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Top Techno Artists of 2019

Techno is one of the oldest genres we cater for on the site (in electronic music even), and yet one that seems to remain fluid, ever-changing and constantly a place to be unearthing new sounds, artists and even sub-genres. 2019’s been a year of impeccable releases within the Techno sphere, with artists upping the quality and quantity of their output. Massive #1s reigned over clubland, including those from Truncate, Carl Craig and Belocca, whilst we witnessed more longform pieces of work from artists like Floorplan.
Prominent labels like Drumcode, M-Plant, Kompakt, Cocoon and Filth on Acid, helmed by Techno’s greats, firmly kept their grip on the scene whilst we watched the new generation of talent like Charlotte De Witter begin their own label journeys.

It’s not all black t-shirts, Berghain and Business Techno. Here’s our top 100 for 2019..
99. Slam
42. Tiga
29. Coyu
13. Kink
Over two decades in the game and Christian Hornbostel is proving time and time again that he’s still as relevant as he ever was. Last year’s #4 Techno artist of the year, it’s another year in the top 10 for the German, who’s been tirelessly working on material this year and blitzed our Techno charts with ‘Elevation’, out via Say What? And ‘Gradarius’ via Form Music. His final release of the year, the ‘Chroma’ EP also looks set to do some chart damage over the next few months, and we’re excited to hear what he’s got planned for 2020.
Brazil’s first lady of Techno ANNA has been a firm fixture in our Techno charts on the site over the years. 2019 has seen her upkeep a truly relentless touring schedule, one that’s taken her to the far reaches of the globe, playing the world’s best venues including Amnesia, Privilege, DC10, Watergate, Brooklyn Mirage and many more. She’s also found the time to maintain her chart dominance, with a massive collaboration with another one of Techno’s finest ladies - Miss Kitten ‘Forever Ravers’ via Kompakt and a release on Tale of Us’s Afterlife ‘Spectral’. She’ll be finishing off the year in style with another hotly anticipated drop, via Richie Hawtin’s Plus 8 release - ‘High Contrast’ and as far as we’re concerned, it’s an easy top 10 place this year for ANNA.
As we approach the end of the year, Drumcode unsurprisingly remains one of the strongest brands in modern dance music. The Drumcode family (and it really is a family vibe) has expanded to include the likes of Amelie Lens, ANNA, Alan Fitzpatrick, B.Traits, Charlotte De Witte, Ben Sims, Ilario Alicante, Luigi Madonna, Pig&Dan, Sam Paganini, Julian Jeweil, Marco Faraone, Slam and many more.. And has been the driving force behind many of these artists careers. The brains behind all of this, Adam Beyer, is now iconic in his own right, known for constantly supporting new talent and pushing the genre forward. He now sits at the helm of Drumcode, Truesoul and Madeye and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
Matt Edwards AKA Radio Slave needs little introduction at this stage, having been a regular feature in these charts for years (alongside having made a serious mark on the scene!). His label Rekids, where he puts his sharp A&R skills into play, is one of the most respected labels in the scene and home to the likes of Nina Kraviz and Mr G and features Peggy Gou’s early breakthrough Art of War EPs. Edwards has worked with most of Techno’s big players in some shape or form and this year his remixes for Laurent Garnier and Peace Division found their place in our top 200 Techno tracks of the year, along with his original work ‘Elevate’.
Bela Gábor, aka Belocca, has been steadily building a name for himself, with originals and remixes placed on imprints like Suara, Toolroom, Stealth and Defected. The Mainground Music owner has had a particularly monstrous year with us this year, with 6 of his tunes residing in the top 200 for the genre and a number one in the genre this year with ‘All I Want To Do’ (via his own label). His tracks are usually featured in our essential tech week in and week out, and we’ve got no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more of this man in 2020.
