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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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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DOORLY: TOOLROOM KNIGHTS COMP & MIX [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Toolroom Knights Mixed by Doorly

Stacked full of 32 quality tunes alongside an essential full-length DJ mix, Toolroom Knights Mixed By Doorly is a collective showcase of DOORLY’s djing prowess & production mastery. Here’s a collection of ranging from rolling house to techy stompers. The compilation features Doorly originals, remixes, hand-selected choice cuts from friends, as well as a handful of exclusives.

One of these exclusives is featured in this mini profile, where Doorly talks about his influences and confesses that he didn’t start producing until 10 years into his djing career.

It’s impossible to go through all 32 tracks, so here are a few choice ones.

Doorly works a Green Velvet sample in this quite nicely.

Speaking of Green Velvet…

Watch for the release on Toolroom Records, June 9.

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH MOVEMENT MAY CHART

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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]

TOOLROOM IBIZA 2014

toolroom ibiza 2014

It’s no understatement that Toolroom Records is one of the strongest independent labels pushing underground dance music and it’s culture. It goes without saying that the label plays a prominent role in breaking big names and accelerating the careers of the talented artists releasing material on the imprint. The label’s success has been proven time and time again.

Their latest compilation, Toolroom Ibiza 2014, showcases an unmistakable selection of Toolroom approved grooves that perfectly encapsulate the sound of the White Isle. In perfect time for the opening parties, it is an essential accompaniment to lazy days by the pool, hedonistic club nights, and hazy after parties spread over 65 tracks (yes 65!) and three lovingly crafted dj mixes. With the essential blend of new cuts and 28 exclusive tracks from the worlds finest producers, the compilation includes music from label boss MARK KNIGHT, Breach, Tensnake, MK, Route 94, Hot Since 82, Rene Amesz, Nice7, Prok & Fitch, Doorly, Ben Pearce, Tourist, Maya Jane Coles, My Digital Enemy, Hannah Wants, Bontan, UMEK, Jay Lumen, Chus & Ceballos, Beckwith, London Grammar and many many more.

The entire release runs over 10 and a half hours. Like, what!? You read that right. Over 10 hours of quality house music. This might just be the only musical purchase needed for the entire summer. Honestly, it’s kind of stupid how good this is. Below you’ll find a few previews but for the full tracklist, just click here and pre-order it from iTunes now.

Exclusives

Previously released must haves

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ANDRE CROM + CHI THANH: BLACK SKY [OFF RECORDINGS]

OFF089ANDRE CROM (OFF Recordings founder and head honcho) and CHI THANH have built an undeniable studio relationship. Their productions continually turn heads and more importantly, move feet. The pair’s latest provide further evidence – two tracks that sound glorious when played loud and work wonders on the dancefloor.

The lead track, “Black Rain” is an example of how sexy the underground can be. It subtly builds momentum through the course of the tune via tight synth work and a bassline worth holding on to. The b-side is equally sexy, albeit much darker, harnessing the prowess of techno in an underground house tune for late night adventures.


Grab digital copies from Beatport or the vinyl from dee.jay

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH SOUND – APRIL

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Here are what I consider to be the top 10 tunes you’ll find shaking dancefloors in my live sets.

 

1. Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance [KMS]
This tune has been a part of my sets for awhile now as we anxiously awaited the full release. You can check it out as part of Kevin Saunderson’s XLR8R podcast, and it also got some play from Karotte at the Time Warp 20th anniversary in Mannheim.

2. Dandi & Ugo – Stab Me [Italo Business]
This tune is filled with a dark energy that just drives a dance floor mad, and once that screaming vocal comes in, it is pure excellence.

3. Cosmin TRG – Aurora [Running Back]
Rhythmic and blippy, this tune builds and swells just beautifully.

4. Timmo – We Beat On [Drumcode]
This track has a huge throbbing bassline and shaker combo that just sounds like a dark warehouse in the early early morrning.

5. Stefano Noferini – Mexico [Budzenbauer]
This is a re-release of Noferini’s tune, earlier seen on Deeperfect. It is on the lighter side of the spectrum as far as my techno goes, but it has a really nice driving kick to it that makes it great for those earlier moments to build the tension.

6. Reset Robot – Unprocessed Layer [Truesoul]
Truthfully, I’m digging the entire album from Dave Robertson here, but of the lot Unprocessed Layer is easily the best dancefloor cut. Quirky and dark it has a deep brooding bass line that will slam a big sound system.

7. Matt Sassari – Circu Phage (D-Unity Remix) [Unity Records]
Matt Sassari does it again, this time with D-Unity on the remix. I’m particularly loving the syncopated snare hits that turn up throughout this banger. What a tune.

8. Nathan Barato – Crazy Her [MOOD]
Fellow Canadian techno-maker Nathan Barato brings some nice heat to MOOD here. It is at once melodic and chuggy, with some beautiful space in the track.

 9. Locomatica – Interrupter [LCMTC]
The staccato synth line here paired with a snappy high hat and forward drum kick makes for some serious energy.

10. Whyt Noyz – The Bay Area [Tronic]
Whyt Noyz have been making some serious waves lately, and The Bay Area is no different. There is a wide variety of sound covering a wide aural area, notably the echoes here that make for a truly enjoyable listening experience.

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