My year-end house chart truly is a labor of love. Not only do I get to daydream about my best memories with these magical tunes, I also get to share these outstanding pieces of music with many of you who might night be familiar with everything compiled on this extraordinary chart. Yes, the list can be very subjective but I've done my best in weeding out the tunes that seemed to reach the masses based on popularity, marketing, or even catchiness. After all, we are talking about the best here in terms of beauty, originality, artistic achievement, and excellence in composition. Timeless tunes that will very likely transcend 2017 and sound equally as brilliant ten plus years from now.
This is the very best house music of 2017!
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1. "HOME" - JOE GODDARD [DOMINO]
Joe Goddard's endearing re-make of Danny Tenaglia's, "Music Is The Answer" may have been the shining single off his sophomore album, Electric Lines. However, it was this particular single, "Home" which struck four-on-the-floor gold thanks to an immaculate disco chorus sung by up-and-coming vocalist, Daniel Wilson who also stars in the accompanied music video. A tongue-in-cheek, five minute story which follows the vocalist himself on an early-morning, cab-ride home from the club, drifting into unconsciousness towards an animated disco-wonderland filled with psychedelic visions of nude disco divas, leather daddies, and the house music legend himself, Larry Levan.
2. "NOTHING REALLY MATTERS" - TOTO CHIAVETTA [INNERVISIONS]
At about 4AM on one Friday the 13th this past January in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, Dixon was unleashing one unidentified track after another and the very peak of his set he featured this otherworldly tribalistic party-starter by Italian producer, Toto Chiavetta. The tune went down in Day Zero history as the biggest track ID only to be released a long eight months later with seven other fantastic numbers on dance music's most illustrious imprint, Innervisions. It set the bar higher than ever thanks to an odd pairing of middle-eastern strings and tribal rhythms colored with trippy, reverberated sound effects. It sounded like nothing else yet it fit in perfectly with the vibe of 2017.
3. "HEAL ME" - RODRIGUEZ JR. [MOBILEE]
I'm completely dumbfounded as to why Rodriguez Jr's "Heal Me" wasn't a bigger charting tune in 2017. It's a nearly perfect composition from his sophomore album, Baobab which was released this past June. Press play, close your eyes, and drift away to sonic heaven.
4. "COLD HEART" - DUSKY [17 STEPS]
Dusky spent 2016 achieving electronica fame with their sophomore full-length effort, Outer. But in 2017, the London house duo went back to their roots by diving straight back into '90 style garage and all things four-to-the-floor including this mega-balearic bomb they titled "Cold Heart."
5. "V13A" - SUPER FLU [MONABERRY]
Dance music's most remarkable duo split 2017 right down the middle with their most accomplished full-length yet simply titled Musik 3. It's their third effort on the LP front and it features this absolutely maniacal, stop-and-go, dance-floor destroyer oddly titled "V13a" and it is without a doubt, one of the best tracks that house music had to offer in 2017.
6. "THE PHOENIX (PART 1)" - MARQUIS HAWKES [AUS MUSIC]
Marquis Hawkes' "The Basement Is Burning" is the one that has been getting all the attention this year but his other release on Aus Music, "The Phoenix" is the one which truly took me to that special place. The ethereal, anthem-like tune practically reaches into my soul and transports me to house music heaven thanks to a traditional house recipe consisting of an immaculately sampled diva vocal, steady euphoric chords, and a raw syncopated bass-line which flawlessly massages the pumping rhythm better than any tune in recent memory.
7. "CHROMA" - LONE [R&S RECORDS]
Dance music's most legendary imprint, R&S isn't accustomed to releasing house music but Lone isn't your run of the mill house producer. For the past ten years or so, the Nottingham producer who's known privately as Matt Cutler has been churning out his own unique version of early '90s electronica with a handful of full length albums and a select amount of euphoric singles scattered over a few different well-respected imprints.
For this particular year, the reclusive English producer whirled out a couple of absolutely dazzling E.P.s including the first edition of Ambivert Tools which featured the tune "Chroma." A sample-heavy, psychedelic house stomper that brilliantly captures '90s golden era rave in the most original way possible.
8. "FOR YOU (DJ KOZE CLUB MIX)" - MICHAEL MAYER & JOE GODDARD [K7 RECORDS]
Michael Mayer's fabulous long-player from late last year featured this indie/electro collaboration with Hot Chip's own Joe Goddard. Then just a couple of months later, the tune was given a couple of remixes but up until then, every incarnation of "For You" paled in comparison to Koze's revision. A brilliant makeover which features an ingenious bass-line that takes on a life of it's own and practically steals the show from Joe Goddard!
9. "SILENT STARS" - JIMPSTER [FREERANGE RECORDS]
Jimpster continues to rule the underground house scene with a critically-acclaimed catalog as far as the eyes can see and in this particular year, he continues his string of high quality tunes. He released his first first full length in four years and it starred this enchanting tribal jam which he masterfully crafted to fit the vibe of 2017.
10. "REALITY" - TIM ENGELHARDT [FRYHIDE]
Wedged smack dab in the middle of house and techno and sitting on top of the ten best of the year is this absolute masterpiece by German-based producer, Tim Engelhardt.
11. "IN BOTTLES" - KOLSCH FEAT. AURORA [KOMPAKT]
Pete Tong may have declared Kolsch's remix of "Hell To The Liars" as his favorite Kolsch tune of the year but for me, his collaboration with Norwegian songstress, Aurora was untouchable. It's beauty is undeniable and it nearly transcends dance music.
12. "POLLUX" - FRANKEY & SANDRINO [INNERVISIONS]
The last time the Berlin duo, Frankey & Sandrino landed on Innervisions was when they scored the ultra massive "Acamar" which went on to become one of the biggest dance tunes of 2015. Eighteen months and a few singles later they made their return to Innervisions with a pair of astounding tracks including this brilliantly detailed production they call "Pollux."
13. "AMANACER" - SOLOMUN [WATERGATE]
With it's beautiful swirling melodies distributed evenly across a modernized deep house rhythm, this outstanding production from Solomun came towards the end of the year on Watergate's highly anticipated 15 year anniversary compilation.
14. "THE BASEMENT IS BURNING" - MARQUIS HAWKES [AUS MUSIC]
Undeniably joyous and anthemic, Marquis Hawkes' "The Basement Is Burning" almost single-handedly made it okay to smile again at the rave.
15. "BETTER DAYZ" - DOC DANEEKA [TEN THOUSAND YEN]
House Music's best of the year closes with Ten Thousand Yen's Doc Daneeka and his third installment of his cassette-tape series, Walk.Man which features the ultimate hands-in-the-air piano choon, "Better Dayz."
Stream the top 15 house tracks of 2017 uninterrupted the the playlist below: