Traxsource Top 100 House Artists of 2017

From its earliest days in Chicago and Detroit, House Music has proven to be an irresistible force, taking over dancefloors worldwide, and 2017 has been no different. The last 12 months have seen artists and producers stretching their studio equipment to the limit as they take the 4/4 template and develop it in ever more exciting ways. Trends may come and go, and house music itself continues to mutate, but you can always rely on that basic sound: that four to the floor thud, hi-hats cutting through the mix and basslines that are impossible to ignore. The global house music movement rumbles on, utterly dependable in an ever-changing world! Welcome to the Traxsource Top House Artists of 2017.

100: Alfred Azzetto
99: Glen Horsborough
98: House Of Virus
97: Dj Meme
96: Mike Dunn
95: Bwi-Bwi
94: Crackazat
93: City Soul Project
92: Paolo Barbato
91: Brown Sneakers
90: Julyan Dubson
89: AM2PM
88: DJ S.K.T
87: Ben Delay
86: Soul Divide
85: Oliver Dollar
84: Midland
83: DJ PP
81: cup & string
80: Robosonic
79: Tom Jay
78: Grant Nelson
77: Joeski
76: Block & Crown
75: Curtis Gabriel
74: Qubiko
73: Coeo
72: Mat.Joe
71: Erik Hagleton
70: DJ Rae
69: Crazibiza
68: Bodhi
67: Jamie Lewis
66: Chocolate Dice
65: Dirty Secretz
64: Micky More & Andy Tee
63: Luca Debonaire
62: Lupe Fuentes
61: Detroit Swindle
60: Ron Carroll
59: Roger Sanchez
58: Skapes
57: Makito
56: DJ Mes
55: Seamus Haji
54: K & K
53: Husky
52: Doorly
51: Mr. V
50: Amine Edge & DANCE
49: Boris Dlugosch
47: J Paul Getto
46: Dario D’Attis
45: Junior Sanchez
44: Mousse T
42: Roland Clark
41: Avon Stringer
40: Kerri Chandler
39: Saison
38: Josh Butler
37: Mad Villains
36: Kenny Summit
35: Jay Vegas
34: Scott Diaz
33: Claptone
32: Vanilla Ace
31: John Julius Knight
30: Milk & Sugar
29: James Curd
27: Eli Escobar
26: Malachi
25: Sandy Rivera
24: Purple Disco Machine
23: Man Without A Clue
22: Risk Assessment
21: Angelo Ferreri

20: Peter Brown

French-born Barcelona resident Peter Brown had a great year in 2017, with several of his releases hitting the #1 spot. Guesthouse put out his ’Funkosphere’ at the start of the year and his ‘Dancin’’ release in the summer, and his perfect blend of old school feel and contemporary production was an instant hit with DJs like David Morales and Full Intention. Mr Brown also put out quality underground house music on Bonanza Records and Go Deeva Records this year too.

19: Kevin McKay

Glasgow Underground co-owner Kevin McKay has some serious house music heritage and has been putting out top-drawer underground house since the early 90s. This year we particularly liked his techy ‘You Got Me Down’ on GU which is full of tasty old-school vocal samples, and the 2017 update of McKay and J Paul Getto’s ‘What U Want’ which picked up a lot of traction for Kevin this year as well.

18: Sam Divine

Defected radio show host Sam Divine also runs the D-Vine Sounds and Soul D-Vine labels, both of which pumped out a steady flow of quality tunes from the likes of Grant Nelson, Roland Clark, Husky etc. this year. Sam also demonstrated her own high-quality production chops as she unleashed some seriously big tunes on DFTD and Armada Deep. Her ‘In Da Nation’ collaboration with CASSIMM in May was a no-nonsense slice of bumping house, whilst their remix of Kristine Blond’s ‘Love Shy’ was a dancefloor monster.

17: Gene Farris

If anyone understands house music, it’s Chicago icon, Gene Farris. Since starting his excellent Farris Wheel imprint in ’98, he has steadily built up a substantial high-quality catalogue of underground deep and tech house. 2017 saw him drop two massive instant floor-fillers, ’Guitar Lick’ and ‘Feel What I Feel’ on Farris Wheel. Meanwhile, his releases on Lapsus, Play It Down, Snatch!, Cajual and Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird kept dancefloors moving worldwide.

