RENNIE FOSTER – LOVEJACKIN’ [RF MUSIC]

Canadian Techno heavy-hitter Rennie Foster has recently begun a new project which he refers to as “DIY” with his own label, RF Music. Since early this year, the label has served as a platform for Foster’s own work as well as others, including re-release of many of his earlier tunes in new edits.

His beauty of a tune Lovejackin’ was first released on Woody McBride’s Communique back in 2008, and will come to us via RF in a new edit. The original release featured a rhythmic bass and drum line, very stripped down, making it impossible to avoid jacking. You can hear the original here via Beatport.

Rennie’s 2014 edit makes the drum and synth lines more punchy, updating the sound of the track while still retaining the can’t-sit-still rhythm and energy of the original. The vocal comes through more clearly in this edit, too, which features nicely. It is joined by new edits of a couple other Foster tunes as part of the Yakisoba EP coming later this year on RF.

There isn’t an official preview out yet, but you can hear the tune here in Rennie’s recent podcast for Thoughtless Music.

Definitely a release you’ll want to look out for!

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Rennie Foster on Beatport
RF Music on Beatport
Rennie Foster on Soundcloud

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]

wayward - ugetsu ep black butter records

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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Black Butter Records on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | black-butter.co.uk
Waward on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

KOKIRI: RETROSPECT [LOVE & OTHER]

KOKIRI - retrospect

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

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

OFF RECORDINGS 100 (VARIOUS ARTISTS)

OFF Recordings 100

OFF Recordings celebrated a milestone today with their 100th release. The label has become one of the go-to sources of house music, having grown a family of talented core artists to carry their sound dance music aficionados around the world. For this very special release the label, founded by ANDRE CROM, asked half of its core artists to create an original track, while other members of the OFF roster brought in their magical touch remixing them. The result is a comp that’s deep and techy, punchy and smooth.

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