I had a fantastic time on the white isle this year, and with my August chart wanted to share some of my favourite tunes that were rocking the island’s many clubs. As always, the parties were a blast, and a special shout out to Bora Bora and Danny O for the great hospitality. Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing my live set recorded at Bora Bora beach club, where I went B2B with Danny O for a special 2 hour set. Until then, enjoy these tunes!
Nathan Surreal – Binary Omania (Eversines Remix) – KMS Records
Rennie Foster – Perimeter Abstract (John Norman Remix) – Thoughtless Music
Sailor & I – Turn Around (Ame Remix) – Life And Death
John Norman – Approaching Tiffany – Dynamo Recordings
Harvey McKay – Something Good – Intec
John Norman – 313 (Antwon Faulkner Remix) – KMS Records
&ME – After Dark – Keinemusik
Etai Tarazi – Ready Or Not – Octopus
Skober – Membrane – Drumcode
Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance – CR2 // KMS Records
No matter your techno orientation, it is difficult to dispute Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin)’s reach and impact when it comes to bringing this music to the world, so it is not surprising that techno lovers were overjoyed this week to the announcement on June 4th, Hawtin’s birthday, that his next Plastikman album would be released this summer. Never one to “just” do an album, this time he has paired up with SubPac for a special limited edition release of a portable bass system which supposedly allows one to “feel” the music as you would in a club.
His albums are always prolific; just last week, after returning from Detroit where I reconnected to chat with Hawtin once again at Movement, I was jamming some old techno tunes with a friend and Helikopter (from the brilliant Sheet One album) made its way on to the turntable.
At Movement itself, the classic Spastik (Dubfire rework) was still heard countless times.
The amazing thing about these tracks is that even though they are vintage, they continue to sound futuristic. This is true of the live Plastikman performances as well – I caught the Plastikman Live 1.5 show a couple years back at Brixton Academy in London, and to this day the juxtaposition of old and new, past and future resonates with me.
So here is a brief preview, to help get you (even more?) excited at the idea of yet another batch of prolific tunes from Plastikman.
The album is released digitally June 10 with a special exclusive party June 12 at Sonar Barcelona. Anyone planning to be at Sonar should work to get tickets to this….STAT!
The Limited Edition Sub Pac, Vinyl, and CD release will follow on July 14th.
I had the pleasure of attending http://www.movement.us this year for the first time, and in honour I have put together a May chart with my vision of the Movement Festival. The festival was truly an amazing experience, and I am extremely grateful for the welcome and support I received from the people of Detroit throughout the city, whether from the Underground Resistance HQ at Submerge, taxi drivers recounting their experiences with techno, or the killer crowd who danced their feet off to my set at the KMS Records Elevate Your Mind after party.
Top festival moments for me (in no particular order):
– meeting legends such as Kenny Larkin, Mike Banks of UR, Gene Farris, and more, while also reconnecting with some fantastic supporters – DJ 3000, Greg Gow, Noah Pred, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, and more.
– Walking up to the festival to hear Exhale playing Stuck In My Mind (my tune with Dantiez Saunderson on KMS Records) being played on the Made In Detroit stage, echoing off the tall buildings.
– Seeing the crowd at the Origins stage go off to my upcoming remix of Red Square – Growl on KMS Records.
– Kevin Saunderson and Seth Troxler’s set which took us through the history of techno, while everywhere you looked there was an originator or contemporary top techno DJ.
There are countless other highlights, but instead I’ll leave you with my May “Obsession With Movement” chart, to get a feel for what sort of a weekend it was.
Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance [KMS]
Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Stuck In My Mind [KMS]
Locomatica – Interrupter [LCMTC]
Psyk – Automatic [Mote Evolver]
Greg Gow – Three Ways to Skin a Cat – Way 01 [KMS]
Muskox are a relatively new label, but hit hard with this upcoming EP from UK producer and Muskox label manager ALISTAIR ALBRECHT. A nice straightforward bottom end is coupled with some great piano riffs, certain to get floors moving – very much of the London sound I know and love.
Also on the EP is a remix from my friend Dutch producer Extrano, which adds a melodic bassline and a little bit more jack than the original – I can see this making its way into the earlier portion of my extended sets.
