T-204 is a new podcast series showcasing the oustanding techno talent in the prairie city. I was very pleased to be asked to be the fourth featured artist, following Andre Bisseck, Sanctuary Resident Justin Kace, and MEMETIC Director Nathan Zahn.
At its core T_204 is about two things: techno and Winnipeg. T_204 is not a war cry for purists, rather it is an homage to Winnipeg’s electronic music origins. Manitoba is a cold dark place for more than half of year, which is why it pairs perfectly with techno.
My mix is 75 minutes of brooding techno, and includes a preview of my next two releases signed to the legendary Detroit Techno label KMS Records, along with tunes on Stripped Recordings, Drumcode, Tronic, Deeperfect, Suara, Bitten & More. I hope you enjoy this, and strongly recommend you give the T-204 Soundcloud and Facebook a follow for more tasty audio treats.
Here is the February Edition of my Obsession With Sound chart, featuring the very finest bits of techno and tech house that you can hear on my Obsession With Sound Podcast series as well as live sets.
Etai Tarzai – No No No (Original) on MOOD Records You’ll recognize this from my January Chart as well, mainly because the smooth vocal and deep dark rhythm has me captivated – a huge tune for me for sure.
Chris Count – Commando 78 (Original) on Intec Digital This track’s snare drum is heavenly, so much drumming, countered by a laser-high synth sound. Have a listen, you’ll love it too.
Matt Sassari – Eisenheim (Whyt Noyz Remix) on Deeperfect Records
This track has all the things that make me happy – chopped up vocals, driving mid range, and a banging bass kick that just makes you jack.
John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Stuck In My Mind (Original) on KMS Records
Last month I charted the prolific Kevin Saunderson’s Curators Edit of our tune, and this month I have to give some love to the original. We’ve had some pretty fantastic feedback on this one from magazines and blogs around the world, and loads of support from artists playing it – so huge thanks for the love!
Greg Gow – Flashover (Original) on Tronic
Canadian Techno master Greg Gow gives us a no-nonsense techno tune here, serious beats with a nice forward movement.
Vinayak A – Sands of Goa (Pig & Dan Remix) – Spring Tube Limited
This is actually a re-release on a compilation, but no less worthy of charting. An airy yet dark tune, the minor chords in the synth line have a slightly wobbly feel to them. Beauty of a tune.
Harvey McKay – Silk Road (Original) on Drumcode
I’m very much enjoying this vocal-driven techno sound. It is normally unusual to hear even one vocal sample in a techno tune, much less the 3 (or more?) we hear in this one. And as a maker of sweet breakdowns myself, I have to give credit to McKay for this one. Tune!
Roni Iron – DeGrecia feat Anna Maria (D-Unity Remix) on Dancepush
This is also a repeat from January’s chart…but again, mainly because I can’t stop playing it! This tune has a great buzzing sound in the mid range coupled with a tidy and deep bass kick and rattling snares. Love it!
Electric Rescue – Non Exchangeable (Original) on Bedrock
I love it when Bedrock go dark! This tune means business with a rhythmic static in the synth line, and some great drums. So dark!
Mike Ravelli – Klingin Bottles (John Norman Remix) on UNT
I played a lot with rhythm and space in the sounds for this remix, and I think it turned out pretty well! The EP has made a bit of noise as well with remixes from myself and Alexander Konig, including some time in the WhatPeoplePlay Top 5.
ED SOLO and STICKYBUDS take this new Sizzla tune for a drum n bass ride. The rasta power runs high on the remix by keeping the reggae roots deep. The production on this track is nothing short of magic: snares are crisp, layered precisely on the rolling bassline.
Stickybuds is also on a bit of a whirlwind tour this spring. I’m particularly stoked to see him in Winnipeg on the last date of the “Springin’ Around The Globe” tour. Catch him if you can – no regrets will be had.
DEEKLINE takes influence from his own roots in the UK Garage scene on this one, putting a fresh spin on that classic 2 step sound. Crisp synths, bouncy bass line, ethereal vocal stabs and slight ragga undertones. In this free download, Deekline offer this sexy 2 step number “Unplugged” as a taste of what to expect from his new label Hot Roxx.
Winnipeg’s own LAMBO has been on the grind for a number of years now, holding prominent residencies, throwing parties, and partnering with a number of the city’s who’s who in our expansive dj community by opening what is arguably the best venue in the city, Union Sound Hall.
Over the last year or so Lambo has made big moves with his brand of clap n bass. In some circles trap is considered a dirty word. Lambo certainly isn’t afraid of rolling in the 100 bpm filth.
Taking disco to new heights, the latest from DCUP has me burning up inside. The single, “Someone Told Me,” comes with remixes from La Felix, Flexcop, Space Jump Salute and Backstroke. Listening to the original, it’s hard to imagine anything wrong with the world – the tune is like the soundtrack to smiles and sunshined.