JUST KIDDIN: THINKING ABOUT IT

just kiddin - thinking about you

Pure summer vibes on this deep jam from JUST KIDDIN. The single is released by hot-tipped crew at Eton Messy with a full release coming soon in collaboration with FFRR. In the mean time, snap it up over at Beatport.

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH 313 CHART – JULY

313

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!

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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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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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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