A nice EP – look for it April 21 from Muskox Records on all digital shops.
T-204 is a new podcast series showcasing the oustanding techno talent in the prairie city. I was very pleased to be asked to be the fourth featured artist, following Andre Bisseck, Sanctuary Resident Justin Kace, and MEMETIC Director Nathan Zahn.
At its core T_204 is about two things: techno and Winnipeg. T_204 is not a war cry for purists, rather it is an homage to Winnipeg’s electronic music origins. Manitoba is a cold dark place for more than half of year, which is why it pairs perfectly with techno.
My mix is 75 minutes of brooding techno, and includes a preview of my next two releases signed to the legendary Detroit Techno label KMS Records, along with tunes on Stripped Recordings, Drumcode, Tronic, Deeperfect, Suara, Bitten & More. I hope you enjoy this, and strongly recommend you give the T-204 Soundcloud and Facebook a follow for more tasty audio treats.
Here is the February Edition of my Obsession With Sound chart, featuring the very finest bits of techno and tech house that you can hear on my Obsession With Sound Podcast series as well as live sets.
Etai Tarzai – No No No (Original) on MOOD Records You’ll recognize this from my January Chart as well, mainly because the smooth vocal and deep dark rhythm has me captivated – a huge tune for me for sure.
Chris Count – Commando 78 (Original) on Intec Digital This track’s snare drum is heavenly, so much drumming, countered by a laser-high synth sound. Have a listen, you’ll love it too.
Matt Sassari – Eisenheim (Whyt Noyz Remix) on Deeperfect Records
This track has all the things that make me happy – chopped up vocals, driving mid range, and a banging bass kick that just makes you jack.
John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Stuck In My Mind (Original) on KMS Records
Last month I charted the prolific Kevin Saunderson’s Curators Edit of our tune, and this month I have to give some love to the original. We’ve had some pretty fantastic feedback on this one from magazines and blogs around the world, and loads of support from artists playing it – so huge thanks for the love!
Greg Gow – Flashover (Original) on Tronic
Canadian Techno master Greg Gow gives us a no-nonsense techno tune here, serious beats with a nice forward movement.
Vinayak A – Sands of Goa (Pig & Dan Remix) – Spring Tube Limited
This is actually a re-release on a compilation, but no less worthy of charting. An airy yet dark tune, the minor chords in the synth line have a slightly wobbly feel to them. Beauty of a tune.
Harvey McKay – Silk Road (Original) on Drumcode
I’m very much enjoying this vocal-driven techno sound. It is normally unusual to hear even one vocal sample in a techno tune, much less the 3 (or more?) we hear in this one. And as a maker of sweet breakdowns myself, I have to give credit to McKay for this one. Tune!
Roni Iron – DeGrecia feat Anna Maria (D-Unity Remix) on Dancepush
This is also a repeat from January’s chart…but again, mainly because I can’t stop playing it! This tune has a great buzzing sound in the mid range coupled with a tidy and deep bass kick and rattling snares. Love it!
Electric Rescue – Non Exchangeable (Original) on Bedrock
I love it when Bedrock go dark! This tune means business with a rhythmic static in the synth line, and some great drums. So dark!
Mike Ravelli – Klingin Bottles (John Norman Remix) on UNT
I played a lot with rhythm and space in the sounds for this remix, and I think it turned out pretty well! The EP has made a bit of noise as well with remixes from myself and Alexander Konig, including some time in the WhatPeoplePlay Top 5.
I am very pleased to share Episode 4 of An Obsession With Sound with my very first feature guest mix courtesy of Ali Khan(Dewtone). This is his live set recorded at MEMETIC 2013’s Cube Stage in August.
Ali Khan’s set was one of the highlights of the festival, really showcasing the level of internationally renowned talent that this Canadian festival can call “local”. And his “Zen Flashcards” EP was just named a top album of 2013 by Extreme Chill.
The mix can be streamed or downloaded here via my Soundcloud page. Thanks for tuning in!
And to any DJs out there interested in the opportunity to play the festival, MEME Submissions for the 2014 festival are now open here: http://www.memetic.ca
Ali Khan on Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/ali-khan
Ali Khan on Beatport – http://www.beatport.com/artist/ali-khan/11265
John Norman on Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/khemlab_johnnorman