Traxsource Top 100 Techno Artists of 2017

A genre that morphed from its birthplace of Detroit to become a genuine global phenomenon, today’s Techno incorporates modern, speaker-shaking club tools, retro Detroit-influenced tunes and darker, experimental sounds. Techno is defined by its high energy and underground feel and consistently remains a staple of the late-night club environment in its many forms.

2017 was a fruitful year for the genre, with many artists dipping their toes in the Techno pool and the abundance of more accessible Techno tracks as we witnessed further growth in the European Techno scene. We also saw many of the original pioneers of the scene back in the limelight, producing and touring the globe. We’re delighted to say that, based on their musical output for the year, this year’s list is a healthy mixture of industry veterans and the newer faces of Techno, and exists as a reminder that this broad and busy genre is still very much a global force.

These are the Traxsource Top 100 Techno Artists of 2017.

100: Pirupa
99: Van Czar
98: Giorgio Rusconi
97: Ilario Alicante
96: Gaston Zani
95: Mario Ochoa
94: Miss Kittin
93: Oxia
92: Skober
91: Tiger Stripes
90: Ron Costa
89: Cari Lekebusch
88: Sam Paganini
87: Deborah de Luca
86: Johannes Heil
85: Devid Dega
84: Rouss Noir
83: Hollen
82: Hot Lipps Inc.
81: Humantronic
80: Ellen Allien
79: Shaded
78: Frankyeffe
77: Luigi Madonna
76: Metodi Hristov
75: Teenage Mutants
74: Rudosa
73: Umek
72: dubspeeka
71: Sonate
70: Arjun Vagale
69: 2000 and One
68: Guy Mantzur
67: Reset Robot
66: Toni Alvarez
65: Darren Emerson
64: Coyu
63: Mark Reeve
62: Monika Kruse
61: Tiefschwarz
60: Hatzler
59: Stephan Bodzin
58: Handzoff
57: Recondite
56: Pleasurekraft
55: Vaal
54: Nina Kraviz
53: Kaiserdisco
52: Phaedon
51: Jay Lumen
50: Drunken Kong
49: Christian Hornbostel
48: Fabio Neural
47: Avision
46: Christian Smith
45: Landmark
44: Matador
43: Maceo Plex
42: Green Velvet
41: Laurent Garnier
40: Audion
39: Ramiro Lopez
38: Paride Saraceni
37: Anna
36: Alan Fitzpatrick
35: Ben Klock
34: Tiga
33: Saytek
32: Spektre
31: Charlotte de Witte
30: Layton Giordani
29: Truncate
28: Henrik Schwarz
27: Dubfire
26: Tale Of Us
25: Josh Wink
24: Carlo Lio
23: Marcel Dettmann
22: Slam
21: Nicole Moudaber

20: Mr. G

A true veteran of the UK underground scene, it’s well-known that Colin McBean AKA Mr. G’s back catalogue is brimming with over 20 years of gold, with releases and remixes on the likes of Loaded, Rekids, Hypercolour and BPitch Control alongside his own Phoenix G. However, it’s his new works that land him a coveted spot in our top 20 this year. His ‘All About Expression’ EP was a weighty hello to modern Techno fans and the end of 2016 saw Mr. G drop his 5th studio album, ‘A Good Place…?’ via his own Phoenix G (and what a release it was) featuring a blend of genres and influences, unearthing musical gems like ‘Yard Food’, ‘In the Sun Finally!’ and ‘One For The Headz’ (the latter which remained our third highest-selling Techno tracks well into 2017). It’s great to see McBean take more of a centre stage in the scene over the past few years with his new sounds, proving that his appeal not only spans countries, but generations too.

19: Oliver Huntemann

Last year saw Techno dream team Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann storm the charts with both their ‘Retrospectivo’ compilation and their ‘Elements Remixed’ project, that had Joseph Capriati remix their 2011 collaborative effort ‘Terra’ to massive effect (landing it a spot in our top Techno tracks for both 2016 and 2017). Huntemann followed up this year with his fifth studio album, ‘Propaganda’, via his own Senso Sounds imprint, a release that cemented Huntemann’s place near the top of the Techno tree. The Senso Sounds label boss has amassed over 20 years in the game and there’s no doubt in our minds of the Hamburg native’s huge influence in the European Techno scene. If the last two years have been anything to go by, there will be more exciting things on the way from Huntemann in 2018.

