Traxsource Top 100 Jackin Artists of 2018

Jackin House: heavily-swung rhythms, disco, soul and jazz samples, and those irresistible Chicago beats. Jackin is a truly party-friendly sound, characterized by energy, sheen and heaps of funk. 2018 has seen the genre consolidate its popularity worldwide, and the artists listed below are drawn from all over the globe, bringing fresh influences to this vibrant scene.

This is a chart made up of some of the most exciting names in house music, with plenty of up-and-coming faces and extremely well-respected producers. So, here are Traxsource’s Top 100 Jackin House Artists of 2018:


100: Ian Carrera
99: Chris Stussy
98: Natural Rhythm
97: Nate Laurence
96: Ed The Spread
95: Carlostella
94: Mario Djust
93: Johnny Fiasco
92: Phil Greenwood
91: Hawksburn
90: Sebb Junior
89: Ryan Truman
88: Rick Marshall
87: Dirtydisco
86: Jay Vegas
85: Felipe Avelar
84: Kenny Summit
83: Antoine Cortez
82: Doc Link
81: The Stoned
80: Phil Weeks
79: Ruben Naess
78: Scrubfish
77: Audio Jacker
76: The Smen
75: Kenny Bizzarro
74: The Fabulous Joker
73: Adri Block
72: Sordid Soundz
71: Silverfox
70: ANT LaROCK
69: J-Fader
68: DJ Dan
67: Johan S
66: Tommy Heron
65: Scott Diaz
64: Pinto (NYC)
63: Planktom
62: Arturo Garces
61: HP Vince & Dave Leatherman
60: DJ Fopp
59: Mike Newman
58: Karl8 & Andrea Monta
57: 4Peace
56: Lebedev (RU)
55: Ritmo Du Vela
54: DJ ThreeJay
53: AVA (It)
52: Stefano Mango
51: Stacy Kidd
50: Gettoblaster
49: Filth & Smell
48: Delgado
47: JedX
46: Maffa
45: Alexz
44: Jo Paciello
43: DJ Sneak
42: Block & Crown
41: Disco Ball’z
40: Austins Groove
39: Vertigini
38: Demarkus Lewis
37: Simon Adams
36: Reset Preset
35: Chemars
34: Junior Sanchez
33: Vincent Caira
32: White Label Will
31: Alek Soltirov
30: Alex Herrera
29: Rubb Sound System
28: Tommy Largo
27: DJ James Ingram
26: Brian Boncher
25: Mirko & Meex
24: Housego
23: Jonk & Spook
22: Mark Funk
21: Jarred Gallo



20: Makito

Marko Gvozdenovic, better known to house fans as Makito, had a great 2018. He runs one of the top Jackin labels Onako which was home to some of the years’ strongest Jackin releases. Makito put out plenty of quality house music of his own this year too with the sparkling jack-funk of ‘Don’t Stop’ on Guesthouse a particular stand out. In June Makito also dropped his big piano-vocal track ‘Street Talkin’ in collaboration with Mark Funk.



19: Rescue

Bangkok based DJ/producer Rescue had another good year of releases. Rescue’s recorded output is characterised by quality over quantity and all his tracks are superbly put together. You can hear his production talents in full effect in his DJ Mes collaboration ‘Bring It Back’ and his joint effort with production duo Gettoblaster ‘I Don’t Care’, both of which were really big for him this year. We were also particularly impressed with Rescue’s hi-octane ‘Rumours’ track on Whitebeard Records, a track that’s definitely for the heads.



18: Filta Freqz

The instantly recognisable sound of Jackin’s original G’s Filta Freqz is still doing it for dance floors worldwide. Simon Cortez and Marco Manrique scored a massive hit early in the year on Defected with ‘Master Blaster’, a selection of old skool samples assembled into a highly effective DJ tool. They also continue to run their dependable label Seventy Four which released tunes from Joey Chicago and Kenny Bizzarro, as well as plenty of EPs from the Filta Freqz themselves. Pick of the bunch from them this year was their funk-fueled ‘Pick Up’ from March which garnered plenty of DJ traction.




17: Samo

Samo is an artist with a bright future ahead of him, and with a burgeoning back catalog spread across some serious labels. He also put out lots of quality Jackin tracks in 2018, kicking off the year with his collab with MVZZIK, the soaring ‘Chasing Paper’ which came out on InStereo Recordings. Samo also dropped the huge, unabashed disco vibes of his Linda Clifford-sampling ‘Stop Messing’ as well as other supa-dope releases on, amongst others, Groovy Riddem, Onako and Good For You.



