KMS RECORDS #BEATPORTDECADE COMPILATION

Several labels released their #beatportdecade last week, with varying focus. While some labels took this as an opportunity to focus on specific genres or recent releases, KMS selected a single compilation of 10 tracks which they’ve touted as their top tunes of the past ten years. These tracks represent both the old and new sound of the landmark label; they demonstrate how the sound of techno has evolved over time.

The compilation delivers with some top names kicking us off; the opening tune is Pig & Dan’s “less is more” rework of the classic Inner City tune Good Life, a beautiful update of a track that doesn’t seem to have aged despite the years that have passed.

It then moves on to tracks from New York underground legend Brandon de Carlo, and a Carl Craig remix of the beautiful Till We Meet Again by Inner City. The compilation then moves to focus on some of the newer artists, the next generation of KMS who have really shown their stuff in the past couple of years. Ian O’Donovan’s stellar “Firefly” as well as Bicep’s tune “Vision of Love” are great examples from more recent times, as well as Dantiez Saunderson’s “Red Confession”.

The compilation is rounded out with two excellent tunes, highlighting 3 of the most exciting new KMS artists. John Norman’s 313 sings an ode to the motor city, while P-Ben’s remix of Killed Kasette “You” brings the new Detroit sound.

Overall, a very well-rounded glimpse into where KMS comes from, and more importantly, where it is going.

JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH IBIZA AUGUST CHART

313I had a fantastic time on the white isle this year, and with my August chart wanted to share some of my favourite tunes that were rocking the island’s many clubs. As always, the parties were a blast, and a special shout out to Bora Bora and Danny O for the great hospitality. Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing my live set recorded at Bora Bora beach club, where I went B2B with Danny O for a special 2 hour set. Until then, enjoy these tunes!

Nathan Surreal – Binary Omania (Eversines Remix) – KMS Records

Rennie Foster – Perimeter Abstract (John Norman Remix) – Thoughtless Music

Sailor & I – Turn Around (Ame Remix) – Life And Death 

John Norman – Approaching Tiffany – Dynamo Recordings

Harvey McKay – Something Good – Intec

John Norman – 313 (Antwon Faulkner Remix) – KMS Records

&ME – After Dark – Keinemusik

Etai Tarazi – Ready Or Not – Octopus

Skober – Membrane – Drumcode

Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance – CR2 // KMS Records

JOHN NORMAN – TUNNEL VISION [UNT RECORDS] *FREE DOWNLOAD*

Prairie techno lovers unite! We are just a few short days away from the MEME Festival, which will feature sets from techno originator Kevin Saunderson, Montreal duo Blond:ish, Phil Western, Addison Groove, & more. The Cube and Old Market Square will be transformed by dark techno beats for 3 full days, on top of after parties at some of the hottest venues in the city.

I myself will be hitting the stage Saturday August 16th at 8:50pm at the Cube – Check out the Facebook event here. 

To help get you excited, I have teamed up with MEME in my role as Ambassador Artist, Manitoba Music, and UNT Records to provide a limited-time free download of one of my original tunes, Tunnel Vision.

Check it out via Manitoba Music’s site. It is only available until August 15th, so don’t wait.

If you need some tunes to help keep you patient until the fest, I strongly recommend these mixes:

John Norman live at MEME 2013:

Kevin Saunderson live at Boooom Ibiza on the Tronic Podcast:

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John Norman’s Website

MEME Festival

Manitoba Music

KEVIN KNAPP: THE BOB DEWITT EP [OFF RECORDINGS]

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If you like house music in the twilight hours, KEVIN KNAPP‘s latest for OFF Recordings is exactly what you’re after. Brooding and sinsister, the two originals and a remix from EINMUSIK, have a firm grasp on the dark corners of the dance floor and they’re not letting go.

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH 313 CHART – JULY

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In honour of my latest release “313” on KMS Records, here’s my July Chart which features tunes from Detroit Artists and Labels, as well as tunes heavily influenced by the Detroit sound.

 


John Norman – 313 [KMS]
My latest release for Kevin Saunderson’s legendary label, and a tune I am extremely proud of. Check out this past week’s Drumcode podcast for support from Karotte for one of the remixes, too!

