Traxsource Top 100 House Artists of 2018

The lifeblood of Traxsource and the birthplace of most of our sub-genres, House as a genre on Traxsource serves to provide a home for the legends of the scene, one where they rub shoulders with the new generation. Here you’ll find artists who’ve created seminal works that birthed the namesake, have shaped the scene and played a part in House’s rich musical history, whilst also allowing a fertile space to breed new talent – those who emulate the familiar sounds of Chicago or still retain the feeling of one of the most influential, inclusive and important genres in dance music.

The House category is always home to some of our biggest hitters, and yet this list seemingly manages to cough up a curveball or two, year-in, year-out. 2018 was no exception, with familiar faces holding on to their top 20 positions for another year, nestled alongside newcomers to the list.

Read on to unveil our top 100 House artists for 2018!


100: CEV’s
99: Vaudafunk
98: Ridney
97: Jeremy Sylvester
96: Supernova
95: Riva Starr
94: Jamie Lewis
93: Mat.Joe
92: Marc Cotterell
91: Saliva Commandos
90: Dan Shake
89: Jack Back
88: Vanilla Ace
87: Cleptomaniacs
86: Seamus Haji
85: Ron Carroll
84: Mark Maxwell
83: PANTALON
82: Avon Stringer
81: Sebb Junior
80: Terrence Parker
79: Ben Delay
78: Chris Marina
77: Hifi Sean
76: Block & Crown
75: Tom Bug
74: Homero Espinosa
73: Superlover
72: OFFAIAH
71: Jay Potter
70: Phil Weeks
69: Mr. V
68: Weiss (UK)
67: Funkatomic
66: Kenny Dope
65: Mark Farina
64: Iban Montoro & Jazzman wax
63: Soul Divide
62: Husky
61: David Morales
60: Tough Love
59: DJ Mes
58: Man Without A Clue
57: Makito
56: Franky Rizardo
55: Scott Diaz
54: Illyus & Barrientos
53: Serge Funk
52: Dutchican Soul
51: Roland Clark
50: MVZZIK
49: Eli Escobar
48: Risk Assessment
47: J Paul Getto
46: DISCO TOWN
45: Johan S
44: Melé
43: Dario D’Attis
42: Honey Dijon
41: Junior Sanchez
40: Gianni Bini
39: Alessio Cala’
38: Babert
37: Crazibiza
36: Milk & Sugar
35: Peter Brown
34: Mark Funk
33: KPD
32: Danny Cruz
31: Harry Romero
30: Qubiko
29: Saison
28: Mirko & Meex
27: Jay Vegas
26: Re-Tide
25: DJ James Ingram
24: Kenny Summit
23: Funkatron
22: Todd Terry
21: Micky More & Andy Tee



20: ATFC

It’s another year in the top 20 for ATFC as he delivered up more of his signature House flavour. He found solid homes for his productions in 2018, landing on some of the genres main, long-lasting players – Nervous, Toolroom, Snatch! Records and Armada Subjekt, whilst his tunes picked up support by everyone from Todd Terry to Mr V. His infectious collaborations with David Penn ‘Hipcats’ and ‘Down Wit Da’ on Penn’s Urbana Recordings (a bass line that could kick start any party) were his standout releases of the year (both overall #1s) and meant he was straight into end of year rundown in the House category, we’ve got no doubt he’ll be residing in this list for some time yet.



19: Dirty Secretz

Quite a jump up from #65 in this list last year! 2018 has been a true breakthrough year for Dirty Secretz, one which saw him sign to mighty House mainstays Nervous, Phoenix Music, Let There Be House and Street King. For an artist new to this chart, he made quite an impression over the course of 2018, with several chart-topping tracks this year, including the sax-House pumper featuring Tom Da Lips ‘Bare Brass’ and his remix of Soul Divide’s ‘Good Vibrations’. If 2018 is anything to go by, then it looks as if we can expect big things from Dirty Secretz.



18: Ferreck Dawn

A new entry this year and one of the less familiar faces in the House end of year list. We’ve had our eyes on the Dutchman for some time and 2018 saw him unveil yet another host of big House tracks on the likes of Club Sweat, Toolroom and Simma Black and even gain him an overall #1 for his collaboration with Robosonic ‘In Arms’ – A pretty special record that found its way onto Defected. Other notable releases this year include ‘Don’t Stop’ and his remix of Finn’s emotional dance floor number ‘Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough’ (also with Robosonic) and lands him happily inside this year’s top 20.



17: John Julius Knight

A well-known character in the House scene and member of the Soulfuric family! It’s been great to watch John Julius Knight come out swinging this year, landing tracks on Downtown Underground, Soulfuric and his own Blacklist label. Years of grafting in the scene have paid off, with Knight’s career hitting new heights in 2018 as he proved he’s up there with the best. His ‘Larry’s Jam’ collaboration with Brian Tappert (as Cleptomaniacs) came out back in January on the newly relaunched Soulfuric Trax and is a dose of pure nostalgia and still a sure-fire favourite, even hitting the top spot on the site. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for JJK next year.



