BONDI STEREO: HOT SUMMER BOMBS [SCOUR RECORDS]

bondi stereo - hot summer bombs

It seems like it’s been far too long since I’ve posted any mid-tempo. BONDI STEREO fixed that with their Hot Summer Bombs. The four-track EP reminded me why shaking the funk in the ghetto is so fun. All four jams cut the Scour Records release, jib with some vintage vocal samples, sprinkled with the type of happy days funk your grandparents got sweaty to, any time of day.

Preview below, then head to Juno for the mp3z.

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WINNIPEG WEDNESDAY: STANTON WARRIORS [JULY 17]

Stanton Warriors Winnipeg July 17,2014

Can’t really contain myself. STANTON WARRIORS are in town town tomorrow night at the Pyramid. The Warriors, Mark and Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley, is arguably the biggest act in the breaks community, churning out booming 808 rhythms since 2001. The Bristolian duo’s rise to the top has been yield by smashing releases on XL Records, Fabric, Cheap Thrills, Central Station, Universal, and of course their own label, Punx.

Winnipeg, you’re in for a treat as the Warriors make a stop in our small city as part of their North American tour. This is an absolute must-see act so let’s give our friends at RespectTheDJ.org a huge thanks for making this show happen.

Thursday, July 17
The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Facebook event details (Note: The RespectTheDJ crew will open this up to free entry if the attending numbers on the event jump to 400 people!)
Local support by HOLLYWOOD HYPE and ELECTRIC KITTEN

We had a chance to ask The Warriors a few questions in advance of the show. Here’s how it went down.

How’s the tour going?
Great! All gigs have been going off so far!

Do you find many differences between shows in the UK and North America? If so, what are they?
Well the UK doesn’t have go go dancers and no one uses the term EDM but apart from that they are pretty similar.

What’s your favourite thing about playing in Canada?
Canadians like good music. You can’t get away with playing cheese or bad mixing.

This tour is looks like it’s mostly club shows and some small clubs at that. Do you have a favourite type of venue to play? How do club shows differ from festival shows?
Club shows have that intimate vibe where as festivals take things to a whole bigger level. So we love doing both!

Can you take us through your typical, if there is such a thing, show routine? What do you do for prep? As a duo, how do you play your shows?
Drink lots! Sometimes we knock up last minute edits at the hotel. I (Dominic) DJ and Mark chucks in accapellas and fx on top.

You’re busy guys too, with a pretty heavy touring schedule, original productions and remixes, and you run a label – how do you find time for all of this?
No real life outside of music!

When the two of you started out as Stanton Warriors, did you ever think you’d be where you are now? What’s it like looking back at your career?
Can’t believe how long it’s been and that we are still clocking the Airmiles. Can’t complain tho. I’m just glad we have stuck to our sound as it seems to still work well!

Was there a moment when you realized you’ve hit stardom?
2001 I guess when we won loads of awards for our Stanton Session vol 1 mix comp.

Has there ever been any thought behind your social media strategy or does it come out more organically?
We do it all 100% organic and real. I (Dominic) run it, whereas everyone else I know pays someone to run theirs.

What can we expect from the Warriors and with Punks?
A new album and lots of new signings to our label like mafia kiss, marten Hoeger and pirate jams

Who is Pirate Jams and where did you find him / her / they? (It’s one of you right, ha.) Happy Days is such a throwback tune, do you think many new fans can relate to it?
It’s a secret! But it’s not us. The tracks are definitely resonating with the new generation tho! Good music is good music!

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NEED & NECESSITY: THIS LIFE [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Need & Necessity - This Life

Night Supply label co-founders NEED & NECESSITY have been tucked away in the studio for much of 2014, experimenting with and honing their sound, and now they’ve gifted us with their latest. “This Life.”

Falling in the new realm of deep house, the Denver-based duo shake out an acutely techy number. Full of hip swaying basslines and sultry vocal samples, the tune’s complimented with some sparse key stabs. Can’t help but feel this one is for the late night crowd.


Free download

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JURASSIK: FLAME ON EP [HOT CAKES RECORDS]

Jurassik - Flame On EP (Hot Cakes Records)

London producer JURASSIK is one of the new wave of artists combining jungle, garage, and breakbeat flavours into a rich matrix of roughneck riddims.

His debut on Deekline’s Hot Cakes imprint is a mighty four-track EP exploring nearly every facet of UK bass music. It’s led by a ravey throwback full of breaks, grueling basslines, and a bit of grime.

Next up is “Boomshakalah”, a floor-filling slice of grimey bass music, cut with sampled breakbeats, sirens, snatches of ragga vocal, and a killer drop that just screams carnival time.

