Traxsource Top 100 Nu Disco / Indie Dance Artists of 2018

Disco was born when elements of soul, funk, Latin and early electronic music came together, and our Nu Disco artists reflect this variety of influences in the range of music included. Although all the producers in the Traxsource Top 100 Nu Disco Artists of 2018 chart make music rooted in the original 1970s disco sound, this is a genre that encompasses Indie-Dance, Re-Edits and Balearic too. Soaring strings, soulful vocals, 70s samples married to contemporary production and of course that unmistakable 4/4 pulse: this chart was an absolute joy to compile. Here is the Traxsource Top 100 Nu Disco Artists of 2018.

100: Get To Know
99: That Needs An Edit
98: Lorenz Rhode
97: Nicolass
96: Anhanguera
95: 80’s Child
94: Junktion
93: Body Heat Gang Band
92: Sharam Jey
91: George Kelly
90: Will The Funkboss
89: Doug Willis
88: Aroop Roy
87: The Family’s Jam
86: Chuggin Edits
85: Sam Dexter
84: CN Williams
83: Cassara
82: Greg Wilson
81: The Revenge
80: Dicky Trisco
79: Guri
78: J&M Brothers
77: Dj Vas
76: SIRS
75: thatmanmonkz
74: Moullinex
73: Satin Jackets
72: Crackazat
71: Kiu D
70: Full Intention
69: Ron Carroll
68: Horse Meat Disco
67: Chewy Rubs
66: Ilija Rudman
65: Ziggy Phunk
64: Arthur Reynolds
63: DJ Violette
62: Dimitri From Paris
61: Faze Action
60: The Shapeshifters
59: Discotron
58: Eli Escobar
57: Opolopo
56: Soul Clap
55: Andy Buchan
54: Walterino
53: Ivan Jack
52: Chaka Kenn
51: Barry&Gibbs
50: Phenomenal Handclap Band
49: Hifi Sean
48: Da Lukas
46: Phonk D
45: Pete Herbert
44: Moodena
43: Funkatron
42: Art Of Tones
41: Lovebirds
40: C. Da Afro
39: Aeroplane
38: Birdee
37: JKriv
36: Julian Sanza
35: Kenny Summit
34: HP Vince & Dave Leatherman
33: Fouk
32: Boris Dlugosch
31: Luke Solomon
30: Hurlee
29: Samma Lone
28: Michael Gray
27: Simon Kennedy
26: Crazy P
25: Seamus Haji
24: Apparel Wax
23: Krystal Klear
22: DJ Koze
21: Yam Who?

20: Ron Basejam

Ron Basejam is the production alter-ego of Jim Baron, co-founding member of Crazy P. In a strong year for releases, Ron’s superbly constructed 5 track ‘After The Rain’ EP (Futureboogie) deservedly picked up DJ support from DJs across many different genres. Spending part of the year touring with and working on new Crazy P material, Ron also found time to turn in a handful of top-notch remixes too. Pick of the bunch for us was his low slung reinterpretation of ‘City Song Part 2’ from Eli Escobar on Classic and a Bohannon-esque retro remix of D’Arabia’s ‘Key Lime’ on House of Disco Records.

19: Folamour

After 2017’s strong year of releases, French DJ and Producer Folamour returned in 2018 with a series of deep and Nu Disco gems on labels like Defected, Church, Classic Music Company and Cracki Records. His high quality four track ‘Club Degli Esploratori’ EP came out on Cracki in July, with the superb disco breaks of ‘Skin U’re In’ hitting particularly hard. His ironically titled disco cut-up ‘I Know It Has Been Done Before’ was a big tune for Folamour this year too, and he also released a reverent rework of D.C. LaRue’s big ‘Overture’ for Joey Negro’s Z Records.

18: Kraak & Smaak

Dutch three-piece production team and live outfit Kraak & Smaak kept up the pressure in 2018 with several big releases. They teamed up with LUXXURY for the smooth vocal groover ‘Keep It Together’ which charted very well. ‘I’ll Be Loving You’ dropped on Boogie Angst in August and instantly found its way into the playlists of many disco and house DJs. 2018 also saw the trio curating a compilation for Toolroom, the slick Poolside Miami 2018. We also really liked their idiosyncratic take on Xinobi’s ‘Skateboarding’ on Discotexas.

17: Purple Disco Machine

Big year for DJ, producer and remixer Tino Piontek, better known as Purple Disco Machine. The PDM edit of Yuksek’s ‘Showbiz’ on Club Sweat achieved some serious dance floor traction this year, and he also released a classy re-rub of Mousse T featuring Andreya Triana’s ‘Broken Blues’ which proved extremely popular. The Defected and Glitterbox artist also released a heavyweight remix package of his ‘Encore’ track on Sweat It Out.

