Traxsource Top 100 Artists of 2017

The end of year lists always prove an interesting time here at Traxsource, with so many musical minds coming together to evaluate the sounds of the year, fuelled using a combination of sales data, stats and old-fashioned A&R intuition to navigate the huge volume of releases and weigh up the dance music pioneers alongside the up-and-coming talent.

It’s refreshing to see a global passion thriving for the music we love, across all its many sounds and scenes, and to watch the growth of new genres, the consistency and persistence of major players, the evolution of progressing talents and the emergence of brand new artists demanding a seat at the table. This year’s list of movers and shakers come from an astonishing range of countries, genres and generations, reflecting the diversity of the scene and a reminder that the global electronic music community is a fluid and exciting world that is constantly changing.

We believe our Best of 2017 charts to be representative of Traxsource users’ tastes, and since we are very aware of the positive snowball effect the lists can give the artists, we give painstaking consideration to each placing during their curation. It’s not just about who’s making the biggest waves and the most noise, but also who represents the future of electronic music.

So here it is, the Traxsource Top 100 Artists of 2017.

100: DJ James Ingram
99: thatmanmonkz
98: Man Without A Clue
97: DJ Fudge
96: David Morales
95: Worthy
94: Jamie Lewis
93: Art Of Tones
92: JKriv
91: Chopstick & Johnjon
90: Kevin McKay
89: Purple Disco Machine
88: Sante Sansone
87: Opolopo
86: Joeski
85: Demarkus Lewis
84: ATFC
83: Crackazat
82: Ron Basejam
81: Riva Starr
80: Zepherin Saint
79: Alessio Cala’
78: Mattei & Omich
77: Homero Espinosa
76: KI Creighton
75: Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax
74: Groove Assassin
73: Kevin Saunderson
72: Pete Herbert
71: Black Coffee
70: Gene Farris
69: Dixon
68: Terry Hunter
67: Illyus & Barrientos
66: Till Von Sein
65: Deetron
64: Sandy Rivera / Kings Of Tomorrow
63: Studioheist
62: Kiko Navarro
61: David Harness
60: Saison
59: Todd Terry
58: Harry Romero
57: Kevin Yost
56: MoBlack
55: Hatiras
54: Scott Diaz
53: Roog
52: Rhemi
51: Moon Rocket
50: Jesse Perez
49: Sam Divine
48: Doug Gomez
47: Kerri Chandler
46: Claude Von Stroke
45: Sean McCabe
44: Coeo
43: &ME
42: DJ Mes
41: Fred Everything
40: David Mayer
39: Sonny Fodera
38: Reelsoul
37: Lorenz Rhode
36: Supernova
35: Kraak & Smaak
34: Jimpster
33: Low Steppa
32: Re-Tide
31: Dennis Quin
30: Sebb Junior
29: Kenny Dope
28: Floorplan/Robert Hood
27: Alaia & Gallo
26: Enzo Siffredi
25: Miguel Migs
24: Manoo
23: Demuir
22: Hot Toddy
21: Dario D’Attis

20: Pablo Fierro

The Vida Records boss is an artist we’ve had the joy of nurturing from the start. His monumental rise over the past few years has been a pleasure to watch and a ride we’re so thrilled to have been a part of. 2017 has undoubtedly been Fierro’s biggest year to date, as he contributed remixes for the likes of Tuccillo, Alsarah & The Nubatones and Black Coffee, and his remix of Floyd Lavine’s ‘Masala’ stormed the charts to become the most downloaded Afro House track on site this year. These successes, alongside landing his ‘La Palma’ on the mighty Innervisions back in March, meant we had to find a place for Pablo Fierro in our top 20.

19: Atjazz

You can’t argue with greatness, and Martin Iveson has had another outstanding year at the forefront of the House music scene. Whether it’s dropping his signature deliciously deep house tracks or experimenting with dipping his toes into cutting-edge sounds like Afro, every year Atjazz proves he’s a cut above the rest, moving with the times and delivering truly memorable house music. 2017’s gems included Atjazz’s series of nameless tunes, with ‘Track 1’ and ‘Track 5’ proving particularly popular. It’s another well-deserved spot in this list for Atjazz.

