Traxsource Top 100 Tech House Artists of 2018

The Tech House scene remained strong as ever in 2018. Tech House will always have its lovers and haters but it can’t be argued that its widespread global popularity has fueled an entirely new generation of dance music fans and DJs alike.

Whilst its popularity birthed a new generation of superstar DJs and peak time anthems (think Fisher, Solardo and Camelphat), we also felt the resurgence of Minimal creep back into the underground as many Tech producers searched for something to give them a raw underground edge and make their tracks stand out from one of the busiest genres. Tech producers began to add funky guitar melodies and dip their toes into the disco house sound whilst others softened their bass drums to explore deeper dubbed out rhythms or even dug out their 303s and added to the acid resurgence.

One thing that is undeniable is the widespread appeal and necessity of great Tech House records, from the rollers that keep a dance floor moving far into the early hours to the rumbling numbers that can bridge a set into Techno territory. There will always be room for quality Tech House and it remains the bread and butter in sets for so many of the world’s top DJs.

We saw a lot of familiar faces in this list as the main players continued to mark their territory and unleash more great music than ever, alongside fresh talent looking for their time to shine. So here it is, our top Tech House artists of 2018…


100: Gettoblaster
99: PachangaStorm
98: Archila
97: Ruben Mandolini
96: George Smeddles
95: Majesty
94: Weiss (UK)
93: Hauswerks
92: ItaloBros
91: Will Monotone
90: 2 Sides Of Soul
89: Walker & Royce
88: Will Clarke
87: S-Man
86: Sonny Fodera
85: Casual Villain
84: Electronic Youth
83: Darius Syrossian
82: Tuff London
81: Sven Tasnadi
80: Jojo Angel
79: Klangkuenstler
78: Mat.Joe
77: ZDS
76: Eats Everything
75: Latmun
74: ANOTR
73: Gorge
72: Sidney Charles
71: Ninetoes
70: Lexa Hill
69: Made By Pete
68: Mihalis Safras
67: Solardo
66: Danny Serrano
65: Mark Jenkyns
64: Audiojack
63: Piero Scratch
62: Stanny Abram
61: Sharam Jey
60: Vangelis Kostoxenakis
59: Catz ‘N Dogz
58: Dennis Quin
57: PAWSA
56: Mendo
55: Mark Knight
54: Paul Sirrell
53: Paolo Martini
52: Jamie Jones
51: Andrea Oliva
50: Idris Elba
49: Kevin McKay
48: Saeed Younan
47: Detlef
46: Shiba San
45: Eli Brown
44: Mason Maynard
43: Emery Warman
42: Erick Morillo
41: Huxley
40: Prok & Fitch
39: Pirupa
38: Steve Bug
37: Hot Since 82
36: Danny Howard
35: Worthy
34: David Herrero
33: Brett Gould
32: Andrew Meller
31: Patrick Topping
30: Max Chapman
29: Sonny Wharton
28: Simone Vitullo
27: Riva Starr
26: Chus & Ceballos
25: Green Velvet
24: Roog
23: Jesse Perez
22: Marco Lys
21: Dennis Cruz



20: PEZNT

The PEZNT outfit may only be a couple of years old, but the Croatian duo are no strangers to the game, being made up of two established producers in the own right – Blacksoul and Mark de Line. The boys have made a serious moves this year (also placing in our top House artists) with tracks landing on some major players Dirtybird, King Street Sounds and DFTD. Their Dirtybird offering ‘Breakfast’ gave us a taste of the range of their production and their collaboration with Brown Sneakers, a clattering cowbell stomper entitled ‘Hey’ found its way onto the mighty Strictly Rhythm. With a packed release schedule already, we see a bright future for these two heading into 2019.