18: Julian Jeweil

A new entry this year, Julian Jeweil just had to have a place in this list. The French producer’s brand of modern European Techno has found homes via respected imprints Suara, Drumcode, Tronic and Octopus Recordings, leading to impressive support from the likes of Monki, Gabriel Rocha, Benji B and Matt Sassari. His Drumcode EPs ‘Space’ and ‘Rolling’ seriously caught our attention here at Traxsource HQ this year and proved that Julian Jeweil is well on his way to the top in 2018. But the real jewel in Jeweil’s crown this year has got to be his stunning remix of Moby’s classic ‘Porcelain’ that dropped via Suara back in April. A well-crafted Techno homage and one our our top sellers in the genre for 2017.

17: Mark Broom

It was fantastic to see the legendary Mark Broom back on the scene this year! With a career that dates back to the early ‘90s, Broom has almost 3 decades of industry experience under his belt as a DJ, producer and all the while sitting at the helm of his iconic Beardman label. He’s remained something of a pillar for the Techno community, particularly in the UK, having landed his productions on the finest Techno has to offer, from Blueprint and Ostgut to Warp, M-Plant and Soma. 2017 saw Broom step into the limelight once again, dropping a versatile mix of fire across the Techno and Electronic spectrum. Favourites for us this year included ‘One Sound’ and ‘King’ via EPM Music and remixing for the likes of Mark Fanciulli & Rob Cockerton, Maral Salmassi, Julian Jeweil and Guti.

16: D-Unity

Another year in the top 20 for D-Unity and he’s been pushing hard, as is evident from his steady stream of releases on the likes of Intec, Session Womb, Transmit and his own Unity Records and District Audio imprints. As an artist we’ve been supporting for a while, it was great to see him with a healthy presence in the best-selling Techno tracks of the year, including both tracks on his collaboration with Matt Sassari for the ‘I Like It’ EP, plus his remix of Deborah De Luca & Giorgio Rusconi’s ‘Chain Reaction’ coming in at #35, and his late-2016 release ‘Sinner’ (via Suara) finishing as the second highest-selling Techno track of this year. More big things on the way from this guy in 2018!

15: Matt Sassari

Rising a massive 20 places on last year’s list, Matt Sassari has shown us he’s a serious force to be reckoned with in 2018 and beyond. DJ, producer and owner of Panterre Records, the Frenchman has been keeping busy in the studio and his productions (on the likes of Glasgow Underground, Tronic, Intec and Transmit) are receiving massive support from a global body of artists, including Man Without A Clue, Kevin Saunderson, D-Formation and Mattei & Omich – and Traxsource Techno-heads too. As if that wasn’t enough, following on from the huge Intec collaboration ‘Fired Up’ last year with D-Unity, the pair joined forces once more for the ‘I Like It’ EP in September, which landed not one, but two places in our top-selling Techno tracks of the year list. It seems like it’s full speed ahead for Sassari from now on.


The last few years have been nothing short of an insane ride for Charles McCloud Duff AKA Matrixxman. Another new face for this year’s list, Duff first burst on the scene in 2013 and has been attracting serious attention from industry ears since his epic 2015 debut album ‘Homesick’ on Ghostly International. Fast-forward only two years and the California-based artist is swimming in support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Levon Vincent, Len Faki, Boddika, Jeff Mills and Seth Troxler and has been catapulted to the forefront of the scene, even teaming up with artist-of-the-moment Honey Dijon for her ‘Personal Slave’ release earlier this year via Classic Music Company (a highlight for us this year alongside his December single ‘Sexual Frustration’ and his 303-heavy ‘Arrival’ via the ‘Sector II: Acid’ EP). A serious mover and shaker, dancing somewhere between Chicago Acid House and Detroit Techno, with a retro sound that’s found solid fans with the Dekmantel crowd.

