Traxsource Top 100 Tech House Artists of 2017

Undeniably one of the most popular genres of Electronic music today, Tech House brings the fire to the floors with 4/4 beats to keep the people moving anytime day or night. From European sounds with a bit of swing for the Terraza to darker cuts slipping comfortably into Techno sets, or even sample-laden groovers, there will always be a home on the dancefloor for Tech House in its many forms. For one thing remains consistent across them – they are inevitably high-energy, dancefloor-friendly club tools. It is a genre that appeals to the masses and Tech House always provides a heavy contribution to our best-selling tracks.

This year’s list represents the global influence of the genre, and with the artists hailing from the USA, Spain, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and beyond, never has the ubiquitous nature of the genre been more apparent. Our 2017 list features recognized leaders of the scene alongside unstoppable new talent, so familiarise yourself with the artists shaping the face of Tech in 2018 and beyond.

Here then, are the Traxsource Top 100 Tech House Artists of 2017.

100: Tucci
99: Picca & Mars
98: Tim Baresko
97: Sergio Fernandez
96: Federico Ambrosi
95: Hilton Caswell
94: 2 Sides Of Soul
93: Sharam Jey
92: Stefano Noferini
91: Simone Vitullo
90: Wolf Story
89: ZDS
88: Brett Johnson
87: Ronnie Spiteri
86: Walker & Royce
85: Alvaro Smart
84: Will Clarke
83: Mark Jenkyns
82: Tapesh
81: Weiss (UK)
79: Sidney Charles
78: Roberto Palmero
77: Montel
76: Rich Wakley
75: Dan Rubell
74: Latmun
73: Tobias
72: Dakar
71: Stanny Abram
70: Klangkuenstler
69: Sex Sells
68: Seb Zito
67: Justin Martin
66: Eats Everything
65: Steve Lawler
64: Andrea Oliva
63: Emanuel Satie
62: Sante
61: ItaloBros
60: Christian Nielsen
59: Hector Couto
58: Mat.Joe
57: Luca M
56: Charles Ramirez
55: Mike Vale
54: Piem
53: Max Chapman
52: FreedomB
51: David Herrero
49: Electronic Youth
48: Mele
47: Andre Salmon
46: Brett Gould
45: Sante Sansone
44: Martin Landsky
43: Idris Elba
42: Dennis Quin
41: Detlef
40: Landmark
39: Paolo Martini
38: Doorly
37: Ninetoes
36: Luna City Express
35: Bontan
34: Roog
33: Flashmob
32: German Brigante
31: Hector
30: Archie Hamilton
29: Catz ‘N Dogz
28: Matt Tolfrey
27: Danny Howard
26: Claude Vonstroke
25: Hot Since 82
24: Lexa Hill
23: Solardo
22: Worthy
21: CamelPhat

20: Dennis Cruz

The Spaniard remains a staple of the scene, with 2017 seeing no sign of him backing down from his relentless production schedule. Our favourites this year included his collaboration with Riva Starr ‘A Jem Be’ on Snatch!, his stints on Los Suruba’s Ibiza-based imprint Suruba X and Michael Bibi’s Solid Grooves and of course the anthemic ‘Get Freaky’ via Chus & Ceballos’ Stereo Productions. His instantly recognisable brand of sultry European Tech House has paved the way for a new generation of producers in Europe and beyond and even landed Cruz the ‘Best Producer’ accolade at this year’s DJ Awards in Ibiza. He’ll be gracing these lists for a while yet.

