Top 100 Techno Artists of 2015

As the number of dance music fans continues to grow all over the world, so does the number of people who are falling in love with one of the scene’s original sounds; Techno.

Even though it all started in Detroit, today’s sound is strongly connected to smokey and dark basement clubs in Berlin where it has been carefully matured through meticulous curation. Now probably in it’s thirties, the interest is bigger than ever, spreading like wildfire to all corners of the world and especially back here to America. We must say that it’s exciting to see a the new wave of people discovering this fantastic genre.

The musical output over the last 12 months in the techno scene has also been nothing short of sublime, so let’s check out the movers and shakers in our Top 100 Techno Artists of 2015.

100: DurtySoxxx
99: Raffaele Rizzi
98: Ant Brooks
97: Spektre
96: Rework
95: Minicoolboyz
94: Scientific Funk
93: Dj Boris
92: Traumer
91: Anti-Slam & W.E.A.P.O.N.
90: Filterheadz
89: Cristian Varela
88: Monika Kruse
87: Paranoid London
86: Richie Santana
85: Bart Skils
84: Sam Paganini
83: Gareth Whitehead
82: Truncate
81: Phunk Investigation
80: Marco Bailey
78: D-Unity
77: Alex Niggemann
76: BKR Projekt
75: Max Cooper
74: Kaiserdisco
73: Jerome Sydenham
72: Terranova
71: TRACE7000
70: Loco & Jam
69: Luigi Madonna
68: DJ Sly (IT)
67: Florian Meindl
66: Reset Robot
65: Adrian Hour
64: Coyu
63: Christian Smith
62: Harvey Mckay
61: Gary Beck
60: Umek
59: Stephan Bodzin
58: dubspeeka
57: Martyn
56: Robert Babicz
55: Pan-Pot
54: Nikola Gala
53: Shinedoe
52: Uto Karem
51: Dan Curtin
49: Nick Höppner
48: Matador
47: Oliver Huntemann
46: Samuel L Session
45: Kölsch
44: Joseph Capriati
43: Terrence Dixon
42: Ben Sims
41: Danny Daze
40: Shlomi Aber
39: Fur Coat
38: Ambivalent
37: Mind Against
36: Mark Broom
35: Martin Buttrich
34: Carl Cox
33: Maceo Plex
32: Julian Jeweil
31: Rødhåd
30: Jimmy Edgar
29: Scuba
28: Dubfire
27: Spencer Parker
26: Recondite
25: Ben Klock
24: Nick Curly
23: Green Velvet
22: Nina Kraviz
21: Tiga

20: ANNA

One of Brazil’s finest exports, ANNA had a truly amazing 2015 with quality releases Terminal, Kraftek and Yoshitoshi. Stand outs include ‘Unstable Structures’ on Turbo Recordings and the recent hypnotic banger ‘Addiction To Control’ on Christian Smith’s Tronic label.

19: Nicole Moudaber

MOOD Records boss Nicole Moudaber has become one of the most highly regarded artists on the techno scene and has enjoyed a prolific 2015 with releases on Truesoul, Intec and Kling Klong. We loved her re-rub of Scuba’s ‘Too Strong’ on Circus Recordings but don’t sleep on the 4 track ‘Breed’ EP she dropped via her own imprint; moody indeed.

18: Dense & Pika

Hailing from the East London, Dense & Pika are Hypercolour label boss Alex Jones and Chris Spero; better known to many by his Glimpse alias. A super strong 2015 saw the duo score big with ‘Tex’ on Drumcode and also the seriously heavy ‘Delta System’ on Kneaded Pains. We are really looking forward to seeing what the boys have in store for us in 2016.

17: Steffi

Steffi had a fantastic 2015 with heavy releases on Blue Hour and the sublime Ostgut Ton imprint. Her ‘Treasure Seeking’ featuring Dexter and Virginia was a big Berghain tune this year, whilst her recent remix of Blue Hour’s ‘Moments’ hit all the right places in 2015.

16: Kevin Saunderson

Dance music legend Kevin Saunderson enjoyed another high profile year with a string of releases and remixes on labels like Intec, Noir Music and Defected. It was on his own hugely influential imprint, KMS Records, where we found our stand out moments from Saunderson during 2015 in the form of ‘Foundation’ and ‘Womp It’.

15: Anja Schneider

Mobilee Records founder, DJ and producer Anja Schneider showed no signs of slowing in 2015. Alongside a slew of releases on her own imprint, it was the classic melodic throb of ‘Circle Culture’ that really set the world’s dance floors on fire.

14: Mr. G

Colin McBean aka Mr. G ensured 2015 was a year to remember with classic releases on Planet Rhythm and Breed Records. With over 2 decades in dance music, Mr.G continues to receive major plaudits from across the globe, with our favorite releases this year being the old school favored ‘Binky’s Groove’ and ‘Crab Jerk’.


With a slew of releases on Kraftek, Crosstown Rebels and Spectral Sound this year, MATRiXXMAN just kept on pushing the boundaries in 2015. We loved the techno sleaze of ‘Escort Service’ on Delft Records alongside his superb remix of Francesca Lombardo’s ‘What To Do’. Serious musicality from the man of international intrigue and consummate taste.

12: Roman Flügel

One of the biggest names in the German electronic music scene, Roman Flügel has enjoyed a great year. Co-founder of the Ongaku, Klang and Playhouse labels, Roman still found time to fire out the amazing ‘Sliced Africa’ on Dial alongside his sublime re-rub of Tiefschwarz ‘Do Me’. A man in demand who fired on all cylinders in 2015.

