*Readers Note
The tracks picked for the Top 100 are listed based on the artists’ selection and do not reflect a “1 out of 100” system.  A new artist will be showcased every day, between December 19 – December 30 2016 (Weekends not included)


2016 is coming to close and what better way to look back on a very eventful year than with 100 tracks selected by 10 of our favourite emerging artists.

Music has the power to bring people together, regardless of space, time or location and even though most of the world might be turning upside down, music has and always will be an easy way to escape it.

We set out to gather 10 of our favourite artists who have been pushing and creating forward thinking music and who have continued to pursue greatness through their music in 2016.

Without further ado; these are the Top 100 Tracks of 2016.

#1)

Name: Kaiq
Country: Brazil
Social Media: Facebook Soundcloud
Who is he? The artist we can’t stop talking about in 2016 is Kaiq. The Brazilian has fought through adversary to have his name respected by his peers this year and he is a perfect example of how hard work ‘actually’ pays off. 2016 saw Kaiq release a number of tracks in collaboration with artists from around the world. He has continued to create a distinct sound and it has led to his music being supported by the likes of Marco Carola & Dubfire (to name a few).

Enzo Tucci – Blackjack (Leon, NiCe7 Edit) [D-Floor]

Steve Lawler – Show The Way [VIVa MUSiC]

HOWL 004.2 [Howl Records]

Shaf Huse – Mavado (Original Mix) [Inmotion Music]

Apollonia ‘El Senor Vador’ (The Martinez Brothers Leap Frog Mix) [Apollonia Records]

Kaiq – Purumpupero (Original Mimx) [NOEXCUSE Records]

Mighty Dub Katz – Let The Drums Speak (Butch Remix) [Southern Fried Records]

Giuseppe Biondo, Drastic Duo – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Original Mix) [NOEXCUSE Records]

Kaiq – Harmonica (Original Mix) [Mushroom Smile Records]

Lego – El Ritmo (David Aurel Edit)


#2)

Name: Enrico Bellan
Country: Italy
Social Media: Facebook Soundcloud
Who is he? Perfecting his trade with every passing day, Enrico Bellan has been working towards achieving his goal in music for a few years now despite his age. He has had the opportunity to release on labels like Deeperfect & Elrow and has had his music supported by some of Italy’s biggest Underground exports. He has been working hard to bring his style of music across the peninsula and will continue to grow in 2017, hoping to take his sound to the next level.

 

Abbo – Drug Free (James Dexter Remix) [Amplified Records]


Andrea Oliva – Vermona (Original Mix)
[Cuttin’ Headz]


Ben Williams – Drop it like it’s hot (Original Mix)  [Under No Illusion]

Zlatnichi – Bag Dad (Original Mix) [zinc Records]


Emery Warman – Firebox (Original Mix) [Deeperfect]


Enrico Bellan – Not for Me (Original Mix) [Monday Morning Records]


Franz Costa – Drop That Beat (Joey Daniel Remix) [SK Recordings]


Ahmet Mecnun – Oscillator 606 (Original Mix)  
[Deeperfect]


Gianfranco Troccoli – Spider Tiger (Enrico Bellan Remix) [SK Recordings]


Joeski, David Herrero – Rise Up (Joeski’s Off The Truck Dub Edit) [Maya Records]


#3)

Name: Lucas Ferreyra
Country: Argentina
Social Media: Facebook Soundcloud
Who is he? Lucas is a DJ & procure based out of Cordoba, Argentina. He has extensive experience as a DJ and played with some of the industries greats like Marco Carola, &Me + more. These artists along with the likes of Stefano Noferini & Nerverdogs are the reason Lucas’ tracks continue to gain a lot of playing time. He has released with labels such as Habla Music, Datagroove Muisc, NoPreset & more and will continue to master his craft as time goes on.