19: Enzo Siffredi

A Traxsource favourite, Enzo Siffredi is one of the hardest-working and funniest artists in the scene. From humble beginnings as a DJ / promoter of underground Brighton-based party ‘Minimal Kids’ to 3 time label owner and global DJ, it’s safe to say Siffredi has put in the work over the past decade. His A&R skills were on-point again in 2018, with the output of his label ‘Wired’ consistently hitting the #1 spot in Tech House (two in the top 5 Tech tracks of the year) and whilst being an outlet for his own productions, has now become a home to the likes of Qubiko, PachangaStorm, Xavier Montrier, FreedomB, PEZNT and fellow Brighton boy / one-to-watch J.O.S.H.U.A. His peak-time belter ‘Pushing Me’ released last month is being hammered out at the moment and will probably continue well into 2019, whilst special mention has to go to his groovy collaboration with Qubiko ‘Fragma’ that made it into our top Tech House tracks of the year. It’s another well-deserved position in the top 20 for Enzo this year.



18: Fisher

If you were hanging around clubland in 2018, it was impossible not to have Fisher’s grinning face seared into your brain. His brand of ‘Naughty Tech House’ and signature ‘flick of da wrist’ were seen everywhere from EDC, MOS Australia and Egg London to Brazil’s Kaballah Festival. Hardly a newbie to the scene (formerly one half of Aussie House duo / cult underground heroes Cut Snake), the pro surfer-turned-DJ’s rise this year has been nothing short of astronomical, seeing him tour the globe with the world’s premiere Tech House brands including elrow, Kaluki, Dirtybird, ABODE and Solid Grooves. Amongst his heavy touring, he found time to churn out some outstanding releases. Hot off of the back of ‘Ya Kidding’s success back in 2017, he returned to Dirtybird for the stomper ‘Crowd Control’, whilst the infamous ‘Losing It’ was one of the most heard-out tunes of the year (genres aside) and not to mention, was just nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammy’s this year! All of that, plus the launch of his own label Catch and Release, it’s safe to say – A star is born.



17: KI Creighton

Ki Creighton’s has been a great career to follow, one that he’s built himself from scratch. Head honcho of Tech label Under No Illusion, Creighton’s A&R skills have seen him build up a roster that includes some of the freshest talent in the game Brett Gould, Paul C, George Smeddles, Bontan, Kydus, Harry Romero and Pete Dorling, whilst playing home to his own tracks. The Scotsman’s production has remained tight in 2018, earning him another spot in our top 20 this year. 2018 saw new material on elrow, Yousef’s Circus and Kerri Chandler’s MadTech, with his Lapsus release ‘Nocturnal’ landing a spot in our top Tech House tracks of the year.



16: Franky Rizardo

One of Defected’s finest exports, the DJ / Producer / Promoter / Label Owner Rizardo has been on fire yet again this year. With a touring schedule that’s so packed you’ll need to have a lie down just looking at it, the Dutchman’s perfectly-crafted sets have taken him to pretty much every major dance festival in Europe, including We Are FSTVL, Defected Croatia, Tomorrowland, Eastern Electrics, Mysterylands, BPM Portugal, Extrema Outdoor, Verknipt and Hideout. Alongside his heavy festival schedule, Rizardo has also been touring his ‘Flow’ brand, playing for ABODE in Ibiza and joining the Defected crew at their global showcases. On the music side of things, 2018 saw his production take on a more melodic touch, landing him releases on Joris Voorn’s respected Rejected imprint. ‘Revoke’ made it into the top 100 Tech House tracks of the year, whilst ‘Call Upon Me’ dropped straight into the top 20. Further releases and remixes this year found homes on staples such as 8Bit, Circus, ABODE and Saved and his remix of Ki Creighton’s ‘Love Is Here’ became a basement favourite. Still a major player in this genre, it’s hard to imagine a time when Franky won’t be in this list.



15: Illyus & Barrientos

Everyone’s favourite Glaswegian duo have had an insane year of touring that’s taken them from their native Scotland through to Ibiza, Amsterdam, Dubai, Canada and Thailand and even a set at the Radio 1 rave lounge with Annie Mac and Danny Howard. Their brand of fun-loving Disco-infused Tech House really came into its own this year and saw them place releases on Defected (and DFTD), Toolroom and Glasgow Underground. ‘Scream’ made some serious chart and radio impact before becoming one of the most hammered out club rollers this year, whilst ‘So Serious’ was played out in Ibiza relentlessly from the start of the summer to the end. Their remix of Soulsearcher’s Classic hit ‘Can’t Get Enough’ (on newly relaunched Soulfuric Deep) deserves a special mention though, earning a site #1 and fast becoming their most popular track on Traxsource and top ten in our top tech house tracks of 2018. Another brilliant year for the pair.



