Black Coffee is experiencing a well-deserved rise to fame. In 2017, the South African DJ had arguably his biggest year yet, fueled by a seemingly endless string of new accomplishments. In February, he was named one of the first residents of the newly minted Hï Ibiza, before being selected as the newest addition to the Beats 1 radio family in July. In September, he was crowned the Best Deep House DJ at the DJ Awards, after winning the same award the year prior. Black Coffee’s biggest breakthrough, however, arrived when Drake sampled his 2010 hit “Superman” on “Get It Together,” taken from the Canadian MC’s More Life playlist. The song, which is currently sitting at 86 million streams on Spotify, has helped usher in a new wave of commercial visibility for the flourishing South African star. -- MICHAEL SUNDIUS
Maya Jane Coles
Earlier this year, the wildly popular electronic rock veterans Depeche Mode needed to pick an opener for multiple European tour dates, and they turned to Maya Jane Coles. That's just the latest mainstream embrace of this underground, resolutely independent DJ/producer. Coles also turned in a BBC Essential Mix this year, remixed Depeche Mode's "Going Backwards" single, and held down a jet-setting gig schedule that included stops at Coachella, Tomorrowland, Rock in Rio and Ibiza. On top of that, Coles released her sophomore album, a 24-track double LP; she produced, wrote, engineered, arranged and mixed every single track.
At this point, she might not stay in the underground for too much longer. "[Depeche Mode's] fan base spans such a huge, diverse range of people," she told DJ Times. "It's what I want to reach with my music." She signed with EMI as a producer in 2017 — a mass following could be hers in the near future. -- ELIAS LEIGHT