JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH 313 CHART – JULY

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In honour of my latest release “313″ on KMS Records, here’s my July Chart which features tunes from Detroit Artists and Labels, as well as tunes heavily influenced by the Detroit sound.

 


John Norman – 313 [KMS]
My latest release for Kevin Saunderson’s legendary label, and a tune I am extremely proud of. Check out this past week’s Drumcode podcast for support from Karotte for one of the remixes, too!

 

The Yellowheads – Submerged [Alleanza]
This is easily one of my favourite tunes right now. A great old school synth line atop a sharp snare and great percussion, and great vocal. What more could you want?

 

Sasha Carassi – Old Fashioned Lover [Phobiq]
Starting out with a nice hard drum kick and a piano line that just grows and grows, and again a solid house-inspired vocal, this is a solid party tune.

Inner City – Big Fun (Kevin’s E-Dancer Dub) [KMS]
The original is such an inspiring tune, and this version is just the perfect dark and dirty update. There isn’t a preview link to be found, so you’ll just have to head over to buy it.
Buy on Beatport

Derrick May – Strings of Life [R&S]
This tune! Synths, piano, ticky-tack drums. An absolute classic and a tune you should be familiar with. Derrick is a legend.
Buy on Beatport

Dykkon - Repulse [Drumcode]
Dirty and relentless, with a great acid line running through it, this is a fantastic late-night tune.

Infiniti aka Juan Atkins & Orlando Voorn – Game One [Tresor]
Juan Atkins & Orlando Voorn team up to give us this scorcher under the “Infiniti” alter ego for Tresor. It was a tough cal for me between the fantastic original, and the brooding Rennie Foster remix – both classic tunes re-released digitally in 2013.

Ray Kajioka – Strike [Kanzleramt]
I really love the space in this track, it feels like it fills many parts of your mind, and sounds killer on a big system. Sweet, dark and sexy techno.

Eddie Amador & Alex Costa – New Sound [KMS]
Alex Costa is an artist I’ve respected for awhile, so I was thrilled to see this promo come through my mailbox. A relentless detroit “new world sound from the underground” it just screams 4am warehouse business.

 Petter B – Imitate [H-Productions]
There is such forward propulsion in this tune, from the high hats, to the movement of the melodic line. Such energy!

WOZ: TRUST MEH [BLACK BUTTER RECORDS]

Woz - Black Butter Records

The promo text from Black Butter Records for the latest WOZ single goes like, “The first track from his upcoming EP ‘Cherry Hill’ – ‘Trust Meh’ underlines why you should, in fact, always trust the Bristolian hype machine. A trademark Woz production, bringing his unmistakable inner-city bassline and trademark touch of wildness that reiterates his uniqueness in the scene at present.”

While that description is accurate, sometimes you just have to hear the track. This is, like, whoa…


Pre-order here

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Black Butter on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | black-butter.co.uk
Woz on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

HANNAH WANTS & CHRIS LORENZO: SIGNS [ULTRA]

Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo feat. Janai - Signs

HANNAH WANTS could arguably pass for one of the most talked about producer/dj combos in the bassy house world of 2013/14. Her seemingly perpetual rise has gone nearly exponential over the last year and some, with production work signed to labels such as Food, Dirtybird, and Rinse.

The production work under Hannah’s belt has consistently been co-produced by CHRIS LORENZO, whose handywork has been stamped on countless releases over the past year or two.

The latest from the pair of skyward house and bass enthusiast won’t disappoint, but if you’re expecting something a bit more raw, you may want to simply savour this. The sonics from the pair’s past collaborations are there but this one, featuring the vocal work of Janai, is a bit harnessed. Sultry and perhaps slightly smokey, the single on Ultra Music would serve well for both the dance floor as well as the soundtrack to practically any life-defining moment.


Grab it from iTunes

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Ultra Music on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | ultramusic.com
Hannah Wants on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | hannahwants.com
Chris Lorenzon on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

LUDACRIS: HOW LOW (ACTION 52 REMIX) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

ludacris - how low action 52 remix

Enigmatic electronic dance duo ACTION 52 have returned to the production landscape with a low-riding garage and g-house tune. The Denver based, 80’s-arcade-inspired house duo take Ludacris’ 2009 Top-40 club chub, “How Low” and bounce it back to the 90s and back again.


Free download. Watch for more from Night Supply Records.

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Night Supply Records on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | nightsupplyrecs.com
Action 52 on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

ZHU: FADED (JASON LAIDBACK REMIX)

ZHU - FADED JASON LAIDBACK REMIX ART

Ah, here’s a track with some 808 put to good use. ZHU‘s “Faded,” a track that’s garnered nearly four million plays on his SoundCloud account, does a little strip show in the latest bootleg noodle, cooked up by one half of SLYDE. JASON LAIDBACK pulls out the satin sheets for a sultry bass and breaks re-rub. Grab the free download below.

Here’s Zhu’s original. I know you heard it, but it’s worth listening to again.

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Jason Laidback on Soundcloud | Facebook

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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Scour Records on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | scourrecords.com
BONDi Stereo on Soundcloud | Facebook

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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Stanton Warriors on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | stantonwarriors.com