19: Kevin McKay

We couldn’t create 2017’s list without a nod to Scottish production powerhouse and Glasgow Underground label boss Kevin McKay. The past few years have seen a meteoric rise for Kevin as an artist, having garnered a (very much deserved) reputation as one of the finest remixers around, due to feel-good mixes for Sante Sansone’s ‘No More’, Montel’s ‘Love In The Blue Zone’ and Brett Gould’s ‘Say It Loud’ (to name a few). With an unofficial ethos of churning out straight up party tunes, Kevin’s own productions have also seen the tops of our charts this year, with the likes of ‘Get A Room’ and ‘Everybody Get On’. All of this alongside running the hugely respected Glasgow Underground, a label that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and has been home to electronic greats Romanthony, DJ Q and Milton Jackson, whilst more recently acting as an A&R vehicle for hot talent coming through in the form of Sante Sansone, Alaia & Gallo, Brett Gould, Illyus & Barrientos and Radio 1’s Danny Howard. Keep it up Kevin!

18: Green Velvet

It’s been another fantastic year of music from the emerald icon. 2017 has witnessed Green Velvet (aka Cajmere) add his weight to tracks by many of Tech’s big names, including Walker & Royce, Riva Starr, Mark Knight, Detlef and Shiba San. The Relief and Cajual label boss’s big ones this year in our opinion had to be ‘Rub Anotha Dub’ with Walker & Royce on the mighty Dirtybird, and his punchy collab with Riva Starr ‘Keep Pushin Harder’ via Stealth! You’ll find the Chi-town pioneer’s tunes dispersed across the globe and when you stop to think about the effort involved in balancing aliases, labels, collaborations, touring and remixes, you remember he’s one of the hardest working artists in the biz and we’re glad he’s showing no sign of letting up anytime soon.

17: Saeed Younan

Saeed Younan has had another busy year at the helm of Younan Records, touring the globe and dropping his own productions via the likes of Intec, Go Deeva and Moon Harbour. The zenith of his year saw the unveiling of his ‘Reprise V1’ release, a compilation of some of the producer / label boss’s biggest records to date. These were jams that stood the test of time and found homes on dancefloors the world over, landing spots in sets of DJs at the forefront of the scene – the likes of Erick Morillo, Patrick Topping, Joseph Capriati, Joris Voorn, Carl Cox and Steve Lawler. ‘Reprise V1’ comprised a selection of Younan’s steady Tech rollers, including ‘Drop It’, ‘Tarazu’ and ‘Backroom Honey’, all resonating well with today’s crowd. We look forward to brand new bangers from Saeed in the coming year.

16: Jesse Rose

It was with a heavy heart that we waved goodbye to our good friend Jesse Rose this year following his decision to retire. 2017 has been a whirlwind for Jesse and the Play It Down crew, as they buckled up to drop his ‘Alright Mate’ album back in March and embark on Jesse’s final ever world tour. But what else would we expect from Jesse Rose, who, over the past 14 years has toured the globe and amassed a discography of over 200 releases, alongside spearheading 4 labels (Play It Down, Front Room, Made To Play and A Sided)? And the musical maverick still found time to drop pure fire in the form of ‘Bare Mountain’ with Claude Von Stroke whilst we watched ‘Alright Mate’ take a comfortable seat in the album charts. There were many great takeaways from the album, tracks that will surely remain in sets for years to come including the punchy ‘Street Feet’, ‘In My Mind’ and the vibrant ‘Pressure’. It’s safe to say he’s gone out with a bang and will be sorely missed. We wish you well Jesse Rose!

15: Chus & Ceballos

Gracing this list for another year, Chus & Ceballos are a household name for dance music lovers. Blurring the lines of Techno and Tech House with their weighty output on Stereo, the boys are highly consistent kings of percussion and the Spanish duo have been heavily touring their outfit and their Stereo Productions label. June saw the guys team up with Rafa Barrios for ‘Now Or Never’ via their own Stereo and their huge remix of ‘Rick James’ by ZDS on Toolroom back in September scored them some serious points, but their stand-out moment of the year had to be their epic remix of The Groovelines ‘Got To Dance Disco’ on Paul’s Boutique, a track that was shown serious love from everyone from Sam Divine, Kenny Summit and Dario D’Attis to Joeski and Todd Terry and comfortably became one of the most popular Tech House tracks on the site this year.

