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

WAYWARD: UGETSU EP [BLACK BUTTER RECORDS]

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Black Butter Records continue to showcase their breadth with the debut EP from WAYWARD. Once again the label proves they are equally capable of exploring the cavernous depths of bass music, and equally comfortable serving luscious, soulful jams.

The London, by way of Leeds duo best known as Wayward, smoothly shuffled their way through the UK house scene, appropriately making their way to the front of the pack with their deep and sultry production. Their latest effort saw the pair in the studio for the last few months recording and experimenting with some new approaches, including the incorporation of live horn sections. But the drums, oh the drums, are key, especially with the EP’s opening track Baile which features broken rhythms as smooth as satin sheets. Grab it from beatport or iTunes.

The entire six track release is a testament to the funky and soulful nature of house music, suitable for both the dance floor and the bedroom.

There’s also this ace video for “Belize” that captures the summer vibes and melancholy that makes the track so beautiful.

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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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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

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Ken Young on Beatport

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

JUST KIDDIN: THINKING ABOUT IT [FFRR/ETON MESSY RECORDS]

Just Kiddin - Thinking About It

JUST KIDDIN have cemented themselves as pillars of quality house music with releases on Nurvous, Black Butter, and FFRR. The pair’s latest effort secures their position as two of the most exciting producers of deep, lush tunes. After spending the first part of 2014 locked away in the studio, “Thinking About It” is the first in a series of releases that expertly illustrate Just Kiddin’s honed-to-perfection production techniques. With a focus on emotive melody and rich sonics their latest is yet another exclamation point in their catalogue.

Pre-order the single or watch for the single to drop on November 2 on FFRR and Eton Messy, with remixes from Bearcubs and more to be announced.

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ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS: STRANDED EP [LOVE & OTHER]

Illyus & Barrientos

The Glaswegian duo ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS have something magical going on. In a very short time span their brand of house music has found love from some heavy hitters and with their production prowess, it’s not easy to see why.

Their latest, released September 15 on the relatively new imprint Love & Other, showcases the pair’s penchant for bass-driven, house music. The two-track EP works in some garage-tinged flavours that’s both uplifting (Stranded) and murky (Guided Light). Either way, your feet won’t stand still when these drop. Grab both cuts from beatport.

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