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. This year we’ve seen the sound develop further from its roots, with new artists bringing in their own local influences and flavours, creating ever more impressive productions. Tech House now means many things to many people, but is always defined by its accessibility, high production values and maximum dance floor impact. So here it is, the Traxsource Top Tech House Artists of 2016.

100: Noir
99: Kenny Ground
98: Mikey V
97: Electrik Cat
96: Jey Kurmis
95: Lupe Fuentes
94: Piem
93: Ante Perry
92: Mirco Caruso
91: krankbrother
90: Hauswerks
89: Ninetoes
88: Marco Lys
87: David Herrero
86: Reinier Zonneveld
85: Rene Amesz
84: Groove Armada
83: Waitz
82: Jaceo
81: Juanito
80: Mani Rivera
79: Dubman F.
78: Jesus Nava
77: Raffa FL
76: Adrian Hour
75: Benny Royal
74: Stanny Abram
73: Alex Ranerro
72: Christian Nielsen
71: Darius Syrossian
70: JJ Mullor
69: Mike Vale
68: Tobi Kramer
67: Shosho
66: Alaia & Gallo
65: Mihai Popviciu
63: Format:B
62: Jack Mood
61: Volkoder
60: Paul C & Paolo Martini
59: Di Chiara Brothers
58: German Brigante
57: Matt Sassari
56: Electronic Youth
55: Sex Sells
54: Nathan Barato
53: wAFF
52: ZDS
51: Junior Sanchez
50: Mark Knight
49: Erick Morillo
48: Apollo 84
47: Dantiez
46: Dale Howard
45: David Keno
44: Audiojack
43: Metodi Hristov
42: Made By Pete
41: Get Real
40: Kevin Knapp
39: Will Clarke
38: Sabb
37: Will Monotone
36: Worthy
35: Franky Rizardo
34: Daniel Steinberg
33: Gorge
32: Sidney Charles
31: Andrea Oliva
30: Claude Vonstroke
29: Eats Everything
28: Dennis Cruz
27: Solardo
26: Sante Sansone
25: Alvaro Smart
24: Wade
23: Skapes
22: DJ PP
21: Mat.Joe

20: KI Creighton

Under No Illusion label boss KI Creighton had a superb year of releases, including tracks for Snatch, 8bit, Kenja and Material. We particularly liked his ‘House Season’ EP on ELRoy and his epic ‘The Journey’ on Circus was a great end to the year from an artist who we are clearly going to hear great things from in 2017.

19: Flashmob

2016 was a great year for Italian artist Flashmob, who runs both Flashmob Records & Flashmob LTD, a pair of labels which are doing really well on Traxsource. Key releases from Flashmob this year were the ‘Switch’ EP on the ever-reliable Gruuv label, and his ‘Now Is’ on Lapsus, although his EPs on Connected Frontline and Roger Sanchez’s Undr Radr also made us sit up and take notice this year too.

18: Josh Butler

With a host of pristine releases to his name this year, England’s Josh Butler (Cajual, Strictly Rhythm & Defected) had a pretty productive 2016. His ‘Indigo’ track, released on his own new label ORIGINS RCRDS made a big impact when it dropped in October, and we recommend you check out his ‘Link’ EP on Rejected, which picked up plenty of DJ traction this year.

17: Emanuel Satie

Frankfurt based Producer and live artist Emanuel Satie unleashed a clutch of quality house music this year. The driving ‘Paffo’s Riff’ on Knee Deep In Sound was a particular big tune from him this year, and his twisted re-rub of Riva Starr’s / Dajae’s ‘The Loft’ on Cajual was massive.

16: Jesse Perez

Miami homeboy Jesse Perez had a prolific year, scoring a #2 on our Tech House chart with his percussion-heavy ‘Fake’, released on his own Mr. Nice Guy label. Eats Everything also put out Jesse’s ‘What You Say About My Momma’ on his Edible label, another example of Jesse’s highly original, party-orientated take on the house template. In what was a productive year, he also had strong releases on Bpitch Control and Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster too.