14: Joeski

It’s been another great year for our good friend Joe Flores AKA Joeski. The New Yorker’s name has become synonymous in the scene with tight productions and a seriously aggressive output of peak-time Tech House monsters that never compromises on quality. He made particularly big splashes this year with big productions like ‘The Energy Of The Room’, the huge ‘Magic Bubbles’ via Nervous and his remix of Marcos In Dub’s ‘Mood’ on the respected Poker Flat (alongside further remixes on Emerald City and Crosstown Rebels). His own imprint Maya Records has also produced a healthy output from the artist and even rallying the likes of other talents David Herrero and Sydney Blu. All of this, delivered with the classic Joeski smile. Keep them coming!

13: Riva Starr

Dance music veteran Riva Starr needs no introduction to readers here, having been a driving force of the genre in recent years and subsequently regularly featured in our annual top Tech House Artists lists, and with good reason! Riding in this year on the back of a top 3 spot in last year’s chart and a #1 overall spot (‘Soul Speech’ was the best-selling track of 2016 on Traxsource), Riva wasn’t stopping there, ramping up his game for more action in 2017. The East London-based producer unveiled a solid output of House heat throughout the year, via established outlets Truesoul, Hot Creations and (his own) Snatch!, alongside touring and launching his brand new venture Brock Wild. And he didn’t stop there, his feisty basement cut ‘The Flame’ hit the #1 spot immediately and landed itself a place in our top Tech tracks for 2017. Just another year of unrivalled peak-time Tech from the Italian.

12: Josh Butler

World domination was on the cards for Josh Butler this year, and he may have achieved it. The ‘Butler & Bontan’ dream team were reunited for 2017 (following on from their massive chart-topping 2013 hit ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’) as the boys rolled out the club anthem ‘Call You Back’ at the beginning of the year via Butler’s own ORIGINS – a tune that topped the charts and went on to be one of the biggest records of 2017. Alongside the year’s early success, the diverse Butler enjoyed another spell on Joris Voorn’s Rejected with the more melodic ‘Stratagem’ EP, toured the globe with healthy weekly stop-offs in Ibiza for the Do Not Sleep crew, linked up with the Defected crew for the Soulful bubbler ‘Be Somebody’ and dropped the sounds of his ‘Sunday Best’ EP via Kaoz Theory. All of this whilst still finding space to collaborate with legends like Kerri Chandler and Robert Owens. A rare and versatile talent we’ve had our eye on for years, we’re always excited to see what he comes up with next.

11: Vangelis Kostoxenakis

A newcomer to our list, Vangelis Kostoxenakis really is the ‘talk of the town’ right now. The exciting Greek producer has had a pivotal year, managing to carve out a defined space for himself amongst the noise with his label Talk of the Town and with some brilliant music that speaks for itself. The fantastically deep and moody late-night groover ‘Dig It’ that dropped on Moon Harbour back in August and his collaboration with Piem, ‘Ladies’ peaked our attention here at Traxsource HQ, however it was ‘Pay My Bills’ (via Dirtybird) that got the job done and became his breakthrough track. An example of the kind of head-bopping, toe-tapping Tech that’s gets the people going, we guarantee there’s more club-friendly beats on the way from Kostoxenakis, watch this space.

10: Sonny Fodera

An artist we’ve been behind since day one and our overall number one artist of 2016, Sonny Fodera once again earns his spot in this list. As we close the year, we see Fodera at the helm of two labels; AARRIVAL and new venture SOLOTOKO, and having found great homes for his productions this year via the likes of Cajual and of course Defected. 2017 also saw Fodera collaborate with the likes of Mat.Joe and Gene Farris plus remix tunes from S-Man and Lee Foss. A versatile artist and a Traxsource favorite, Sonny Fodera is still just as relevant as ever.