16: Anfunk

Anfunk is a newer artist to the Jackin genre, but one who had a huge year. 2018 saw the launch of Anfunk’s Hot Bit label to great success, putting out a clutch of memorable productions that moved between Jackin and a more Tech House sound. Most of Anfunk’s releases were on Hot Bit, and to pick just a couple of tracks from an impressive first year, ‘Big Love’, based on an initial idea from Alan Schiavone, was a soulful and jazzy affair that picked up plenty of DJ attention. ‘I’m Soul Again’ was also notable for its blend of jazzy keys, thumping kick and Chicago swing. We’re looking forward to more from Hot Bit next year.



15: Demuir

One of Demuir’s own labels, Purveyor Underground, released his collaboration with DJ Sneak ‘Good Old Days’, a tough and highly effective blend of Demuir’s funky Jackin style and Sneak’s own unique raw approach. Demuir, a former Traxsource #1 Jackin Artist, put out plenty more funk-filled and soulful house music in 2018, bringing plenty of instrumentation into the mix in addition to samples and synths. He also turned in a seriously jazzy genre-defying remix of Matt Mclarrie’s ‘Jazz Kneecaps’ on i! Records.



14: Milty Evans

In terms of releases, 2018 was Milty Evans best year by far. His label Whitebeard Records had a great 12 months, putting out lots of good quality, high energy Jackin tracks. Milty, aka The Chicago Hustla also put out some killer tracks of his own this year of course. ‘Love The Way’ on Whitebeard comes hard with the disco flavor, and then there was the collaborations with Brian Boncher. The pair released a series of true Jackin tracks on a few different labels this year, and the superb ‘I Need It Bad’ on Alex Peace’s Tru Musica was probably the biggest for them.



13: Enrico BSJ Ferrari

Traktoria label boss and producer Enrico BSJ Ferrari has amassed a huge back catalog over the past few years, and 2018 was his best year yet. Traktoria have been releasing music for 5 years this December, and they released a number of heavy duty EPs and remixes this year from Enrico as well as Maurid, Gangs of Naples and Glen Gregory. Enrico dropped a stone-cold disco monster with his ‘Never Fear’ track on Cruise Music, and then late in the year, his Joe Paciello collaboration EP, ‘Watching You’ flipped a classic vocal sample to great effect.



12: El Funkador

We heard some great tracks from Dutch producer El Funkador this year whose work continues to get better and better. He put out a seriously funky collab with MVZZIK, ‘Boogie On’, which set the tone for a year of releasing DJ friendly party tools. El Funkador is a producer with massive potential, as strong tracks like the classy ‘Me And You’ on Guesthouse and the highly charged ‘Check Out’ on Groovy Riddem clearly demonstrate.




11: Bonetti

In what was a really successful year for Bonetti, he solidified his position as one of the upper echelon Jackin producers. For a taste of Bonetti’s production versatility, compare his smooth, laid back collaboration with DJ James Ingram, ‘Jackin Party’, to his peak time stormer ‘More Changes’ on Fogbank. ‘Jackin Party’ was released on Bonetti’s Groovy Riddem label, and he kept himself busy this year by releasing plenty of quality house music on Groovy Riddem, from the likes of Demarkus Lewis, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax and El Funkador.



10: J Paul Getto

In Jackin House circles, J Paul Getto’s name is a guarantee of a high level of quality. For the Jackin house icon, 2018 was another year full of hot collaborations and remixes. A soulful collaboration with Joey Chicago ‘It’s You’ (Believe In Disco) showed the breadth of JPG’s talents, and his remix of Joey’s ‘For Your Lovin’(Cruise Music) was a peerless blend of jacking beats and disco-tastic samples. Meanwhile, J Paul Getto’s label Fogbank continues to operate right at the heart of the scene, putting out some of the hottest Jackin releases this year from producers like Joey Chicago, MVZZIK and Sebb Junior.



9: Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax

Spanish duo Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax produce a deep, underground take on the Jackin template, one that has found them plenty of fans, both in the DJ booth and on the dance floor. This past 12 months has seen them put out some serious dance floor ammunition; their old school house flavoured ‘Get Down’ on the Spacedisco imprint was a really important track for the pair this year, and the evergreen Robsoul label was the home to their smooth Jackin disco groove ‘Do You Self’.