18: Jesse Rose

It was with a heavy heart that we said our final goodbye to our good friend Jesse Rose following his decision to retire. It’s been a whirlwind year for Jesse and the Play It Down crew. A year that’s seen them drop his vibrant ‘Alright mate’ album, tour the world for the last time and all this alongside dropping Jesse Rose singles like ‘Bare Mountain’ with Claude VonStroke (clocking up Top 20 positions in both our House and Tech House rankings). What an impact the musical maverick has made over the past 14 years, touring the globe, amassing a discography of over 200 releases and heading up 4 different labels. It’s safe to say he kept up the momentum in 2017, you’ll be missed Jesse!

17: Karizma

The Baltimore bad-boy Karizma aka Kaytronik is still one of the most consistent artists in the game and 2017 witnessed him joining Marcel Vogel’s Lumberjacks in Hell for one of our favourite tracks of the year, ‘Work It Out’. Karizma also made time this year to find homes for his own productions on the likes of R2 and paired that remixing some of the finest names in the game – Demuir, DJ Fudge, DJ Spen, Atjazz and Jullian Gomes. Always big in the game and with plenty more hits under his belt, there’s always space for the legendary Karizma in this list.

16: CamelPhat

There was absolutely no escaping CamelPhat this year, the boys achieved full global permeation with their infectious tunes. Either you were hearing their huge Tech House bangers ‘Lizard King’, ‘Hangin Out With Charlie’ and ‘Drop It’ being smashed across dancefloors from Miami to Ibiza, or tuning in to their crossover hit ‘Cola’ [Defected] being blasted on every commercial radio station on the planet. This year well and truly belonged to CamelPhat and to round off a truly fantastic year, the boys received a Grammy nomination for the infectious ‘Cola’. Hats off to a great year.

15: Hyenah

The elusive Hyenah was our #1 Afro House artist last year and retained a spot in the top 2 for 2017. A rare talent, Hyenah is an artist that’s dominating the Afro-Tech scene in Berlin, hosting the popular monthly Afro-centric residency ‘RISE’ at the famous Watergate club. 2017 saw the recordings side of RISE launch with ‘Masala’ by label co-founder and heavy-hitter Floyd Lavine, and the mighty remix from fellow Afro scenester Pablo Fierro became the best-selling Afro House track of the year. On the production side, Hyenah’s top efforts this year included appearances on Freerange and a stunning remix of Afro Warriors ‘Uyankenteza’. Lots more on the way from Hyenah in 2018 – watch this space.

14: Full Intention

It’s been another successful year for the dynamic duo, seeing the Grammy-nominated producers dancing atop our charts with a whole host of club-friendly releases and remixes. 2017 saw a flurry of activity for the boys via the likes of Glitterbox, Defected and Freakin909 amongst others and they even brought an early Full Intention release ‘I Feel It’ into the present with an up-to-date rework. It was their brilliant remix of Ralphi Rosario and Linda Clifford’s ‘Wanna Give It Up’ that served as the icing on the cake this year though, and ensured the lads a spot in our top 15 for 2017 (as well as a #2 spot in our top House Artists).

13: Franky Rizardo

Defected golden boy Franky Rizardo has shown us this year that he’s got what it takes to be one of House music’s top players. It’s been a stand-out year for the Dutchman, that’s witnessed him grow his LTF label, tour the globe relentlessly with the Defected crew, release a selection of top-quality House music via the likes of on-trend Tech labels ABODE, Sola and Circus and maintain a significant release presence via the mighty Defected records. He landed himself a top 3 spot in our Tech House artists of the year and a much-deserved #13 in our overall list.