14: Mike Vale

Quite a jump up this year for Mike Vale, who featured 55 in this list in 2017! It’s been an extremely busy production year for the relative newcomer, with his music being regularly featured on BBC Radio 1’s specialist shows. His ‘Back To You’ found a home on the legendary Strictly Rhythm, which went on to place in our top Tech tracks of the year as did his remix of PEZNT’s ‘Burek’ on their own Blacksoul music. The end of 2018 also saw him close a show for Fatboy Slim and sign new music to Relief for 2019. That, along with having 5 tracks in Tech Top 200 tracks for 2018, proved to us that Vale is a man on a mission and we’re happy to be a part of it.



13: Flashmob

A veteran of the scene now, the Italian DJ / Producer needs no introduction to Traxsource readers. His label, Flashmob Records has become a go-to for discovering new underground talent and this year has seen releases from FreedomB, Wally Lopez, Piem, Gianni Bini, Full Funktion, Jojo Angel and Marco Lys. As for production, his April release ‘The Lone Brazilian’ was picked up by Jamie Jones for his famous Hot Creations label and went on to become a veritable underground anthem this year, one that the DC10 crowd will be all too familiar with. It sat in the charts for months, charting #9 in the top Tech House tracks of the year and #102 in the overall tracks of the year. His highlight of the year undoubtedly came in the form of his remix of Basement Jaxx’s ‘Fly Life’ via Glasgow Underground, charting him #6 in the overall tech house tracks of the year and becoming his most popular track of all time on the site. As if that all wasn’t enough, he’s rounding out the year with three massive releases forthcoming on elrow, Glasgow Underground and Lee Foss’s Repopulate Mars. We’re expecting more of the good stuff from Flashmob in the coming year.



12: Josh Butler

Also placing in our top House artists of the year, the versatile producer earned himself #12 in this year’s Tech chart. A relentless touring schedule might slow some artists down, but it only seems to only embolden Butler, who’s taken his Origins label from strength to strength, alongside dropping a whole host of releases on the likes of Madhouse and Poker Flat. One of the most consistent names in the game at the moment, it’s almost impossible to narrow down his best releases of the year. Standout heat came in the form of ‘Anonymous’ on Hot Creations and ‘Something’ – his debut on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings alongside further gold on 8Bit and Defected.



11: Supernova

Supernova, the Italian duo formed of Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi, have been firm Traxsource legends for some time now, and it’ll be of no surprise to see them in this list. The boys were on fine form once again this year and 2018 witnessed the launch of their brand new label Downtown Underground, which has already become home to some excellent House records from the likes of John Julius Knight, Lexa Hill and Matteo Metteini. Their main label Lapsus had a particularly heavyweight year and was treated to more gold from the pair, including their remix of Tuyo & Javier Cardellino’s ‘Columbian’ which came in at #8 in the overall top Tech tracks of the year. Further forward-thinking A&R from the boys as they enlisted Doc Martin, Roog and Ruben Mandolini alongside the brilliant ‘Ass On The Dancefloor’ collab with Gene Farris – Only proving Supernova are still a serious force to be reckoned with.



10: Gene Farris

Chicago through and through, Farris is a global ambassador for the city and its sound. An avid protector of the original culture of House music, but one that’s always on the hunt for new talent, as is evident from his Farris Wheel Recordings label. Gene Farris has been responsible for some great music in the Tech House category this year, including his collaborations with Supernova ‘Ass On The Dancefloor’ via Lapsus, ‘Touch The Sky’ with Harry Romero via Bambossa and ‘We Work It’ with Sonny Fodera via his own label. Farris’s highlight of the year for us is landing #86 in the overall Tech House chart with ’Medication’, an infectious collaboration with two other legends of the scene Jamie Jones and Erick Morillo.



