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Top House Artists of 2019

When the pioneers of house in Chicago and Detroit began putting together their beats and basslines all those years ago, they couldn’t possibly have predicted what a planet-dominating, life-changing force House music would become. Several decades on and House music is in the best form it’s been for years. This years list contains a healthy mix of well established and much-loved names as well as plenty of newcomers, many of whom are bringing fresh global influences into the scene.

Not everyone understands House Music so the famous song goes, but all the artists and producers in our Top 100 House Artists of 2019 certainly do. Pristine 4/4 beats, that irresistible swing, the clipped hi-hats, deep basslines and funked up percussion. From raw cut-and-paste sample tracks to carefully crafted and programmed songs, the very best of House music is here: Welcome to the Traxsource Top 100 House Artists of 2019.
84. Samo
76. KORT
70. KPD
63. Kink
34. ATFC
Babert landed himself on some major labels this year. Soulfuric Deep put out his vocal track ‘Time After Time’, Soulfuric Trax released the catchy funkfest ‘Find A Friend’ and Mood Funk was home to Babert’s glittering groove ‘I Can’t Be You’. He also turned in very well-received remixes for Stace Cadet’s ‘Get It On’ featuring KLP and Bleach Baby’s ‘Turn Around’ for Armada Deep. With three tracks in our Top 200 House list and the #12 overall selling track for ‘Time After Time’ Babert should be well pleased with how his house music year went.
19. Roog
Roog got himself three tracks in the 2019 Top 200 House list and can be proud of a series of box-fresh house releases this year. He dropped an excellent vocal excursion with Mavis Acquah on Guesthouse ‘With You’, the bompty shuffle and cutting hi-hats of ‘Yearning’ which came out on Simma Black and he delivered a very tasty piano stormer in the shape of ‘Heavn’ with Terri Oliver on vocals. Also notable was Roog and David Penn’s blissful rework of ‘To The Sky’ by Hardsoul and Candy Dulfer which was included in Urbana’s ‘Ibized 19’.
Another great year for the Italian DJ and Producer duo who put out several great house tunes over the course of the year. Particularly big for them was their ‘Trippin’ with Dames Brown on DFTD and a solid remix of Shawn Christopher’s ‘You Can Make It’ on Soulfuric. Other 2019 highlights include their euphoric collaboration with PEZNT on Big Love ‘Burn’, a clean, crisp remix of KORT, Elementary and Jade MayJean Peters’ ‘Do To Me’ via the Tropical Velvet label and their driving take on Bobby D’Ambrosio’s ’So Thankful’ on Guesthouse.
French Producer and DJ Peter Brown has been a face on the scene since 2004 and kept up his release schedule this year with some strong tracks on labels like Guesthouse - ‘Flying Day’, ‘This Generation, and ‘Losing You’, Let There Be House - the disco-flavoured ‘I’m Gonna Hold On’ and Glasgow Underground - his soul-influenced ‘Beware Of The Dog’ and the driving ‘Soul Thing’. With a couple of tracks in the Top 200 house, it’s been another successful year for a producer who clearly knows how to work a dance floor.
PEZNT are Croatian duo Tom and Mark: Blacksoul and Mark de Line, and the big news for them in 2019 was their debut album release, the 16 track ‘Paid In Full’ on Blacksoul Music. Particularly strong tracks from the pair this year included ‘Burn’ with Alaia and Gallo with its combination of slamming drums and soul-piano, and their percussive DFTD release ‘Freedom’. On the remix front, PEZNT remixed David Penn’s ‘Disc-Jocky’ for Urbana, delivering an effects-laden space-age house jam, they turned up the heat for a euphoric remix of Jocelyn Brown, Martha Wash and Todd Terry’s ‘Keep On Jumping’ and had their music released on Big Love, Downtown Underground and Strictly Rhythm.
Alex Peston is a prolific House producer and virtuoso musician who has developed a unique show in which he jams live on electric guitar over house records. Alex runs two labels Basement Sounds and Motive Records whose releases this year including his firing ‘Love Move’ and ‘Let This Ride’. So many good tunes from Alex this year but a special mention has to go to ‘Gonna Find A Way’ on Phoenix which gave us a taste of his guitar licks on record. Soul D-Vine put out his feel-good anthem-in-waiting ‘Be With You’, he had one of his compositions ‘Here To Stay’ included in David Penn’s Ibized 19’ compilation. Alex’s high-energy vocal track ‘Necessity’ featuring Even Evie on Brobot Records, his peak-time party-starter ‘The Mighty High’ on Let There Be House were both high sellers too, and in what must have been a pretty hectic year, he also put out tunes on D-Vine Sounds, Simma Black, Hot Sunday and Urbana.
