Top Tech House Artists of 2020
Bigger was better in 2020. From big basslines to even bigger drums and breakdowns. Tech House wasn’t sleeping this year and its brightest stars were back in the studio working harder than ever. No gigs might have slowed down artists in some respects, but it also certainly ramped up production output for the top dogs like Joeski, Harry Romero, Qubiko and Kevin McKay, who seemed to put out more music than ever, holding on to their top tier positions in these charts. And, indeed it seemed, for newer entries to the end of year lists like Brokenears and Marco Anzalone, who continue to make a name for themselves in an increasingly competitive genre.
Read on to find out who made the biggest impression on us over the last 12 months..
Read on to find out who made the biggest impression on us over the last 12 months..
20. Moreno Pezzolato
Known for: Moreno Pezzolato - The Word Is Love (Extended Mix) Moreno Pezzolato, Kevin McKay - Touch Me (Extended Mix) Joshwa (UK) - You're Not Alone (Moreno Pezzolato Extended Remix)
19. Chus & Ceballos
Known for: CASSIMM - Dances with Wolves (Chus & Ceballos Remix) Chus & Ceballos, Dario D'Attis - Heart of Glitter (Extended Mix) Chus & Ceballos, Dario D'Attis - Heart of Afrika (Extended Mix)
18. Simone Vitullo
Known for: Dario D'Attis, Simone Vitullo - Voyage (Original Mix) Simone Vitullo, Do Santos - Que Ritmo (Simone Vitullo Revisited Mix 2020) Simone Vitullo - Africa (Original Mix)
Known for: Milk & Sugar, Eddie Amador - Holding On (CASSIMM Extended Remix) Robin S - Show Me Love (CASSIMM's 2020 Mix) CASSIMM - Rock It Now (Original Mix)
16. Riva Starr
Known for: Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (Riva Starr Paradise Garage Club Mix) Mike Dunn - Natural High (Riva Starr Mo' Funk Extended Mix) Carl Cox - Dr. Funk (Riva Starr Mo' Funk Mix)
15. Alaia & Gallo
Known for: Ann Nesby - So Much Joy (Alaia & Gallo Extended Remix) Alaia & Gallo, Michelle Weeks - Free 2 Be Me (Extended Mix) Alaia & Gallo, DJ Rae - I Will Pray
Known for: Supernova, Marley Munroe - Can't Stand It (Extended Mix) Supernova, Mr. V - It's Time Feat. Mr. V (Original Mix) Supernova, Ann Saunderson - R.l.h. Feat. Ann Saunderson (2020 Re-vision)
Known for: Colette, Joshua Heath - Call On Me (Gettoblaster & ZXX Remix) Gettoblaster, Servante - This Beat (Extended Mix) Steve Silk Hurley, Sharon Pass - The Word Is Love (feat. Sharon Pass) (Gettoblaster Remix)
12. Gene Farris
Known for: Gene Farris, DJ Rae - Forever Always (Original Mix) Cajmere, Gene Farris - Gimme Your Luv (Original Mix) Gene Farris - Soul Food (Extended Mix)
11. Marco Lys
Known for: John 'Julius' Knight, Roland Clark - This Is House (Marco Lys Extended Remix) K London Posse, Maydie Myles - I Believe (Marco Lys Extended Remix) Marco Lys - Body Roots (Extended Mix)
There’s rarely a year when Flashmob doesn’t appear in these lists in some form or another, and this year he sneaks into our top 10 for Tech thanks to a whole host of great music from himself and his label. It’s been 5 years now since Alessandro Magani took the Flashmob project solo, and what a 5 years it’s been, from the days of ‘Need In Me’ through to ‘Brick House’ and now to 5 Flashmob records in this year’s top 200 Tech House list. His latest and greatest this year include his ‘Deeper Underground’ release on Glasgow Underground, ‘Kick It’ and ‘Parrado’ via his own Flashmob Records and his remix of ‘I Can’t Sleep’ by Anabel Sigel (Flashmob LTD). Further to that, he came in with a late entry, ‘Who’ featuring Kevin Knapp that dropped late November and it’s one we can sense is still going to be selling into early next year. Finally, we couldn’t round up this list without mentioning the Flashmob label release ‘Maori’ by Max Millan that finished #3 in our top Tech tracks of the year for 2020.
