Quite simply, everything HOTMOOD has touched this year has turned to gold. We have featured so many of his tracks, and I (Scott) have been on a one man quest to collate all his vinyl releases. His own style of mid tempo chilled groove, which can be taken up at any time, leaves HOTMOOD in a league of his own. A couple of remixes of his tracks, especially by Ziggy funk, have taken a new twist to the records whilst still having that original stamp of quality.
2. Dr Packer
Dr Packer has done it all this year; from Ibiza and a tour of England, to nuemorus huge gigs back in his now homeland Australia, he has cemnted himself as a favourite of the disco and edits scene. His relationship with defected has seen him release some old house grooves, but with a picthed down style such as 'I'll be good'. His release on Masterworks 'the DJ's Delight Vol 3', highlights his amazing prodcution quality and ear for a great tune.
3. Javi Frias
Madrids Disco master has had a great year releasing numeorus top draw releases. His mix for Sneaky Disco was one of our favourite tracks, if not favourite, of the year; you also need to check out his other mixes, especially Chineurs de Madrid mix.
4. Michael the Lion
After a number of great releases in 2017, it was almost the year of The Lion. A whole host of mixes, remixes and DJ mix sets, left us wanting more from Michael and tracks such as Get it on, The Changer and the remix of Sea of Love rocked the floor every time we dropped them. He was in the Traxsource top 100, but for us he deserves more recognition than that!
5. Joey Negro
What can you say about Dave Lee that hasn't already been said? Numerous alter egos, all of which drop top draw disco and house music. The produced and remixed 'with love' sets live up to expectations; Quality music produced by a master. Hopefully he'll continue to churn out tracks to the same standard of those he's produced over the past two years, as he has brought some quality disco tracks back from the archives.
6. Purple Disco Machine
Another artist who has really taken off this year - even featuring on Mixmags LAB and the Esesential mix. We noticed him years ago with an edit of CRAM's track - 'A Good Night'. This year he redid 'Lola's Theme', which was a huge hit, as well as 'London Heartache' and 'Love for Days', amongst many more. The German disco master will be coming big in 2018 and maybe closer to no.1 next year!
7. Eli Escobar
Put your hands up... Put your hands up... !! A track that always makes the whole bar move. Eli Escobar has been very busy with releases on his own edit label and also Razor N Tape, alongside his album 'Happy Again'. If you haven't checked him out on Boiler Room do it now, as it's one of the best house/disco sets you will ever see
8. Yam Who
Not just content with running the best label around, the guys form Midnight Riot also produce and remix some of the best tracks around. Great live too, as we saw at 53 Degrees North, Halifax. They should need no introduction - They also have a weekly radio show you should check out too.
What a year - The TOY TONIC label has been lucky to have so many good releases from COEO. 'Mydonna' is a class track which is always a crowd fave. Other hits this year have been 'In Motion', '1981' and their mix for Razor Tape is one of the best you will hear.
Link to there tracks: https://www.juno.co.uk/artists/Coeo/
10. Sunner Soul
There were so many tracks out in 2017 that hit the mark with us - Sunner Soul features so many times for us. We keep on asking for a mix, but it's not coming as the artist is so busy - probably producing all the hits from the past 12 months. Vintage music has seen a new lease of life in some great tracks from him, from disco edits, to even nu-jazz and almost hip hop beat instrumentals.. A must for anyone that likes a varience in edit styles.