A legend not only in his native Slovenia, but also on a global scale, UMEK is an artist that’s been consistently at the top of his game for well over a decade. The 1605 label boss leaped up 70 places in this chart from the past two years and 2019 saw UMEK with 3 tracks in our Top 200 Techno chart, ‘Vibrancy’ #26 and ‘Brethren’ #29 deserving a special nod. The Slovenian dropped two late releases in the year via weighty imprints Filth on Acid and Tronic and we’re certain there’s more fire en route for the next 12 months.
A certified Techno icon, Robert Hood and his Floorplan alias (now a collaborative project with his daughter Lyric) was our #1 Techno artist last year and is back for another well-deserved spot in the top 5. The duo flawlessly inject Soulful flavor into modern, well-crafted Techno, giving us tracks that we know will remain timeless. We’re even still finding Robert Hood classics from the ‘90s selling remarkably well on the site now, some 20 years later. This year saw them release another brilliant LP ‘Supernatural’ via Will Saul’s ever reliable AUS, which bore musical fruit like ‘Dance Floor’ and ‘There Was A Time’, alongside returning to Hood’s own M-Plant for ‘I Feel Him Moving’ and ‘Rotate’.
By no means a newcomer to the scene, having been DJing and producing for the best part of a decade, the young artist has certainly paid her dues and what we witnessed in 2019 was truly the year of Charlotte De Witte. She’s been particularly unstoppable over the last 12-18 months, with an exhausting tour schedule that is in both parts a source of envy and wonder at the same time. Her remix of Eats Everything’s ‘Space Raiders’ via Dense & Pika’s label took control of the top of the Techno charts for months, with further success coming from her ‘Liquid Slow’ EP with Chris Liebing. All of this, combined with the launch of her new label and party series KNTXT, and it’s clear to see she’s working harder than ever. The Belgian DJ’s unique brand of aggressive, uncompromising Techno has won her fans the world over, and no doubt will continue to dominate the scene for years to come.
A veritable Techno legend synonymous with the UK dance music scene, Mark Broom is exercising 3 decades of experience within the business, and his music is getting better each year. With an enviable release history that has him connected to Ostgut Ton, M-Plant, Soma and Warp and sitting at the helm of his Beard man label, it’s no wonder Broom regularly places in this list, and 2019 was his most deserving accolade yet- in at #2. Broom charted up 5 releases in our final top 200 (Techno tracks of the year) including ‘EFB’ ad and his remix of Mighty Mouse’s ‘The Spirit’ which placed #7 in our top Techno tracks of the year, and hit the #1 spot in the genre. A very warm welcome back into this list for Mark Broom.
A face that has graced our top Techno list before (and no doubt will again). David Flores will be familiar to many as the man behind ‘Audio Injection’, but it’s his more recent work, from 2011 onwards as Truncate that’s really put him on the map. He’s been working incredibly hard over the past few years, balancing a rigorous studio life with an equally rigorous tour schedule that’s taken him far and wide across the globe to play at the world’s most iconic venues, including London’s fabric, Berlin’s Berghain and Watergate, Glasgow’s SubClub, Barcelona’s Razzmatazz amongst many others. The Truncate project is known for being unique, deep and raw and it’s that unique sound that’s made Flores an incredibly sought-after remixer in recent years, lending his hand to Spencer Parker’s ‘Your Under My Control Now’, Ejeca’s ‘Informartian’, Kodem’s ‘Vault Lines’ and Loco Dice’s ‘We’re Alive’ this year alone. The American has put in a crazy amount of production this year, with several high performing releases, including two tracks from his TRUNCEI8HT EP via Eats Everything and Andres Campo’s new Ei8ht imprint (which also finished in the top 200) and his new release ‘Pressure’ via Catz’N’Dogz’s Pets Recordings, which has been sitting at #2 in the Techno charts on site since it’s release. Additionally, Heiko Laux’s‘ remix of Dial’ was one of the most popular Techno records of the year on the site (#4/200). An artist that we’re pleased to have got behind and supported, Truncate has had a remarkable year and is very deserving of a number 1 spot in this list, we’re certain there’s only more magic to come from Flores.

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