2017 – The Numbers. Seriously.

An End Of Year Music List

2017 Breakdown

A few years running now I've created end-of-year top lists. Like many do. I based mine on all of the tracklists for uploaded mixes though. So I could say with certainty that my lists were definitive and objective. I wasn't tossing out the names of friends or just the releases I remembered. It was the real deal.

What bothered me those years still was that it was only based on the published mixes as those were the only mixes I tracklisted. It misses a lot. As I play a lot of records. I set myself a goal for 2017. I would tracklist the whole year. And I managed to do just that. It sucked up a lot of time and effort, but the number of records missed is less than 10. I'm tempted to say I missed none, but I'm bound to have had a small error margin. 

So for 2017 my top list post will be all encompassing. It's every record played in streams, at gigs, and privately at home while fooling around or recording a podcast for someone else. It's a biggun.

The tracklist for 2017 clocks in at 1685 entries. The number of unique record labels in that is 561 and the number of unique artists played is 628. I'm pretty proud of those numbers. They're much higher than I expected. I like to think I play a healthy variety, but at the same time I definitely do have certain artists and labels I play a lot of. Those numbers --I think-- show my initial thoughts to be correct. Even though I definitely have favourites there is a lot of other stuff being played as well.

 

 

The List(s)

Artists, Labels, Releases and by Song

The lists published below are subsets of the whole data. A single play from the whole year wasn't enough to be included in the top list for what I think is an obvious reason. The numerical cut-off I arbitrarily chose in previous years was 3. I've increased that number as the list was still absolutely massive. So anything with 5 plays or more is included below. For some items I'll also include a comparison to last year so you can see the difference made in numbers between doing this with only the published mixes versus everything.

2017 Top Played Artists

Artist Play Totals (includes remixes)
Neil Landstrumm 66 (last year: 13)
JoeFarr 64  (last year: 13)
Jerome Hill 31  (last year: 9)
Cari Lekebusch 25
Paul Birken 25
Alden Tyrell 24
Lag 24
Dj Haus 22  (last year: 14)
Kink 21  (last year: 4)
Redlight 20
Scalameriya 19  (last year: 3)
Scalameriya & VSK 17
Clouds 16
Don Froth 15
Martyn Hare 15
Subhead 15
Geeeman 13
Mark Archer 13
BLD 12
Bodyjack 12
Envoy 11
Norman 11
Tobias Schmidt 11
Ansome 10
Choirboy 10
Montel 10
Oli Furness 10
Steve Bug 10
Archie Hamilton 9
Dj Hyperactive 9
Marquis Hawkes 9
Falko Brocksieper 8
Frankie Bones 8
Italojohnson 8
Kamikaze Space Programme 8
Mumdance & Logos 8
Myler 8
Perc & Truss 8
DJ Misjah & Dj Groovehead 8
Paul Woolford 8
Ben Pest 7
Dj Sneak 7
M1 7
Mark Hawkins 7
Sutekh 7
X-Mod vs Dj Haus 7
DeFekt 6
Dj Funk 6
Randomer 6
Spaceinvasion 6
The Deepshakerz 6
TSR 6
West Norwood Cassette Library 6
Aldo Bender 5
Arttu 5
Blackmass Plastics 5
Cannibal Cooking Club 5
Christopher Just 5
Cristian Vogel 5
Dj Rush 5
Dj Shufflemaster 5
Ejeca 5
Green Velvet 5
Hot City 5
Johan Platt 5
Johnny Fiasco 5
Kalla 5
Lukes Anger 5
Public Energy 5
Robert Armani 5
Slum Science 5
The Advent 5
The Innocent 5
TSR & Joseph Garber 5
Dax J 5

Even with the bar being raised from 3 plays to 5 plays to make the list there is a large number of artists here. Keep in mind the total artists played was 621! These 74 are the ones that got the most attention though. Some are on my lists every year and some are brand new. 