15: Saeed Younan

Tech House heavy-weight Saeed Younan – DJ, producer, recording artist, label boss (Younan Music) – spent much of 2016 putting out more of his particular brand of precision-tooled percussion-laden Tech House. Highlights of which included his ‘Boom Track’ EP collaboration with Electronic Youth, a frankly brilliant combination of overdriven 909 toms, laser sounds & a spoken word sample. Saeed also dropped another tech-funk-feast in August, ‘Can Ya’ll Really Feel Me’ on Smiley Fingers, which did very well for him & picked up plenty of DJ play.

14: Chus & Ceballos

Dedicated duo and Stereo Productions heads Chus & Ceballos specialize in percussion-heavy, driving Tech House with a melodic edge. Aside from one of the busiest tour schedules in the business, this year we’ve seen them turn in some superb remixes including their irresistible version of Mendo’s ‘Don’t Hold Back’ on Toolroom Trax. The pair ended the year in fine form, dropping ‘The Prophet’ with Supernova on Lapsus Music.

13: Cristoph

A fantastic year for Christoph, the highlight being the release of his ‘8-Track’ full length album on Knee Deep In Sound, featuring eight originals, a Hot Since 82 remix and a continuous mix. From this great album we particularly liked the moody and emotive vocal track ‘Alone’. Christoph also found a moment this year to put out some quality EPs, including his ‘Divvina EP’ on Steve Lawler’s Viva Music and the ‘Genesis EP’ on Adam Beyer’s Truesoul.

12: Supernova

Supernova – Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi – run Lapsus Music, one of the most well-respected underground labels around. They also release plenty of their own brand of Tech House and this year treated us to original tracks and remixes on Relief, Nite Grooves, Toolroom, Get Physical etc. ‘Light Up’ on Digital Traffik was a standout release from them in 2016, and their remix of Lunar City Express’s ‘Olympic Horse’ also smashed up dancefloors all over the world.

11: Green Velvet

Chicago House semi-legend Green Velvet makes a welcome appearance in our Top Tech House Artists list this year. The Relief and Cajual label boss put out a couple of serious collaborations in 2016: ‘Mind Yo Bizness’ with Dirtybird’s Claude VonStroke did some serious dance floor damage from the moment it dropped back in February, then an Eats Everything studio session resulted in the massive ‘The Duster’, a funky contender for ‘Cowbell tune of the year’!

10: Enzo Siffredi

Owner of the well regarded Wired & Minimal Kids labels, Enzo Siffredi put a string of decent releases this year. DFTD released the rubbery bassline and twisted vocals of Enzo’s ‘Are You Insane?’ while his own Wired imprint released the excellent ‘Hand Bone’. The prolific Enzo is also working under a new alias too, ‘Little By Little’, putting out a series of quality tech funk EPs on his labels; we’re looking forward to hearing where this project takes him next year.

9: Hot Since 82

UK Producer / DJ Hot Since 82 continues to unleash tune after tune of quality dance floor fodder. We loved his remix of‘ ‘Yourself’ on his imprint Knee Deep, a label that really has been on fire over the last 12 months, with a consistent stream of quality product. His remix of ‘krankbrother’s Circular Thing’ on Circus was also another great example of his production expertise, as was his remix of Christoph & Jinadu’s ‘Closer’, but we could have picked from several other tight productions he put out in 2016.

8: Doorly

Perhaps the biggest news for the prolific Doorly in a very busy 2016 is the announcement of his new label, the excellently named Reptile Dysfunction, which launches just before Christmas. We are seriously excited about what’s going to come from this particular label next year. Aside from this, Doorly proceeded through 2016 much as he has through the last few years, dropping fresh house tracks and playing worldwide gigs. His Remix of ‘So What’ on Relief was strong, and he also remixed ‘Just Another Groove’ for Fatboy Slim’s Southern Fried Records to great effect. Also we have to mention his ‘The Magic Room’ collaboration with Dino Lenny on Seth Troxler’s Play It Say It, a solid slice of organic, funky Tech House that came with a couple of very cool remixes.

