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
This gem came to my mailbox on promo a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been itching to share it ever since. Strippedmuzikclub offer their 17th and final download of the series just released to the public this week, finishing strong with this huge tune by the prolific Irish producer, SMAK (aka Steve McCready). The tune has a beautiful chill vibe, and immediately takes me back to the shores of San Antonio in Ibiza. Smooth, dark and moody, it is a very groovy update of the original.
For me, a really great remix takes the best parts of a track, and highlights them, which is exactly what SMAK does here. The vocal gains a depth with the deep undertones, and the strings contrast beautifully. The long and the short of it is…you want this remix as part of your collection.
Bonus points, it’s an early Christmas gift from the team at Stripped.
JOHN NORMAN is back to work for Stripped Digital, this time on remix duty for the title track of POLITIS‘ Stripped debut EP, Cloudmass. John has shown us in the past that his feet are firmly planted in the Techno world, whether laying down a steady Tech House groove or dialing in a definite, Minimal sound. This track is decidedly in the later of the two. It is deep and raw as we might expect from John, but it is also continues the trend of darkness we have seen lately from him.
For a track that is so sparse (The sole melodic element being a reverby, syncopated baseline), it is awash with character. The atmosphere can be likened to walking in an unfamiliar forest on a rainy night. The rain, in this case, is a grittiness provided by the vinyl-like click and pop elements.
If there’s one thing that John Norman has been successful in incorporating into his tracks, it’s mood. “Cloudmass” is definitely no exception. It is every bit cold and calculating as it is mysterious and enigmatic.
I had a fantastic time at Amsterdam Dance Event this year, which included seeing sets by legends such as Dave Seaman and Pete Gooding, the Suara night including Coyu, and a rocking boat party hosted by Housepital, featuring Baramuda and Mark Kane.
I had a great time playing myself, and have made my recorded set available for download as Episode 2 of my new Obsession With Sound podcast. My own tunes feature fairly heavily here, including my remix of Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem from earlier in the year, and a new tune John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Resonance, to be released early in 2014, along side some deep dark tech house that I know you’ll enjoy.
JOHN NORMAN – AOWS002 - RECORDED LIVE @ ADE 2013 -
- TRACKLISTING -
01. Piatto – The Things We Never Know (Original Mix) – 1605
02. Raffaele Rizzi – Bouncing (Original Mix) – Bitten
03. Youri Donatz & Bjorn Wolf – So I Say (Original Mix) – Noir Music
04. Shlomi Aber – Limited By You (Original Mix) – Be As One
05. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Circus Records
06. Kevin Over – Jack Back (Original Mix) – Noir Music
07. Peter Bailey – Brooklyn Bound (Original Mix) – Deeperfect Records
08. Inner City & Kevin Saunderson – Good Life (Pig&Dan (Less Is More Dub Mix)) – KMS Records
09. Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem (John Norman Remix) – Stripped Off
10. Ian Pooley – CompuRhythm (Dixon 4/4 Treatment) – Ministry of Sound (UK)
11. Luca M – The Nowhere Train (Alex Marcu Remix) – Blue Orb Records
12. Olivier Giacomotto – 20000 Leagues Under The Skin (Original Mix) – Definitive Recordings
13. Noir, Haz, Ron Costa & Compact Grey – Around The Ban (Noir Mashup Treatment) – Noir Music
14. Jay Lumen – Fifty Fifty (Jay’s Stripped Chicago Mix) – 100% Pure
15. JP Chronic – Just For Your Own Insanity (Original Mix) – Recovery Tech
16. Pig&Dan – Junglism (Original Mix) – Soma Records
17. Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance (Original Mix) – (promo)
This Friday, October 25 Sanctuary turns a bit ghoulish. If you’re in the mood for some house and techno and all frequencies in between I highly recommend checking out the monthly.
In this installment, ALI KHAN graces us with a live PA. I love what this guy does – his performances are so intricate. While the music he plays is somewhat minimal, the sonics explores some of the most sublime frequencies.
LOTEK and I normally dj together as THE SHAKE. I’ve got to say though, he is one of the best crate diggers (albeit virtual ones) I’ve come across. Somehow, despite the fact that I’m tapped into seemingly endless promos from this here blog, he consistently finds gems I had no idea existed. His sets (both solo and when we play together) showcase a master skill at tempo and mood changes, most notably through risky transitions that always seem to work out. I’d expect some tribal and maybe a few (halloween-themed) mashups from him.
Having come into the Winnipeg scene relatively late, unfortunately I don’t know much about what Dier plays. I’m told though, she’s somewhat of a tastemaker in the Symptom Technologies crew.
Lastly, resident dj JUSTIN KACE closes out the night, likely with some brooding techno. True story: Mr. Kace came to a night I was playing at and I invited him to hop on the decks. He didn’t bring anything with him so he used my gear and dug through some of my tunes and managed to find the most atmospheric and minimal tunes I had, despite not knowing anything on my hard drive. His girlfriend’s laugh and look of astonishment spoke of his primal desire to these genres.