Top DJs of 2011 seg√ļn Resident Advisor
Una lista de los mejores djs del mundo seg√ļn Resident Advisor, obviamente como todas las encuestas de √©ste tipo, tienen en cuenta los votos del p√ļblico para escoger sus mejores djs.
As√≠ no sean los resultados seg√ļn el n√ļmero de votaciones, ya que siempre ganar√≠an los mismos :)
Un acercamiento a los djs de nuestro agrado m√°s acertado y global, que la Dj Mag.
83.¬†Peter Van Hoesen
82.¬†Catz ‘N Dogz
58.¬†Motor City Drum Ensemble
Diynamic¬†continued its reign as one of Germany’s most vital imprints in 2011. Label boss Solomun had a lot to do with that, taking the imprint’s sound to clubs around the globe while also making sure that their own hometown venue¬†Ego¬†was stocked by some of the world’s best DJs. Celebrating an anniversary‚ÄĒfive years of Diynamic‚ÄĒcertainly didn’t hurt matters much either. Add one of the year’s most beloved remixes‚ÄĒhis take on Noir & Haze’s “Around“‚ÄĒon top of all of this, and you’re left with the best year yet from the Bosnian-born DJ.
Ostgut Ton¬†further expanded its brand of no nonsense techno and old school-indebted house outside of the confines of its Berlin home at the famedBerghain/Panorama Bar¬†in 2011. The techno evangelism was largely due to the work of residents Marcel Dettmann and¬†Ben Klock. While Klock largely kept his head down in the clubs, Dettmann found time to put out a solid mix CD,¬†Conducted, on¬†Music Manand 12-inches through¬†50 Weapons¬†and¬†Kontra-Musik. These outside endorsements further emphasize that the world has warmed up to the cold, steely techno that Dettmann loves so much.
Earlier this year, Lee Foss told¬†tracealine.com¬†that “there will be a backlash, there’s no way around it.” As for now? Foss is riding high alongside¬†Hot Creationspartner¬†Jamie Jones, and an imprint that helped define 2011. With two solo EPs and a host of DJ gigs, Foss was as personally responsible as anyone for the trend. But he’s no overnight success: He grew up in Chicago’s hard knock scene, honed his sound in Los Angeles and now makes his home in the UK. In a few years, the backlash¬†will¬†arrive. If there are more years like 2011 before then, though, Foss will undoubtedly have far more fans than detractors.
God is a DJ‚ÄĒbut he only warms up for Sasha, reads the title of Brendan Blood’s semi-biographical book on the UK veteran, a playful nod to the famous 1994Mixmag¬†cover story. Sasha may not command quite the same levels of reverence these days, but his latest appearance in our top 20 should go some way to emphasizing his enduring relevance. After a nine year break, Sasha got back together with¬†Lee Burridge¬†andCraig Richards¬†to reform Tyrant this year, sprinkling some of that star power over¬†the final event¬†in our¬†RA X series¬†at¬†Trouw¬†in Amsterdam.
It was largely business as usual for Sven Vath in 2011. Although when you consider that “business” includes running¬†a club, a booking agency,¬†a record label, a weekly Ibiza residency and visiting the four corners of the globe to DJ, you realise that there’s nothing “usual” about this. Germany’s most famous techno DJ celebrated 30 years behind the decks, and while the mythical status surrounding his marathon sets, Ibiza afterparties and general debauchery continues to swirl, remaining steadfast might just be the secret to his success.
15.¬†Tale Of Us
In a year when RA’s DJ poll underwent some massive changes, Tale Of Us’ climb into the top 20 has to count as the most surprising. The group barely¬†existed¬†in 2010. Their¬†beloved RA podcast, however, outlined exactly what they do in a club setting. Melodic, bouncy and pitched at right around 120 BPM, they hit at a moment when pop has been making a mighty comeback courtesy of¬†Hot Creations¬†and¬†Visionquest‚ÄĒthe latter of whom put out their¬†Dark Song¬†EP this year. Something tells us, however, that they’ll be around for a while: Catchy tunes rarely go out of style.
DJing may appear pretty simple. Soul Clap remind us that even the simplest stuff requires an expert hand to become something greater. The Boston duo dole out classics at a regular clip. The secret is in the way that they put them together. (Head down to one of their¬†’90s Jam nights, and you’ll hear exactly what we’re talking about.) Over the course of¬†two¬†well-received mix CDs (one alongside¬†Wolf + Lamb), they also showcased just how many future classics are on the way from friends and family, and proved that their 2010 entry into our DJ poll was anything but a fluke.
There’s honestly not much to say about John Digweed at this point. What’s most amazing about the progressive house king’s longevity, however, is the longevity itself. Dance music is a young man’s game, yet Diggers continues to add colors and countries to his already voluminous¬†gig diary. Few DJs on this list have played¬†Macedonia,¬†Cyprus,¬†Israel¬†and¬†Taiwan. He did it in the past 12 months. It’s Digweed’s professionalism, consistency and dedication that keeps him booked every weekend in clubs around the world. The music, meanwhile, is what keeps crowds coming back year after year.
Those who say that Ibiza is dead need look no further than¬†Cadenza‘s Luciano as a case study to the contrary. After spending a second season at the helm of his Sunday night shindig at¬†Pacha, the label boss has positioned Cadenza as one of the most surefire brands on the island (and the world). Quite simply, Luciano brings the party like few others, whether it’s via his label’s tropical house sound or a well-timed and well-known a cappella. This year saw further success at Pacha, along with a continued nod to his underground roots, bringing the likes of¬†Moodymann,¬†Larry Heard,Daniel Bell¬†and more along for the ride.