 

Oliversam – Enter Inward (Original Mix) [Natural Rhythm]

Josh Love – Original Pleasure (Roxx Cherry Remix) [EP Digital Music]

Detlef – Oh Oh (Original Mix) [Hot Creations]

Darius Syrossian – Andranik (Gorge & Homm Remix) [8bit]

Mirco Caruso – See House (Original Mix) [Go Deeva Records]

Marcelo Cura – Buss Diss (Original Mix) [Deeperfect]

Luca M – TalkBack (Gianni Firmaio Remix) [Audiojah]

Philipp Gonzales – Black Blues (Junior Gee Remix) [Bondage Music]

Onno, Reelow – Don’t Stop (PAWSA Remix) [Solid Grooves]

Lucas Ferreyra – Break Huy Hai (Original Mix) [Mushroom Smile Records]

 


#4)


Name:
 Paul Quzz
Country: Canada
Social Media: Facebook Soundcloud
Who is he? Paul takes his craft as seriously as you would expect from someone who has been involved in the music industry for as long as he has. His live sets are as dynamic and diverse as his history and his track selection fuses multiple genres together during his performances. He has played alongside some of the industry greats and his productions have began to receive support from far & wide. Stay tuned a slew of releases to follow in 2017.

 

Martin Buttrich & Timo Mass – Nach Act (Original Mix) [Rhythm Assault]

Matthias Tanzmann – Tamarind (Original Mix) [Moon Harbour]

Barem & Alexis Cabrera – Funatics (Original Mix) [Fun Records]

Andrea Olivia – Vermona [Cuttin’ Headz]

NTFO – Calabrena [20/20 Vision]

Ramon Tapia – Toxic Funk (Dennis Cruz Remix) [Moan Recordings]

Sabb – People of The Sun [Moon Harbour]

Paul Quzz – Buddy (Kaiq Remix) [All Blak Records]

Michael Davidson – Ignite [All Blak Records]

Kaiq – Harmonica [Mushroom Smile Records]


#5)
Name:
 Alan Nieves
Country: USA
Social Media: Facebook Soundcloud
Who is he? Alan portrays a powerful synergy of music that is a direct result of his ever evolving sound. The NYC based DJ & producer has had his releases reach the Top 20 overall on Beatport on more than one occasion with releases on Deeperfect & ElRow. He has received support from the likes of Paco Osuna, Roger Sanchez & Cristian Varela to name a few and Alan, a mainstay of the underground music scene, will continue to grow and deliver his distinctive sound to party go-ers around the world.

 

Shaf Huse – Mavado [Inmotion Music]

Spencer K – Dynamite [Glasgow Underground]

Dennis Cruz – Club DJ [Set About]

Alan Nieves – Something’s Going Down [Deeperfect]

George Vala – 11:41 [Get Physical]

Green Velvet – Flash (Latmun Remix) [Relief]

Alan Nieves – Get Back [Elrow Music]

Daniel Lera – Have To Talk Tonight [Mood]

Dennis Cruz – New Life [Snatch!] [Snatch!]

Brett Gould – They Wanted The Funk [Incorrect][Incorrect]


#6)

Name: Matias Busato
Country: Canada
Social Media: Facebook | Soundcloud
Who is he? Matias has been making music for as long as hes been roaming the planet. From his early beginnings to the days on stage shredding the guitar, Matias has come a long way before stepping into the world of electronic music. With 2017 on the horizon, Matias will be looking to turn heads with the abundance of music he has to his disposal, ready to be released by a number of labels. Stay tuned for the latest from this emerging artist.