11: Adam Beyer

Techno wizard Adam Beyer is one of the most acclaimed production talents on the scene and has consistently delivered cutting edge music across his 3 labels Drumcode, Truesoul and Madeye. 2015 has been another outstanding year for the Swede, with his ‘Stone Flower’ EP tearing dancefloors apart across the globe in this year.

10: Miss Kittin

2015 was a year to remember for Miss Kittin, with a slew of eclectic releases on Hot Creations and Rumors to name just a few. Her ‘Exit’ collab with Dubfire on his SCI+TEC imprint saw a brand new set of fresh remixes, whilst her ‘Cut the Crap’ release on Mobilee with Nicolas Masseyeff was an explosively intricate piece of underground sleaze.

9: Josh Wink

Ovum Recordings boss and all round dance music legend Josh Wink continues to take no prisoners in 2015. A man who exudes quality over quantity and makes it look easy! We simply loved the ‘Denial’ EP on his very own Ovum imprint. They call it Aceeeeeeeeeid!

8: Carlo Lio

Straight out of Toronto, Carlo Lio was the name on the lips of many techno purists in 2015. With releases on Bedrock, SCI+TEC and MOOD, Carlo started the year in fine form whilst his recent re-rub of Stefano Noferini’s ‘Turn Off’ rounds off a fantastic 2015 for Carlo.

7: Marcel Dettmann

German tastemaker and Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann is a name synonymous with quality Techno and 2015 saw a series of heavy releases on Ostgut Ton, 50 WEAPONS and his very own Marcel Dettmann Records. ‘Take One’ on The Corner label really took us through to another dimension, whilst his recent remix of Heiko Laux’s ‘Fernweh’ is some seriously next level throb. Legendary.

6: Robert Hood

Founding member of the legendary group Underground Resistance with ‘Mad’ Mike Banks and Jeff Mills, Robert Hood needs no introduction. Being the owner of the seminal M-Plant imprint, Robert still found the time in 2015 to put out the superb remix of Mark Broom’s ‘Frontline’ on Beard Man and also re-rub Radio Slave’s ‘Don’t Stop No Sleep’ on Nonplus Records. A true techno legend who showed no signs of slowing down in 2015.

5: Tale of Us

This year saw Tale of Us continue to up their game with a series of incredible DJ-sets and heavy hitting releases on the likes of Nonplus Records, Get Phyiscal, Acid Test, Crosstown Rebels, Mood Music and Visionquest. Stand-outs from a prolific 2015 were ‘North Star’ and their amazing remix of Klasmos’ ‘Swept’ on Erased Tapes. The Tale continues…

4: Alan Fitzpatrick

One of the scenes most in-demand DJs, Alan Fitzpatrick completely owned 2015 with releases on Last Night on Earth, Derelicht, Bedrock, Hypercolour and Hotflush Recordings. We simply loved ‘U Said U’ on Drumcode, whilst ‘Tribe’ on Whistleblower Records mixed up some seriously old school flavors with a heavy, heads down approach.

3: Radio Slave

A techno releasing machine in 2015, Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave threw down fire all year long with releases on Desolat, Work Them Records, Nonplus Records, Hotflush Recordings and his own impressive imprint Rekids. His remix of Aphrohead’s ‘Let’s Prance’ on Crosstown Rebels got the heads down in 2015, whilst ‘The Clone Wars’ on his own label tore the roof off main rooms from Fabric to Frankfurt this summer.

2: Carl Craig

Another barnstorming year for Carl Craig, as the techno legend continued to build on his already phenomenal legacy. With releases on Crosstown Rebels, Cadenza, Relief and Defected this year, we loved the seven sonically sublime cuts of beefy big room bounce on ‘Unity’ with Green Velvet and his remix of Guti’s ‘El Solitario’.

1: KiNK

One of Bulgaria’s finest exports, KiNK fully deserves his place at the top of this years Top Techno Artists of 2015. One of the scenes most in demand producers and remixers, this year saw a slew of remixes on Ovum Recordings, Freerange, Running Back and ITH to name but a few.

Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, KiNK’s sound first came to prominence after meeting Neville Watson over the internet. The duo joined forced for releases on Amsterdam’s Rush Hour, but it was an unassuming video of KiNK tweaking a drum machine at home that landed him a gig at Berlin’s ever emblematic Panorama Bar.

KiNK’s live sets hold the key to understanding how he creates unparalleled enthusiasm on stage and through his studio output. Incorporating a small set up of machines and controllers which are worked in real time at mind-boggling speed, yet he still manages to hold down underground grooves to kill for. It’s this live showmanship that allows KiNK to connect with his audience on a completely different level.

The ‘Cloud Generator’ EP on Running Back was another huge success story, with all 4 tracks causing serious mayhem on the world’s dancefloors. The title track absolutely killed it, though the ‘Breakbeat Mix’ of Pocket Piano was also another journey into interesting territory that really encapsulated why KiNK has killed it this year.

In a year of outstanding releases, KiNK showed a different side to his sound with his ‘Fantasia’ EP earlier this year on Pets Recordings, yet still maintaining the same trademark understanding of hypnotic rhythms. His remix of DJ Dozia’s ‘Pop Culture’ on Ovum really turned heads, with huge support from Loco Dice, Steve Bug, youANDme and Noir ultimately hitting #1 on the Traxsource overall Top 100 chart. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in 2016.

KiNK releases on Traxsource.