This is a list that encompasses every aspect involved with being a DJ/producer be it: releasing music, recorded mixes, gigging and their general involvement within the scene.
Even though he hasn’t released any music of his own, his involvement with the Numbers label who have been celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, the highly anticipated annual Mastermix, his residency at the Warehouse Project and his tireless work on the DJ circuit (which has recently awarded him a place on the Resident Advisor’s Top DJ Poll) has given him a deserved spot in our top 5 DJs of 2013. One of the most prolific sets that I have witnessed this year was his B2B set with Skream at this years Essential Mix party at the Warehouse Project.
Even though their global success has risen to unprecedented levels this year, the Northern Irish boys still maintain their famous blog as well as releasing on their very own Feel My Bicep imprint. This year has also seen them put out music on Will Saul’s AUS label, however, their new Satisfy EP along with the collaboration with Simian Mobile Disco (we thought it was the 3rd best track of the year) have been faultless, both in production and creativity. If this wasn’t enough they have been touring non-stop this year with a residency at one of the biggest club series’ in the country – the Warehouse Project.
These boys were always going to feature in any top 5. I have a tendency to go off artists that become ‘mainstream’, I don’t know why, but it’s probably because they have lost that underground vibe, however, it’s impossible not to take note of these lads. This year has seen them gain a no. 1 album, various no. 1 tracks, deliver an eclectic Essential Mix, take their Live show all over the world and are probably the reason that artists such as Sam Smith and London Grammar have broken through this year (yes they are talented in their own right but lets face it, you pair Sam Smith with Latch and London Grammar with Help Me Lose My Mind).
2. Joe Goddard
This man does not stop working and it’s impossible to doubt his talent. He is one half of Hot Chip, one half of the 2 Bears, has released several remixes and original productions under himself and is the Greco-Roman linchpin – the label that is home to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Disclosure and Hackman. They have thrown several huge parties this year, including their recent takeover at Fabic in London and have released a compilation album (We Make Colourful Music Because We Dance In The Dark), that defines the entire ethos of the label recognising talent without setting boundaries.
1. Claude Von Stroke
Claude has had a fantastic year; he is one of the bosses over at Dirtybird (with Justin & Cristian Martin,) who themselves have had a stand out year. Not only have they held a residency this summer at Sankeys Ibiza, but they have taken the Dirtybird parties all over the world. Add this to the signing of quite possibly one of the biggest tracks of the year in Breach’s Jack (who we named our favourite track of the year) and you have yourself a landmark year for the Dirtybird crew. Not only has Claude been involved in orchestrating one of the biggest electronic music labels in the world, he has also made time to produce and release an album (Urban Animal). What tipped the balance in his favour was when I read about the way he came up with the idea of the Clapping Track – from conception on hearing an audience clapping on a children’s television show to production it really is creativity at its finest. Encompass all of this to a number of remixed tracks and a smashing BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and you have yourself the reason we have picked him as the most all rounded DJ/producer this year.