 

Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Fuego (Julian Jeweil Remix) [Senso Sounds]

Anna – Leave House (Original Mix) [Terminal M Records]

Guille Placencia & George Privatti – Leka Leka (Original Mix) [La Pera Records]

Whyt Noyz – Russian Doll (Original Mix) [Elevate]

Matador – The Enemy Feat. Felix Da Housecat (Julian Jeweil Remix) [Rukus]

Cosmic Boys – Virus (Original Mix) [He-Art Recordings]

Pleasurekraft – Defiler (Original Mix) [Mood]

Enrico Sangiuliano – Ghettoblaster (Original Mix) [Drumcode]

Pan-Pot – Solace (Original Mix) [Second State]

Wigbert – Urban Noise [SCI+TEC]


#7)

Name: Rone White
Country: Belgium
Social Media: Facebook | Soundcloud
Who is he? Born and raised on the mean streets of Brussels, Rone started his musical journey at 17 when he discovered the Belgian nightlife.  He is the A&R of record label, Klangwerk and has only been producing since the age of 26! Rone plays and produces music that has fallen into the hands of great artists like Leon, Stefano Noferini & Neverdogs who continue to support him and the label. With new projects in the works for 2017, Rone is quickly expanding his grip on the Belgian & european nightlife scene.

 

Basti Grub, Natch & Dothen – Oh Baby Dance (Original Mix) [Deeperfect]

Dennis Cruz – Rolling Stone (Original Mix) [Lemon-Aid Music]

Drastic Duo, Giuseppe Biondo – Stop The Rock (Neverdogs Remix) [NoExcuse Records]

Zlatnichi – Bag Dad (Original Mix) [Zinc records]

Roberto Surace – Percussionism (Original Mix) [Mushroom Smile Records]

Kaiq – Purumpupero (Original Mix) [NoExcuse Records]

Piem, Vangelis kostoxenakis – Ladies (Original Mix) [Clarisse Records]

Arno Stolz – Blacked (Original Mix) [Under No illusion]

Stefano Noferini, Larsen Factory – Push it (Original Mix) [Deeperfect]

Raffa Fl – How We Do (Original Mix) [Criminal Hype]

 


#8)
Name: Jader AG
Country: Italy, Canada
Social Media: Facebook | Soundcloud
Who is he? Jader is an Italian born, Canadian based artist who has experimented with many unique sounds before entering the world of electronic music. He is expanding his knowledge of music and striving to evolve his sound that is best described as tech-house with deep influences. With the spotlight beginning to turn towards him, he hopes his new releases coming on Noexcuse, Datagroove and Habla Music help to push his name into the future of the industry.

Abbo – Drug Free (James Dexter Remix) [Amplified Records]

Massi ISX, Rulers – Inception (Fabio Vi Remix) [Habla Music]

Jader Ag – Cartero [Pild Records]

DEE NO – Exchange [NoExcuse]

Enrico Bellan – Check This Out [High Pressure Music]

Jader Ag – Cantaloupe [Mushroom Smile]

Leon – The Night is On [Deeperfect]

Gruuve – Blueberry (Stefano Crabuzza Remix) [Red Drum Music]

Off Key – Smoke On It [Hall of Fame Records]

Harvy Valencia – Fluorescente [Deeperfect]


#9)
Name:
Juan Torrado
Country: 
Spain
Social Media: 
Facebook | Soundcloud 
Who is he? 
Born in 1994, Juan started to learn about music at an early age, studying classical and jazz piano before entering the electronic realm. Based out of Spain, Juan runs the imprint Appetite Records which continues to support young, international talent. His productions are always changing and continue to showcase unique pieces which has led the likes of Luca Fabiani & Rick Pier O Neil to support his releases. 

 

Rone White – Whats That Sound (Original Mix) [Haus22 Records Vol.1]

Deetech & Greck B – The Final Frontier (Original Mix) [Black Habitat]

SLP – Get That Deep (Original Mix) [Appetite Records]

Peppou – Sunday Saint (Original Mix) [Moob Records]

Fer Br – Its In Your Brain (Original Mix) [Mindshake Records]

Tomy Wahl & Danny Torres – Black Cat (Original Mix) [Lemon-aid Music]

Oliversam – Enter Inward (Original Mix) [Natural Rhythm]

Alex Young & Deetech – Surreal (Original Mix) [Harvibal]