16: CASSIMM

CASSIMM is back in the top House artists chart again this year, improving on his previous scoring of 43 by a long shot. Treading the fine line between House and Tech, 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. 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). Further releases on Mother Records, Simma Black and Nervous only cement him as one to keep an eye on for next year.



15: Josh Butler

Another year, another nomination for the young producer. A relentless touring schedule might slow some artists down, but it only seems to only embolden Butler, who’s taken his ORIGINS RCRDS label from strength to strength, alongside dropping a whole host of releases on the likes of Madhouse, Defected, 8Bit 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 ‘Feels Good’ on Defected, ‘Anonymous’ on Hot Creations and ‘Something’ – his debut on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat Recordings. He’s up 23 places from his position in this chart last year, we’re pretty sure we’ll see him improve on that again in 2019.



14: Dennis Quin

Following on from a truly breakthrough year in 2017, Dennis Quin treated us to lots of fresh material over the past year, collaborating with some of House’s finest name-of-the-moment such as Todd Terry, Roog and Low Steppa alongside dropping his own individual tracks on Madhouse, Simma Black and Cr2. His hefty Garage-infused ‘Move Out Of My Way’ was a particular favourite and won a place in our hearts this year.



13: Alaia & Gallo

The pair dominated the overall charts this year with their feisty Tech House 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. Aside from that, they managed to chalk up a number of hits in the House genre, on Bobbin Head Music and Guesthouse, with their remix of Bobby D’Ambrosio’s ‘The Day’ throwing us back to a golden era of vocal House.



12: Roog

Roog dropped his awesome Garage-tinged collaboration with David Penn on Urbana back in February – ‘House Thing’ and really set the pace for the year to come, with the track being spun by the everyone from Supernova and Mr V to Kevin McKay. From there, he brought his feisty House flavour to Sondos for the anthemic ‘House Of Love’ and then to Simma Black, for ‘Hilo’ which earned a place in the bags of Sam Divine, Illyus & Barrientos, Enzo Siffredi, Todd Terry and David Morales. A further steady stream of output on Freeze, Safe and Let There Be House showed us that overall it’s been another solid year for Roog – and we wouldn’t expect anything less.



11: PEZNT

The pair really stepped up their production game this year, with tracks like ‘Pelin’ and ‘Toxic Love’ showing us just why they deserve a position in the top 20. Their output on Tom’s own Blacksoul Music, along with signing to Dirtybird, Strictly Rhythm and Defected’s DFTD really put PEZNT back on the map, even picking them up support from House players like Tough Love, Roog, Enzo Siffredi and Saison to name a few. We know there’s so much more exciting music on the horizon from these boys.



10: Robosonic

The Berlin producer continued to shine in 2018, earning himself top 10 recognition our our list. His work with Ferreck Dawn proved to be a particularly healthy combination, including their rework of Finn’s ‘Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough’, with its emotional, bittersweet F minor feel working wonders on any dancefloor. ‘In Arms’ (via Defected Records) also made a serious impact, storming the charts and being dished out in almost every Defected compilation this year, taking it right up to the #1 spot on site. Further highlights included the House roller ‘Madman’ on Low Steppa’s Simma Black and the re-release of one of Robosonic’s stone-cold classics ‘Good Old Feel’.



9: Low Steppa

No stranger to this list, Low Steppa retains a place in the top 10 again this year, and for good reason. 2018 held a non-stop touring schedule for Low Steppa, both with the Defected team and solo, that’s taken him to all corners of the globe and yet he’s still found time to crank out so many killer tracks, collaborating with Dennis Quin, Mr V and CASSIMM to name just a few. Our favourite from 2018 has to be his Armada Deep release ‘Heard It All Before’, which scored a site #1 and you can still hear being smashed out now. The Defected affiliate and Simma Black label boss has retained considerable chart dominance across his Simma Black output and releases on Armada Deep, Strictly Rhythm and Sam Divine’s D-Vine Sounds and shown us once again that his bass-driven take on House is still in demand on the global dance floors.



8: Mattei & Omich

The Italian duo weren’t pulling any punches this year and Traxsource shoppers will know there was rarely a point in 2018 where one of their releases wasn’t perched securely in the top 10. A heavy release schedule saw them continue to drop heat via their own Mattei & Omich Records, whilst gravitating towards more established House labels Guesthouse, Mood Funk and Soulfuric. Their Soulfuric debut ‘God Make Me Phunky’ on Soulfuric Trax was a winner for us, doing serious damage on the site for weeks and it’s clear that they’re working their brand of funky, chunky House music in all the right ways this year. We look forward to seeing where it will take them in 2019 and beyond.