#1 in Tech back in 2017, Safe Music / Safe LTD label heads Domy Berardino and Mirco Sonatore are used to supplying us with many of the hottest tunes of the year (both in Tech and beyond) and this year was no exception. They teamed up with Toolroom affiliate Rene Amesz for the instantly recognisable ‘Tribal Mantra’ on Safe back in June, and quickly followed this up with a storming release on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound ‘Falling Down / Body To Body’’. They also turned their hand to multiple brilliant remixes this year, including Mekkawy’s ‘Ven Pa’Ca’ on Safe and Martin Badder’s ‘Take My Hand’, producing a vocal tech number with plenty of soul. With support on their tracks still coming in from the likes of Kenny Dope, David Penn, Hot Since 82, Todd Terry, Ferreck Dawn and more, we look forward to seeing the guys in this list for many years to come.
The artist formerly known as ‘Landmark’ now goes by Marco Anzalone and he had a breakthrough year in 2019, finding his productions hitting the right notes with labels such as Glasgow Underground, Roger Sanchez’s Undr The Radr, Mother Recordings and Lapsus Music. Fast forward to 2020 and Anzalone shows no signs of letting up, proving to be an in-demand remixer. This year’s output rivalled and maybe even surpassed 2019’s, with excellent releases on Lapsus, Undr The Radr and Glasgow Underground once again (‘Realize’, ‘Future Talking’ EP and ‘Goosebumps’) along with music on Motive, Flashmob’s Flashmob Records and even remixing tracks by two legends of the scene Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler via King Street Sounds. We look forward to hearing more from the Italian.
One of the most hard-working artists in the scene, Dario D’Attis had a meteoric rise over the last few years that finally levelled off, leaving him as one of the most important Tech / House artists of the decade. Well-respected and often imitated, his music has a signature groovy sound that won the hearts of Defected, Hive and Lapsus, labels with whom he has grown and become a firm favourite. This year he collaborated with multiple artists from across the scene, to great effect, landing 6 tracks in the top 200 for his tunes with Supernova (‘The Future’) and Chus & Ceballos (‘Heart of Glitter’ on Saved). The end of last year also saw the launch of his SKULP music imprint (alongside Simome Vitillo), through which he’s dropped some outstanding releases, including ‘Voyage’ (the label debut, a collab with Vitillo) that remained in the charts throughout 2020, along with music from both up-and-coming and established names like Monoky, Ruben Mandolini and David Herrero.
Up from number 16 in this chart last year and the jump up clearly highlights just how well the Romanian duo are doing. 2019 saw the launch of their label Boom Boom Room, through which they’ve now dropped some of their best work to date, including ‘Perc You Later’, ‘Party With Somebody’ and ‘Need Nobody’ to name a few. The duo landed an impressive 4 tracks in the top 200 this year, from their own label output and ventures on Toolroom and Great Stuff Recordings and they’re rounding off the year in style with a forthcoming single on the ever-reliable Street King.
5. Kevin McKay
Everyone’s favourite Scotsman is in at #5 this year in our Tech House chart (he’s also #11 in the House chart too!). A wearer of many hats, McKay is both a prolific producer, DJ and label head. His releases from 2019 are still working for him in the charts, and still bestsellers, and through Glasgow Underground, he continues to champion the next generation of House talent like Stanny Abram, Space Jump Salute and Will Taylor, who all joined the roster in 2020. This year alone, he released 5 tracks that made it into the top 200, showing he’s still a firm go-to for Tech fans. His best-performing tunes this year included ‘Work It’, a collab with Milos Pesovic, ‘Touch Me’, a collab with Moreno Pezzolato and his remix of Flashmob’s ‘Deeper Underground’, all of which came out via Kevin’s own label and stormed the charts upon release.
