mang
57: Art Of Tones
56: Jose Padilla
55: Tom Gianelli
54: Boogie Down Dee Jays
53: Adri Block
52: Munk
51: Dicky Trisco
50: Les Loups
49: Kolombo
48: Drop Out Orchestra
47: James Jordan
46: The Juan Maclean
45: 80s Child
44: Tensnake
43: James Curd
42: LouLou Players
41: Chaka Kenn
40: Kinky Movement
39: Diamond D
38: DAN.K
37: Ziggy Phunk
36: Todd Terje
35: Joey Negro
34: Outunder
33: Ilija Rudman
32: Discotron
31: Flush
30: Purple Disco Machine
29: Vanilla Ace
28: Yam Who?
27: Alkalino
26: Tiger & Woods
25: Session Victim
24: Fouk
23: Eli Escobar
22: Rayko
21: Giom

20: Used Disco

Straight Outta Budapest, Used Disco really came into their own in 2015. With a series of top quality releases on the likes of Vamos, PRISON Entertainment, LoveStyle and Deep Strips, we really loved the old school disco vibes of ‘Need Me’ and ‘Return to the Hill’, both on Nurvous Records.

19: Death On The Balcony

Mark Caramelli and Paul Hargreaves make up the unusually named Death on the Balcony, though there music is far from a funeral march! With releases on Motek, Exploited, Street King and All Day I Dream in 2015, we loved ‘Soul Searching’ on Disko Records and the incessantly funky piano loop of the Eric Benet sampling ‘Addict For Your Love’.

18: Sharam Jey

Cologne’s Sharam Jey enjoy a prolific 2015 with a slew of releases on Moonbootique, Lektroluv, Nurvous Records, Toolroom and Tiger Records. His remix of Yolanda Be Cool’s ‘Soul Makossa (Money)’ tore up the world’s dance floors with it’s sleazy hypnotic flow, whilst his remix of Moonbootica’s ‘June’ was a real head turner for 2015.

17: JKriv

As a founding member of Tortured Soul, JKriv is a name this is synonomous with quality music, period. This year alone saw JKriv drop heat on his own label Deep&Disco, Escort Records and Razor-N-Tape. His remix of Escort’s ‘Barbarians’ really hit the spot this year, whilst his re-rub of Adeline Michele’s ‘Redo’ is a seriously sexy slice of Nu Disco that really worked the world’s dancefloors in 2015.

16: Crazy P

Crazy P have been working together since the mid 90s and this year’s ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is their 7th album together. As you’d expect, it’s a feast of dance floor delights, moving between precision engineered deep house and loose-limbed disco grooves. Their peerless productions and live shows have kept Crazy P at the forefront of the Nu Disco scene as they continued to boss things in exemplary fashion again this year.

15: The Reflex

The Reflex scored big in 2015 with a clutch of re-edits and reworks for the likes of Z Records, Peppermint Jam, Freestyle Records and Traxa Club. His work with Joey Negro’s Sunburst Band really set the dancefloors alight in 2015, so don’t sleep on his ‘Caught in the Moment’ and ‘The Secret Life of Us’ re-rubs. Real music for people who know.

14: Samma Lone

A producer since 1992, Samma Lone showed no sign of slowing down in 2015 with releases on Uptown Boogie, Different Attitudes and Skeet Traxx. His Stevie Wonder inspired ‘La La Lah Lah’ was a hugely popular track, whilst his work with Chaka Kenn on ‘Ode To The Creator’ really shook up the world’s dance floors. Proper old school vibes with a modern touch.

13: Nick Monaco

A 90’s baby from Northern California’s Bay Area, Nick Monaco had a white hot 2015 with releases on Get Physical, Soul Heaven, Classic Music and Soul Clap Records. His remix of MF Hercules’s ‘Raindance’ is a totally unique slice of booming bass, whilst his blissed out work with Funkadelic and Soul Clap on ‘Peep This’ is on the right side of weirded out funk.

12: Late Night Tuff Guy

Late Night Tuff Guy is the alter-ego of Aussie techno producer HMC. Under his nu disco guise, he’s steadily built a solid reputation with a string of credible reworks. With releases on Ism Recordings, Editors Kutz and Midnight Riot, we loved ‘Say U Love Me’ and his sublime remix of Chili Hifly’s ‘Is it Love’ on Tinted Records.

11: Kenny Summit

A very busy 2015 for Los Angeles’ Kenny Summit with remixes on Moulton Music, Blue Dye, Soul Heaven and of course a slew of releases on his own Good For You label. Stand outs were obviously the massive ‘Over Here’ on Classic with Eric Kupper and his seriously funky ‘Piano On Fleek’.

