John Norman

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.


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)



John Norman


As you may or may not know, I’ve started a new monthly podcast series in association with Modulate FM. The series, titled “An Obsession With Sound” will feature live recordings, studio mixes, and guest appearances chock full of the best underground tech house you can find.


The first instalment was recorded live at The Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Canada on 20 September. Have a listen! It starts out light and groovy, then around the 30 minute mark we get ready for some serious business.



01. Aki Bergen – Get Better feat Lazarusman (Original Mix) – Neurotraxx Deluxe
02. Federico Locchi & UGLH – No Category (Piano Dub Mix) – 8Bit Records
03. Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand (Original Mix) – Bpitch Control
04. Adam Port – Weekend (Original Mix) – Play It Down
05. Jesse Rose – Alone (Original Mix) – Mixmag Records
06. Simone Vitullo – Confusion feat. Lady Vale (Original Mix) – Lapsus Music
07. Dubspeeka – Possession (Original Mix) – Truesoul
08. Alex Mayer – Profuse (Miss Shiva Remix) – Essence Recordings
09. Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero, Erick Morillo, & Jose Nunez – Dancin (Accapella) – Subliminal Records
10. Ruben Mandolini – Aporia (Original Mix) – Toolroom Records
11. Tina V – Techy For Me (Original Mix) – Sphera Records
12. Sharam Jey – Shake Your (Nicole Moudaber Remix) – Toolroom Records
13. Kaiser Souzai – Bolero (Dubspeeka Remix) – BluFin
14. Carlo Lio – Stuck In A Dream (Original Mix) – Mindshake Records
15. Tomi Chair – Walking On Your Image (John Norman Remix) – Stripped Digital
16. Robert Babicz – A Night In Melbourne (Original Mix) – Treibstoff
17. F.Sonik – Under Control (Original Mix) – KD Music

Release/catalogue number: AOWS001
Release date: Sep 26, 2013


I returned earlier this week from a whirlwind in Ibiza; my first trip included the chance to cover the AMAZING Enter Parties at Space (which will be reviewed on the blog shortly) as well as the chance to play some gigs. One of those was at the fabulous Savannah Cafe, where I was luck enough to join the line-up for Mark Knight’s Eden pre-party on 5 August.

Overlooking the beach and sea while you play to an enthusiastic crowd is truly a pleasure. 602553_10151558625458321_430418710_nCheck out the live set here! More to follow soon as I post my review of Richie Hawtin’s Enter. Party at Space Ibiza, too.

Recorded 05-Aug-2013

01. Fabio Giannelli – Maintain (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix) – Get Physical Music
02. Holocube – Flat Lick (Basti Grub Remix) – BluFin
03. The Deepshakerz – Workout (Original Mix) – Area Remote
04. Romanthony – Let Me Show You Love (Oliver $ Dub) – Glasgow Underground
05. Tim Deluxe – Surya (Reprise) – Get Human
06. Jesse Rose – Alone (Original Mix) – Mixmag Records
07. Muzzaik & Exacta – Reach Deep (Accapella) – Dublife Music
08. Hauswerks, Jaymo & Andy George – Guess Who (Original Mix) – Moda Black
09. John Norman – Four Four Two (Original Mix) – Hype Muzik
10. Moloko – Sing It back (Accapella)
11. Hauswerks, Jaymo & Andy George – Take It To The Hoop (Original Mix) – Moda Black
12. David Mayer – Celsius (Synth Tool) – Keinemusik
13. John Norman – Then (Original Mix) – 3Exit Group Records
14. Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive (Deniz Kurtel Ruya Remix) – Bpitch Control


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On August 10, A.SKILLZ and his outlandish mixing capabilities will move and mesmerize bodies in SHAMBHALA Fractal Forest. This mix might give you a sense of what to expect, although it might not. It’s going to be better.

Oh, and if you missed the latest A.Skillz and KRAFTY KUTS collaboration, it’s well worth checking out. They remixed one of their classics, “Tricka Technology” for a modern bass heavy workout, for free download too.

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I’m always amazed how STANTON WARRIORS can consistently produce tunes that sound distinctly theirs yet progressive and relevant to what’s happening all around them. Without having any insight into their production techniques, the critical element (for me) of the Warriors’ tunes seems to be their mastery of the MPC and the 808. The kick drums and basslines always drive their beats with such rich and lush low end that can’t be found anywhere else. Both cuts in the Where’s the Beef? single, the title track and “MPC” are prime examples. Don’t believe me? Check out the videos by the DANCEFLOOR OUTLAWS below – Your ears won’t lie.

The single drops on April 29. Grab the pre-order from Juno.

Oh, and you gotta check out their latest mix too. It’s a stripped down mix of bass & beats they made to compliment their new Stanton Sessions 4 compilation which is being released in various territories around the world this month. To be expected there’s the afformentioned 808 breaks, but there’s a some garage influences and some custom edits (that I’d give my left nut for) too.

Finally, if you missed these, for shame. Get on it. We’ll start with a free download, then the PLUMP DJs remix of “New York.”

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I just got back from getting diapers. For real. If you’re thinking the life a music blogger is all shimmer and shine, having some drinks from time to time. No. Not if you have kids. I barely get out and when I do I’m playing. I feel bad that I can’t support what’s happening, which is why I’m really hoping things work out this Friday, April 19, so I can make it to their 12th anniversary party.
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BALANCED RECORODS and the crew of people behind it are some of the forefathers dj culture in Winnipeg. Kasm, founder and label manager, recorded an epic mix of Balanced records spanning 12 years of releass. The mix comes in at just under 2 hours long and runs the gamut of styles to fully represent what they do, which is a lot. This mix starts out deep and dubby and goes almost everywhere. There’s various forms of bass music, house, techno, more dub…

Before the mix, you have to know that the people behind this iconic Winnipeg imprint are some of the most solid doods, with deep, deep, deep roots in dj culture. They’re prairie pioneers with easily the best label name, of any sort.

Balanaced Records on SoundCloud
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PS. I know it’s Thursday. Check the intro – Wednesday hasn’t ended for me yet.



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YURI’S NIGHT is just around the corner! This is one of my favourite events of the year, after all, it’s not every day you get to play in the Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium. As THE SHAKE, Lotek and I have been lucky enough to be part of the Winnipeg event, which is one of hundreds around the planet, since the fist one in 2010.

JFunk, Justin Kace, and Redworm help us out with their space-themed aural adventures and we have mixtapes from them below. The night is always so much fun but the thing is, the Planetarium has a really small capacity so get there early or buy your tickets in advance.

This year is going to be extra special because the Planetarium recently upgraded the facility with a Digistar 5 all-dome projector. I’ve heard tests were amazing. Really looking forward to seeing what JAYMEZ and PIXEL PUSHER will treat us with.

Yuri’s Night commemorates the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 and the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981. This year marks the 52nd anniversary of Yuri’s flight into space for which the Manitoba Museum is a proud participant in the global night of art, science, and culture of space exploration. In addition to the dance party the night features a space-themed costume contest, cash bar, free pizza, and hands-on science coolness in the Science Gallery.

…and now for the mixes! If you didn’t know LOTEK is the bacon in my breakfast. He shot over his mixtape for MEME submission, appropriately titled MEME Generator. It opens slow, which is one of Lotek’s signatures but gets meaty rather quickly, serving a heavy plate of deep and funky. You’ll dig this one.

MP3: Lotek – MEME Generator

I love techno but I rarely listen to it and practically never play it. JUSTIN KACE‘ live mix from DUALBEAT‘s show with Ghosts on Tape, might change that. Love it!

MP3: Justin Kace – Live at the Royal Albert Arms March 16, 2013

As one of the point men behind BASS INVADERS, Redworm is responsible for bringing some unbelievable shows to Winnipeg. REDWORM‘s sets are something to look forward to because he’s always on top of where things are heading. He normally plays a wide variety of bass music but for this show he tells us he’s shifting things a bit. Unfortunately we don’t have a newer recording for Redworm but take a listen to this anyway – it’ll blow your mind.

Here’s my latest mix. It’s a quick deep house to breaks jaunt.

Sadly too, we don’t have a mix from JFunk, aka Jordan Chester. You need to know this guy though – he’s responsible for bringing some of my favourite djs to Winnipeg. A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts, JFB…the list goes on and on.