Pedro Silva – Raditz (Ben Teufel & Tarde Remix) [Antura Label Group]

Mr Jefferson – Ghetto Funk (Original Mix) [Desert Hearts Records]


#10) 
Name: Gianfranco Troccoli
Country: Italy
Social Media: Facebook | Soundcloud
Who is he? Gianfranco is the SK Recordings A&R who has been practising his trade in his home town of Bari. He’s currently one of the resident DJs of Mandarino Club at the Ginosa Marina in Italy and has begun his journey playing venues across Europe. He has had releases on labels such as DatagrooveHigh Pressure Music, NoPreset & Habla Music with praise and support coming from artists like Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Joey Daniel and many more. 

Riva Starr – The Superdope (Original Mix) [Defected]

Danniel Selfmade – On And On (Original Mix) [Deeperfect]

Zlatnichi – Pandora Latex (Original Mix) [Basswalk Records]

Hector Couto – Get It On (Original Mix) [20/20]

Gianfranco Troccoli, Lio Mass – Borderline (Original Mix) [Zoo Lab]

Snilloc – Marino Loco (Original Mix) [Hi!Fly Music]

Oscar L – The Bell (Original Mix) [Stereo Productions]

Gianfranco Troccoli, Lio Mass – Token (Original Mix) [High Pressure Music]

Pirupa – Say Yeah (Original Mix) [NonStop]

Raffa FL – Acid Dreams (Original Mix) [Resonance Records]


 

 

2016 has been a massive year for electronic music; A number of new artists made a name for themselves while many others further cemented their legacies as being some of the greatest to ever hit the stage. Music is a universal language that holds no boundaries, and with the DJ community growing bigger than ever imagined, it leaves music lovers with an endless supply of quality music from around the world. To get you prepared for the winter season,let’s take a look at some international artists you may not know yet, but will definitely know sooner then later.

These are our Top 5 International Artists to look out for.

KAIQ
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top-5-int-kaiqKaiq is an extremely talented DJ & Producer from Curitiba, Brazil. He brings elements of nature, funk and soul into his music production, giving it a classic South American sound. While only being around a few years, he has had his work supported by some of the greats like Roger Sanchez, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire & Luciano. Kaiq has definitely made a name for himself in 2016, but expect him to make a bigger splash in the upcoming year with an endless amount of productions that continue to hit the charts. Kaiq’s January release “Harmonica” under Mushroom Smile has attracted one of the biggest names in the house world; Marco Carola, who constantly played the track throughout the year.

DENNIS CRUZ
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top-5-int-dennis-cruz2016 has been a year to remember for the man from Madrid. Cruz released some of his biggest tracks on many labels this year including Saved, Deeperfect, Glasgow Underground, Suruba X, Stereo Productions, Material and Lemon-Aid Music (just to name a few). His numerous chart topping tracks have been showcased in sets by almost every DJ around the globe and Dennis continues to sit high on the Beatport Top 10. While 2015 saw Dennis receive a nomination for “Best Tech-House Spanish Artist” and “Best Male Spanish Artist” at the Vicious Music Awards, 2016 led him to his first trip to Canada. We expect Cruz to have an even bigger year in 2017; don’t be surprised to see these nominations turn into wins and more countries added under his belt.

 

MATTHEW LIMA
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top-5-int-matthew-limaBorn in Lima, Peru and moving across the world to growing up in Italy has given Matthew Lima the ability to draw from a range of different cultures; it is evident in his work. Lima has worked in the studio with names that resonate with a lot of people; Neverdogs, Leon & Joey Daniel of Music On as well as Martin Patino of Cadenza Music are just a few. But you can bet that after the 2016 season in Ibiza that saw Matthew play an endless amount of afterparties and gigs, the names will continue to grow. His wide range of sound is evident through his own imprints, Amazing Music Recording & his sub-label Amazing Lab. Both labels continue to showcase unique music from artists around the world and will continue to be a label to keep an eye on for 2017.


