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.

100: Dirty Freek
99: Redondo
98: Emeskay
97: MRJ
96: Tom Finn
95: Phonk D
94: Robosonic
93: Norty Cotto
92: DJ Fopp
91: Robbie Rivera
90: Soledrifter
89: Dirty Secretz
88: Mike Millrain
87: Marc Vedo
86: Jamie Lewis
85: cup & string
84: Ian Carrera
83: AM2PM
82: John Stoongard
80: D.Ramirez
79: Carl Hanaghan
78: Jay J
77: Terrence Parker
76: Jack Mood
75: House Of Virus
74: Doorly
73: Enzo Siffredi
72: Bad Boy Bill
71: Junior Sanchez
70: South Royston
68: KPD
67: LongPlay
66: Kisch
65: Erick Morillo
64: Re-Tide
63: DJ Fudge
62: Zsak
61: Luca Debonaire
60: Carnao Beats
59: Qubiko
58: DJ PP
57: Alfred Azzetto
56: Julyan Dubson
55: Marshall Jefferson
54: Mat.Joe
53: Jay Vegas
52: K & K
51: Gianni Bini
50: Oliver Dollar
49: Crazibiza
48: Armand Van Helden
47: Milk & Sugar
46: Duke Dumont
45: Scott Diaz
44: DJ E-Clyps
43: Mattei & Omich
42: Saison
41: Malachi
40: Dennis Ferrer
39: AS I AM
38: Lee Walker
37: Alaia & Gallo
36: Demarkus Lewis
35: ATFC
34: Crookers
33: Kenny Summit
32: Angelo Ferreri
31: Roland Clark
30: Dennis Quin
29: Roger Sanchez / S-Man
28: Coeo
27: Roog
26: Mr. V
25: Purple Disco Machine
24: Dario D’Attis
23: Curtis Gabriel
22: Gene Farris
21: Sante Sansone

20: Skapes

UK DJ and producer Skapes’s solid soundscapes encapsulated the rough and tough side of house music in 2016. With serious releases on Criminal Hype, Defined Music and his own label Eskape Musik, big tunes included ‘Drop the Needle’ on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech, ‘Harlem’ on Simma Red and his heavy re-rub of Rodion Poddubsky’s ‘Sonar in a Dark Room’ on Chuggy Trax.

19: Kevin McKay

Glasgow Underground label boss Kevin McKay enjoyed a great 2016 with monster hits of his own creation alongside big releases on his own imprint. Tracks that set the dancefloors alight this year included ‘What You Want’, Kevin’s classic remix of Climbers ‘Make Love’, plus did anyone NOT cane ‘The Oooh Song’? BIG year!

18: Franky Rizardo

Everyone’s favorite Dutch export came correct in 2016 with a plethora of big releases on Defected, Simma Black, Stealth Records and of course, his very own LTF Records. His remix of Roger Sanchez’s ‘Morning Prayer’ featured one of the best bouncing basslines of the year and with further fire, including the Joyce Simms influenced ‘Come Into My Life’ and ‘Keep My Cool’, is pretty safe to say Franky rocked it in 2016.

17: Golf Clap

Detroit duo Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones have had a storming 2016 with releases on Defined Music, Inhouse, Simma Black and their own imprint Country Club Disco. Big bumpers that really hit the spot this year include ‘Coz I’m Ready’ with Skapes, ‘Forget the Past’ with Mike Millrain and their slamming re-rub of Todd Terry’s ‘It’s Alright’ with Mad Villains on Phoenix Music.

16: Dantiez

Dantiez enjoyed a prolific 2016 with a string of serious releases on Clueless, Glasgow Underground, Simma Black, Milk & Sugar, Stealth Records and Madhouse Records. ‘Everywhere You Go’ on D-Vine Sounds was a huge hit worldwide, with ‘Heartbreak’ and ‘Groove Machine’ cementing Dantiez’s place as one of the producers to look out for in 2017.

15: David Penn

Spanish DJ and producer David Penn rocked the scene this year with big releases on D-Vine Sounds, deepvisionz, Random Soul, Purple and his own label Urbana Recordings. ‘Listen Again’ with Sandy Rivera and LZ Hall had that big room rumble that found it’s way into the sets of Todd Terry, J Paul Getto and many more, whilst ‘Con Son’ with Hosse created a carnival vibe across the world’s dancefloors like no other in 2016.

14: Boris Dlugosch

German super producer Boris Dlugosch had an outstanding year in 2016, with huge releases on Defected, Glitterbox and Southern Fried Records. His updated re-rub of the timeless Mighty Dub Katz ‘Just Another Groove’ was hammered by just about every big DJ in the scene, whilst ‘Set It Out’ with Purple Disco Machine on Defected added a deep soulful edge to the world’s dancefloors.

13: Todd Terry

The God just doesn’t slow down, with Todd Terry busier than ever in 2016 as label owner, producer and rightly revered international DJ. A regular fixture on the Ibiza scene, this year saw not only big tracks like ‘The Way’ and ‘Baby Can You Reach’ on his own label Inhouse, but also a dedicated ‘House Masters’ Defected release featuring 35 of his own tracks from across the decades. Absolute legend.

