The Traxsource Best of 2018 Has Arrived!

2018 has been an epic year for quality House and Disco, firmly returning back to the main rooms and dominating stages across the world! This resurgence has delivered an outstanding list of #realhousemusic showcased in our ‘Best of 2018’ in all of its glorious flavors.

We invite you to dive deep into each of our Top 200s which celebrate all the best our Amazing artists and labels offered up this year. Check our Top Tracks, Top Albums, Top Singles, or choose any of our main Genres from Afro House to Techno.

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The Traxsource Top 200 Tracks of 2018

First up in our annual “Best Of” selection is the highly anticipated Top 200 Tracks of 2018. This core of 200 killer tracks, clearly represent the very heartbeat of our community. This list reflects the collective taste of our DJs and proudly showcases the music that they bought, played and also championed all year round, across the globe.

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10. Angelo Ferreri – I’m Talking To You – Soulfuric Trax

Angelo Ferreri’s string laden-disco cut-up ‘I’m Talking To You’ dropped in March on one of the recently relaunched Soulfuric imprints. It’s has been getting serious DJ traction throughout the rest of the year. Infectious vocal samples on top of a bumpin’ house groove made ‘I’m Talking To You’ a high energy, high impact house stormer.

9. D.C. LaRue – Cathedrals (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix) – Z Records

Aside from putting out the widely acclaimed third edition of his ‘Remixed With Love’ compilations this year, life-long disco-soldier Joey Negro continued to release quality originals and remixes like this disco beauty from D.C. LaRue. A classic J.N. reinterpretation, remaining true to the original but perfectly re-tooling it for contemporary dance floors: disco heaven.

8. Todd Terry, Gypsymen – Babarabatiri (David Penn Remix) – Phoenix Music

A second appearance in our Best Sellers chart for Spanish maestro David Penn, this time on remix duties on this heavyweight release from Todd Terry and Gypsymen. Sampling an obscure Mambo song, ‘Babarabatiri’ features some serious percussion and when those brass samples kick in, it’s like a clarion call to the dance floor.

7. Guri Guri Boys, Josh Milan – Be Yourself (Manoo Remix) – King Street Sounds

Afro meets Soulful in this quality release from Guri Guri Boys on King Street. Former member of Blaze Josh Milan supplies the peerless vocal, the rolling percussion comes from the studio of French Afro wizard Manoo, resulting in a slab of pure late-night magic.

6. Art Of Tones – Gimme Some More (Saison Remix) – MONOSIDE

Well-respected producer Art of Tones continued to enhance his reputation in 2018 with a string of quality dance floor releases as well as dropping his full-length album ‘Unbalanced’ in December on Local Talk. Saison (London duo Matthew Bandy and Leigh Darlow) took his JB’s sampling ‘Gimme Some More’ and turned it into a driving, piano-laden summer anthem.

5. Shakedown – At Night (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix) – Defected

A classy reinterpretation of the perennial original, Purple Disco Machine’s remix of ‘At Night’ stretched out the tension over seven minutes, featured a simple funked-up bassline and a couple of roof-raising breakdowns on the way. Big.

4. DJ Koze – Pick Up (12” Extended Disco Version) – Pampa Records

2018 was a great year for Germany’s DJ Koze. He put out one of the best electronic albums of the year ‘Knock Knock’, a showcase of hazy samples blurred together, married with his idiosyncratic production flourishes. ‘Pick Up’ was taken from the album and is a near-perfect sample-house record. Made up of just a few simple elements, like the best of his output, ‘Pick Up’ is a sublime blend of melancholy and bliss.

3. David Penn – Losing You – Urbana Recordings

A cheeky rework of a classic vocal, flipped and given new life by Penn’s production chops, ‘Losing You’ was big all over this year. 6 minutes and 12 seconds of infectious vocals over a driving groove: add a tasty piano break half way through and you’ve got another winner from the ever-dependable Urbana Recordings.

2. Armonica, Toshi – Ngeke (andhim Remix) – MoBlack Records

Released in April, ‘Ngeke’ was a superb slice of classy Afro House from Italian producers Armonica that got the remix treatment from German super duo andhim. Showcasing the emotive voice of South Africa’s Toshi, an overdriven jazzy key riff and a deep suite of rolling beats combine to provide the perfect backdrop to Toshi’s strident vocal.

1. Piem – Love Commandments (Alaia & Gallo Remix) – Glasgow Underground

Charted by a substantial portion of the world’s house DJ population, Alaia and Gallo’s perfectly-pitched remix of Piem’s ‘Love Commandments’ was this year’s biggest seller on Traxsource, and it’s easy to see why. Italian duo Alaia and Gallo took what was already a strong vocal track and turned it into a dance floor monster with tightly programmed beats, a bouncing groove and of course that irresistible vocal. ‘Love Commandments’ is memorable house music, made with soul, and targeted directly at the dancefloor.

View the Top 200 Tracks of 2018: HERE

The 2018 Traxsource #1 Club

Check out our all-new #1club series. These collections feature every track which scored a #1 sales chart position in each of our main genres plus the overall main chart throughout the entire year.

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