JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH KMS CHART

For my October chart, I thought I’d turn the spotlight on a label that started as an indirect inspiration to me, and grew into a very direct influence, with many of my latest releases coming on the prolific label and Kevin Saunderson himself playing my tunes around the globe. Here are 10 tracks released on KMS over the years which have shaped the sound coming out of my studio today.

DaMarii Saunderson & Taylor – Diamonds (John Norman Remix)
My latest offering, and my first as a remixer for KMS. Smooth and silky but with a nice kick of dance floor goodness. I hope you like!

John Norman – 313

My first solo EP for the label, which followed up two collaboration Eps with Dantiez Saunderson. The whole package of this EP was fantastic – My Detroit synth driven original, Greg Gow’s modern techno treatment, and Antwon Faulkner’s housey treatment.

Kevin Saunderson – Rock To The Beat (Christian Smith & John Selway Remix)
I remember seeing Smith & Selway play at the short-lived Matter club in London shortly before this tune was released, and it tore that packed room to shreds. Still an absolute tune.

Antwon Faulkner – Modulation
This is a fairly recent release from Faulkner (aka Twonz) who recently relocated from Detroit to Toronto. This was a part of his brilliant High Tech Funk EP, one you should check out. 

Greg Gow – Three Ways To Skin A Cat (Way 01)
This is another fairly recent release from the label, when you hear it, it is one of those tracks you wish you had written yourself, which is a great thing.

Inner City – Good Life (2011 Live Tour Remix)
There aren’t really any previews of this around, so I’d suggest you check it out on Beatport. This tune doesn’t age.
2011 Live Tour Remix

Kevin Saunderson (E-Dancer) – Pump The Move
Just such a fun tune, but serious business on the dance floor. Ultimate respect.

Kevin Saunderson – Velocity Funk (Joe Brunnings Return To The Funk Remix)
I am a huge fan of the original, and Joe Brunning’s remix adds just the right update to it.

Brandon deCarlo – Live & Learn
Again, this older one doesn’t have previews, so you just have to head on over to Beatport to check it out.
Live & Learn

Phil Agosta – Tribute To Detroit (Agent X Motor City Remix)
Agent X puts a smashing twist on Phil’s Tribute to Detroit, the city of inspiration.
Tribute To Detroit

WAYWARD: UGETSU EP [BLACK BUTTER RECORDS]

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Black Butter Records continue to showcase their breadth with the debut EP from WAYWARD. Once again the label proves they are equally capable of exploring the cavernous depths of bass music, and equally comfortable serving luscious, soulful jams.

The London, by way of Leeds duo best known as Wayward, smoothly shuffled their way through the UK house scene, appropriately making their way to the front of the pack with their deep and sultry production. Their latest effort saw the pair in the studio for the last few months recording and experimenting with some new approaches, including the incorporation of live horn sections. But the drums, oh the drums, are key, especially with the EP’s opening track Baile which features broken rhythms as smooth as satin sheets. Grab it from beatport or iTunes.

The entire six track release is a testament to the funky and soulful nature of house music, suitable for both the dance floor and the bedroom.

There’s also this ace video for “Belize” that captures the summer vibes and melancholy that makes the track so beautiful.

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Waward on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

KOKIRI: RETROSPECT [LOVE & OTHER]

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We have a few Love & Other releases to catch up on but their latest, the imprint’s 13th, is a slice of house heaven. Liverpool’s KOKIRI pounds out some 90s vibes with some punchy piano and lush vocal hooks.

ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS – who recently dropped their Stranded EP on Love & Other – build upon Kokiri’s catchy, chord-heavy original, applying their signature dose of deep and garage-fueled bass lines.


Watch for the release to drop on iTunes on October 11, or if you prefer your digital files from beatport, it comes out on October 20.

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Love & Other on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | loveandotherthings.com
Kokiri on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Illyus on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Barrientos on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

PRIISM – THE JOURNEY [KMS RECORDS]

As a creator of music, I listen to everything critically – how the sounds were created, how they merge and complement one another, et cetera. It is the most exciting moment to come across a tune that is beautifully constructed in the way Priism’s Stay Strong for KMS Records is. The Journey EP consists of the original Stay Strong and the stunning City Lights, both of which are complemented by remixes from Austin Welsh and The Altus Project. Aside from the outstanding originals, Ken Young’s dance floor ready treatment of Stay Strong is the top – merging the straightforward sounds of the original with an echoed use of the vocal and a pulsing synth line.

