JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH KMS CHART

For my October chart, I thought I’d turn the spotlight on a label that started as an indirect inspiration to me, and grew into a very direct influence, with many of my latest releases coming on the prolific label and Kevin Saunderson himself playing my tunes around the globe. Here are 10 tracks released on KMS over the years which have shaped the sound coming out of my studio today.

DaMarii Saunderson & Taylor – Diamonds (John Norman Remix)
My latest offering, and my first as a remixer for KMS. Smooth and silky but with a nice kick of dance floor goodness. I hope you like!

John Norman – 313

My first solo EP for the label, which followed up two collaboration Eps with Dantiez Saunderson. The whole package of this EP was fantastic – My Detroit synth driven original, Greg Gow’s modern techno treatment, and Antwon Faulkner’s housey treatment.

Kevin Saunderson – Rock To The Beat (Christian Smith & John Selway Remix)
I remember seeing Smith & Selway play at the short-lived Matter club in London shortly before this tune was released, and it tore that packed room to shreds. Still an absolute tune.

Antwon Faulkner – Modulation
This is a fairly recent release from Faulkner (aka Twonz) who recently relocated from Detroit to Toronto. This was a part of his brilliant High Tech Funk EP, one you should check out. 

Greg Gow – Three Ways To Skin A Cat (Way 01)
This is another fairly recent release from the label, when you hear it, it is one of those tracks you wish you had written yourself, which is a great thing.

Inner City – Good Life (2011 Live Tour Remix)
There aren’t really any previews of this around, so I’d suggest you check it out on Beatport. This tune doesn’t age.
2011 Live Tour Remix

Kevin Saunderson (E-Dancer) – Pump The Move
Just such a fun tune, but serious business on the dance floor. Ultimate respect.

Kevin Saunderson – Velocity Funk (Joe Brunnings Return To The Funk Remix)
I am a huge fan of the original, and Joe Brunning’s remix adds just the right update to it.

Brandon deCarlo – Live & Learn
Again, this older one doesn’t have previews, so you just have to head on over to Beatport to check it out.
Live & Learn

Phil Agosta – Tribute To Detroit (Agent X Motor City Remix)
Agent X puts a smashing twist on Phil’s Tribute to Detroit, the city of inspiration.
Tribute To Detroit

KOKIRI: RETROSPECT [LOVE & OTHER]

KOKIRI - retrospect

We have a few Love & Other releases to catch up on but their latest, the imprint’s 13th, is a slice of house heaven. Liverpool’s KOKIRI pounds out some 90s vibes with some punchy piano and lush vocal hooks.

ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS – who recently dropped their Stranded EP on Love & Other – build upon Kokiri’s catchy, chord-heavy original, applying their signature dose of deep and garage-fueled bass lines.


Watch for the release to drop on iTunes on October 11, or if you prefer your digital files from beatport, it comes out on October 20.

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Love & Other on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | loveandotherthings.com
Kokiri on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Illyus on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Barrientos on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

PRIISM – THE JOURNEY [KMS RECORDS]

As a creator of music, I listen to everything critically – how the sounds were created, how they merge and complement one another, et cetera. It is the most exciting moment to come across a tune that is beautifully constructed in the way Priism’s Stay Strong for KMS Records is. The Journey EP consists of the original Stay Strong and the stunning City Lights, both of which are complemented by remixes from Austin Welsh and The Altus Project. Aside from the outstanding originals, Ken Young’s dance floor ready treatment of Stay Strong is the top – merging the straightforward sounds of the original with an echoed use of the vocal and a pulsing synth line.

You can preview the full EP here via KMS Records on Soundcloud, and head over to Beatport to get your copy – it is out now.