“I’m just expressing who I am, what I like to play and hear in the club,” Marco Carola¬†told us this year. The Italian veteran maintains his #11 placing in our poll this time out, speaking to his continued dedication to pushing the purest forms of the music he loves. Whether it’s house, techno or something in between, there’s always something unmistakably “Carola” about his pared-down, groove-based sets. As a¬†Cocoonresident, Ibiza was a key territory for Carola this summer, while further afield he continued to enjoy one of the busiest worldwide touring schedules of any DJ.
It’s nice to know an artist as uncompromising as Ben Klock can be so widely loved. Granted, he might throw in a few more house records than some of his fellowBerghain¬†residents, but his overall sound is techno at its most punishing, and he always has the cojones to lay it on thick, even when he’s playing somewhere far away from his home base in Berlin (which has been happening¬†more and more). Few DJs could take such brutal rhythms and meld them into something so compelling. It’s that finesse that makes him one of the best.
09.¬†Maya Jane Coles
When we featured her in the¬†RA podcast¬†in January of this year, we felt pretty confident that Maya Jane Coles would have a strong year. What actually transpired was nothing short of incredible. The young London house producer has gone from a talented local name to a worldwide headlining force in what feels like the blink of an eye. 2011 has seen¬†gigs stack up¬†across Italy, Germany, Ibiza and the US, while labels like¬†Crosstown Rebels,¬†2020 Vision¬†and¬†Hypercolour¬†have all played host to her classicist house sound. As for 2012? Let’s just say that there’s really no limit to how far she can go.
“Drama” is the word that comes most immediately to mind with Dixon. In the catalogue of his label,Innervisions, nearly every track has a story to tell. It’s the same way with his DJ sets. Rarely does a mix go by without the Berlin-based jock leaving you anticipating what’s going to happen next. It’s almost as if the transitions are as (or perhaps even more) important than the tracks themselves. A¬†standout mix CD¬†for Live At Robert Johnson proved this point. If his claims that it is to be his last are true, look for his frequent club gigs to underline it on a weekly basis.
Why do people always apply the same adjectives‚ÄĒ”muscular,” “physical”‚ÄĒto Loco Dice’s sound? Well, firstly it avoids having to make an embarrassing fist-pumping action, and secondly these words are as close as it gets to describing something unique. See, the intriguing thing about the German DJ‚ÄĒand very often what sets him apart‚ÄĒisn’t¬†what¬†he plays but theway¬†he plays. This could be to do with his hip-hop background (discussed¬†at length with us¬†in January of this year) but what’s certain is that Dice’s take on house and techno is truly his own.
We described Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow’s rise as “meteoric” back in October, and for the proof look no further than their touring schedule. The Canadian duo played¬†a single gig¬†in July 2010; the number of shows for the corresponding month this year?¬†18. What happened in between was a single of the year, “Without You,” and a standout album,¬†The Drawing Board, for¬†Crosstown Rebels. The key difference between Art Department and so many other “breakthrough” acts, however, is that individually they’ve been doing this since the ’90s‚ÄĒa fact that is only too evident from their artful DJ sets.
It’s safe to say Eric Estornel had a pretty killer year. After nearly two decades of DJing and making records‚Äď‚Äďmostly as¬†Maetrik, more recently as Maceo Plex‚Äď‚Äďhe released¬†Life Index, a breakthrough album that thrust him into the limelight. A month later he played at¬†Get Lost¬†in Miami and arguably outshone all of his fellowCrosstown Rebels. The rest, as they say, is history. Today he makes it into the top 100 for the first time all the way up in the top five, easily the highest ranking debut since the RA DJ reader poll began.
It could be said that Ricardo Villalobos enjoys a cult of personality: few artists fill clubs so easily, and as a debonair artiste with a hedonistic streak, he’s underground clubland’s perfect poster boy. But that only accounts for a small part of his following. Some two decades into his career, Villalobos still has that inimitable mad scientist quality, whether he’s boggling minds at¬†fabric¬†or¬†remixing modern jazz records for ECM. In some ways he’s a victim of his own success‚ÄĒgood luck catching him in an intimate setting these days‚ÄĒbut he remains one of electronic music’s true visionaries.
We expressed wonderment last year that Richie Hawtin bothered to DJ at all in 2010. The same was true in 2011: Taking his mammoth¬†Plastikman¬†show to smaller spaces and to another technological level might’ve been enough. It clearly wasn’t, if his diary was any indication. Without three of his key compatriots‚ÄĒMagda,¬†Marc Houle¬†and¬†Troy Pierce¬†left to¬†focus on Items & Things‚ÄĒit’s clear that Hawtin will have to be more focused than ever in 2012. Judging by his work ethic, we’d be surprised if he weren’t up to the challenge.
In 2009, Seth Troxler told¬†Little White Earbuds¬†that he’d “retired” at age 16 when he quit his job at The Palace in Detroit (they wouldn’t let him work with dreadlocks). Now 26, he hasn’t held a “normal” job since, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t put in the hours. 2011 was a dizzying year for Troxler‚ÄĒstarting a label (Visionquest), founding a charity (Red Dot Relief) and playing at countless parties around the globe. His class clown persona might make it seem like he doesn’t take any of it seriously, but nothing could be further from the truth. Seth Troxler is one of most driven DJs out there, and it pays off.
“The chillest bro in dance music.”
That’s the way one RA staff member described Jamie Jones earlier this year. And while that may be true behind the decks, the rise of the¬†Hot Creations¬†boss is more down to hard work. By our count, Jones was¬†billed¬†at 142 gigs in 2011, which means he nearly averaged a set¬†every second day. Couple this with a¬†lauded¬†fabric¬†CD, a whole host of remixes and the expert co-curation of a label that came to define the sound of clubland in 2011, and you’re left with a simple equation. The hottest tracks + the most gigs = the #1 DJ of 2011.
- nina kraviz ben klock