9: KI Creighton

KI Creighton is an artist who’s been making serious waves in the underground scene. His label Under No Illusion recordings has now grown to become a home for the likes of some of Tech’s staple names, including Pete Dorling, Bontan, Waifs & Strays, Anek, Emery Warman, Kydus, Yousef, Paul C & Paolo Martini and Harry Romero, but 2017 also saw his presence as an artist build tremendously. The Scotsman had a great production year, dropping belters like the distinctive ‘Trivial’ via ElRow Music, that boasts a catchy Madonna vocal and could be heard across dancefloors all summer, alongside remixes for Criminal Hype and 8 House Records. A stand-out record for us had to be the piano-heavy ‘Jessie’s Joint’ via his own label, arguably one of Creighton’s best works to date, with a lovely groovy bassline married with some keys for a truly satisfying build – one of our favourites from the Under No Illusion catalogue for sure. Creighton ended the year on a high with the percussion-heavy roller ‘Broken Promises’ via Yousef’s Circus Recordings and it became clear that no-nonsense Tech House just comes easily to him, expect to be hearing the name KI Creighton a lot more over the next few months.

8: Gene Farris

It’s another year in the top 10 for Gene Farris, the highly respected and versatile Chicago pioneer. By now, Farris has established himself as a true master of his craft, evolving with the times to hone a sound ideal for today’s musical menagerie. This year, Farris produced a healthy output via his Farris Wheel Recordings alongside releases on Dirtybird and Cajual and his peak came in the form of the incredible ‘Love Foundation’ with Cajmere (a record that went straight to the top). With two tunes in our best-selling Tech House tracks of the year, ‘Can’t Shake It’ and his fantastic collaboration with Riva Starr and Dennis Cruz ‘Play’ via Snatch! Records, it’s obvious it’s been another big year for the Chi-town artist and a well-deserved place in the top 10.

7: Harry Romero

There’s just no stopping Harry “Choo Choo” Romero. In a sea of paint-by-numbers Tech House, Harry Romero can always be trusted to provide a welcome and satisfying alternative, with tracks distinguished by their clean, solid production. 2017 saw Romero keep on rolling out fire, as he found homes for his tunes on the likes of Subliminal, Robsoul, Tronic and of course his own Bambossa. ‘From The Root’ was one of our top ten best-selling Tech House tracks of the year and his jams ‘Revolt’ and ‘Poison’ just highlight Romero’s consistent, quality output, year on year. The last stop on the Choo Choo train for 2017 was a late release on Seth Troxler’s highly regarded Play It Say It imprint with the ‘Mother Earth’ EP, a perfect finish to a strong year for one of our regular Tech faces.

6: Jesse Perez

It’s been nothing short of an amazing year for our boy Jesse Perez. We’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow from local Miami House hero into fully-fledged global phenomenon, following on from last year’s smash hits ‘What You Say About My Momma’ and the chart-dominating ‘Fake’, arguably THE track of Miami Music Week and this year’s BPM festival, having being hammered by the likes of Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers. Jesse kicked off the new year in style with ‘Taking It Back’ (Jesse Perez Wuz Here Edit) on his own Mr Nice Guy Records, before remixing the likes of Amine Edge & DANCE and Sidney Charles. And with Perez rounding off the year with an autumn drop of ‘Daddy’ on Mark Knight’s Tech heavyweight Toolroom Records and a remix for the infamous Hot Creations, we predict 2018 is going to see even more action for the Miami native.