A new entry to the top 10 list this year, and definitely a production duo making waves. The Italian duo are increasingly witnessing their music being supported by some of the finest DJs on the planet, including the likes of Claptone, Sam Divine, Purple Disco Machine, Supernova, Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez and David Penn to name but a few and it’s easy to see why, with their infectious brand of bumpy house. Some of our best-loved tunes from them for 2020 include ‘Believe in Me’ (Soulfuric Trax), their remix of Kerri Chandler’s ‘Heal My Heart’ on King Street Sounds, their dancefloor-ready ‘The Game’ via Sam Divine’s DVine Sounds and of course ‘Alright’ (Downtown Underground), one of our best-performing tracks of the year for the genre.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Joeski is a New York DJ through and through, with the credentials to match. Cutting his teeth at house parties in the late 80s, he burst onto the scene in ‘91 as a founding member of DJ collective The Chocolate Factory, playing the likes of Wunder Bar, Limelight and Tunnel, finally earning his first residency at ‘Together’ at The Roxy, sharing the stage with NYC House royalty: Danny Tenaglia, Louie Vega and Roger Sanchez. Fast forward a decade to the early ‘00s and Joeski had added production to his skillset, building his own studio and dedicating years to the craft. The rest, they say, is history. Dirtybird, Relief, Suara, Saved, Stereo Productions, Toolroom, Defected.. Joeski’s consistently hit the mark with the biggest and best brands in the sound over the course of his career, earning his stripes as an outstanding producer and DJ, and well-trusted remixer. He’s also hit the impressive 20 year mark with his own label Maya Records. Now over 30+ years in the game (and going strong!), Joeski knows exactly how to churn out what the people want, always gaining lots of love on his tribal/ afro inspired techy rollers. He’s amassed 8 tracks in the top 200 this year alone, from offerings on his own Maya like ‘Cada Noche’ and ‘Traicion’ to stints on genre mainstays Relief and Saved.
You can feel when a producer is on the rise and in their groove, and last year’s #1 Tech House artist on the site, Qubiko (now a very familiar face to Traxsource fans) is certainly in that groove. It’s been another mega year for the Italian and it was hard to even drop him down a spot to second place. It was 6 tracks in the top 200 for the genre for Qubiko this year, whilst dominating the top ranks in House as well! His dancefloor weapon ‘Bidibody’ on kluBasic Plus showed us he still meant business in 2020, hitting that number one spot for the genre and finishing #8th in our top Tech tracks of the year. or the rolling sounds of ‘Mucho Mas’ via his familiar label home Glasgow Underground. He’s also been called upon for remix after remix, via the likes of Paul’s Boutique and Klaphouse Records. Expect more bangers on the way, it’s very much still peak time for Qubiko.
1. Harry Romero
After steadily creeping up this list over the last few years, Harry Romero finally claims the top spot for this year’s #1 Tech House artist. Hardly an overnight success, our long-time friend and stalwart of the US scene is no stranger to house music fans and we’re happy to see Choo Choo back on the podium again this year at the top spot. It’s not been without hard work however, Romero has been producing since the early 90s, after being influenced by the likes of Tony Humphries, Todd Terry and MAW. He’s grown incredibly as an artist over the course of his career, and recent years have seen him release with modern dance music royalty like Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, Circus Recordings, Lapsus and DFTD, alongside the development of his own Bambossa imprint. Over the course of 2020, he racked up 6 productions in the top 200 (but let’s face it, he’s been churning out quality records for decades) and the NYC legend’s best bits this year include ‘Control’ (via his own Bambossa) and his remixes of ‘Shake Your Hearts’ by Scavazza (Dirtybird) and Danny Tenaglia’s ‘Dibiza’ on the Stereo Productions Tenaglia deep dive album last month. Of course a special mention for his remix of Dave + Sam x LATASHA’s ‘You Da Shit Girl’ on Classic Music Co, a genre number one and one of our favourites of the year. A well-deserved accolade for a veteran of the scene.