16: Jarred Gallo

Jarred Gallo released several charting Nu Disco hits in 2018 as well as appearing in the House and Jackin charts too. His highlight of the year was probably the uber-funky filter-fest ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ on Instereo Recordings, which was a well-deserved Traxsource Nu Disco #1 in June. We also really like his piano-drenched ‘Eyes On The Prize’ on Nurvous and Jarred released winners on Rambunktious Records, Salted Music, MONOSIDE including his club-friendly remix of Random Soul’s ‘Together’.

15: Babert

Italian producer Mirco Berti aka Babert dropped some big tunes this year on labels like Midnight Riot, Club Sweat, Sleazy Deep, Nervous and his own imprint Disco Revenge. The Sleazy Deep label was home to Babert’s anthemic, snare-filled diva-fest ‘Give Me Your Love’ and he also put out some quality remixes for Purple Disco Machine, Crooked Colours, Get To Know, and a seriously catchy rework of Yolanda Be Cool’s ‘Musika’ too.

14: Mark Lower

French Nu Disco producer Mark Lower kicked the year off to a perfect start with a Nu Disco #1 with his disco/rap killer ‘Tribute To Jean Michael’. He spent the rest of 2018 with several charting releases on Nurvous, Club Sweat, Vicious and his own label Sakura Music. He also scored big with the euphoric ‘If U Need Love’ and the certified banger ‘The Light’ featuring Ashley Slater, which came out on Club Sweat.

13: Stephane Deschezeaux

Another stand out year again for DJ/producer Stephane and his labels Springbok Records and Plaizir Music. Springbok put out his smooth ‘Jump’, a classy reinterpretation of the Stacy Lattisaw 1979 classic, and his dance floor wrecking ‘We Got A Funky Feeling’. Production highlight of 2018 for Stephane was hitting the Nu Disco #1 with his ‘Sweet Melody’, a blend of old skool samples, simple disco beats and some nice productions flourishes, also released on Springbok.

12: Yuksek

French producer and label manager Yuksek hit the studio hard this year and pumped out several funky feel-good summertime tunes on labels like Club Sweat, Discotexas, Eskimo and his own imprint Partyfine. Big releases for Yuksek included his stripped-down remix of collaboration with fellow Frenchman Bertrand Burgalat ‘Icare’ which hit the Nu Disco #1 spot in March. Yuksek also turned his remixing skills to Crooked Colours, Moullinex and Purple Disco Machine’s ‘Encore’ and finished the year on a high when he unleashed the fresh party-friendly vibes of ‘Showbiz’ featuring Villa.

11: Casual Connection

Australian boogie and disco producer Casual Connection had loads of hot releases and remixes this year via Cr2, Hot Sunday Records, and his own M2MR imprint. One of his biggest of the year was his faithful old skool collaboration with Disco Don Dr Packer, the disco-rap of ‘Rollerskating Jam’. His ‘Money Money (Doin Thangs Disco Funk Mix), packed full of fat bass and squiggly synth licks, did very well for him and Casual Connection also put out the 80s-tastic ‘Love On The Dub’ and the 120 bpm nostalgia-fest of ‘For My Love’ on M2MR.

10: Coeo

German duo COEO had several big releases this year via some of the most respected labels on the scene, including House Of Disco, Toy Tonics, De La Groove and Razor-N-Tape. Their ‘Azzuro’ on De La Groove was a sophisticated jazz-tinged groover that picked up DJ compliments from the moment it dropped. They also demonstrated the broad range of their production skills with the driving up-tempo approach of their D’Arabia’s ‘Key Lime’ remix, and their tropical-disco ‘Cabrio Mango’ edit on Toy Tonics, a Nu Disco #1.

9: Natasha Kitty Katt

2018 was the breakthrough year for UK DJ and producer Natasha Kitty Kat who solidified her signature disco sound on labels like Midnight Riot, Ghetto Disco Records, No Fuss, and Masterworks Music. Signed to Colluded Talent/Soul Heaven agency, this year’s highlights for Natasha included her faithful rework of ‘Windy City’ on Midnight Riot and the high energy string-laden ‘24 Hour Sesh’ for Masterworks. Natasha and her father launched Ghetto Disco last year and they put out the ‘Return Of The Cosmic Bitch’ three tracker, from which the brassy floor filler ‘Master Of The Moon’ particularly stood out. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Natasha in 2019.

8: Joey Negro

It’s hardly a surprise to find Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro in our Nu Disco chart this year as the last 12 months have been really successful for Joey. We had the much-anticipated release of his ‘Remixed With Love Vol. 3’ compilation, showcasing the production skills that have made him one of the best in the business. Joey turned his hand to reworking the likes of Patrice Rushen, Change, The Temptations and many more, and also found the time to knock out a Nu Disco #1 with ‘Risky Biznizz’ from his space-boogie four-tracker, the Doug Biznizz EP on his ever-reliable Z Records imprint.