 

The Yellowheads – Submerged [Alleanza]
This is easily one of my favourite tunes right now. A great old school synth line atop a sharp snare and great percussion, and great vocal. What more could you want?

 

Sasha Carassi – Old Fashioned Lover [Phobiq]
Starting out with a nice hard drum kick and a piano line that just grows and grows, and again a solid house-inspired vocal, this is a solid party tune.

Inner City – Big Fun (Kevin’s E-Dancer Dub) [KMS]
The original is such an inspiring tune, and this version is just the perfect dark and dirty update. There isn’t a preview link to be found, so you’ll just have to head over to buy it.
Buy on Beatport

Derrick May – Strings of Life [R&S]
This tune! Synths, piano, ticky-tack drums. An absolute classic and a tune you should be familiar with. Derrick is a legend.
Buy on Beatport

Dykkon – Repulse [Drumcode]
Dirty and relentless, with a great acid line running through it, this is a fantastic late-night tune.

Infiniti aka Juan Atkins & Orlando Voorn – Game One [Tresor]
Juan Atkins & Orlando Voorn team up to give us this scorcher under the “Infiniti” alter ego for Tresor. It was a tough cal for me between the fantastic original, and the brooding Rennie Foster remix – both classic tunes re-released digitally in 2013.

Ray Kajioka – Strike [Kanzleramt]
I really love the space in this track, it feels like it fills many parts of your mind, and sounds killer on a big system. Sweet, dark and sexy techno.

Eddie Amador & Alex Costa – New Sound [KMS]
Alex Costa is an artist I’ve respected for awhile, so I was thrilled to see this promo come through my mailbox. A relentless detroit “new world sound from the underground” it just screams 4am warehouse business.

 Petter B – Imitate [H-Productions]
There is such forward propulsion in this tune, from the high hats, to the movement of the melodic line. Such energy!

JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH CANADA CHART (JULY 2014)

John Norman I decided to do a special edition chart for Canada Day, focusing on Canadian acts pushing their sound internationally in the techno scene. Here are some of my current favourites from this talented group of artists.

 

 

John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Resonance [KMS Records]
This has been such a huge tune for me, I had to give it some chart love. Check it out!

 

Nathan Barato – Black Magic [Moda Black]
This tune is great fun, with a dark underside and some cheeky vocals. And I just love the kick.

 

Todd Terry & Sound Design – Bounce To The Beat (Noah Pred Raw Future Edit) [Hard Times]
Noah Pred offers a trippy and chugging re-work of this classic tune, fresh for the summer.
No Preview Available – Check it here on Beatport

 

Carlo Lio – Love Nation [Intec]
I’ve charted it before, and likely will again. Lio’s smooth basslines with a hot vocal make this a dance floor stunner.

 

Plastikman – EXpire [MUTE]
The master himself has released a new album chock full of forward-thinking musical beauty. The album has its ups and downs, but this tune is an absolute beauty.

 

Dave Wincent – Afterhours (John Norman Remix) [Dynamo Recordings]
This is a newer one of mine, my first appearance with Dynamo Recordings, which is quickly becoming a hotbed of emerging techno talent. Definitely watch for releases from this label.

Greg Gow – Three Ways To Skin A Cat (Way 01) [KMS]
This tune is an absolute killer on the dancefloor, and one I’ve found myself playing quite a bit over the last while. If you haven’t heard it already do check it out.

 

John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacommotto – All Night, All Right [Definitive]
This is a classic tune, and one that will never leave my list of favourites.

 

Agua Sin Gas – Vamonos (Jay Frog & Deko-ze Remix) [Vamos Music]
This is a fun and bouncy techno tune, definitely gets everyone moving.

 

Jerome Robins & Rashid Ajami – Unstoppable [Kittball]
This is such a beautiful tune. It was huge for me last summer, and will be again. Perfect for a sunset set.

 

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John Norman’s Beatport Chart

John Norman’s Website

RAN SALMAN: LOSE CONTROL EP [KUMASI MUSIC]

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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:

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