16: Todd Terry

An artist, DJ and producer who needs no introduction, Todd Terry spent 2017 continuing to produce super-hot and relevant house music. His ‘Black Keys’ project with Roog and Dennis Quin on his own Freeze Records imprint showcased that blend of old-school sensibility and cutting-edge contemporary production that characterises the best of Todd’s music. The dark, bumping ‘When You Gonna’, which dropped at the end of the year on Get Twisted is another collection of irresistible beats and samples that is getting plenty of DJ attention.

15: Sante Sansone

2017 was a big year for the Italian DJ Sante Sansone. We were really feeling his Glasgow Underground debut, ‘No More’, which was an instant smash, picking up DJ plaudits from Groove Armada, Doc Martin and Hot Since 82. His cheeky ‘Luv Dancing’ caused a storm when it dropped at the start of the year, and his ‘Can’t Sleep’ on Toolroom was massive too. We’re looking forward to hearing more of what he has to offer in 2018.

14: ATFC

ATFC is a household name in our scene, his productions widely acknowledged for their ability to devastate peak time dancefloors. He continued in this fashion in 2017, releasing several massive tunes on Big Love, Urbana Recordings and Nervous. Then of course, there were releases on his own label ATFC Music, notably ‘It Ain’t Watcha Got’ which was released in January and is still getting steady DJ plays, and the vocal anthem ‘Get Into The Music’.

13: Mattei & Omich

Italian DJ duo Mattei & Omich served up some memorable house grooves this year, with several top-selling releases from their Taste of Honey, Cut Rec and Metropolitan labels. Standout tracks include the raw disco/tech of ‘God Made Me Phunky’ feat. Ella and ‘Intermission’ feat. Desiree Renee, both on Metropolitan, but we could have picked any of a number of other dancefloor targeted bombs from the pair.

12: Illyus & Barrientos

Illyus Brown & Ivan Hall Barrientos hail from Glasgow and made a big splash in 2017 with supa-dope tunes on DFTD, Big Love and Guesthouse. We especially liked their ‘Takin’ Over’ which was supported by the likes of J Paul Getto, Todd Terry, Sonny Fodera and David Penn. Illyus & Barrientos’ distinctive brand of glitter-ball tech was particularly successful on their ‘California’ release on BMKLTSCH which again, was quickly adopted into the playlists of many top tier DJs.

11: CamelPhat

Although they released some seriously big tunes this year on Sola, Relief, Nervous and Glasgow Underground, for British DJ / Production duo CamelPhat 2017 was all about their huge ‘Cola’. Easily the biggest dance track of the year, ‘Cola’, which featured the infectious vocals of Elderbrook, ended up picking up a well-deserved Grammy nomination.

10: Franky Rizardo

For the boss of the excellent LTF label, Dutch DJ and Producer Franky Rizardo, 2017 was a stellar year. Franky’s ‘In The House’ compilation on Defected dropped in March, a collection of deep, afro and tech house that demonstrate his versatility behind the decks. He also released his driving, dope track ‘Feel Alright’ on Toolroom, put out music on Sola, Circus, Defected and Simma Black, and delivered a killer remix of ‘Cola’ for labelmates CamelPhat & Elderbrook as well.

9: Honey Dijon

Chicago DJ & Producer Honey Dijon not only featured on her first Mixmag cover but also put out her highly anticipated debut album ‘The Best Of Both Worlds’ on Classic Music Company. The album, which features collaborations with artists like Joi Cardwell, Seven Davis Jr., Tim K and Sam Sparro, is an accomplished piece of work which gained near-universal acclaim from the house heads on its release. One of the scene’s most in-demand DJs, Honey also kept up an enviable gig schedule, taking her distinctive take on the house sound around the world, from Berghain to Chicago’s Smart Bar.

8: Roog

We’re placing Dutch superstar Roog in our Top House Artists of 2017 because he’s another producer who has been all over our charts this past year. He’s released his particular brand of driving, precision-engineered house music on a bunch of quality labels this year, including Lapsus, Snatch!, Nite Grooves and Safe Music as well as ‘Igohart’ – a killer collab on Madhouse with Dennis Quin and Berget Lewis. He also teamed up with Quin again to great effect on their fire remix of Ron Carroll’s ‘Change’ on Electric Disco.

7: Jesse Rose

2017 must have been something of a bitter-sweet year for DJ/Producer Jesse Rose, as he announced that his retirement from DJing. So 2017 has been all about his final full-length album, the superb ‘Alright Mate’, released on his Play It Down label, and his last world tour. Jesse has been making sure that he goes out with a bang, filling his year with collaborations with artists like Claude Vonstroke, Weiss, Junior Sanchez and more. On the release front, the filtered-funk of ‘Appreciate’ and the killer vocal sample of ‘Pressure’ found their way onto many DJ’s USBs, and Jesse can rest assured he’s left a superb back catalogue that will continue to move dancefloors for years to come.