12: Rocco

It was great to see French producer and DJ Rocco back in action this year, with fresh new Deep House sounds for the contemporary audience. 2017 witnessed the launch of Rocco’s new label Memories, through which he dropped his old-school inspired release ‘Someday’, a tune that went straight to the overall #1 spot on site. Other highlights for the year included his stripped down ‘Only Drums’ via the Atjazz Record Company and ‘Be Quiet’ on Tinnit Music.

11: Honey Dijon

What a year it’s been for Honey Dijon. It’s been nothing short of a meteoric rise for the Chicago-born New York / Berlin local, who’s known for her extensive musical knowledge and exciting, raw, genre-spanning sets. Dijon is an artist who has truly earned her stripes in the underground and is finally seeing the well-deserved fruits of her labour. 2017 has seen her grace the cover of Mixmag and tour relentlessly, with performances at the likes of Glastonbury, Panorama Bar, Coachella, Glitterbox, XOYO, Paradise, Circoloco… the list goes on and if you’ve ever seen one of her sets, you’ll understand why she’s in such high demand. Dijon didn’t stop there, dropping her fantastic album ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ via Classic Music Company and it’s clear to see that world domination is on the cards for Honey in 2018. Bring on more of the genre-spanning dancefloor chaos we say!

10: DJ Spen

Our #1 Soulful House artist of 2017 and one of the hardest-working DJ and producers on the circuit, DJ Spen is a fire burning bright in the Soulful House scene. Despite having decades in the game behind him, Spen holds a fiery enthusiasm for the future of House music, as is evident from the output on his two labels; Quantize and Unquantize, paired with his personal works this year (remixing the likes of Black Motion, DJ Fudge and Groove Assassin). A living legend in the House scene, DJ Spen landed a massive TWENTY tunes in this year’s Top Soulful House tracks of 2017 and easily deserves his spot in this list.

9: Kink

One of our favorite artists over the last few years at Traxsource HQ, it’s KiNK’s talent and versatility that sees him reclaim the top Techno spot he last held in 2015, and with that a top 10 spot in our overall artists list. The Bulgarian dropped his album ‘Playground’ on Gerd Jansen’s eclectic Running Back imprint and was chosen to kick off DGTL’s new label with his atmospheric yet club-ready ‘Neutrino’, our best-selling Techno track of the year. One of the most talked about artists of 2017, KiNK’s insane live performances and musical prowess have propelled him to stratospheric heights. Congratulations again KiNK!

8: Angelo Ferreri

It’s been a wild ride for Angelo Ferreri this past 12 months, between DJing, producing and
Sitting at the helm of two hugely respected labels, MONOSIDE and Mood Funk. His labels have grown their rosters to include Jackin’ favourites Danny Cruz, David Penn, Re-Tide and Jay Vegas to name just a few, and established Ferreri as a forward-thinking A&R. But it’s Angelo Ferreri’s instantly recognisable stream of Jackin House anthems over the past year that’s placed him as our #1 artist in the genre – and launched him into our overall Top 10 – for 2017. From ‘The Rule’ to ‘Jackin Anthem’ and ‘I’m Surprise’ – It’s pretty safe to say the House music world had him on repeat this year.

7: The Deepshakerz

Our #1 Tech House Artist for 2017, this year truly saw the Italian duo come into their own, juggling a tight tour schedule with a hoard of top releases via the likes of Cajual, DFTD and their own Safe Music. As an act that we’ve taken under our wing from the get-go, it’s been great to watch the Deepshakerz hit the #1 spot on site several times this year and prove to us why they’re such hot property right now. Expect great things from these two in 2018.

6: Louie Vega

Our #2 Soulful House Artist of 2017 (and last year’s #1 in the genre), the evergreen Louie Vega has enjoyed another superb 12 months at the top. He’s had a year that’s set the Soulful House world on fire, with his work on the likes of ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Can’t Let Go’ and ‘Up Jumped the Devil’, and he also had a number of top sellers within our Soul / Funk / Disco chart, thanks to the seam of disco that runs through much of his musical output. It was another Master-full year from the House music legend. Oh, and this year saw Vega move up to a total of six Grammy nominations (and counting!) during a truly illustrious career.