Amsterdam based producer Dennis Quin released plenty of great house music this year. Biggest for him were probably his pure-house remix of Kerri Chandler’s ‘You’re In My System’ on Ibadan Records and his Todd Terry remix ‘Let Me Tell You Something’, both of which received substantial DJ chart placings and plays. However, the prolific producer also turned up on Simma Black with his old school piano sampling ‘Heal Me’ Vs. Plaster Hands and in collaboration with Edwin Oosteral feel-good anthem ‘Piano Occasion’. In a busy year, Dennis also released notable tracks on Urbana, Strictly Rhythm and Madhouse too.
Johan S has a serious track record in house music and had an incredibly productive 2019, achieving 2 tracks in the 2019 Top 200 list. His Low Steppa collab on Simma Black ‘Stompy’ was well named and the pair also put out a four-track EP ‘This Is What We Do’. Hot Stuff put out his ‘Sing Our Song’ with Jay Vegas, and Subtractive released the peak-time vocal slammer ‘Good Inside’ too. Johan also put out music on his own Subtractive Recordings imprint as well as labels including Let There Be House, unquantized, Guest House, King Street and Freakin909.
Grammy-nominated production and remix duo Full Intention have been mainstays of the global house scene for a few years now and in 2019 they gifted us a clutch of club-ready remixes. They put their unique style on a fire vocal dub of the old Rockers Revenge track ‘Walking On Sunshine’ on their own Full Intention label which was also home to their ‘The Guitar’ track from early in the year. Other stand out remixes for the pair this year include their Philly-soul-style remix of Funkatomic’s ‘It’s A House Thing’, the Full Intention remix of ‘Let It Fall’ from KORT and Holly Petrie and the anthemic Debbie Jacobs ‘Don’t You Want My Love’ on Glitterbox.
Producer and DJ Ferreck Dawn kept up his recent good form over 2019, scoring big singles with his originals ‘You Are The One’, ‘In My Arms’ and ‘Selfish Games’ on Defected. Glasgow Underground put out his ‘All Nighter’ featuring Shyam P which picked up plenty of DJ support as did his mix of Melba Moore’s ‘My Heart Belongs To You’ which dropped on the Soulfuric label. Finally, Club Sweat released Ferreck’s DJ-friendly ‘Louisiana’ which again went down a storm with the more discerning house DJs.
House master Todd Terry really needs no introduction and it was great to see him having such a big year in 2019. Just listen to the unmistakable drums and groove on his remix of Basement Jaxx’s ‘Fly Life’ or Roberto Surace’s ‘Joys’ on Defected; these are records that are club-friendly, guaranteed floor fillers. Todd achieved three tracks in the Top 200 House over the year with the biggest being his remix, along with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, of Childish Gambino’s raw anthem ‘This Is America’.
House soldier Angelo Ferreri is at number 9 in the Top 100 House Artists having had another highly productive year. Aside from several #1s in the Jackin category, he scored big in House too. The Let There Be House label released his ‘Funky Touch’ remix of Peter Brown’s ‘I’m Going To Hold On’ and Big Love put out his DJ weapon of a remix of Soul Avengerz and Supa Hi’s ‘Running Away’. All this and he also found time to put together releases for his DISCO TOWN project with Moon Rocket as well, including the irresistible swing of their ‘Running Out’ track from June, and recent ‘Melodie’ on Peppermint Jam.
The number eight position goes to Italian DJ and production duo Mattei and Omich who put out several big selling tracks this year. Defected released their vocal track with Nathan Nicholson ‘Doors’, their excellent remix of Daniel Leseman’s ‘Ease The Pain’ and their version of the old school classic ‘I’ll House You’. Mattei & Omich also put out music on Soulfuric, Blacksoul, King Street, Cut Rec and delivered a killer remix of Moon Rocket, Re-Tide and LauMii’s ‘Chocolate’ as well. The pair have their own label too and released the excellent rolling ‘Fade’ with Keyo and the equally firing ‘You Dance’ with Ella as well as their own disco cut-up ‘Dancer’.
2019 was an extremely successful year for Italian producer Qubiko with releases and remixes on some of the very best labels in House, including DFTD and Defected, Motive, Glasgow Underground, Let There Be House and Milk & Sugar. His DFTD release ‘UR’ showcased his particular bumpin’ take on the house template, as did his remix of ‘The Last Time’ on Defected by Saison and Leon Lincoln. It was a good year for Qubiko remixes and he served up a chunky version of House chanteuse Amy Douglas’ ‘Give Me Love’, a deep take on Random Soul’s ‘Open Your Eyes’, and a guaranteed floor-filler with his epic ‘Riding High’ remix for Milk and Sugar with Andrey Exx.
Kevin McKay runs the legendary Glasgow Underground label, and released a substantial quantity of top quality house music this year with ten tracks in the Top 200 House tracks and four in the Overall Top Tracks. Among the most notable were a remake of dance music standard ‘I Feel Love’ by Start The Party, a serious collaboration with Spanish House Don David Penn, the Gospel-flavoured ‘Hallelujah’ and his latest artist album ‘No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’, a project to re-record a number of classic tunes. He also put out a track with one of the most disco-tactic basslines of the year, his remix of Sam Dexter’s ‘More Love’ and kept up the pressure with the epic breakdowns of his ‘Feel It’ release.