We follow up with “Fyah”, which throws a lost acapella from the legendary Ragga Twins over kicks, claps and searing percussion to create another guaranteed future rave anthem.

Finally, Hit Dat (Jurassik’s 2014 VIP) sees the producer revisiting his 2010 smashup, adding strings, ragga vocal licks and searing fx for a bonafide dance floor destroyer.

Grab the EP on Beatport.

Jurassik also put together this mix for Lady Wak’s radio show. Quite nice…

Free download

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH CANADA CHART (JULY 2014)

John Norman I decided to do a special edition chart for Canada Day, focusing on Canadian acts pushing their sound internationally in the techno scene. Here are some of my current favourites from this talented group of artists.

 

 

John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Resonance [KMS Records]
This has been such a huge tune for me, I had to give it some chart love. Check it out!

 

Nathan Barato – Black Magic [Moda Black]
This tune is great fun, with a dark underside and some cheeky vocals. And I just love the kick.

 

Todd Terry & Sound Design – Bounce To The Beat (Noah Pred Raw Future Edit) [Hard Times]
Noah Pred offers a trippy and chugging re-work of this classic tune, fresh for the summer.
No Preview Available – Check it here on Beatport

 

Carlo Lio – Love Nation [Intec]
I’ve charted it before, and likely will again. Lio’s smooth basslines with a hot vocal make this a dance floor stunner.

 

Plastikman – EXpire [MUTE]
The master himself has released a new album chock full of forward-thinking musical beauty. The album has its ups and downs, but this tune is an absolute beauty.

 

Dave Wincent – Afterhours (John Norman Remix) [Dynamo Recordings]
This is a newer one of mine, my first appearance with Dynamo Recordings, which is quickly becoming a hotbed of emerging techno talent. Definitely watch for releases from this label.

Greg Gow – Three Ways To Skin A Cat (Way 01) [KMS]
This tune is an absolute killer on the dancefloor, and one I’ve found myself playing quite a bit over the last while. If you haven’t heard it already do check it out.

 

John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacommotto – All Night, All Right [Definitive]
This is a classic tune, and one that will never leave my list of favourites.

 

Agua Sin Gas – Vamonos (Jay Frog & Deko-ze Remix) [Vamos Music]
This is a fun and bouncy techno tune, definitely gets everyone moving.

 

Jerome Robins & Rashid Ajami – Unstoppable [Kittball]
This is such a beautiful tune. It was huge for me last summer, and will be again. Perfect for a sunset set.

 

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John Norman’s Beatport Chart

John Norman’s Website

FUNKYSTEPZ: KINGS CROSS EP [FOUR40 RECORDS]

Funkystepz - Kings Cross EP

Underground music specialists FUNKYSTEPZ join the Four40 Records family with a knockout 4-track EP, infusing UKG, UK funky, house, and of course bass. The Kings Cross EP draws on a range of underground music influences, condensed into the realm of house music that’s equally melodic and heavy. You can preview below but you can save the trouble and get the 320s from Juno right now. Seriously, this entire EP is a 10/10.

The title track combines a choir chorus and bubbling basslines with subtley funky shuffle.

“Bump X” conjures some 90s nostalgia with its key stabs and 4/4 kicks. This is a track that’ll get the ladies’ hips moving while simultaneously cause a ruckus with the lads.

“Boyz In Da Hood” is an all out jackin’ number, styled with a little g-house flair and the perfect amount of grime for those times when the dancefloor craves something a little dirty.

“Twister” is all about surprises. The tune starts with a garage shuffle but immediately drops into something more sinister. Just as fast, the track changes back. These switches are executed perfectly – even though they’re abrupt, the track flows like vodka at a hen party.

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SIRUS HOOD: WHAT YOU ARE [CUFF]

CUFF vol 2 feat Sirus Hood, Amine Edge, Dance, Holt Blackheath, etc.

It’s hard to believe that SIRUS HOOD doesn’t use social media (other than SoundCloud) and continually garners serious respect among fans and djs alike. Mind you, when you have the production prowess that the Parisian producer has, it’s easy to see why he continually wins such praise.

His latest comes from a compilation on the AMINE EDGE and DANCE imprint, CUFF. Mechanical claps accompany the track’s swinging bassline, deep kicks, and pitched vocals. It all comes together for an addictive, hip swaying, underground stomper.


This entire compilation is well worth picking up. Grab it on iTunes.

This tune is tight, but his back catalogue is nothing to laugh at either. The material he’s dropped recently is nothing short of phenomenal.

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