13: Victor Ruiz

If you didn’t know his name already, now is the time to get acquainted because 2017 really put Brazilian Victor Ruiz on the Techno map. He kicked off the year in style with his club banger ‘Red Light’ via Oliver Huntemann’s Senso Sounds and as the year pressed on, he maintained a relentless production schedule, showing us just how crucial he is to this year’s list. With his dark and atmospheric take on Moby’s ‘Go’ via the Suara remix package back in April and with further releases on Techno staples Tronic, Elevate and Octopus, it’s clear Victor Ruiz is a name to watch out for in the next few months.

12: Reinier Zonneveld

It seemed like there was barely a moment’s rest for Reinier Zonneveld in 2017. Between running his Filth On Acid label, touring the length and breadth of Europe, releasing EPs on the likes of Suara and Stil Vor Talent and remixing the likes of Steve Mulder and Victor Ruiz, you’d be forgiven for thinking these were the accomplishments of a more established artist. And yet, at the tender age of just 26, it seems that the road is just beginning for the Dutchman and his melodic electronic sound. The Techno world is very much Zonneveld’s oyster and we’re certain you’ll be finding him even higher up this list in 2018.

11: Adam Beyer

Undeniably one of the most influential names in Techno right now, and potentially all of dance music. The Swedish DJ, producer and label owner of course earns himself another year in our top artists list as the driving force of the mighty Drumcode. The podcast and label has reached unfathomable heights as a platform for emerging Techno artists and become one of the strongest brands in electronic music right now, with Beyer making global appearances for Awakenings, Melt, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Junction 2, Elrow and Cocoon in Ibiza. Musical highlights for us this year included his collaborations with Pig&Dan ‘Capsule’ and ‘We Are E’ and Enrico Sangiuliano on ‘Preset Heaven’ – all of which made it into our best-selling Techno tracks for 2017. Hats off Adam, to another great year.

10: Amelie Lens

Techno has a new leading lady in the form of Amelie Lens and it’s been nothing short of a meteoric rise for the Belgian DJ. This year has taken her all the way to Awakenings, the infamous annual ‘Drumcode Halloween’ party in London – and beyond. High-octane, driving Techno is the name of the game in her highly-regarded performances and her productions have graced the sets of Techno greats the world over. Our favourites from Lens this year had to be ‘Follow’ via Second State Audio and her September Drumcode smash ‘In Silence’, pure fire!

9: Enrico Sangiuliano

Supported by the likes of Sven Vath, Alan Fitzpatrick, Pan Pot and Joseph Capriati, it’s easy to see why Sangiuliano is such hot property right now. ‘Preset Heaven’, Sangiuliano’s collaboration with Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, was up there with one of our favourite Techno tracks of the entire year. A reflection on the more accessible side of Techno we’ve seen coming through recently, and also of the consistency we can always rely on from the Italian. We’re looking forward to more of it in the coming year!

8: Kevin Saunderson

The Detroit Techno legend’s career is one of the most storied in all of electronic music, as he remains both a pioneering figurehead for the genre and one of the most influential and important Techno artists on the planet. This year was no different, as we witnessed more magic from Saunderson as he teamed up with KiNK for the punchy ‘Idyllic’, revisited his early E-Dancer works via his KMS label and tastefully remixed his Inner City works to phenomenal effect, with both ‘Big Fun 2017’ and ‘Good Life 2017’ flying up the charts to no.1 spots. Right now we can’t imagine a time when Kevin Saunderson won’t be appearing in this list.

7: Deetron

Switzerland’s Sam Geiser aka Deetron has built an unwavering reputation on being one of the most consistent names in the House and Techno sphere. 2017 witnessed Deetron remix for the likes of Fritz Kalkbrenner, Len Faki and Customer, as well as releasing the ‘DoubleSix Takes Vol. 1’ EP via his own label Character. Towards the end of the year, he compiled the best of his 200+ remixes to date onto the ‘Re-Creation’ retrospective, including his work for the likes of Todd Terje, No Artificial Colours, Jimpster, Tiga and Jamiroquai (whom he also supported on his European tour), to name just a few. With his creativity refusing to conform to any particular genre, we are constantly reminded just impactful Geiser truly is and his unique brand of electronic music still makes him one of the most exciting artists around at the end of 2017.