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KMS Records on Beatport

KMS Records on Facebook

Ken Young on Beatport

TIEKS: SING THAT SONG (TIGA REMIX)

Tieks

TIEKS, aka Mark Tieku, has been bubbling up in the past few months on with remixes for Rudimental and Jess Glynn as well as appearing on the Monki And Friends EP. A show on Rinse FM has also boosted his rise within the UK and global scenes. The fact that Canadian techno stalward TIGA has remixed his latest single isn’t hurting anything either. Here’s the track in question – a pulsating journey into pulsating grooves and subtle African rhythms. Watch for it to drop on October 19. Let’s go!

The original is just as tidy. Check it.

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TIEKS on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | tieksmusic.com
Tiga on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | mynameistiga.com

DALE MIDDLETON: TORD EP [EJ UNDERGROUND]

Dale Middleton - Tord

Following the release of a string of successful remixes and originals throughout the summer on Moonchild, Stripped Recordings, Clinique Recordings and Sudbeat Music, DALE MIDDLETON ushers us into the Autumn with his latest project ‘Tord’. The EP is 

due for release on November 1st.

Delivering a fusion of interpretations on the deeper, underground sounds of house and techno; Dale’s new project ‘Tord’ features a stunning original production from the man himself, accompanied by chopped-up re-imaginings from Chloe Fontaine, Dave Seaman, Lee Williams and D-Formation.

Dale’s original cut of ‘Tord’ gathers momentum as it progresses. Flowing from mellow loops, ticking drum work and bubbling melodics, the track itself is warm and subtle.

DAVE SEAMAN takes control of the engine in his chugging rework, smashing out bigger kicks and rumbling bass elements. Seaman keeps things characteristically underground and dark throughout.

Maintaining the underground vibe, CHLOE FONTAINE brings a fresh and flirty flavour to her remix. Hammering out a wide range of tribal percussion, she harnesses the warmth of the original for an upbeat and floral tribute to the end of summer.

If you’re after a remix with more of a progressive feel, the D-FORMATION remix will do you no harm. Some menacing undertones are drawn out with a shuffling kick drum and warbling sub bass, balanced alongside ethereal vocals and gently swelling strings.

Last but not least, is the ever so minimal remix from Bournemouth-based LEE WILLIAMS. Harnessing the full power of subtly he straddles the sparse edges of techno with eerie mechanics and industrial sonics.

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EJ Underground Records on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | electrojuice.co.uk
Dale Middleton on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | dalemiddleton.com
Dave Seaman on SoundCloud
Chloe Fontaine on SoundCloud
D-Formation on SoundCloud
Lee Williams on SoundCloud

OFF RECORDINGS 100 (VARIOUS ARTISTS)

OFF Recordings 100

OFF Recordings celebrated a milestone today with their 100th release. The label has become one of the go-to sources of house music, having grown a family of talented core artists to carry their sound dance music aficionados around the world. For this very special release the label, founded by ANDRE CROM, asked half of its core artists to create an original track, while other members of the OFF roster brought in their magical touch remixing them. The result is a comp that’s deep and techy, punchy and smooth.

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OFF Recordings on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | off-recordings.com

JOSH BUTLER & BONTAN FEAT JOSH BARRY: WE FOUND A PLACE [MTA RECORDS]

Josh Butler & Bontan feat. Josh Barry - We Found A Place

I distinctly remember the first time I heard JOSH BUTLER. You remember that collaboration he did with Darius Syrossian on OFF Recordings almost two years ago? Yeah, that one. “Bass Play” went in too many playlists to count. The first time I heard BONTAN, was his remix of Butler’s “Got A Feeling” and like many who heard the track, I put Bontan on a list of producers who I need to pay attention to.

Butler and Bontan collaborated again, with another release on MTA Records, resulting in a jacking cut, topped with some lush vocals from JOSH BARRY, and smooth key stabs. It’s hard to pass this one up. The original and dub versions are available exclusively on beatport for a couple weeks, after which point you can find it everywhere.

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MTA Records on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | mtarecords.co.uk
Josh Butler on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Bontan on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Josh Barry on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter