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Top Tech House Artists of 2019

As we approach the end of the year it’s obvious that Tech House artists still continue to grace the main end of year and top tracks lists and reign supreme over the biggest and best festivals and clubs on the planet.

Artists such as Joeski, Green Velvet, Harry Romero, Honey Dijon and Gene Farris highlight the longevity of the sound and the true craftmanship that comes from decades of DJing and production, never slowing down and sticking true to tried and tested sound that dominates clubland.

Newer faces grace this year’s list, like Joshwa, Jojo Angel and Sllashe & Doppe representing the next generation of Tech House superstars on the rise. One thing is abundantly clear, there’s still room for Tech House - in its many forms - from the Ibiza superclubs to the Berlin basements and it remains at the forefront of club culture in 2019.
Daylight Robbery Records and its label manager Jojo Angel have been putting themselves right on the Tech House map in recent years, home to Pinto, Vanilla ACE, K&K and of course Angel himself. The Greek producer has proven himself to be a rising star on Traxsource for all things Tech, and we’ve seen non-stop solid output from him over the course of 2019 featuring a 1 in the Tech House #1s with ‘Burning Up’ and the likes of ‘Burning Up’, ‘Ougourgou’ both featuring in the top 200 Tech tracks of the year.
Go Deeva, Basica and now SKULP MUSIC (with Dario D’Attis) head honcho Simone Vitullo has had a steady 2019, and hits our top lists once again this year. His collaboration with D’Attis ‘Voyage’, the debut release on their new label, has already racked them up a #11 in the Tech House #1s of the year, with ‘If You’re Getting Down’, his collaboration with Dilby, also making it into the list. Further highlights included Go Deeva releases ‘Memories’ and ‘U and I’ and Younan release ‘This House’. We can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.
18. Piem
A firm Traxsource favorite (#5 Tech Artist of 2018), in both our House and Tech House genres, Piem is forever keeping busy, relentlessly pushing out well-produced club records. 2019 been no exception, featuring a track in the Tech top 200 (‘All The Things’ with Alaia & Gallo) alongside the likes of ‘Blow My Mind’ via Glasgow Underground and ‘Alarm’ via Green Velvet’s Relief. Finishing off the year on a high, Piem looks set for success in 2020 already, with new music out on NONSTOP, Circa Trax and a remix of House music legend Ralphi Rosario and Linda Clifford’s ‘I Hear The Music’ forthcoming on King Street in the last couple of months alone.
Up from 26 in last year’s Tech House EOY list, longtime Traxsource favorites Chus & Ceballos remain at the forefront of the scene and come in at #17 this year. The Spaniards are known for being impeccable tastemakers, and their Stereo Productions family continues to grow, now home to a whole host of talent including Hector Couto, Ronnie Spiteri, Saliva Commados, Rafa Barrios and many more, selling out parties across the globe. It’s undeniable that everything the duo touch charts immediately, whether in Tech House or if they’re trying their hand at groovy Techno.. And this year was no exception, with 3 tracks / remixes in the Tech Top 200: Their ‘Agolele’ remix on Nervous, their mix of ‘One Race’ (also on Nervous) and their collaboration with Liverpudlian party-starter Melé ‘Galera’ out on elrow’s label.. We know we’ll be seeing them in this list for a while yet.
The Toolroom affiliates Sllash and Doppe have made a real go of it this year, with a back-to-back tour schedule that’s taken them to all across their native Romania, and begin to tour further into Europe playing the likes of London, Amsterdam and Ibiza under the Toolroom brand. The Romanian cousins have had their music hammered by the likes of Mark Knight, Blond:ish, Bedouin, Solomun and Roger Sanchez, with copious support on platforms like Radio 1, and the combination of the two has taken their career to new heights this year. 3 of their productions made it into the Tech Top 200, with an overall Tech House #1 during the year, and their sound was defined by tracks like ‘Aguella’, ‘Predator’, ‘Thrift Shopping’ and their punchy remix of Vanilla Ace’s ‘Damn Hot’. The boys also found the time to launch their new label Boom Boom Room, with a solid debut ‘Pop That Booty’ from the guys themselves. We expect a lot from them in 2020, watch this space.
The Glasgow Underground boss rises up from 49th place in last year’s Tech list to the top 20, and with good reason. 2019 has been another impressive year for the Scotsman, holding 4 tracks / remixes in the Tech top 200, whilst still pushing more of his signature House records alongside. His collaboration with Joshwa ‘Such A Good Feeling’ ended #7 in the overall Tech top 200, with his remixes of ‘Get Your Freak On’ and ‘Technologic’ also making it into the charts. As the Glasgow Underground brand continues to go from strength to strength, we’re happy to see Kevin in this list once more, alongside numerous label alumni, showcasing both the fine-tuned A&R skills and production experience he’s worked hard to build.