8: Peter Brown

Bringing a touch of European panache to the Jackin sound is Barcelona based French DJ/Producer Peter Brown. Peter put out tunes on Guesthouse, Glasgow Underground, Blockhead, Nervous and Mood Funk this year and his Colonel Abrams-sampling ‘Say It Again’ had a massive dance floor impact when it dropped on MONOSIDE. ‘Welcome 2 The Club’ and his crowd-pleasing sample-heavy groove ‘Heavy Vibes’, both on Guesthouse, were really big tracks for Peter this year too.



7: Joey Chicago

Joey Chicago, who, ironically, isn’t actually from Chicago, is another producer who is clearly besotted by all things disco. This last year has seen the German artist release memorable disco-edged EPs and remixes for Cruise Music, Spacedisco and Fogbank as well as tracks on his own Believe in Disco imprint. In a year packed full of quality tracks, his collob with J Paul Getto ‘It’s You’ was huge, and Joey’s ‘For Your Lovin’ was a sparkling disco-gem which picked up serious DJ support.



6: Danny Cruz

Serbian DJ/producer Danny Cruz had some massive releases this year, including the glitterball disco groove of ‘Shoulda Been You’ which dropped to instant acclaim in September. Then his sun-kissed vocal track ‘Life Saver’ dropped in spring and proceeded to get DJ plays all summer. Danny also co-runs the Cruise & CRMS label stables, both of which have been unstoppable this year and with steady DJ support for his productions from Claptone, The Black Madonna and Demarkus Lewis, we’re expecting more of the same from Mr Cruz in 2019.



5: Alessio Cala’

Alessio Cala’ is a DJ/Producer and the label boss at Soul Brain who spent 2018 releasing a steady stream of deep dance floor destroyers. Technically adept, with an eye firmly fixed on dance floor dynamics, Alessio’s productions are expanding and developing the Jackin house audio palette. ‘Searching’ on MONOSIDE and ‘Without You’ on his Soul Brain imprint were both really big for Alessio this year, and he also put out hot tracks on D-Vine Sounds, Bid Muzik and Mood Funk too.



4: DJ Mes

Jackin House elder statesman and ambassador for the scene, DJ Mes needs little introduction. As label boss at Guesthouse he’s been at the very centre of Jackin House since the beginning, and 2018 saw Guesthouse continue to lead the way in dance floor killers with a slew of hot releases. Mes himself put out some super-hot tracks too, on Salted, Glasgow Underground and Mood Funk, as well as his Chic-sampling ‘Bring It Back’ and the instant club classic Marchand De Sable, both of which dropped on Guesthouse.



3: Hatiras

House legend Hatiras has made an impressive comeback over the last couple of years, exploding back on the scene with his Spacedisco Records label. His releases, on labels like Defected, Dirtybird, Toolroom, Guesthouse as well as his own label are a hybrid interpretation of the Jackin template that has proved hugely popular and reinvigorated the scene. Hatiras’ collaboration with Angelo Ferreri ‘In The House’ was one of his strongest releases of the year and picked up substantial DJ support. His solo track ‘On The Wall’ on Spacedisco epitomised his full-on production approach and was another big tune for him this year.



2: MVZZIK

Dutch DJ/Producer MVZZIK (Frank van Rooijen) gets the number two spot in the Top Jackin Artists chart after a superb 2018. His disco-soaked anthems showcase a suite of impressive studio skills, bringing a new level of sophistication to the Jackin genre. Hot tracks from MVZZIK this year included his big ‘Lotta Love’ on Fogbank and the filter-laden floor-filler ‘Back In The Days’ which dropped on Angelo Ferreri’s MONOSIDE imprint. After such a strong year we’re expecting a massive 2019 from him.




1: Angelo Ferreri

It’s been another amazing year for last year’s #1 Jackin artist Angelo Ferreri who retains his position at the top spot for a second year running. The Italian producer had a prolific twelve months, firing out genre-defining EPs for Soulfuric, Nite Grooves, Guesthouse, Glasgow Underground and many more.

His labels MONOSIDE and Mood Funk have been on top form this year too, playing host to Angelo’s own releases as well as music from artists of the calibre of David Penn and Art of Tones. Stand out tracks for Angelo this year included his massive boompty ‘Want To Say’ on Soulfuric Trax and the filter-disco jack of ‘Funky Trumpy’ on Body Heat, but the there were many other winners we could have picked out too.

Often imitated but never duplicated, a quality producer at the top of his game, Angelo Ferreri’s second year at the Jackin House Artist number one spot is well deserved.


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