5: Enoo Napa

Enoo Napa was an obvious choice for our #1 Afro House Artist this year. The self-taught producer only started out in 2013, and yet is already one of the most prolific young House music producers in his native South Africa. A rising star of the Afro House scene, Siphiwe Mkhiza aka Enoo Napa dropped original Afro heat via some of the most important labels in the scene this year, including MoBlack, Open Bar, Tribe Records, Offering and Sunclock. May also saw Napa sign to Black Coffee’s Soulistic Music and play alongside the Afro superstar at the new Hï Ibiza throughout the summer. Whatever 2018 holds for this young talent, it’s going to be huge.

4: Dr Packer

Our #1 Nu Disco artist this year, Dr Packer had to have a spot in our top 5. The Australian will no doubt look back on 2017 as a defining year in his career, with huge reworks of Brooklyn Express and the Shapeshifters under his belt and now gracing the rosters of Nu Disco industry leaders Glitterbox, Z Records, File Under Disco and Midnight Riot. The Disco doctor has built himself a reputation on carefully-selected funky edits and cemented himself a place amongst our favorite Nu Disco dons.

3: Black Loops

With no fewer than six tracks in our Deep House top 200, it’s easy to see why Black Loops is our #1 Deep House Artist for 2017. We’ve been early supporters of Black Loops since the very beginning and being able to watch the steady stream of Soulful, Deep House bumpers – always full of emotion and deliciously consistent – has been a huge part of 2017 for us here at Traxsource HQ. Effortlessly classy Deep House via the likes of Suol, Toy Tonics and Moda Black, Italy’s Riccardo Paffetti is a star in the making and we’re excited to introduce him into the top 3 this year.

2: Joey Negro

It’s difficult to sum up the importance of Joey Negro as an artist in 2017, but hopefully we can express ourselves in number form. Alongside releasing his ‘Produced With Love’ album and a host of releases via his Z Records, we find Lee sitting on two tracks in our top 20 tracks of 2017. This year he also made his way into our top 3 Artists lists for both Soulful and Nu Disco, so it’s only right that he finds his way into the top 2 here as well. With an artist as busy as Joey Negro, it’s hard to single out particular favorites in any year, but some things that felt particularly special included his rework of Phyllis Hyman’s ‘You Know How To Love Me’ and his spritely remix of ‘Must Be The Music’ from his ‘Produced With Love’ album. Joey Negro aka Dave Lee is very much still a regular Traxsource favourite.

1: David Penn

Our overall number 1 artist of 2017 just had to be Madrid-based producer and DJ David Penn. Our top-placed artist in the House category for 2017, Penn’s unique brand of timeless club music truly found its place this year, and we’re thrilled to be able to give it the recognition it deserves. First attracting widespread interest back in 2014 with his Latin-inspired Tech House groover ‘Con Son’, we’ve watched Penn’s sound flourish over the past few years. It felt like everything he touched this year turned to gold, and most of his output rapidly ascended to the top of our charts.

Standout treats for us this year were his #1 tracks ‘Yeah Yeah’ and ‘The Vibe’, both released on his own Urbana Recordings imprint, a label has become more than just a home to his own music, but also a proving ground for rising underground artists. Urbana now boasts a roster that features the likes of Traxsource favourites Angelo Ferreri, ATFC, Dantiez Saunderson, and Hardsoul.

Then of course, there were his releases outside of Urbana, via a ‘who’s who’ of the House world, landing remixes and releases on the likes of MONOSIDE, Memix, Milk & Sugar, Papa Records, Big Love and Defected.

And as we write this right now, his latest release via Urbana has claimed yet another spot atop the charts – his ‘Down Wid Da’ collaboration with ATFC. Coincidence? We think not. Congratulations David, we look forward to more audio delights from you for years to come!

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