A newcomer to the Traxsource Top 20 Tech House chart, Josh Dickens recently burst onto the scene with a string of heaters on the Cr2, Glasgow Underground and Lovejuice. His collaboration with Glasgow Underground boss Kevin McKay ‘Such A Good Feeling’ came in at #7 in our Top 200 Tech tracks of the year, with a further 3 productions in the same list, ‘Praise You’ at #29, ‘Do Your Thing’ #83 and his remix of ‘Hallelujah’ at #121. The Londoner is certainly one to watch for 2020.
More familiar faces here, the Downtown Underground and Lapsus owners were back in a big way this year, still proving to be firm favorites to the Traxource audience. The Italian duo are known for producing and touring relentlessly and simultaneously and 2019 was no exception, churning out bangers across the House, Jackin’ and Tech categories, charting themselves across all of the genres. Lapsus continues to be a quality outlet, with new faces like Pete Zorba and Mauro Venti joining an already strong alumni and Emiliano and Giacomo also turned their hand to their new venture Downtown Underground with some vigour, rallying the likes of Mr V, Sante Sansone and Dale Howard for the new label. This year’s Supernova anthems included ‘Rockin Da House’, ‘Love Express’ and their remixes of The Deepshakerz ‘House Want You’ and CASSIM’s ‘The Music’ on their own Lapsus.
A debut to this Top 20 list, and a well-deserved one at that. An undeniable force in dance music over recent years, the Chicago legend has earned her stripes in the underground, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Danny Tenaglia and Derrick May along the way. An eclectic DJ and producer, and not one to confined by genres, Dijon now sports modern dance music accolades in abundance, from RA podcasts and Boiler Rooms to a Radio 1 residency and a Mixmag cover. All the marks of an unstoppable artist at the top of their game. Affiliated heavily with Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter’s Classic offshoot, Honey’s rise continues to be stratospheric this year, and her remix game has been on fire, with her reworks of Felix Da Housecat’s ‘Thee Trk’! making it to #24 in the top Tech tracks of the year and Harry Romero’s ‘Tania’ coming in at #39, both hitting the #1 spot in the Tech charts during the year. Her ‘fiercely furious dub’ of ‘I’m Not Defeated’ by Fiorious also deserves a special mention.
A self-professed “global ambassador of Chicago”, Gene Farris finds his way back into our top Tech House artists once more. The Farris Wheel Recordings owner has had another solid year, serving up some great collaborations this time around, with his ‘Galaxie’ collaboration with Green Velvet deserving a notable mention, sitting #63 in the top tech tracks of the year. A fiesty cut on Erick Morillo’s famous Subliminal entitled ‘Work That Booty’ and ‘Three O Three’ (a collaboration with the UK’s Max Chapman) proved that Farris was still on fire in 2019.
An icon and a living legend, Green Velvet AKA Cajmere definitely doesn’t require introductions to dance music heads at this stage in the game. The veteran racked up 3 releases in our Top Tech House 200 list this year, with ‘Galaxie’ (#63), ‘Fuzion’ (#127) and ‘My Frequency’, all on his mighty Relief imprint, whilst also upkeeping a healthy output on his housier brand Cajual. He also favoured a particularly relentless tour schedule this year, that’s seen him take both himself and his La La Land event series to some of the world’s biggest and best clubs and festivals, alongside making time to double up with Claude Von Stroke under their Get Real moniker, under which they also released the quirky club grinder ‘Jolean’ last month via Ultra.
The East Londoner OFFAIAH’s output might not be as prolific as some of the other artists on this list, but he’s been steadily building a name that’s synonymous with quality over quantity, and it’s working out well for him. His affiliation with Defected over the past two years has propelled him into the spotlight with tunes like ‘Work It Out’ and ‘Push Pull’ (#20 Tech House) and this year specifically ‘Something Special’ - #8 in our overall top Tech House tracks of the year. ‘What I Grew Up On’ and ‘I Need Ur Luv’ also racked up some serious dancefloor damage and who could forget his remix of Calvin Harris’s massive ‘Promises’, which also graced our top 200 Tech tracks.
2018’s #1 Traxsource Tech House Artist, it seems like we can’t remember a time when Alaia & Gallo’s records weren’t peppered across our Tech and House charts on the site. Following on from last year’s reign at the forefront of the charts, A&G kept up momentum, landing a huge 6 productions in the Tech top 200 list and pushing a Housier sound, that’s also offered them up a spot in the House top 20 as well. Still reeling in support from the likes of Todd Terry, Joeski and Lexa Hill on their tracks, the guys are showing no signs of slowing down and tracks like ‘Call Your Name’ and ‘Come Together’ show why their music will stand the test of time. Their remix of Piem’s ‘Love Commandments’ even made it into this year’s Tech House top 200 as well as last year’s.