2017 Top Played Labels

Label Count
Don't 37  (last year: 10)
Hot Haus Records 32  (last year: 6)
Mord 24
Tresor 24  (last year: 4)
Turbo 24
Unknown to the Unknown 23  (last year: 9)
User Experience 19
Bombtrap 18
WNCL 18
DABJ 16  (last year: 4)
AUS 15
Running Back 15  (last year: 4)
Super Rhythm Trax 14  (last year: 6)
Soma 13
BLD Tape 12
Definitive 12
Dext 12  (last year: 5)
Mindcut 12  (last year: 10)
Plus 8 12
Power Vacuum 12
X-Trax 12
Material 11
NEWS 11
Slidebar 11
Hybrid / H. Prod 11
CRS 11
Hypercolour 10
Killekill 10
Mosquito 10
Rough Grade 10
Djax 9
Emetic 9
Fun in the Murky 15  (last year: 10)
Italojohnson 9  (last year: 4)
Contact 8
Digwah 8
Drumcode 8
Feinwerk 8
Force Inc 8
I Love Acid 8
Music Man 8
Sub-Static 8
Tektonic 8
Them 8  (last year: 3)
Trust 8
Cultivated Electronics 7
Leisure System 7  (last year: 3)
Peppermint Jam 7  (last year: 3)
Roule 7
Sonic Groove 7
Strictly Rhythm 7
Subvoice 7
Victim 7
Cheap 6
Clone Basement Series 6
De:Tuned 6
DSNT 6
Elekton Grammofon 6
   
Novamute 6
Polybius Trax 6
Rauschwaren 6
React 6
Safe Music 6
Sneaker Social Club 6
Subhead 6
Emotive 6
analog 5
Bloc 5
Blue Cucaracha 5
High Point Low Life 5
Jack Trax On Wax 5
KMS 5
Let's Play House 5
LIES 5
Missile 5
Nachtstrom Schallplatten 5
Peacefrog 5
Pelvis 5
Perc Trax Limited 5
Perlon 5
Poker Flat 5
Primevil 5
Pro-Jex 5
Raw Elements 5
Relief 5
Sativae 5
Schatrax 5
Svek 5
Terminal Operations 5  (last year: 3)
Good Family 5

A good cross section of Techno and House labels from over the years. I don't know that I've ever played a set of all one era. Everything gets thrown in. Electro is under represented for sure as I don't play Electro too often. I like it all on it's own (unlike everything else) and I only haul it out periodically, like Acid House.