6: Radio Slave

Moving up two places from last year, Matt Edwards AKA Radio Slave is always a serious contender in these lists. The producer / label boss has had another fantastic year, defined heavily by his own musical output on his forward-thinking label, Rekids, including his march release ‘Another Club’ and his brilliant album ‘Feel The Same’ (released back in September). Cutting-edge electronic music is a staple for Edwards and we’re always looking out for what he’s going to do next.

5: Loco & Jam

The Northern Irish duo are unstoppable right now. It’s been another year of no-nonsense Techno ragers from the boys, with their huge build in momentum stemming from a wealth of releases on heavyweights like Toolroom, Stereo Productions, Suara and Terminal M. Their melodic roller ‘Splitting Minds’ could be heard on dancefloors everywhere from Ibiza to Amsterdam and only 6 years on from their debut release, it’s another year in the top 5 for Loco & Jam. We’re expecting a lot more heat from the guys in 2018.

4: Pig&Dan

They say two heads are better than one, and the combined brainpower of Pig&Dan is something we love to watch, year in and year out. Their epic ‘Chemistry’ release via Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, released at the end of last year, easily hit our top 5 best-selling Techno tracks for 2017 and could be heard in sets for months all over the world. Fast-forward a few months and we find the boys producing more brilliance on the likes of Elevate, Wasabi Recordings and dropping one of our favourite Pig&Dan tracks, ‘Get Me On’, picked up by Monika Kruse on her Terminal-M imprint. It’s exactly these kind of hard-hitting late-night anthems that makes Pig&Dan an essential part of the current musical landscape.

3: Floorplan / Robert Hood

Quite simply a living legend, Robert Hood aka Floorplan weighs in at #3 for us this year. Whilst 2016 may have been the year for loyal fans of his Floorplan alias (due to the highly anticipated and thoroughly well-regarded release of his ‘Victorious’ LP), 2017 yielded amazing treats for patient fans of his tougher Robert Hood moniker. Dekmantel’s pioneering label dedicated their 50th release to ‘Paradygm Shift’, the first Robert Hood album since 2012. The Detroit legend also tirelessly toured the globe, joined the Rekids party to remix label boss Radio Slave’s ‘Feel The Same’ as Floorplan, and he even remixed his own Floorplan track ‘Let The Church’ as Robert Hood too! Just another year in the office for this titan of Techno.

2: Len Faki

It had to be top two for Len Faki. A resident for Berlin’s ‘temple of Techno’ Berghain since its opening in 2004, it’s easy see why his tour schedule is consistently packed and as an alumnus of the likes of Techno mainstays Ostgut Ton, Rekids and Cocoon, Len Faki’s name has remained very en vogue in Techno circles of late. The brains (and ears) behind labels like Monoid, Feis, Figure and more recently Podium, Faki’s production and A&R skills have secured him a place in the hearts of Techno fans across the globe. 2017 saw a flurry of activity via his Figure and Podium imprints, whilst Faki also found the time to remix the likes of Radio Slave and Michael Burkat. Judging by his presence over the last 12 months, the Berghain resident is an artist we know will be dominating this list for years to come.

1: Kink

It’s another year at the top for KiNK! Our #1 Techno artist back in 2015, and one of our favourite artists right now at Traxsource HQ, KiNK’s artistic combination of versatility, humble nature and, above all, pure talent sees him reclaim the top spot this year. It’s been non-stop for the Bulgarian in 2017, and he became one of the most talked about artists of the year as he dropped his album ‘Playground’ on Gerd Jansen’s eclectic Running Back imprint alongside his brilliant remix of Radio Slave’s ‘Children Of The E’. He was also chosen to kick off DGTL’s Festival’s new label venture DGTL Records with his atmospheric yet club-ready package ‘Dynamo and Neutrino’, featuring the epic ‘Neutrino’, our best-selling Techno track of the year. All of this alongside touring his insane live performances that utilise more hardware than you can shake a stick at. Congratulations again KiNK!

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