It's no surprise to see The Deepshakerz back in our Tech House top 10 for 2019, scoring #1 and #2 in this list over the past two years. The two young Italians, Domy Berardino and Mirco Sonatore, have been shelling out groovy dancefloor Tech bombs for years and 2019 was no exception, gaining them 4 productions in the Tech Top 200 list, dancefloor weapons like ‘Try’ via Riva Starr’s unstoppable Snatch! imprint, ‘Blue Marimba’, picked up by veteran of the scene and former Space resident Steve Lawler for his viva music and their edit of Jay Mexx’s ‘Cured’ on their own Safe Music. Their labels Safe Music / Safe Ltd also deserving a special mention, regularly dominating the tech charts and providing a fertile home for nurturing new talent, the likes of Jojo Angel, CASSIMM and Alvaro Smart.
The Bambossa Records boss Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero holds his #6 spot for another year. A legendary NYC DJ and producer, Romero’s name retains an utmost respect across generations of dance music producers and DJs and he’s still churning out quality records decades in. 2019 saw him land himself 2 Tech House #1s, with his remix of Jack Back’s (David Guetta) ‘Freedom’ on Defected and ‘Afro Horn’ via his own Bambossa and 5 Track / Remixes in the Top Tech House 200 this year.
A newbie in this list for 2019, and landing in the top 5! Off the back of a decade producing and DJing as Landmark, Marco Anzalone’s had an exceptional few years since changing his name, with a truly breakthrough 2019. A consistent remixer, relied on heavily by the likes of Glasgow Underground, King Street and Stealth, his beefed up rework of Barbara Tucker’s classic ‘Precious Love’ was an Ibiza anthem this year, and made it to the #2 spot in our top Tech House #1s of 2019. The Italian has also landed himself 3 overall productions in our top Tech house tracks this year, with his Glasgow Underground remixes finding our favourites, his quirky Daft Punk revision ‘Technologic’ and his remix of Sam Dexter’s ‘Tell Me’.
It’s another year in upper reaches of the Tech chart for Defected / Lapsus / Hive regular Dario D’attis, who’s signature groovy sound remains everywhere, and is increasingly imitated across the scene. 2019 held 4 productions in the Tech Top 200 list for D’Attis, and 2 overall Tech House #1s on the site - The instantly recognisable ‘Space and Time’ via his longtime home Defected Records and ‘Voyage’ via his newly launched label (with Simone Vitillo) SKULP MUSIC. It’s no surprise that once again, he’s dominated the charts across multiple genres including Tech, Deep, House and Progressive House - as he’s known to do in these lists - and his respectful remix of Kings of Tomorrow’s ‘Finally’ is one of our favourite remixes of the year.
A whopping 7 tracks / remixes in our Tech Top 200 list this year cements CASSIMM’s place in the top Tech House 3 for 2019. Vocal-heavy workouts like ‘Shined On Me’ prove CASSIMM is an artist that’s here to stay and his remix of ‘Reach’ by The Deepshakerz feat Robert Owens came in at one of the most popular Tech House tracks of the year on the site. The Londoner has quickly become a firm go-to for picking up fresh and chunky club tools, and has found a home recently via respected imprints like Glasgow Underground, DFTD, Lapsus Music and Armada Subjekt.
30+ years in the game and there’s literally nothing stopping Joeski. 4 of his productions feature in this year’s Tech Top 200 list, the usual deep, tribal rollers he’s so well known for, and 2019 marks a very special year for the NYC local as his Maya Records also celebrates a massive 20 years. He also found the time to drop his debut album of original material ‘20 Years Of Maya’ to celebrate the anniversary. His standout release this year ‘Hey Fellas’ claimed the #1 spot on our top Tech tracks this year, finishing #3 in the Tech House #1s.
Up 6 places from last year, it will come as no surprise to see Qubiko here in the Tech House top artists. After breaking through in 2016 with the undeniably dancey ‘Disco Connection’, the Italian has been steadily upping his game year on year, and last year it was his releases on Enzo Siffredi’s Wired label that caught eye first and foremost, with “I C U” finishing #4 among the best Tech tracks of the year, whilst “OtherSide” hit the main #1 spot on site upon release and wound up #3 best-selling Tech track of the year. Effective sampling and top-class production make it look almost effortless for Qubiko, who’s releases have now found homes via some of the world’s best labels, Suara, Toolroom, Defected, Glasgow Underground and Stereo Productions. He’s collaborated with Sam Divine, Enzo Siffredi, Ruben Mandolini and Kevin McKay amongst others and consistently smashed the top ends of our charts both across House and Tech House. His productions and remixes have been felt at every stage of the Tech House charts this year, with a huge 8 ending up in the top 200 Tech tracks (including ‘Mucho Mas’ and is remixes of Pirupa’s ‘How Many Times’ and ‘Cali Soul’ by Crazibiza) and this year’s #1 overall Tech House track on the site is his ‘Mono Tono’, via Siffredi’s Wired again. We’re certain that with the momentum he’s gathered over the past few years, Qubiko is a superstar in the making.

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