7: Kevin Mckay

The Glasgow Underground head honcho gets a well-deserved spot in the top 10 this year, having released a barrage of tracks on the likes of Nervous, Guesthouse and of course his own Glasgow Underground. Through Glasgow Underground, McKay’s forward-thinking A&R has seen him dominate the charts over the past few years and 2018 was no different, with the label producing several overall site #1s across multiple genres. Production-wise, this year has also seen McKay go from strength to strength, bagging himself an overall #1 for his collaboration with CASSIMM ‘Love On My Mind’. It’s been another amazing year for Kevin and the label and we look forward to seeing where he takes things in 2019.



6: Purple Disco Machine

A name synonymous with the House scene in recent years, and with good reason. It seems everything Purple Disco Machine touches turns to gold and becomes an instant classic. A modest 2 overall number 1s almost doesn’t do PDM’s year justice, but when you combine that with a ridiculous touring schedule (with Defected, solo and opening for Jamiroquai), releases on Toolroom, Club Sweat, Defected and Glitterbox and culminating in a fresh rework of a Fatboy Slim classic, it’s clear to see why he’s been a resident of this chart for a few years now. ‘Body Funk’ was still doing serious damage, and how could we not mention his ever consistent remix output.. Some of our favourites from PDM this year include his remix of Shakedown’s ‘At Night’, his ‘Praise You’ rework and his remix of Weiss’s smash ‘Feel My Needs’.



5: Moon Rocket

The Italian continues to grow, and we couldn’t be happier to see him earn a place in the top 5 House artists this year. No doubt one of the most talented musicians to grace our pages, Moon Rocket’s rise has been a long-time coming and amazing to watch (and be a part of) and 2018 saw him claim two overall #1 tracks on site. He maintains a high turnover of work each year, and it’s always hard to narrow down which of his tracks get favourable mention! Across his solo work and that of DISCO TOWN with Angelo Ferreri, highlights have to include the Disco-infused piano stomper ‘Don’t Do It’ on his own Moon Rocket label and ‘Main Piano’ on Mood Funk back in May.



4: Full Intention

Full Intention are always a perfect example of how to stay relevant in today’s game, Grammy-nominated stalwarts of the UK scene, offering up top-quality House music that’s consistently hitting the dancefloors just right and earning them another top 5 place in our end of year House artists list. 2018’s hard work bore serious fruit as usual, with their high-quality releases coming out through the likes of Soulfuric, Midnight Riot, Tropical Velvet and their own Full Intention Records and garnering support from the likes of Franky Rizardo, Supernova, Josh Butler, Joeski and Simon Dunmore.



3: Angelo Ferreri

A firm Traxsource favourite, Ferreri earned himself another spot in the list thanks to a big year of House records, both under his own name and as part of DISCO TOWN with Moon Rocket. 2018 has seen Ferreri dominate the charts across several of our key genres with output from his labels MONOSIDE and Mood Funk, whilst easily racking up over 100 releases this year with his name on them alone.. Important releases this year landed everywhere from Soulfuric to D-Vine sounds (and of course his own labels) but a special mention has to be for the stunning ‘I’m Talking To You’.



2: David Penn

Fresh off the back of being awarded number 1 artist for 2017, Penn securely holds onto a top 2 position in the House charts following yet another blistering year. 2018 held a massive 5 number 1s for Penn in the main charts, across heavyweight labels like Defected, Phoenix Music and Armada Subjekt. His own imprint Urbana Recordings also shared in his success again this year, playing host to his collaborations with ATFC ‘Down Wit Da’ and ‘Losing You’, both of which took #1 overall chart positions, alongside other massive releases including ‘Disc-Jockey’ with KPD, ‘El Barrio’ with Jabato and ‘House Thing’ with Roog. His remix of Todd Terry’s Babarabatiri earned a #1 spot on the site before reaching #6 in the main top 200 tracks of 2018, whilst ‘Losing You’ placed top 3, firmly securing his spot in this list. We have no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in 2019.




1: Mousse T

There are many legends, but not nearly as many legends who also remain a relevant & driving force in today’s marketplace. In 2018, our number one House Artist, Mousse T managed to do just that. Awarded with 11 Overall #1s, 13 Genre page #1s, 23 Hype chart placements in 2018 alone, it’s been an amazing year for Mousse T the likes of which even he has not seen in a while, in his 3 decades + career.

His output was steady and solid the entire year seeing stellar releases on Columbia, Sweat It Out, Defected and Glitterbox Recordings amongst others all picking up steam as the year passed and ending with his album ‘Where Is the Love’ dropping on his own Peppermint Jam imprint. Notable efforts include the super disco vibed remix of Purple Disco Machine “Encore”, the the super sexy “So Hooked On Your Lovin” by Selace, his very own “Rock The Mic” coming via the mighty Glitterbox, and of course his very own House Masters collection on Defected.

Mousse T was unstoppable in 2018 and we know there’s just so much more brilliance to come. A thoroughly deserved place in the House hall of fame here at Traxsource.


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