7: Hector Couto

Even before the launch of Hector’s label Roush, he was well known as a purveyor of top quality underground house music, and 2016 has seen Roush go from strength to strength, with an impressive artist roster and commitment to the authentic underground sound. His ‘Parental Advisory’ EP on Roush & also his ‘Black Noise EP’ on WOW! Recordings showcased Hector’s particular raw, deep-tech sound to perfection. We’re expecting great things from Hector and Roush in 2017.

6: The Deepshakerz

Domy Berardino and Mirco Sonatore, better known as The Deepshakerz, are a pair of producers who are definitely on the rise, having impressed us this year with their debut album ‘Sensations’ (Safe Music). Featuring 11 tracks of flawless tech, ‘Sensations’ was an impressive debut. The 3 stripped down, lean Tech House tracks oozing with Chi-town funk which made up their ‘Phat Beats’ EP on Cajual were also a 2016 high point for the Italian duo.

5: Mihalis Safras

Owner of Material, Materialism and Mr. Carter, Mihalis had a superb year of releases, with the pounding ‘Nintza’ on Repopulate Mars and grooving ‘Inch by Inch’ on Cajual. On the remix front, Mihalis absolutely killed it on his re-rubs of ‘Gimme Love’ on Circus and Joeski’s ‘Babylon’ on Maya. We are looking forward to what Mr Safras serves up in 2017, especially since we heard the news that he’ll be launching his new label Street Beats next year, which will be exclusive to Traxsource.

4: Riva Starr

Another great year for the unstoppable Riva Starr, DJ/Producer and boss of the irrepressible Snatch! Riva is an artist with a substantial release schedule, and his ‘The Midnight Hour’ EP on Cajual and his edit of Groove Armada’s ‘Superstylin’ were really hot in the Tech House charts this year. Also, congratulations are in order, as Riva’s side project ‘Soul Speech’ is the #1 overall record for 2016 on Traxsource (and still exclusive to us!).

3: Joeski

We loved Joeski’s remix of ‘Larry’s Exotic Blend’ on Classic Music Company, a perfect blend of wonkiness and Chicago swing. His ‘Clap Yo Handz’ collaboration with E-man on Defected also did the do for Joeski this year, & both tracks received serious DJ attention. Joeski also runs the Maya label & his ‘Babylon’ track was just one of a number of quality releases on Maya this one. Finally, we have to mention Joeski’s huge collaboration with partner in crime Harry Romero ‘Restless’, which came out on Nervous.

2: Gene Farris

Chicago’s own Gene Farris showed us his ability to shine in a number of different house genres this year, and excelled when it came to his techier releases. Check out his ‘In The Screen’ album on Relief for a lesson in serious, underground house music. Gene’s ‘Like This’ collaboration with Mihalis Safras was a very big seller too, and his ‘Let A B!tch Know’ Re Rub Dub on Defected has just dropped and is currently killing it worldwide.

1: Dario D’Attis

Number one for us this year just had to be Dario D’Attis. He’s been releasing house music for well over a decade and can now rightly count himself as one of the industry’s major players, a respected DJ with a packed gig schedule and a producer whose music is to be found in the playlist of the world’s top level DJs.

The reason for this is simple: Dario is a producer who clearly refers to his DJing experience when creating his tunes, and the builds and drops are all perfectly executed for maximum dance floor impact.

Aside from DJing around the world, Dario also produced a number of tracks that really hit the mark this year. His remix of Soul Vision’s ‘Don’t Stop’ on DFTD took a single keyboard riff and a killer beat and created an unstoppable dance floor monster which hit the Traxsource #1 overall for weeks. Other big tracks for Dario in 2016 were his update on the classic New Jersey sound ‘Jack’ on Lapus, and ‘In And Out Of My Life’ on Defected. Both were hugely popular, high selling releases, showcasing Dario’s trademark production chops, and demonstrating an artist at the very top of his game.

Fittingly, Dario has ended 2016 on a high note, with his remix of Kings of Tomorrow’ ‘Kaoz’ on Poker Flat currently sitting pretty at the #1 Tech House slot. We’ve greatly enjoyed the musical output of Dario D’Attis this year, and if his track record is anything to go by, we can expect bigger and better things over the coming year!

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