Traxsource Top 100 Nu Disco / Indie Dance Artists of 2016

We were absolutely inundated with delicious disco influenced delights in 2016, making it one of the strongest years on record for the genre. As nights like Glitterbox tore up Ibiza, opening the ears of many clubbers to the updated sounds derived from yesteryear, Nu Disco’s popularity reached stratospheric new heights this year. Here’s our comprehensive list of the movers and shakers that really stood out from the crowd for us in the Nu Disco scene in 2016.

100: Lux Experience
99: Dj Rocca
98: Slync
97: Dominic Dawson
96: Plaster Hands
95: Situation
94: Audio Jacker
93: Pillowtalk
92: Will Dawson
91: Tom of Brooklyn
90: Loui & Scibi
89: James Rod
88: Gy Fos
87: JazzyFunk
86: Twism & B3RAO
85: Jacques Renault
84: Yves Murasca
83: Moullinex
81: Local Options
80: Dirtytwo
79: Revels On Poolside
78: Xinobi
77: Richie Hell
76: Joutro Mundo
75: Black Sausage
74: Crackazat
72: Tiger & Woods
71: Alkalino
70: Ivan Jack
69: Will The Funkboss
68: Ben Delay
67: J&M Brothers
66: Dicky Trisco
65: Micky More & Andy Tee
64: Bosq
63: Dimitri From Paris
62: Ben Sun
61: Freiboitar
59: Mark Lower
58: Midnight Magic
57: Casual Connection
56: Adri Block
55: Deelicious
54: The Wizard Brian Coxx
53: Life on Planets
52: Used Disco
51: Sleazy McQueen
50: Discotron
49: Ash Reynolds
48: Vanilla Ace
47: Crew Love
46: Chaka Kenn
45: Jorge Montiel & Juan Laya
44: Babak
43: Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee
42: Funkatron
41: Samma Lone
40: Lumoon & Rob!n
39: Babert
38: Tensnake
37: Rayko
36: Escort
35: Crazy P
34: Ziggy Phunk
33: Chrissy
32: Snacks
31: Junktion
30: Hot Toddy
29: The Reflex
28: Cassara
27: JKriv
26: Nebraska
25: The Revenge
24: Michael The Lion
23: Daniel Solar
22: Satin Jackets
21: Art Of Tones

20: Late Nite Tuff Guy

Australia’s very own disco vigilante, Late Nite Tuff Guy enjoyed a fantastic year with a string of super successful remixes and original productions on such luminary labels as Get Physical, Razor-N-Tape and Defected. Stand out cuts in 2016 include ‘I Get Deeper’, ‘My Sugar is Gone’ and his sublime remix of Ferry Ultra’s reworking of ‘Good Times’ on Peppermint Jam.

19: Todd Terje

The producer’s producer, Todd Terje had another exemplary year behind the desk and at the turntables, with a slew of releases that you just couldn’t ignore like his 8-track slammer ‘The Big Cover Up’ with The Olsens. His remix work was, as ever, of the highest quality, even working with Bryan Ferry on ‘Johnny & Mary’ on the legendary crooner’s remix album ‘Avonmore’.

18: Yam Who?

DJ’s, producers and owners of the Ism Records and Midnight Riot imprints, 2016 was a great year for Yam Who? The duo’s remix of Judge Funk’s ‘We Want Prince’ caused dance floor destruction when it dropped in October, whilst their reworking of Sven, Ourra and Alena’s ‘Play It Tight’ was the epitome of everything that’s right about today’s Nu Disco genre.

17: Opolopo

With such an eclectic sound, Opolopo crosses genres with ease. His skilled keyboard playing and wizardry at the mixing desk make him the ‘go to’ man when it comes to remix perfection and 2016 was another standout year. ‘Staying Power’ featuring Pete Simpson was a real highlight in September, whilst his re-work of JazzyFunk’s ‘Funk You Up’ is the perfect example of the Opolopo magic at work. Sublime.

16: Kenny Summit

Another solid 12 months from Kenny and his Good for You Records imprint, with standout releases from Ghosts of Venice, Casual Connection, Terrence Parker and of course, his very own Chaka Kenn moniker, with ‘All Night’ a stand out. Kenny also opened his own club in Los Angeles called ‘Cure and the Cause’ in 2016, causing quite the stir in the media at the same time; leave your laptops at home!

15: Purple Disco Machine

Tons of fresh tunes and remixes from PDM this year with releases on 4th Floor, Defected, Night People NYC and Peppermint Jam to name just a few. His remix of Eli Escobar’s ‘Visions’ was the number 1 tune for Nu Disco in 2016, with ‘Set It Out’ on Defected with Boris Dlugosch and his re-working of Fallout’s ‘The Morning After’ causing dance floor mayhem all over the globe.

14: Kon

Boston-born Kon kept the good times coming in 2016, with a slew of serious Nu Disco workouts on BBE, Nurvous Records and Jalapeno. ‘Timeless’ from his ‘Kon & The Gang’ album on BBE was a huge hit on the Traxsource charts, along with his remixes of the classic ‘This Beat Is Mine’ by Vicky D. Consistent and oh so classy throughout 2016.

13: Coeo

A huge year from the German duo, as they stacked up an impressive catalogue of releases on Toy Tonics, Discotexas and the massive number 1 hit ‘Light Star’ on Razor-N-Tape. They started the year well with the sublime ‘Back in The Days’ getting support from Franky Rizardo, JKriv and Kenny Dope amongst many others, and big things are expected for Coeo in 2017.

12: Re-Tide

Italian duo Re-Tide had big releases this year on Cut Rec Promos and Metropolitan Promos, with serious Nu Disco heat in the form of ‘The Power’, ‘Revolution is Here’ and ‘Dirty Funk’ all picking up support from DJs and consumers alike. Their sublime remix of Joe Smooth and Mattei & Omich’s ‘In the Underground’ also set pulses racing in 2016. A year that Re-Tide truly made their mark.

