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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LABBRATEK: WATER ICE ON MERCURY 8.7

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What place comes to mind when you think of Techno? Berlin? Detroit? How about small town Italy?  If this sounds strange, you may be forgiven in forgetting that much of Techno’s roots owes itself in part to Italo Disco of the late 70′s and early 80′s.  In contrast to the upbeat, pop-y Italo Disco, today’s Italian Techno is characteristically quite deep and dark by comparison, even when compared to its contemporaries from Germany and the USA.  The latest release by the duo LABBRATEK is no exception.

“Water Ice On Mercury 8.7″ features remixes by SCAM and EXILE.  While the former is a classic Techno thumper and the later is a nice little spacey Electro number (not to be confused with Electro House), the deep, dubby, atmospheric elements of the original really sets the tone for the entire release.  Perfect for dark basements or headphone listening alike.

You can catch Water Ice On Mercury 8.7 right now at Beatport on I Cieli Di Orione Records.

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DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON & JOHN NORMAN: RESONANCE (ORIGINAL MIX) [KMS RECORDS]

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Fellow Manalogue contributor, JOHN NORMAN, has been punching his way into the international techno community with a number of originals and remix, pickup up support from some heavyweights (including Richie Hawtin, Slam, and Laurent Garnier) along the way.

His latest is another collaboration with DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON on KMS Records. “Resonance” is a chugging, thunderous stomper – an all-out dancefloor assault equipped with heavy kicks and a brooding synth line that won’t quit.

You can also hear it in Kevin Saunderson’s “Innovators” mix for XLR8R, available for free download.

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RAIN CITY RIOT: BURNING EP [LOVE & OTHER]

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HIGH RANKIN has another EP on the go under his RAIN CITY RIOT pseudonym. The Burning EP is the first release on the label upstart, Love & Other. Through two originals and two remixes the EP follows the label’s mantra of forward-thinking deep, bass, and electronic beats.

With some simple keys and pitched vocals in the breakdowns, the title track builds to a clenching and cinematic, techy bass workout.

The b-side to the EP, “Eyes Closed,” is a bit more subdued and might be that perfect track to play at sunrise. It’s something to get the floor going after an entire night of raving.

Unfortunately we don’t have streams to share of the two remixes. HOSTAGE provides an intense and hypnotic rework of “Burning.” DVWLX has the standout cut here where he showcases perfectly balances simplicity and intricacy with his minimal yet deep technofied remix. Watch for these to drop on May 5, 2014.

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JOHN NORMAN’S OBSESSION WITH SOUND CHART – MARCH 2014

John Norman I’ve been so busy in the studio these days, that I forgot to publish my March chart before March ended! Not to worry though, it was worth waiting for. Here are 10 top techno tunes really grooving things right now in my books.

 

 

1. Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song (Original Mix) [Noice Music]
Obviously many artists are paying tribute to the House Music godfather right now, and I definitely wanted to offer my thoughts. I hadn’t heard this tune in years, and then all of a sudden last summer it was played while I sat looking out over the ocean in Ibiza – just the perfect tune in the perfect moment. Thank you for the music, FK always.

2. Moderat – Bad Kingdom (Marcel Dettman Remix) [50 Weapons]
I am utterly obsessed with this track right now. The severe beats and white noise coupled with soft vocals make it unreal.

3. Sasha Carassi – Vection (Original Mix) [Bedrock]
Bedrock has been in a darker place recently, and I am a huge fan. Up here is Sasha Carassi with a blippy dark techno tune – great synth stabs and super fun rhythm.

4. Steve Parker – System 22 (Original Mix) [Ovum]
This one is dark and brooding, serious techno business from Steve Parker. Definitely love when the super high electronics-sound comes piercing through!

5. Carlo Lio – Love Nation (Original Mix) [Intec]
I love this one because you can simultaneously sing along with the housey vocal, and rock a nice jackin techno walk.

6. Matt Sassari – Polyethers (Original Mix) [Comade Music]
Honestly, Matt Sassari is the next man-of-the-moment if you ask me. The dark pulse under the bottom of this tune is sick, creating a really nice texture as the vocal comes in.

7. Red Square – Dark Roast (Dantiez Saunderson & Deep Slice Remix) [Different is Different]
The original by Red Square is a sweet tune, however the remix from Dantiez Saunderson & Deep Slice really does it for me with the wiggly sounding synth line and a snappy snare drum, followed by speaker-smashing darkness.

8. John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Stuck In My Mind (P-Ben Remix) [KMS]
This was one of the 3 remixes to come out on my debut release with KMS, after the original, dub mix, and Kevin Saunderson’s curator’s edit. P-Ben adds a great funk on this remix – check it out!

9. Xell & Howld – Glost (Original Mix) [1605]
There an almost disco-techno feel to this tune. Super fun!

10. Etai Tarazi – All Work No Play (Original Mix) [Transmit]
Also pretty high on my list of up and coming producers right now is Etai Tarazi. The guy is everywhere! No-nonsense dark techno to stomp out.

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JUNOFEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC SHOWCASE

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The Junos are Canada’s musical awards, celebrating the achievements of artists, bands, producers, etc. It’s basically the Canadian version of the Grammys, which often over represents mainstream and top 40 culture.

Recently however, there have been strides to include electronic artists in the mix. While not getting the attention they deserve, there have been some choice nominations category since this one specifically was created in 2011. For example, last year saw GRIMES win “Electronic Album of the Year.” This year, nominees include tech house stalwart NOAH PRED for his album Third Culture, GRAZE‘s self titled long player, RYAN HEMSWORTH‘s Guilt Trips, A TRIBE CALLED RED‘s genre-bending Nation II Nation, and BLUE HAWAII‘s Untogether.

There’s some weighty underground nods here but the real party won’t be at the awards show on Sunday night. No. You see, our friends at Memetic are hosting a proper party, one you can dance at on Friday night. The bill features two of the nominees, Noah Pred and Graze, as well as a stack of locals who’ve made some incredible waves outside of Winnipeg. Tickets for this show are only $15. Full details are in the poster above, or click the Facebook link below.

JUNOfest Electronic Music Showcase
Friday, March 28
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (281 Donald Street)
$15 / $30 for the JUNOfest wristband (access to all Juno shows)
Facebook event page

Full album previews here:

T-204 PODCAST

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T-204 is a new podcast series showcasing the oustanding techno talent in the prairie city. I was very pleased to be asked to be the fourth featured artist, following Andre Bisseck, Sanctuary Resident Justin Kace, and MEMETIC Director Nathan Zahn.

At its core T_204 is about two things: techno and Winnipeg. T_204 is not a war cry for purists, rather it is an homage to Winnipeg’s electronic music origins. Manitoba is a cold dark place for more than half of year, which is why it pairs perfectly with techno.

My mix is 75 minutes of brooding techno, and includes a preview of my next two releases signed to the legendary Detroit Techno label KMS Records, along with tunes on Stripped Recordings, Drumcode, Tronic, Deeperfect, Suara, Bitten & More. I hope you enjoy this, and strongly recommend you give the T-204 Soundcloud and Facebook a follow for more tasty audio treats.

John Norman

 

 

 

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