12: Claptone

The man in the mask really came into his own in 2016, with a selection of heavy releases on Defected, Golden, and Different Recordings. His curated ‘Masquerade’ mix was a huge seller for Defected, with his remix sampler from the album featuring amazing re-rubs of ‘The First Time Free’ by Ultra Nate, ‘Planet Rock’ by Powers That Be and the innovative interpretation of the MD X-Spress ‘God Made Me Feel It’ remix.

11: Kenny Dope

Kenny kept the beats just as rough and rolling in 2016 as he has every other year over the past three decades! Never one to rest on his laurels, Kenny’s Dopewax label was home to some of the finest house music on the planet this year, with big collaborations with Man Without a Clue on ‘Bust A Move’, Robert Owen’s on ‘Bricks Down’ and DJ Gomi and Antonio Hart on the slamming ‘Piano Groove’. Serious vibes.

10: Illyus & Barrientos

The dynamic Scottish duo enjoyed a sublime 2016 with a multitude of serious sounds gobbled up by iconic labels like Glasgow Underground, Toolroom, Suara and Materialism. Stand out moments this year include the amazing ‘Love You So Much’ featuring Trina Broussard, the orchestral magnificence of ‘Strings’ and their huge piano soaked remix of ‘The Quad’ by CamelPhat. Quality house music personified.

9: Shadow Child

A man that needs no introduction to those that like the tougher side of the house spectrum, Shadow Child was a man on a mission in 2016. His two imprints, Food Music and Food Digital, consistently fired out heavy hitting releases throughout the year, with his re-rub of the Jaydee classic ‘Plastic Dreams’ played by every major tastemaker on the planet and his 10-track ‘Connected’ collaboration album causing absolute house carnage.

8: Sam Divine

Sam Divine continues to destroy the house scene with her DJ sets, productions and two D-Vine record labels. 2016 was another stellar year to add to the back catalogue, with ‘Confessions’ on Defected with Curtis Gabriel and Nat Conway absolutely slaying dancefloors across the globe. Sam’s Defected Radio show continues to go from strength to strength and alongside a huge ‘In The House’ compilation, Sam certainly D-Vined and conquered in 2016!

7: Sandy Rivera

A huge year for NYC stalwart Sandy Rivera, with his own label deepvisionz being responsible for some of the scene’s finest house music in 2016. With big personal releases such as ‘Long Time Coming’, ‘So Good’ and ‘Closer’, his remix of Soul Vision’s ‘Someone Else’ destroyed dancefloors worldwide. Legendary status unlocked!

6: Low Steppa

One of the hardest working men on the house music scene, Low Steppa’s relentless DJ gigs are only matched by his record label’s prolific release schedule! The Simma Red and Black label boss killed it this year with Mr. V on ‘My House’, whilst ‘Hangin On’, ‘Static System’ and the piano-tastic ‘This Sound’ with Martin Ikin ensured that 2016 was another year to remember for the Birmingham-based bad boy.

5: Man Without A Clue

Man Without A Clue came seriously correct in 2016. His Clueless Music imprint was on fire with huge releases throughout, including the massive ‘Push Me Around’ with J Paul Getto. Add into the mix ‘Bust A Move’ with Kenny Dope and ‘I Found The Way’ with Russoul, it’s easy to see how the Dutch dance music Don cemented his place in our Top Five House artists of the year.

4: Full Intention

The producer’s producers, Full Intention were firing on all cylinders throughout 2016 with a serious amount of hits on their hands! Their Full Intention Records imprint was home to a barrage of heavy hitting tracks, alongside serious releases like our current December Number One ‘Keep Pushing’, ‘Beating Drum’ on DFTD, ‘All I See Is You’ on Simma Black and the huge remix of Soul Asylum’s ‘Who Do You Love’.

3: Josh Butler

Top UK DJ and producer Josh Butler was at the top of his game in 2016. His new label ORIGINS RCRDS saw 2 huge ‘Heroes of House’ releases with Todd Terry, Darius Syrossian, Sante and Marshall Jefferson, plus with further big tracks on Strictly Rhythm, Material, Rejected, Simma Black and Defected, it’s safe to say 2016 was a year to remember for Josh.

2: J Paul Getto

A man that was EVERYWHERE this year, J Paul Getto’s incredible work ethic has really paid off over the last 12 months. Everything he touched seemed to hit the Traxsource Top Ten, with several number ones under his belt in 2016. His record label Fogbank was at the very forefront of the house music scene this year and alongside Getto’s own output on Clueless Music, Glasgow Underground, Body Heat and Guesthouse, it’s great to see J Paul reaching the dizzying heights his production skills deserve.

1: Sonny Fodera

Sonny started the year with the release of his 44-track ‘In the House’ compilation, which featured an amazing selection of his own work, remixes and tracks from the likes of Eats Everything, Low Steppa, Gene Farris, Tim Deluxe and Claude Vonstroke.

Alongside his huge body of work on Defected this year, Sonny has still found time to release music on , Relief, Emerald City Music, Sweat It Out and Farris Wheel. Stand out tunes this year include his remix of Gershon Jackson’s ‘Take It Easy’ on Strictly Rhythm, ‘Feeling U’ with Yasmin, ‘Over This’ with Shannon Saunders and ‘No Reason’ with James Puentes on Cajual.

From a personal perspective, we at Traxsource have always been big supporters of Sonny’s work since he first appeared onto the scene. We recognised something very special in him from his very first release and it’s great to see an artist with such fantastic raw talent fulfill his undoubted dance music potential.

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