11: Fouk

The dynamic Dutch duo of Daniël Leseman and Hans Peeman went from strength to strength throughout 2016 with a slew of heavy hitting releases Z Records and House of Disco. ‘Gruff’ worked the January dance floors with vigor, whilst their remix of Snacks’ ‘Deep Fry’ in October added an extra layer of nonchalant funk to an already outstanding release; that’s the beauty of Fouk.

10: Stephane Deschezeaux

Bringing the street funk to the Nu Disco scene, Stephane had another big year with releases on Editorial and his own imprints Springbok Records and Discoville. Big solo tracks like ‘Prime Time’ and ‘Happiness’ sat comfortably next to top notch remixes of the likes of ‘Talkin About’ by Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee and his excellent re-rub of Miguel Campbell’s ‘Melody of Love’.

9: Nick Monaco

Dropping major tunes on Soul Clap Records, Vega Records and Pets Recordings in 2016, along with the chart topper ‘Pussy’ on Wolf + Lamb, Nick Monaco had a brilliant year. His full length album ‘Half Naked’ dropped on Crew Love Records in June to a great reception and we’re looking forward to hearing more weird and wonderful disco delights from this musical maverick in 2017.

8: Lovebirds

Hamburg’s Sebastian ’Basti’ Doering enjoyed a very successful 2016, with a slew of seriously sexy sounds coming out on his very own Teardrop Recordings label. Teaming up with vocalists Stee Downes again for ‘Love’s Like Dancing’ and Minako for ‘Delusions’, Lovebirds left an indelible imprint on the 2016 Nu Disco scene, particularly with the release of the sublime 4-track ‘Hamburg Years Part 2’ which mesmerised dance floors across the globe.

7: Red Rack’em

With the smash hit ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ on Classic Music Company, it was a big year for Danny Berman aka Red Rack’em. With a string of releases on Dirt Crew Recordings, City Fly and his very own Bergerac imprint, his remix work on Ponty Mython’s ‘Life, Love, Changes’ caused a real stir on Nu Disco scene across the globe.

6: Pete Herbert

With chart topping releases this year on Discotexas, Imagenes, Jolly Jams, Paradise Row and Pole Position Recordings, Pete certainly had the Midas touch in 2016. Plus with big remixes aplenty on the likes of Rayko’s ‘Dance to the Groove’, Da Chick’s ‘Chick-A-Boom’ and the superb re-rub of Sebastien Fauvel’s ‘Obsession’, we expect more and more producers to be banging Pete’s door down for top notch remixes in 2017.

5: Dr Packer

Australia’s finest exponent of the disco re-rub, Dr Packer just kept on firing out those hits in 2016. With big releases on Glitterbox, Z Records and Hot Digits, his remix of Sure Thing’s ‘Holding You Tight’ and his very own ‘Everlasting’ on Editorial, the Doctor cleaned up on the dance floors from Rio de Janerio to the Roadmender in his original hometown in the UK of Northampton!

4: Soul Clap

The kings of eclectic beats and pieces, Soul Clap slayed 2016 with non-stop releases including their self titled album on their own Crew Love Records. They started the year with a sublime re-rub of the Eddie Amador classic ‘Rise’ on Yoshitoshi and never looked back, including working with Louie Vega on his seminal Grammy nominated album.

3: Ron Basejam

You can call him Ron Basejam or James Baron, either way, you’re going to get some good music in return! He had major releases in 2016 on labels like Futureboogie, Classic Music Co, Peppermint Jam and Midnight Riot, with a remix catalogue that was second to none. His re-rub of System Echo’s ‘My Revival’ was caned by Saison, Purple Disco Machine & Fred Everything, whilst his remix of Cisco Cisco’s ‘Jazzy Days’ on Apersonal Music created mayhem wherever it was dropped across the globe. A class act.

2: Kraak & Smaak

The Dutch trio of producers, DJs and live band kept up their seamless release schedule throughout 2016. They topped our chart with their superb ‘Way Back Home EP’ on Razor-N-Tape alongside a 13-track album on Jalapeno called ‘Juicy Fruit’. With further releases on Reel People, Sea of Sand and Timewarp Music, this year has seen Kraak & Smaak continue to be as prolific as they ever have been.

1: Eli Escobar

To say that New York City’s Eli Escobar came into his own in 2016 would be a massive understatement. With a slew of huge releases this year on Papa Records, BBE, Defected and his own label Night People NYC, he also dropped his second full length album ‘Happiness’ on Classic Music Company.

Eli’s love of hip hop saw him purchase his first set of turntables at an early age, before the New York club scene of the early Nineties saw him make the transition to house music. We have to say, we’re glad he did! His skills as a remixer in 2016 have saw him slay Ricardo Baez’s ‘Tribute to L’, Soul Inscribes ‘Soul Shine’, Tim Deluxe’s ‘JAS’ and Amp Fiddler’s ‘Soul Fly Pt. 2’ to name just a few.

Eli’s album was a huge hit with tastemakers and dancefloors alike, with a delicious mélange of styles that turned heads across the globe. Eli enlisted the vocal talents of Nomi Ruiz and the legendary Vanessa Daou, who most notably featured on the classic Danny Tenaglia and Peter Daou’s, ‘Surrender Yourself’ back in the Nineties. Moving from straight up house party jams such as the title track, ‘Happiness Pt 2’ into raw Chicago workouts like ‘Chaka Khan’, Eli’s second album catapults him into that elite band of producers whose name you see linked to a track and you instantly know it’s going to be a top quality release. There’s no higher praise than that.

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