House is not a popularity contest. It’s not about your social media follower count. It’s about the music you play, what you do and say, and what you give back. Here, in no particular order, are FAITH’s favourite DJs of 2020, compiled by a varied group of house lovers from around the world.
Same as Frankie, there’s no ‘New Wevvers’. No one remotely comes close to his magical influence. Fail We May, Sail We Must.
Black Magic Girl. Queen of the House.
Forever the DJs favourite DJ.
Resident at The Haçienda, Heaven, Ministry of Sound and Ibiza Rocks amongst countless others & too many radio shows to mention.
Detroit born, Atlanta based. Founder of Underground And Black, resident on NTS Radio, always bringing the very, very best in house music.
Horse Meat Disco
London Queer club promoters & DJ crew, consisting of James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Severino, and Luke Howard.
aka The Baron. Outspoken on the commercialisation of techno. His long-running White Noise Radio show pushes new & unsigned music.
New York City’s queen of vinyl. Funk, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop and H.O.U.S.E.
Her “United Identites HQ” series this year has been outstanding, a true place of musical refuge.
As always, the don for the heads.
Churning out anthem after anthem while looking cute doing it.
His shows during lockdowns have been keeping the heads from going hungry, and the Elton John interview was pure magic.
Funny f*cker from Sheffield who's Insta alone brightens up the days, but his support of the culture in various ways is invaluable.
A young man with a old musical head and great musical pedigree.
Heroine of São Paulo, offering arguably one of the best underground parties in the world with Mamba Negra
Long time in the Deep House trench but as innovative as ever. Man at the top of his game.
Chicago’s Eris Drew, resident at Smart Bar and NYC club The Bunker. Runs the T4T LUV NRG label alongside regular collaborator & partner Octo Octa.
Balamii Radio & BBC Asian Network resident, DJ sets regularly fusing UK Funky, house, afrobeat & GQOM.
The man behind the scenes of so much that made 2020 musically so good.
The Carry Nation
Their marathon sets have carried us through dark times this year & their productions share in that light.
DJ Koco (aka Shimokita)
Vinyl 45 specialist from Japan.
From holding parties in Johhanesburg in the 90’s to running Uzuri Records in Berlin, the sounds of Chicago House via Soweto.
Chicago based DJ, resident at Artful Dodger & Smartbar.
Acid house originator who has been a permanent presence on the underground scene for four decades.
His online shows have educated & inspired.
Bringing gospel techno to a wider audience.
The fiercest thing out of Paris since Chanel No. 5
Co-founder of and resident DJ at Fabric’s queer night Love Child, vocalist for Paranoid London. Fond of the Lady Petrol.
NY New School with a lot to say as well as serving up the music.
Black Girl / White Girl
Karin and Ty, Israeli/Curacaoan duo now based in Amsterdam. Proper jacking energy, not afraid to go hard & fast.
Pure unapologetic underground techno from New York City.
Touching Bass (Errol & Alex Rita)
From spiritual jazz to proto grime to Mary J Blige, there’s nothing that doesn’t make sense in the mix when Errol & Alex get going.
If only for his upcoming Fire Islands “shout” but he’s been so much more.
Unsung hero of house and techno living in Queens NYC. Not to be slept on.
Slovenia born, Glasgow based DJ. Resident at Night Rave, owner of Heka Trax, & longtime Amazon Rainforest activist.
Me Me Me. Techno but without the ******** dullness
A Love From Outer Space. Taking the reins with great humanity. Amazing DJ.
Co-founder of Dig Deeper & Dusk Camp, Serbian Born / LA Based Masha’s influence on LA’s underground dance music scene is second to none.
Our girl in Cali - doing the UK proud.
Karen “KG” Nyame’s waves of UK Funky percussion and unorthodox structures are super modernist but capital-H HOUSE
Unashamedly political music - something very worth celebrating.
Londoner Dabbs now operates out of Berlin. House music with a hefty dash of Northern Soul.
Manchester DJ & NTS resident Anz’s annual genre-defying own production dubs mixes are notorious.
Resident DJ at Bassiani club, in his hometown of Tblisi, Georgia, where he also runs a DJ school & artist community called 11th.
Bake’s sets give you space to get into the zone rather than slamming you with hit after hit, sewing together Dub, Jazz, spectral Detroit cuts, Torsten Profock, Villalobos, and Gemini.
Batu aka Omar McCutcheon, runs the Timedance imprint and is resident at Sheffield’s award-winning No Bounds Festival
A Sound Factory disciple who’s back in the game, big time.
Long-running NTS Radio resident DJ in London, deep digger and respected multi-genre head from house and techno to jazz, funk, soul and beyond.
Rinse FM resident, Birmingham’s Jossy Mitsu connects the dots from oldskool rave, UK garage, house & techno.
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