2017 Top Played Releases

Label Release Plays Discogs Link
Hot Haus Records 32 18 https://www.discogs.com/Redlight-City-Jams-EP-/release/10337080
Mord 35 17 https://www.discogs.com/Neil-Landstrumm-Missing-You-EP/release/9474660
BLD Tape 1 12 https://www.discogs.com/BLD-Sour-Cream-EP/release/8665814
CRS ltd 3 11 https://www.discogs.com/Various-CRSLTD003/release/10514937
Bombtrap 12 10 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Various-Bombtists-04/release/8450384
Rough Grade 1 10 https://www.discogs.com/J-Choirboy-Full-Effect/release/9288315
Soma 474 10 https://www.discogs.com/Envoy-Dark-Manoeuvres-Soma-25-Remixes/release/9515545
User Experience 1 10 https://www.discogs.com/joeFarr-Ux001/release/10199540
AUS 1582 8 https://www.discogs.com/Geeeman-Wanna-Go-Bang-EP/release/7284721
Digwah 2 8 https://www.discogs.com/Unknown-Artist-Something-Else/release/9233033
Tektonic 97 8 https://www.discogs.com/Mumdance-Logos-Perc-Truss-Remixes/release/10056980
Trust 24 8 https://www.discogs.com/Kamikaze-Space-Programme-Stokes-Croft/release/6972536
X-Trax LTD 5 8 https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Misjah-DJ-Groovehead-Special-Acid-Edition/release/16398
Slidebar 11 7 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Assault-On-Preset-13-EP/release/10162841
Turbo 138 7 https://www.discogs.com/Clouds-Tannhauser-Acid-Works-I/release/4062391
User Experience 2 7 https://www.discogs.com/joeFarr-UX-002/release/10553464
WNCL 29 7 https://www.discogs.com/Don-Froth-DOCEP/release/9481010
Bombtrap 13 6 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Various-Bombtists-05/release/10940374
DABJ 24 6 https://www.discogs.com/Kalla-Enter-The-Sponk/release/9912899
DSNT 3 6 https://www.discogs.com/Joefarr-DMF-EP/release/5216586
Elekton Grammofon 6 6 https://www.discogs.com/Neil-Landstrumm-Dont-Chase-The-Train-EP/release/10734984
Fun in the Murky 5 6 https://www.discogs.com/Dar-Embarks-Johan-Platt-The-Pondular-Divide-EP/release/8579119
Fun in the Murky 6 6 http://www.fun-in-the-murky.com/wp/
I Love Acid 4 6 https://www.discogs.com/Jerome-Hill-I-Love-Acid-004/release/6324606
Sneaker Social Club 10 6 https://www.discogs.com/West-Norwood-Cassette-Library-Hardcore-Librarianism-EP/release/10572678
Turbo 163 6 https://www.discogs.com/Various-I-Care-Because-You-Dont/release/6125836
Turbo 170 6 https://www.discogs.com/Clouds-Tannhauser-Acid-Works-3/release/6998355
Unknown to the Unknown 47 6 https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Haus-Space-Jamz-Vol2/release/8327099
Emotive 708 6 https://www.discogs.com/M1-Feel-The-Drums/release/132937
Bloc 3 5 https://www.discogs.com/joeFarr-RPM-EP/release/8219875
Cheap 45 5 https://www.discogs.com/Christopher-Just-House-2/release/350130
Clone Basement Series 27 5 https://www.discogs.com/Hodge-3-Randomer-If-I-Could-Stop/release/11082106
DABJ 25 5 https://www.discogs.com/MAP-Vs-DJ-Haus-X-Mod-EP/release/10156885
Dext 3 5 https://www.discogs.com/Oli-Furness-Decisions/release/7036222
High Point Low Life 31 5 https://www.discogs.com/Hot-City-Yeah-Headwork/release/1573043
Jack Trax On Wax 1 5 https://www.discogs.com/TSR-Joseph-Garber-Private-People/release/10776789
Killekill 6 5 https://www.discogs.com/Neil-Landstrumm-Night-Train-EP/release/3352274
Leisure System 18 5 https://www.discogs.com/JoeFarr-Spectate-Ep/release/8549270
Let's Play House 20 5 https://www.discogs.com/Montel-Eastside-Kings-EP/release/4963057
Safe Music 50 5 https://www.discogs.com/The-Deepshakerz-U-Got-To-Live-EP/release/9528032
Sub-Static 30 5 https://www.discogs.com/Falko-Brocksieper-Hoax-Deluxe/release/137229
Them 4 5 https://www.discogs.com/Lag-Unrest/release/8605383
Unknown to the Unknown 39 5 https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Haus-Space-Jamz-Vol-1/release/5436391
Polybius Trax 4 5 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Moog-Your-Body-Vol4/release/8765018
Blue Cucaracha 1 5 https://www.discogs.com/Last-Session-Innocent-Untitled/release/79822
Emetic / Emetic DNA LP01R 5 https://www.discogs.com/Martyn-Hare-Swollen-Sounds-Remixes/release/7619254
Good Family 7 5 https://www.discogs.com/Slum-Science-Strikes-EP/release/975588

These speak for themselves. This list is basically the bag of records that defines 2017 for me.

2017 Top Songs Played

Song Title Count Release
Missing You (Lag Mix) 16 https://www.discogs.com/Neil-Landstrumm-Missing-You-EP/release/9474660
Anonymous 12 https://www.discogs.com/Redlight-City-Jams-EP-/release/10337080
Nacre + Gold (Acid Mix) 12 https://www.discogs.com/BLD-Sour-Cream-EP/release/8665814
Envoy 11 https://www.discogs.com/Various-CRSLTD003/release/10514937
Majin 11 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Various-Bombtists-04/release/8450384
Move Your Body 8 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Various-Bombtists-04/release/8450384
Lights Down 8 https://www.discogs.com/J-Choirboy-Full-Effect/release/9288315
City jams 7 https://www.discogs.com/Redlight-City-Jams-EP-/release/10337080
Dark Manoeuvres (Various Remixes) 7 https://www.discogs.com/Envoy-Dark-Manoeuvres-Soma-25-Remixes/release/9515545
Don't Be Afraid 7 https://www.discogs.com/joeFarr-Ux001/release/10199540
Wanna Go Bang

(Alden Tyrell Mix)

7 https://www.discogs.com/Geeeman-Wanna-Go-Bang-EP/release/7284721
X-Pact 7 https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Misjah-DJ-Groovehead-Special-Acid-Edition/release/16398
Bang It 6 https://www.discogs.com/MAP-Vs-DJ-Haus-X-Mod-EP/release/10156885
Consumed 6 https://www.discogs.com/Jerome-Hill-I-Love-Acid-004/release/6324606
Feel The Drums 6 https://www.discogs.com/M1-Feel-The-Drums/release/132937
Journey Into Sound 6 https://www.discogs.com/The-Deepshakerz-U-Got-To-Live-EP/release/9528032
Burn Acid 5 https://www.discogs.com/Christopher-Just-House-2/release/350130
Choke 5 https://www.discogs.com/Kamikaze-Space-Programme-Stokes-Croft/release/6972536
Decisions 5 https://www.discogs.com/Oli-Furness-Decisions/release/7036222
Forever Empty

JoeFarr Mix)

5 https://www.discogs.com/Martyn-Hare-Swollen-Sounds-Remixes/release/7619254
Hela Inne 5 https://www.discogs.com/Cari-Lekebusch-R%C3%A5h%C3%A5ngel-Me/release/9995
If I Could Stop

(Serge & Tyrell Mix)

5 https://www.discogs.com/Hodge-3-Randomer-If-I-Could-Stop/release/11082106
Jack Another Day 5 https://www.discogs.com/Last-Session-Innocent-Untitled/release/79822
Joint Loose 5 https://www.discogs.com/Don-Froth-DOCEP/release/9481010
Nemir 5 https://www.discogs.com/Lag-Unrest/release/8605383
Private People 5 https://www.discogs.com/TSR-Joseph-Garber-Private-People/release/10776789
Right Up My Street 5 https://www.discogs.com/Slum-Science-Strikes-EP/release/975588
Rolling & Thatching 5 https://www.discogs.com/joeFarr-RPM-EP/release/8219875
Twilo Bite 5 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Moog-Your-Body-Vol4/release/8765018
Vectrex 5 https://www.discogs.com/Neil-Landstrumm-Pro-Audio/release/13604
Whirly Bird 2016 5 https://www.discogs.com/Various-Assault-On-Preset-13-EP/release/10162841

And if the above list was the bag of records that defined 2017, this is the tracklist for the definitive 2017 Mix.

Thoughts?

I both enjoyed and hated doing this. It made for a lot more to do while playing. Which can get hectic. Every gig out meant I had to carefully put records back in my bag in the order I played them so I could tracklist it the next day. But at the same time... I love my data and the info above puts a big stupid grin on my face. I hope it did yours too. If it leads you to a discovery please tell me. If you have something to add or a comment or criticism, also feel free to reach out. 

And finally here's the top tracks played last year. There are 3 repeats that should get special mention. I've bolded them in the 2016 list below. JoeFarr and Alden Tyrell get a big thanks for making so many tunes I not only like, but play repeatedly and for a long period of time. 

Dj Haus "Hot In Dis Mothafucka" Hot Haus Records (4)
Dj Haus "Hey Now, Wait A Minute" UTTU 39 (4)
Myler "Cold Without A Hood" Mindcut 08 (4)
JoeFarr "Rolling & Thatching" Bloc 03 (3)
Martyn Hare "Forever Empty (JoeFarr Remix)" Emetic LP01R (3)
Ansome "Hang Dawg" Perc Trax 69 (3)
Oli Furness "Decisions (Alden Tyrell Remix)" Dext 03 (3)

Before I go I'm going to break free of objectivity for one moment..

The final special mention goes to Jerome Hill. While none of his tracks made it to the top tracks list this year or last, if you look at the other lists you can see why. His Labels (Don't and Super Rhythm Trax) were VERY heavily featured there and Jerome himself makes a very solid showing in the Artist category. The thing is...he does so much good stuff I could never over play a single release. I've had the pleasure of enjoying some nightlife and record slinging with Jerome in person twice now. Most recently in April 2017. You will not find a more solid character in the Techno scene. I look forward to my next cross Atlantic trip.

Keep them coming Jerome.