RA Poll: Top DJs of 2013
The RA readers decide the top DJs of the year.We don't mean to sound sentimental, but RA readers are what make our site, so it's natural we'd ask you to decide our top DJs of the year. What hopefully results is a list of global relevance. Our annual poll is a culmination of countless nights out, experienced by people from every corner of the scene. Everyone choses "the best" in different ways, but the collective voice should tell us who was moving dance floors the most in 2013. We take the purity of the results very seriously, which is why this year we again allowed registered users only three days to vote on DJs who were in their 2013 event calendar. The idea is that the focus was on this year, and this year alone. We have a new number one in 2013, and new entrants and high climbers are scattered throughout the list. You went out, you voted, now here they are: your top DJs of 2013.
- Boddika produces some of the heaviest club tracks out there, which is reflected in his stomping DJ sets. This bulkiness earns him a spot on the list for the first time this year.
- For a guy who's played the same place week in week out for 14 years, fabric's Craig Richards has an impressive knack for keeping things fresh.
- Berliners have long known Tama Sumo's house sound is something special. And in 2013, word continued to spread—without blunting her edge in the slightest.
- Times change. Technology evolves. New DJs come and go. But Jeff Mills, it seems, will always be there, calmly mixing three techno records at 140 BPM.
- Shonky's trio, Apollonia, keeps gaining steam, but this Frenchman remains a force on his own, crafting house grooves at once warm and hefty, classic and forward-looking.
- Though they may sometimes feel like underdogs (ahem), Catz 'N Dogz make the cut for the third year
running. Chalk this up to their unpretentious approach to moving a dance floor.
- 2013 has been kind to Nicole Moudaber. She gigged harder than ever before, and in Adam Beyer's Drumcode label she found a perfect home for her big-room techno sound.
- With very few production credits to his name, DJ Tennis has earned his acclaim this year through his excellent label, Life And Death, and his continually intriguing DJ sets.
- Diynamic isn't just about Solomun and Ibiza glory. Their talented roster runs deep, as evidenced by Adriatique, an ascendant Swiss duo making their RA poll debut this year.
- James Holden returned to the production fold this year with his second album, The Inheritors. Its stunning imagination and sense of poise were a neat reflection of his DJ sets.
- Danilo Plessow plays records loaded with the things most club music strips out—live drums, solos, vocals. The result? His sets are full of soul.
- Does Raresh have the most loyal fans in the game? With no productions or mixes to consume, they keep coming back on the strength of his groove-focussed club sets.
- Ferocious techno flawlessly mixed by a tatted ginger lumberjack. With an MO like that, it was only a matter of time before Berlin's Rødhåd burst onto the global stage
- Few DJs have their careers analyzed quite like Nina Kraviz. Jumping 15 places this year, she's continually let her music drown out the chatter.
- As the mastermind behind Perlon, Zip would have always been respected. But it's his DJ sets—punchy, psychedelic, loaded with mysterious gems—that earn him a cult following.
- They may still be pinching themselves at how well it's all going, but 2013 felt like the year The Martinez Brothers hit new levels of success and respect.