ENRICO BELLAN
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top-5-int-enrico-bellanComing from Rovigo, Italy, Enrico Bellan is a Tech House DJ and producer who is quickly climbing the ranks as being one of the most exciting names to rise out of Italy. He has a special style that is widely accepted and supported. Bellan has released under a number of big name labels including Azul Tunes, Lemon-Aid Music and Red Drum Music while just adding Deeperfect to the list. His edit of “The Bomb!” with fellow country man, Francesco Squillante made waves across Ibiza summer, being played at Amnesia every week during Music On. He has been a major key in the success of growing labels with his original mixes and remixes receiving support from Marco Carola, Leon & Joseph Capriati to just name a few; This is only the beginning for the young Italian and we expect to see him on the world scale sooner then later.

 

ARNO STOLZ
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top-5-int-arno-stolzLast but certainly not least on our list is Arno Stolz. Arno hails from Antwerp, Belgium and is a youth prodigy of the Belgium based event organizers and record label FloorFiller. At such a young age Arno has already experienced a great deal of success, having been supported by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, and Wally Lopez. He also has releases on well established labels around the globe such as Natural Rhythm, Under No Illusion & Zoo Lab. On top of it all, the young man (born in 1995) founded “Proper Musique”, his own imprint to stand by. We expect the groovy tech and deep house sounds of Arno Stolz to become household in the tech house/minimal community with the sky as his limit!

Cabana Music is an independent record label based out of Brazil and is run by two up and coming artists in the underground scene that go by Kaiq & Nik Ros. The two have been working closely together for quite some time, building their sound and label around an ideal and concept that focus solely on music. Quality is their number one asset; it’s evident throughout all of their releases. They have a superb ear for new and exciting music with a number of artists who frequently release and remix on the label beginning to, and already growing to international stars.

The label has received tremendous support from industry heavyweights in the form of Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati & Paco Osuna (just to a name a few) playing out a number of Cabana Music releases on a regular basis. Though the label is still relatively new, founded in 2013, Kaiq & Nik Ros are determined to continue to push for quality music and stand up artists to work with to help spread their sound and vision.

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Cabana Music was established in 2013 by Kaiq & NIk Ros, how did the two of you meet and decide to start a label?
We had similar thoughts when we decided to start this label and our productions were becoming much more alike. Because of a long conversation, we began to produce together and with similar tastes & ideas, we decided to start the label with 2 of our original tracks.

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The label has released music for artists who seem to be on the rise to super-stardom, what’s the process for picking and releasing new music?
From our very first release, we began to gain support from a number of good producers which eventually came to join the label, and from these contacts came new friends, which resulted in a chain. In our projects directed to other labels, we were able to create new contacts, and that’s the point. Similar producers deal with us, and this directly influences the concept to our label. In our selection process we test demos in the club, we listen in the car, and we take our conclusions from there. Sometimes we do remixes for the artist too.

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How do you plan on taking Cabana Music to an international scale outside of Brazil?
Since we launched, we always seek something different in the market. Speaking at the international scale, we seek to maintain a sound that is in line and that has also matured with the “Cabana” sound. We are also and often working on experimental songs that surprise the listener.

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What does the future look like for both Kaiq & Nik Ros? Are either of you planning on starting a side project?
We plan to continue with our label project, while we take our solo projects on in a parallel way. For the next year we intend to produce our first album, due out exclusively on our label, and also the start a new project seeking more experimental sounds and artists alike.

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What’s the plan for 2015 and moving into the future for Cabana Music?
We are in contact new artists that we can not yet disclose, and which promise to be good surprises. We have many different goals, and we are working towards showcases in other cities even perhaps to other countries. We are also aiming for new releases on vinyl and limited accessories store.

Thank you for the time boys & hope to see the label grow on a large scale!

Check out the Guest Mix Kaiq did for us on In The Pocket

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You can find Cabana Music online at Beatport, Soundcloud & Facebook