5: Supernova

They say all good things come in twos, and the combination of the two musical brains of Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi – AKA Supernova – is no exception. It’s the Italian duo’s raw talent and hard work that has sat them comfortably in our Tech top ten for the last few years. A relentless tour schedule defined 2017 for the guys alongside some huge releases and highlights that caught our attention this year were the massive ‘City Lights’ EP on ElRow Music, ‘The Wild Weekend’ EP via 8bit and their ‘Revelation’ EP through their own Lapsus Music. Of course a special nod has to go out to ‘The Roots’ from their Lapsus BPM sampler at the top of the year, a tune that found support in the form of the likes of Kenny Dope, Sandy Rivera, DJ Chus, Brett Gould, Axel Doorman and Carnao Beats (amongst others) and remained one of the best-selling Tech tracks of the entire year, further cementing Supernova’s place for us in the top 5. With a new label on the horizon for 2018, we’re the first to say we’re excited!

4: Enzo Siffredi

Rising a massive 6 places on last year’s list, Enzo may be relative newcomer to the top end of our charts, but he’s no stranger to fans of the UK underground music scene. Now pushing out bangers at a healthy pace and at the helm of two successful labels; WIRED and of course his iconic Brighton club night / label Minimal Kids, Enzo is proving he’s ready to play with the big boys. His late summer banger ‘No Sugar’ was a proper choppy dancefloor stomper with a Gospel backbone, that echoed the brilliance of his 2015 breakthrough single ‘Sometimes’ via Defected’s DFTD. The melodic ‘Sonny’ – his collaboration with Timo Garcia on Kerri Chandler’s Madtech Records back in August also felt like a foray into greatness and with a new label on the way next year it’s clear that Siffredi means business. It was awesome to see Enzo making serious moves in 2017 and we’re looking forward to where 2018 will take him.

3: Franky Rizardo

What a year it’s been for Defected golden boy Franky Rizardo. The Dutchman has relentlessly toured the globe off the back of his ‘In the House’ compilation for the label, which featured the catchy ‘Work It To The Bone’ and his massive crossover hit ‘Same Man’, along with brand new remixes including his take on Charles Ramirez’s iconic ‘Up & Down’. Also on Defected, he remixed Camelphat & Elderbrook’s (now Grammy-nominated) summer anthem ‘Cola’. 2017 has also seen an injection of activity for his own brand LTF, under which he hosts radio shows, a record label and global club nights and he still made time to drop pure dancefloor heat like ‘Take Off’, ‘Mantra’ and ‘Feel Alright’ via the likes of Circus Recordings, Solardo’s Sola and ABODE. It just had to be top 3 for Franky.

2: Dario D’Attis

Dropping down only one spot from last year, our 2016 #1 Tech House Artist Dario D’Attis’ musical output shows he is still a force to be reckoned with. 2017’s fruits of labour included the beautiful ‘Solera’ EP via Poker Flat Recordings, his warm and buttery remix of Sandy Rivera’s ‘I Can’t Stop’, his ‘Duck Face’ EP on Saved Music and of course teaming up with Sven Tasnadi for the brilliant ‘I Need’ EP on Defected’s DFTD offshoot. But our stand-out favorite of the year from D’Attis had to be his groovy remix of ‘Victims Of The Funk’ by Luna City Express via Lapsus Music, the perfect follow on from his 2016 hit remix of Soul Vision’s ‘Don’t Stop’. Effortlessly classy club tools are his bread and butter and we know Dario D’Attis will be a name on the lips of industry tastemakers for years.

1: The Deepshakerz

For us at Traxsource HQ, this year undoubtedly belonged to Safe Music label bosses The Deepshakerz.

The Italian duo have been creeping up our Tech charts for the past few years and 2017 saw them truly come into their own, with a hoard of quality releases including their #1 back in February ‘Rock It’ via Cajmere’s Cajual imprint, the dance floor weapon ‘Diggin’Down’ via their own label and of course the meaty ‘Just No Good For Me’ that attracted the ears of Defected’s Simon Dunmore, to warrant a rollout on the solid DFTD.

An act that we have had the pleasure of nurturing from the get-go, The Deepshakerz have shown us this year just why they’re such hot property right now and we’ve loved watching them flourish into hugely successful label owners and artists in their own right. Expect great things from these two in 2018 and beyond.

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