9: CASSIMM

When you’ve got The Martinez Brothers and Marco Carola banging out your tunes on a regular basis, you’re only going one way, and it’s straight to the top. London born DJ/Producer CASSIMM’s work this year has him featured highly in both our House and Tech categories, treading the fine line between House and Tech meaning his productions are ideal club tools, making him a recurring name on the site over the past few years and earning him frequent chart placements in both genres for his music. A late release last December ‘What God Has Chosen’ (a collaboration with Sam Divine on DFTD) really put him on the map, and it continued to do some serious work in the site charts well into 2018 (#67 overall Tech House track of the year). Moving into 2018, he really stepped up his production game with a healthy and consistent output that found him releasing on a slew of some of the finest labels House & Tech labels out there, notably Mother Records, Simma Black and Nervous. His ‘Love On My Mind’ collaboration back in May with Glasgow Underground’s Kevin McKay reached the #1 spot on the site (overall) and enjoyed a healthy stint warming up dance floors across the white isle this summer and beyond. A further foray on Glasgow Underground ‘Samba’ landed a spot in our top Tech House tracks of the year, with its rolling terrace feel and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for him in 2019.



8: CamelPhat

The Camelphat boys have gone from strength to strength ever since their Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling hit “Cola” on Defected last year. The outcome of which has been an epic tour schedule that’s plummeted them to global fame. 2018 alone has seen them regularly throwing down for brands like ANTS and elrow alongside Pacha Barcelona and Hi Ibiza for the Solardo boys, at the legendary fabric in London, for the Defected crew at their showcases and at prominent European festivals like Creamfields, Snowbombing, Verknipt, Parklife, Hideout, Beat-herder, Ostend Beach and Annie Mac’s Lost & Found. It seems the rigorous gigging hasn’t slowed their production schedule, with the boys still making a dent in the main charts with their releases. Their collaboration with Hot Natured / Infinity Ink frontman Ali Love ‘Dopamine Machine’ is perched at #44 in the Tech House tracks of the year and their remix of Fatboy Slim’s Classic “Right Here, Right Now” via Toolroom was an outstanding effort and earned a #36 spot in our top Tech House tracks of the year.



7: Qubiko

A dark horse in the top 10, Qubiko has been humbly putting in the hours the last couple of years, honing his craft. His 2016 hit ‘Disco Connection’ put him on the map, followed by some success with Defected in 2017 with ‘These Days’. This year we really saw that hard work come to fruition, rising through the Tech ranks with further releases on Lapsus and Defected and a brilliant collaboration with Enzo Siffredi ‘Fragma’ via Toolroom. However, it was his releases on Siffredi’s Wired label that caught our attention in 2018, with “I C U” finishing #4 among the best Tech tracks of the year, whilst “OtherSide” hit the main #1 spot on site upon release and winds up #3 best-selling Tech track of the year. There’s no smoke and mirrors with Qubiko, just pure production talent and we’re really excited to watch what he comes up with in 2019 and beyond.



6: Harry Romero

The legendary ‘Choo Choo’ Romero needs no introduction and he’s back in this year’s run down of our best Tech House artists. There’s a reason Romero regularly retains a spot in this list every year and it’s quite simply that his production is top-notch. His tracks exhibit his own distinct sound, even now, and you’ll consistently hear his tunes rumbling around DC10 throughout the summer months every year. His label Bambossa houses his immense musical output and continues to amass numerous fans, a particular highlight this year was ‘The Get Down’ – 6 minutes of pure acid euphoria, gaining him a spot in the top Tech House tracks of 2018. ‘Dedication To House’ and ‘The Fall Of Babylon’ were other favourites of ours from Romero this year, along with his collab with Gene Farris ‘Touch The Sky’ and his remix of Lex Luca’s ‘Control Ya’ (via Luca’s In Tune) finished #124 in the overall best-selling Tech tracks of the year. Just another day in the office for one of the biggest in the game.



5: Piem

First arriving on to the scene back in 2012, it’s been years of graft and moving up the ranks. Here at Traxsource, it’s been this year that we’ve seen Piem start to really shine and he’s quickly becoming Traxsource Tech favourite, as well as picking up fans like Hot Since 82, Josh Butler, Paco Osuna and Dennis Cruz. He’s fired out releases on the likes of Flashmob Recordings, Criminal Hype, Armada Subjekt and dropped the brilliant ’Fonky’ on Javi Bora’s new Too Many Rules imprint. But it’s his work on Kevin McKay’s Glasgow Underground that’s really stood out this year, the inimitable ‘Love Commandments’ charted in our over Tech House tracks of the year and was propelled to #1 overall by a fresh rework from Alaia & Gallo, and of course, teaming up with Alaia & Gallo for ‘All The Things’ which ultimately charted #27 in Tech overall.