Another good year for Will Bailey who split his time between running his Simma Black label, smashing various Ibiza and Defected events all summer and putting out a clutch of hype music too. In a year when there are eight Low Steppa tracks in the Traxsource Top 200 it's tough to pick out standout tunes, but his sing-a-long anthem ‘You’re My Life’ on Defected has to be one. Simma Black was home to his own ‘Make You Move’ with Lady Alma, the Johan S collab EP ‘This Is What We Do’ and his ‘Spaced Invader’ remix with Hatiras, all of which hit hard for the Steppa this year. Then there was the heavy bass and slamming kick of his Armada Deep release ‘Sunshine’ and his equally banging remix of Phil Fuldner’s ‘Take Me’ on Armada Subjekt.
Our 2018 Artist of the year had another stellar year of music releasing on his own Peppermint Jam as well as taking on remix duties producing a dance floor destroying remix of The Vision and Andreya Triana’s ‘Heaven’ on Defected, an equally killer re-rub of Oliver Dollar’s ‘John’s Church’ and Powerdance’s ‘Powerdance’, both for Classic Music Company. With eight quality tracks in the Top 200 House and five in the overall list for the year, the German producer who has now spent three decades in the business shows no sign of slowing down.
Another successful year for the seemingly unstoppable New York-based producer who scored several top-selling tracks on his own Moon Rocket Music label in 2019, along with successful releases with Angelo Ferreri as DISCO TOWN. In January, Moon Rocket Music dropped the big-selling ‘Fascinated By You’ setting the trend for the rest of the year as hit followed hit: ‘Don’t Do It’ was a hand-clapping, foot-stomping mini-anthem, then there was the lush summer collaboration ‘Running Out’ as DISCO TOWN and LauMii. A nifty lift from Donald Byrd was used to create ‘Chocolate' with Re-Tide and LauMii and the piano groove of ‘Give Me Rhythm’ with Corrado Rizza and Black Connection was another Moon Rocket Music success this year. Away from his own label, ‘Melodie’ on Peppermint Jam featuring Cleah and disco-vibes of ‘Upside Down Clouds were both also big for him. With successfully releases across several genres, six in the overall Top 200 and ten in the House top 200, Moon Rocket should be very content with how his year went.
It’s been another really successful twelve months for Tino Piontek, better known as one-man-groove-factory Purple Disco Machine. Tino ends 2019 with a total of seven tunes in the overall top 200 tracks, 5 tracks in the top 200 house and with many top-selling and #1s tunes again this year. He put out his massive Emotions EP sampling ‘Emotion’ on Club Sweat, his first ever mix compilation on Glitterbox Recordings, ‘Glitterbox - Discotheque’ which included his 70s soul-esque take on Julien Jabre’s euphoric ‘Swimming Places’, another heavy-hitting release for him this year. There was also a sterling remix of Roberto Surace’s ‘Joys’ for Defected and a fabulously catchy remix of Lorenz Rhodes’ 80s-flavoured ‘Back’ for Compost. Funk, Disco, Nu Disco, House, he can do them all, and we’re looking forward to what he serves up next year.
Sitting pretty on top of the chart is the prolific Spanish producer, owner of Madrid’s Urbana Recordings, radio host and all-round house-hero David Penn. David has managed an impressive eight tracks in the Top 200 overall tracks of the year, nineteen (!) in the Top 200 House and several Traxsource #1s throughout the year. He’s had three big Defected tunes this year: his remix of Sophie Lloyd and Dames Brown’s‘ Calling Out’, his huge Gospel-esque piano-anthem ‘Stand Up’ featuring Ramona Renea and his fresh take on Pete Heller’s classic ‘Big Love’. That would be enough for any artist, but David has also put out a bunch of quality dance floor ammunition on Urbana including the lean, driving original track ‘Rollerball’, his euphoric edit of ‘My Love Can Take You Higher’ from Roog, Georgio Schultz and Mary Griffin and the summer-snapshot compilation Ibized 19. And yes, there’s still more - David also turned out another piano-led future-classic in the shape of ‘Hallelujah’ on Glasgow Underground, a heavy-duty remix of ATFC’s ‘Dynamite’, a frankly superb re-rub of Abel Ramos’ ‘Higher’, he reworked a classic vocal to great effect in his remix of PunkPhunk’s ‘The Phunky Song’, put his unique stamp on ‘Nasty Girl’ from Henry Hacking and Inaya Day on Vicious - the list just goes on and on. Consistent production standards, high-quality songs, super-catchy riffs and unmistakable grooves are all the hallmarks of a producer who is at the absolute top of his game, and are the reasons that David Penn is this year’s #1 House music artist.

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