7: Sartorial

2018 was a very strong year for UK DJ and producer Sartorial (Alex Sartori) and his co-owned Tropical Disco Records imprint. The label was on top form, releasing several chart-topping tunes and claiming a well-deserved Nu Disco #1 for Sartorial’s ‘Know the Times’. Funky guitar licks, orchestral stabs and some lush instrumentation fill his ‘Welcome To The Disco’, and check out the diva vocals/killer production combo on ‘You And Me’. Nu Disco with Soul.

6: Hotmood

Master of the laid-back, cosmic-funk groove, Hotmood had some heavy duty output this year on labels like Masterworks Music, Editorial, Poetry In Motion, and Whiskey Disco. His ‘Voyage To The Onda’ was a sophisticated slice of space-disco-funk released on the De La Groove ‘Crossovers and Alley Oops’ compilation, whilst the restrained, rolling vibe of his original ‘Dance To The Music’ picked up plenty of DJ compliments too. Poetry In Motion released Hotmood’s lounge-esque ‘The Drum Beat’ perfectly in time for it to pick up plenty of summer dance floor rotation.

5: Micky More & Andy Tee

Italian duo Micky More & Andy Tee were all over the charts this year with several big hits on their own Groove Culture Records, including their nostalgic remix of Funkatomic’s ‘Hard Times’ and their soulful version of ‘So Special’ from Reverendos of Soul. Then of course, they scored a Traxsource Nu Disco #1 with their euphoric remix of Joey Negro’s ‘Love Hangover’ on Z Records.

4: Hot Toddy

One third of UK disco evangelists Crazy P, Chris Todd, better known as Hot Toddy had another big year in 2018, remixing for Seamus Haji on Big Love, working with Fred Everything on ‘Same Old Sound’ and dropping remixes for Classic Music Company and Glitterbox that all performed really well in the charts. Characterized by serious production chops, Chris’ remix work this year was as superb, funky and dance floor-destroying as ever. Check his rework of ‘Go To Work’ from J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science (Glitterbox) or his killer re-rub of ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ (Big Love), both of which hit hard. Classic Music was home to Chris’s remix of Ilija Rudman’s Lovers Change Minds’: seven minutes and fifteen seconds of high-end, sophisticated contemporary disco.

3: Moon Rocket

Moon Rocket – Raffa Scoccia – was just non-stop in 2018, his studio churning out hit after hit, remixing and releasing for Z Records, Re-Tide Music, Mood Funk and his own imprint Moon Rocket Music. Such is the broad appeal and stellar quality of his productions, Raffa is an artist whose music achieves multiple chart placings in several genres. His Moon Rocket Music label had a dream year, releasing Moon Rocket’s disco-tastic collab with Angelo Ferreri, the seriously funky ‘Inner City Blues’. Moon Rocket Music also put out Moon Rocket’s ‘Strategy’ – all sweeping strings, jazzy keys and an irresistible rubbery bassline – and his big NuDisco #1 with Re-Tide ‘Love Is The Message’.

2: Re-Tide

Powerhouse Italian Disco production team Re-Tide dominated the Nu Disco scene with year with their funky style and pristine production. Releasing several big hits on their own imprints, Cut Rec Promos, Metropolitan Promos and Re-Tide Music, they also put out a clutch of heaters on Boogie Angst, Phoenix Music and more. In a year full of big Re-tide tunes, their rework of ‘Love Is The Message’ with Moon Rocket hit the Nu-Disco #1, and their heavily swung ‘Piano Love’ was huge for them too. The trio also put out the superb ‘Seventies’ featuring Elisabeth, and a high-energy rework of Change’s classic ‘Hold Tight’ in a year full of atmospheric and funk-filled Re-Tide productions.

1: Dr Packer

Edit-master Greg ‘Dr’ Packer deservedly held onto his #1 position from 2017 after a year of fresh hits and several chart-topping tunes. A former Drum & Bass DJ, Greg has carved out a serious rep over the last few years with his cut-ups of dusty old disco classics which he re-works for modern dance floors.

Adding new basslines and percussion, fattening up the low end, creating a layer of sheen and sparkle are all part of Greg’s studio technique, an approach which has yielded some of this year’s most exciting dancefloor moments. He’s put out music this year on Big Love, Z Records, Glitterbox, Midnight Riot, Soulfuric Deep and more, and scored no less than three Nu Disco Chart #1s.

Greg’s rework of the Indeep classic ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ is a perfect example of his style, as is his rework of Seamus Haji’s ‘Confess’ (on Big Love). Both show the ease with which he can successfully update music from last year or from a few decades ago, all the while remaining true to the original spirit of the song.

From an impressive quantity of releases this year, Greg’s update of ‘Jam On It’ was particularly big for him, that classic Electro bassline proving irresistible to dance floors worldwide. Greg kept up the pressure all year, with his quality 80s homage ‘What I Got’ dropping in December to plenty of DJ support. A great 2018 for Dr Packer then, who provided us with a high-quality updated joyous disco soundtrack all year, and a well deserved second year at the #1 spot.

Releases on Traxsource.