You can preview the full EP here via KMS Records on Soundcloud, and head over to Beatport to get your copy – it is out now.

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KMS Records on Beatport

KMS Records on Facebook

Ken Young on Beatport

JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH ADE CHART – SEPTEMBER 2014

It has been quite the summer, and as things cool off, the techno is definitely heating up – here are 10 tracks I think any serious techno lover should pay attention to both at ADE and on dance floors around the world.

If anyone is in Winnipeg, you might catch one or two of these on Friday when I play the MEMETIC Electronic Music Gala at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, opening for the one Rennie Foster.

Antwon Faulkner – Get Up [KMS Records] 

Harry Romero – La Revolucion [Suara]

Rennie Foster – Perimeter Abstract (John Norman No Siren Edit) [Thoughtless]

Chris Colburn – Neurotic Mother (Petter B Dub) [Organism]

Skober – Out of Time [Riot Recordings]

Sam Paganini – Another Chance [Drumcode]

TomzWork – Tripmastaz (Carlo Lio Remix) [I'm A House Gangsta]

Spektre – Dust & Echoes (Dub Mix) [Analytictrail]

Priism feat Reno Ka – Stay Strong (Ken Young Remix) [KMS]

Translucent & Danny Daze – Speaker Language [Kompakt]

TIEKS: SING THAT SONG (TIGA REMIX)

Tieks

TIEKS, aka Mark Tieku, has been bubbling up in the past few months on with remixes for Rudimental and Jess Glynn as well as appearing on the Monki And Friends EP. A show on Rinse FM has also boosted his rise within the UK and global scenes. The fact that Canadian techno stalward TIGA has remixed his latest single isn’t hurting anything either. Here’s the track in question – a pulsating journey into pulsating grooves and subtle African rhythms. Watch for it to drop on October 19. Let’s go!

The original is just as tidy. Check it.

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TIEKS on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | tieksmusic.com
Tiga on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | mynameistiga.com

DALE MIDDLETON: TORD EP [EJ UNDERGROUND]

Dale Middleton - Tord

Following the release of a string of successful remixes and originals throughout the summer on Moonchild, Stripped Recordings, Clinique Recordings and Sudbeat Music, DALE MIDDLETON ushers us into the Autumn with his latest project ‘Tord’. The EP is 

due for release on November 1st.

Delivering a fusion of interpretations on the deeper, underground sounds of house and techno; Dale’s new project ‘Tord’ features a stunning original production from the man himself, accompanied by chopped-up re-imaginings from Chloe Fontaine, Dave Seaman, Lee Williams and D-Formation.

Dale’s original cut of ‘Tord’ gathers momentum as it progresses. Flowing from mellow loops, ticking drum work and bubbling melodics, the track itself is warm and subtle.

DAVE SEAMAN takes control of the engine in his chugging rework, smashing out bigger kicks and rumbling bass elements. Seaman keeps things characteristically underground and dark throughout.

Maintaining the underground vibe, CHLOE FONTAINE brings a fresh and flirty flavour to her remix. Hammering out a wide range of tribal percussion, she harnesses the warmth of the original for an upbeat and floral tribute to the end of summer.

If you’re after a remix with more of a progressive feel, the D-FORMATION remix will do you no harm. Some menacing undertones are drawn out with a shuffling kick drum and warbling sub bass, balanced alongside ethereal vocals and gently swelling strings.

Last but not least, is the ever so minimal remix from Bournemouth-based LEE WILLIAMS. Harnessing the full power of subtly he straddles the sparse edges of techno with eerie mechanics and industrial sonics.

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EJ Underground Records on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | electrojuice.co.uk
Dale Middleton on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | dalemiddleton.com
Dave Seaman on SoundCloud
Chloe Fontaine on SoundCloud
D-Formation on SoundCloud
Lee Williams on SoundCloud