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Jackin’ house
Best known for:
‘La La Land’, ‘Flash’
From: Chicago
Chicago’s Curtis Jones is truly a singular artist. With a peerless ability to intuitively know what a dancefloor needs, Jones — better known as Green Velvet — draws on nearly four decades of experience to pull together sets that flow seamlessly between genres. His place in the Top 100 DJs list is no coincidence: he founded two beloved US house labels, Cajual and Relief, and he’s been top of his game since the early 1990s — when other DJs on this list may not have been born. His discography also boasts a producer who skips through genres effortlessly with tunes like ‘Flash’ and ‘Brighter Days’ (under his Cajmere alias) sitting neatly alongside 2021’s ‘Critical’.
With an array of singles under his belt, nearly two dozen EPs, several compilation albums and five studio albums, Green Velvet is deserved of any honour that comes his way. A true stalwart figure in both the house and techno scene, the Chicago producer continually creates legendary memories for everyone.