4: Joeski

Up 10 places from last year, it’s been a huge 12 months for Joeski. The NYC local has been dominating our Tech charts for some time now and this year was no exception. Well into his third decade producing House records, Joeski has had time to get his magic formula just right, and the result is just brilliant, driving club tunes that make you want to head straight to the floor. His release schedule has been non-stop this year, his early Snatch release – the clap-happy ‘Everybody Come On’, with its tinkling piano and gospel influence was an instant success and placed in the top 13 Tech tracks of 2018. His own label Maya also got the airtime it deserved, with ‘Uh Oh Rasta!’ and ‘A Story Of Love’ also storming the Tech charts. With 5 Tracks/Remixes on Tech Top 200 list this year and a late release for 2018 with ‘Drumspeak’ on none other than Nervous (which is also set to hit the charts hard) is there any stopping him?



3: Dario D’Attis

Formerly our #2 Tech Artist (#21 overall), Dario D’attis has been consistently showing us why he’s a serious contender for the top positions across House, Deep and Tech. Known for his signature sultry grooves, D’Attis is a favourite on established labels like Defected, Lapsus and Hive and this year has seen his music be supported by everyone from Marco Carola and Åme to Dixon. His remixes for Massimo Lippoli and Milk & Sugar were undeniably important releases this year, via Go Deeva and Milk & Sugar Recordings. The garage-tinged ‘Let It Ride’ reaching #17 in the best-selling tech tracks of the year and a place inside the overall top 200 whilst his remix of Milk & Sugar’s ‘House Dimension’ flying up the charts and earning a spot #12 best-selling tech house track of the year. He makes it look easy, and we know there’s plenty more fuel in the tank as well.



2: The Deepshakerz

Our #1 Tech House artists of 2017, Domy Berardino and Mirco Sonatore AKA The Deepshakerz retained top billing this year as they continued to unleash their standard fire. Their Safe Music and Safe LTD labels continued to go from strength to strength and enjoyed a healthy output of releases, picking up friends old and new in the form of Volkoder, Piem, Emery Warman, Roog and Mike Vale. The boys hopped on the remix for Crooked Colours, Ferreck Dawn, Mirco Caruso, Roland Clark and J Paul Getto this year and racked up a huge 9 Tracks/Remixes on Tech Top 200 list this year, with ‘Rush’ via Riva Starr’s Snatch! hitting #29 in Tech overall. Highlights also included ‘Bonita’ via Safe, ‘Rock It’ and ‘Baby Doll’ on Cajmere’s Cajual. If we had to pick an overall highlight of the year, it just has to be the “Secret Weapon” Too Busy via their own Safe Music. A vocal-led rager that charted at #5 in the Tech House tracks of the year, #75 overall. Another solid year from The Deepshakerz.




1: Alaia & Gallo

The number one place this year had to go to Alaia & Gallo. One of the most reliable names for us in the game at the moment, it seemed the pair were consistently sat in our charts in 2018. This year alone, the guys achieved 4 Tracks/Remixes on Tech Top 200 list, with their music being supported by the likes of Claptone, Gene Farris, Roger Sanchez, Josh Butler, Todd Terry and Pete Tong.

They managed to do serious damage across both House and Tech with a sound that effortlessly fuses both genres and the guys appear in both of our lists, with countless tracks in both end of year charts. In Tech alone, their output made it on to the likes of elrow, Simma Black and Glasgow Underground. The pair dominated the overall charts this year with their feisty remix of Piem’s ‘Love Commandments’ on Glasgow Underground, a firm Ibiza favourite you’ll have noted if you made it out to the island this Summer and the overall best-selling track on Traxsource for 2018. It’s great to see this spot awarded to the guys for the first time and we know next year they’re going to keep up the pace.


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