6: Sonny Fodera

Last year’s Traxsource #1 artist Sonny Fodera is one of the hardest working DJ/Producers in the business, and he kept up the tempo in 2017, kicking off the year with a killer re-edit of Chris Lorenzo and Alex Mills’ ‘Sleep Talk’. Sonny then spent the rest of 2017 launching not one but two labels, SOLOTOKO and AARRIVAL. He also released a deluxe, extended edition of his ‘Frequently Flying’ full-length album on Defected, featuring some serious reworks from the likes of Kings of Tomorrow and Low Steppa. And if that wasn’t enough, he simultaneously managed to keep up an exhausting DJing schedule and also found time to drop killer releases on labels including Rinse, Cajual and Azuli.

5: Low Steppa

It was a particularly good 2017 for DJ, Producer and label boss Low Steppa, who continued to deliver the deep and dirty goods. A succession of killer tracks, full of old-school references expertly reworked for the 21st Century, streamed from his ever-reliable Simma Black imprint, perfectly epitomised by the ‘Low’s Vintage Mix’ of ‘Karma’ with Alex Mills – label’s landmark 100th release. ‘Roots’, his collaboration with Dennis Quin also did some serious damage on dancefloors this year. The Steppa also continued to put out his music on Defected, Armada Deep and CR2, with his remix of Sonny Fodera’s ‘Always Gonna Be’ a standout track from the summer.

4: Dennis Quin

2017 was definitely a breakout year for Dennis Quin, who has been carefully honing his sound over the last few years. All that studio time has clearly paid off and he rewarded us in 2017 with a series of pristinely produced house tracks in his bump and hustle style. His releases have appeared on Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse – always a sign that a producer has ‘arrived’ – and he produced big tracks for quality imprints like Low Steppa’s label Simma Black, Snatch! and Audio Rehab too. Meanwhile, he renewed his fruitful studio partnership with fellow Dutchman Roog, with the likes of David Penn, Ron Carroll and Smooth Touch benefitting from the duo’s expert remix touch.

3: Alaia & Gallo

Italian duo Alaia & Gallo caught our attention several times in 2017 and the attention of plenty of others too, as they scored several #1 placings on the Traxsource Chart. Purveyors of trademark feel-good house grooves, their chunky collaboration with Lupe Fuentes, the ‘Lose My Mind’ EP on In The Loop picked up a huge amount of DJ support. The pair also dropped some killer tunes for Guesthouse, Simma Black and Safe Music, not forgetting their underground vocal dancefloor destroyer ‘Never Win’ on Glasgow Underground.

2: Full Intention

It’s been another successful year for the dynamic duo of Full Intention. The Grammy-nominated producers have been all over the Traxsource charts with a clutch of club-friendly original releases, remixes and dubs on the likes of Glitterbox, Defected, and Freakin909. They brought one of the very earliest Full Intention productions, ‘I Feel It’, bang up to date with devastating effect. And on the remix tip, their re-rub of J Maijk & Kathy Brown’s ‘Love Is Not A Game’ topped the Traxsource chart in the early part of the year, whilst their take on Ralphi Rosario and disco-diva Linda Clifford’s ‘Wanna Give It Up’ was massive when it dropped in the summer.

1: David Penn

We have been singularly impressed with this year’s recorded output from one of Spain’s most successful exports, David Penn. 2017 was a superb year for the Madrid-based producer and DJ, and it seemed that everything he released rapidly ascended towards the upper reaches of our charts. There’s no doubt he’s a prolific producer, but one who never compromises on quality. David dropped a slew of hot releases on a ‘who’s-who’ of house labels this year including Memix, MONOSIDE, Papa Records, PPMusic, Milk & Sugar and Defected.

Then of course there were his killer releases on his Urbana Recordings imprint. It’s hard to pick out individual tracks but his ‘Yeah Yeah’ and ‘That Vibe’ on Urbana were both huge dancefloor hits for David. Among his many chart placings this year, the funky snares and killer b-line of his summer-smash remix of Haji & Emanuel’s classic ‘Weekend’ on Big Love, reached #1 on the Traxsource chart. We’re looking forward to plenty more of the same in 2018!

Releases on Traxsource.