10: Soul Clap

A scintilating 2015 from the Soul Clap boys, as they shot striaght fire onto the world’s dancefloor’s on imprints like Wolf + Lamb, Om Records, Sonar Kollektiv, Hypercolour and of course their own label of the same name. Stand outs included their work with Funkadelic on ‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate’ and ‘Misty’ with Robert Owens on Defected.

9: Faze Action

Often credited with kick starting the whole club resurgence that became nu disco, Faze Action have been a serious presence in electronic music in 2015. With releases on Rebirth, Compost, Defected and Soundway, ‘Paradise Touch’ on their own label of the same name really his the spot this year, whilst their remix of Dirty McKenzie’s ‘Your Love’ is probably the most Nu Disco track in the history of Nu Disco! Legendary production unit.

8: Kraak & Smaak

Brilliantly named Dutch DJ and production trio Kraak and Smaak had huge success in 2015 with a slew of releases on Boogie Angst, Sea of Sand, Exploited and Jalapeno. With a discography that takes in soul, funk, lounge, electronica, as well as disco and house, Kraak & Smaak are the definition of eclectic; taking in a wide range of influences and working across a number of genres whilst continually keeping the quality threshold high.

7: Lovebirds

Lovebirds, plural, is actually the solo project of Hamburg resident Sebastian ‘Basti’ Doering. 2015 saw a whole host of releases on Teardrop Music, Razor-N-Tape and Suol, with his Mousse T collab ‘Closer to You’ on Peppermint Jam really tickling our fancy in 2015. A quality producer at the top of his game this year.

6: DJ Vas

French producer and beatmaker DJ Vas maintains a stylishly wide musical vision whilst still finding the perfect balance between genres. His consistant work on Razor-N-Tape this year was serious re-edit perfection, with a sampling style and drum rhythms that are instantly recognisable as soon as they come booming out the speakers. We’re looking forward to seeing what DJ Vas has in store for us in 2016.

5: Dr. Packer

Western Australia’s Greg Packer has had an amazing 2015, with releases on Z Records, Good For You, Editorial, Disco Dat and Midnight Riot. His remix of Magnum Force’s ‘Cool Out’ really tore up the dance floors worldwide, with DJ support from Joey Negro, Mark Farina, Mr. V and many others. Be sure to check out ‘Bizarre Love and ‘The Love’ for a real taste of the Packer flavor, you won’t be disappointed.

4: Ron Basejam

Better known as one half of Crazy P, Ron Basejam is a side project that is better than some producers’ main projects! ‘Someday’ was part of an epic 3-track EP ‘Ron Basejam Edits’ that unsurprisingly picked up DJ support from Cajmere, Jimpster, Pete Herbert, Fred Everything and a host of others. With further releases in 2015 on Midnight Riot, Razor-N-Tape, House of Disco, NeedWant and Ism, it’s pretty fair to say Ron Basejam bossed 2015.

3: Pete Herbert

An extremely busy year for Pete Herbert with releases on Blue Dye, Mellophonia, Running Back, Ism, Paper Recordings and Paradise Row. His remix of Vhyce’s ‘Struggle’ on Disko Records was a real thing of beauty, whilst his collab with Dicky Trisco on ‘Hanging Out’ was a serious summer anthem across the globe.

2: Re-Tide

What a year for Italian duo Re-tide, a pair of supa-dope funksters committed to revisiting the underground music of the 70s and 80s in their productions. Proving themselves to be masters of the filter cut-up, their ‘Satisfy’ and ‘The Break is a Delight’ on Cut Rec Promos were both instant dance floor winners when released earlier this year, but be sure to check out the recent ‘Sly Soul’ on Cut Rec; serious vibes.

1: Hot Toddy

Top of the Nu Disco pile for us in 2015 was a certain Mr Hot Toddy aka Chris Todd aka one part of Crazy P. This year saw releases on File Under Disco, Z Records, Walk Don’t Walk, Nang, 2020Vision and Midnight Riot to name just a few.

‘Nothing But the Beat’ on File Under Disco is a real treat for the ears and the feet, whilst his remix of Illija Rudman’s ‘Future Times’ shows the perfect way to blend funk and old school piano riffs. His remixes of Crazy P’s ‘Something More’ and ‘Cruel Mistress’ on Walk Don’t Walk Limited really did hit all the right notes.

Chris has come a long way from messing about with his father’s folk guitar and electronic keyboard that’s for sure. His remix and release output for 2015 was nothing short of sublime, with each piece of music coming with that special Hot Toddy stamp of approval which assures the listener of a seriously funk fuelled experience. We look forward to seeing what he has in store for us in 2016.

Hot Toddy releases on Traxsource.