Ah, here’s a track with some 808 put to good use. ZHU‘s “Faded,” a track that’s garnered nearly four million plays on his SoundCloud account, does a little strip show in the latest bootleg noodle, cooked up by one half of SLYDE. JASON LAIDBACK pulls out the satin sheets for a sultry bass and breaks re-rub. Grab the free download below.

Here’s Zhu’s original. I know you heard it, but it’s worth listening to again.

Jason Laidback on Soundcloud | Facebook


Wasabi & Hawaiian Boy - Lady

Erase Records have been holding down the deep house vibes for a little longer than a hot minute. The label and artists on it have a wondrous ability to draw on classic samples and work their production magic into pure dance floor joy. The latest from the label’s founder, WASABI is more of the same. Co-produced with HAWAIIAN BOY, the track takes Modjo’s “Lady” (which samples Chic) for a dive in the deep end of the pool. Summer’s here, let’s go for a swim.

Grab it on Beatport

Erase Recordings on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | eraserecords.com
Wasabi on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Hawaiian Boy on Soundcloud | Facebook



Winnipeg ex-pat CYCLIST has been covering huge ground with his brand of disco. Working with the likes of Goldroom, Rogue Vogue, Anoraak, and a slew of others, he’s positioned himself well. What we’re saying is, wow, congrats. On top of this, he recently co-founded Mani / Pedi Records.

Most recently, Cyclist (aka Mark Penner) released an exclusive tune with Toolroom Records, on the imprint’s sun-kissed Poolside Ibiza compilation. As the second track in the collection, “Sunrise” sets the tune for a blissful journey. That’s not to say the track, which features the soulful vocals of MAIKO WATSON, doesn’t stand on its own. This is a summer jam, rich and deep, and easy to get lost in.

Here are a few more projects Cyclist has been working on, some for free download.

Cyclist on Soundcoud | Facebook | Twitter | cyclistmusic.com


kiesza - giant in my heart - lokal legend

Back in February when we posted KIESZA‘s runaway chart topper, “Hideaway,” we had no idea the Canadian ex-pat would have skyrocketed to stardom like she did. Well, it happened and we’re not sorry. The tune is phenomenal and she deserves the credit.

Her latest single, “Giant In My Heart” is yet another 90s-tipped house tune. Kiesza’s vocals sit restlessly on round kicks. The matted cowbells, synth stabs, shakers, and hand claps lift the cut like her suspenders do to her acid wash jeans. Here’s a tune equally at home on the dancefloor as it is playing loudly in a convertible. Watch for it on Lokal Legend

Lokal Legend on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Kiesza on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter


disciples - poison arrow

The latest from the London-based production / dj trio, DISCIPLES, has me jumpy. “Poison Arrow” is produced by Disciples, and features additional keyboards and programming by SHADOW CHILD. The original bears an uncanny resemblance to Shadow Child’s remix of Movement’s “Feel Real.”

The single drops on June 8 (pre-order from iTunes here) and comes with an instrumental and two ace remixes, one from PURPLE DISCO MACHINE and the other from KILTER.

Disciples on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Shadow Child on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | theshadowchild.com
Purple Disco Machine on Soundcloud | Facebook | purplediscomachine.com
Kilter on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


ran salman - lose control

London’s Kumasi Music turn up the heat on with their most exciting release to date. RAN SALMAN’s Lose Control let’s the sparks fly in this deep house jam, pairing a dynamite chorus and 909 bassline hook for some brooding dancefloor fire.

It’s difficult to top the original mix but I think PURPLE DISCO MACHINE do just that. Twisting the darkness of the original into a track that’s equally playable on the beach as it is in a dim and sweaty room.

The truth is, every mix on this EP is deluxe, for example MELOKOLEKTIV turn out what might be the most classically house cut in the package. Ace sonics and vibes here.

The three tracks above are available on vinyl, however the digital release is rounded out by a pounding version from MATT FEAR for those with an affinity for techno. Seriously love this remix, not for the faint of heart.

Lastly, ANIMAL PICNIC rolls out a techy, deep, and steady mix perfect for those times when you’re riding in that special zone.

Oh, and since house music is all about scantily clad, fit ladies lately, there’s also this:

Kumasi Music on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Ran Salman on Soundcloud | Facebook
Purple Disco Machine on Soundcloud | Facebook | purplediscomachine.com
Melokolektiv on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Matt Fear on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Animal Picnic on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


John Norman


I had the pleasure of attending http://www.movement.us this year for the first time, and in honour I have put together a May chart with my vision of the Movement Festival. The festival was truly an amazing experience, and I am extremely grateful for the welcome and support I received from the people of Detroit throughout the city, whether from the Underground Resistance HQ at Submerge, taxi drivers recounting their experiences with techno, or the killer crowd who danced their feet off to my set at the KMS Records Elevate Your Mind after party.

Top festival moments for me (in no particular order):
- meeting legends such as Kenny Larkin, Mike Banks of UR, Gene Farris, and more, while also reconnecting with some fantastic supporters – DJ 3000, Greg Gow, Noah Pred, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, and more.
- Walking up to the festival to hear Exhale playing Stuck In My Mind (my tune with Dantiez Saunderson on KMS Records) being played on the Made In Detroit stage, echoing off the tall buildings.
- Seeing the crowd at the Origins stage go off to my upcoming remix of Red Square – Growl on KMS Records.
- Kevin Saunderson and Seth Troxler’s set which took us through the history of techno, while everywhere you looked there was an originator or contemporary top techno DJ.

There are countless other highlights, but instead I’ll leave you with my May “Obsession With Movement” chart, to get a feel for what sort of a weekend it was.

Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance [KMS]

Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Stuck In My Mind [KMS]

Locomatica – Interrupter [LCMTC]

Psyk – Automatic [Mote Evolver]

Greg Gow – Three Ways to Skin a Cat – Way 01 [KMS]

Cajmere & Sonny Fodera – C02 Vapor (Nathan Barato Remix) [Cajual]

Radioslave – Don’t Stop No Sleep [Nonplus]

Kevin Saunderson, e-Dancer – Pump The Move (Tomio Ueda Remix) [KMS]

Dema – Rigid Link (Florian Mendl Remix) [Octopus]

Marky V – Graveyard Sway (John Norman Remix) [Corruption]