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.

John Norman






plump djs

PLUMP DJs are one of those acts I’ve thankfully crossed off my bucket list. Their sets are legendary and their ability to flow between genres is practically unmatched. While playing in Manchester at Lowdown & Dirty‘s fourth birthday, they did what was expected…and more. Thankfully they recorded the set. Listen and grab the free download below.

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Basement Freaks - booty shakin mix

Here we have another Manalogue premiere and we couldn’t be more chuffed. BASEMENT FREAKS just let loose 45 minutes of funk and filth. Taking ghetto to new sonic lows, this mix rumbles with practically every member of the Bombastic Jam family.

Edit: Seems as though the new SoundCloud embed removes the direct download link. Head over to the Basement Freaks’ SoundCloud page to grab the mix.

Basement Freaks, aka Giorgos Fotiadis, has been a player in the game for a little longer than a minute (obvious understatement). Aside from running the Bombastic Jam label, one of his latest projects explores the deep caverns of mid-tempo bass music as THE SPANK!. Here’s another free download from about a month ago.

Free download

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John Norman 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


wakcutt-November 29

It looks like (according to the poster) WAKCUTT is gonna light Winnipeg on Fire. Last time the Shambhala favourite was here he did just that. His flare for bass and immersion in hip hop made him an innovator – a turntablist pioneer merging genres long before any wanker blog like this one said it was cool. His mixes are proof and his live performances are a testament to his ingenuity behind the decks. WakCutt’s second place finish in the Red Bull Thre3style Canadian finals speaks to this. Winnipeg, don’t miss.

Friday, November 29
Ozzy’s Nightclub (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $10 adv / $15 door
Facebook event page

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A few weeks ago I saw A.SKILLZ post a note on his Facebook page that he’s heading to Winnipeg as part of a three-date Canadian tour. To say I was excited was a huge understatement. The last time he was in town he blew my mind – also an understatement. Technically, his mixes were so precise, and the flow he maintained was like a banana milkshake. Smooth. Winnipeg, you’re in for a treat. Again.

I was also lucky enough to toss a few questions to A.Skillz. Hit the jump to what he had to say below.

Date: Thursday, November 21
Location: Greenroom (108 Osborne)
Doors: 10:00
Tickets: $10 (at the door)
Full event details here.
Local club favourite, HOLLYWOOD HYPE, will light things up for A.Skillz. And in a very fortunate turn of events, I’ll be opening the night as half of THE SHAKE with co-beat captain, LOTEK.

Here’s A.Skillz’ latest mix, for free download.

…and a bit of an oldie, but definitely a Manalogue favourite, also for free download.

Q+A w/ A.Skillz

Manalogue: Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
A.Skillz: Adam Mills AKA A.Skillz I offen get thrown in the “Breaks” Category but really it’s mixture of things. Funk and Soul are at the heart of it but i do play a lot of different styles.

Manalogue: When did you start djing? Was there a person or moment that made you want to do it?
A.Skillz: I think I started around the age of 16. I played drums in a band and just got into djing for fun. One of the things that sparked my interest was watching the film “juice”, it’s got some really cool dj battle scenes and a great oldskool hip hop soundtrack, I was hooked after that!

Manalogue: How has djing for you personally changed since then?
A.Skillz: Things have moved on a lot from the early days. It was all about digging for the best records, and cutting up double copies. The art form is still there but it’s the way we acquire records which has changed. nothing is “rare” anymore so dj producers make vip edits and exclusives to stay one step ahead.

Manalogue: Your sets consist of a tonne of custom edits, which is quite ground-breaking really. How’d you get started doing this? How much work goes into these?
A.Skillz: I have some edits that are just re-arrangements of existing records with different vocals or crowd hype bits or what ever. These I make quite quickly just for my dj sets and then there are edits that are more “remixes” really where I’ve really gone to town tracking down the original samples, rebuilding the drums, bass, everything. These are the ones that I usually end up putting up on soundcloud for download. I don’t like giving out the more “throw away” edits to the masses as it seems more disrespectful to the original artists if not a lot has been done change it from the original version.

M: How much prep goes into a set? Do you just wing it, or do you have a plan going into every gig?
A.Skillz: Depending on the gig I normally have around 50% worked out, I know generally where I’m going but I’ll throw in random stuff along the way. I’ve done sets where it’s 100% planned but I find myself getting a bit board when I do that. it’s like going on auto pilot.

Manalogue: It’s been a while since you played Winnipeg. That show blew my mind by the way. What can we expect this time around?
A.Skillz: I’m really exited to play Winnipeg again, I’ll be putting together a nice selection of fresh beats for the show!

Manalogue: You’re on a bit of a crazy tour right now too. Romania to Hungary to Switzerland to China to Winnipeg and beyond. How’s it going?
A.Skillz: It’s going really well, I’m just about to board my flight from Hong Kong back to london, then I have one night at home before I head over to see you guys. I might need a can of red bull before the show!

Manalogue: What do your days look like when you’re on a tour like this?
A.Skillz: Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat.

Manalogue: Do you have any new material coming out in the next little while? (What is it?)
A.Skillz: Yeah I’ve got an EP that is coming out around February that’s been a little held up by a sample clearance issue but I think we are on track with that schedule now.

Manalogue: Any guilty pleasures we should know about?
A.Skillz: Backstreet Boys- “Everybody” And don’t pretend you don’t all love it too! ;-)

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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)