John Norman Well friends, it is the time of year for me to troll through all the music that comes our day, and name my top 10 tracks of 2013. While it is always difficult to narrow the field, this year the following 10 tracks stood out for me without question.



Coyu – I Want Your Jack [Cocoon Recordings]

Late in the year this one came out, and immediately it became a go-to track for me. With its dark basslines and chunky vocal it is a great track for taking a set to a deeper darker place. And i love the cymbals.


Olivier Giacomotto – 20000 Leagues Under The Skin [Definitive Recordings]

The bassline in this almost sounds like a tuba, deep and rumbling. Nothing like digital horn sounds to make the dance floor shake. The breakdown breeds a beautiful tension, slowly lurching toward the full release and drum patterns. Love this tune.


Greg Gow – Flood Zone [Restructured]

The snare in this track teases its way into a beautiful chuggy kick, all of which follow under a nice synth line. This track is great for a little hint of a break on the floor, before we dive deeper.


Inner City – Good Life (Pig&Dan Less Is More Dub) [KMS]

What a tune! Less is more, but all of it is relentless. Pig & Dan give no respite in their dub mix of this classic tune, which gives a no-nonsense shoulder shrugging techno walk of a track. Absolutely mint!


Tiga vs Audion – Lets Go Dancing [Turbo Recordings]

When Tiga is on, he is ON, and this collab with Audion is no exception. The track just reeks of a dark warehouse late at night, with its dark rolling bass echoing the more prominent synth line.


Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem (John Norman Remix) [Stripped Off]

This was a huge track in my own sets this year, and made for some of my most memorable DJing moments…including a set at an outdoor festival in Canada where the breakdown literally brought people out of the woods! Not to mention some huge international support, with this making its way into sets all over Europe, Ibiza, and elsewhere.


Romanthony – Let Me Show You Love (Oliver $ Dub) [Glasgow Underground]

This one came out early in the year, and yet is still sitting in a prominent spot in many of my sets. The industrial sounding bottom end, coupled with a soaring vocal, this one sets dance floors of big time.


Tomi Chair – Walking On Your Image (John Norman Remix) [Stripped Digital]

This is one of the remixes I’m most proud of this year; it builds up with a deep dark bassline, and the looping pianos give it the feel of old house anthems with a modern twist. It has served a great role in many sets for me, building a moody and dark experience.


Noir & Haze meets Compact Grey & Ron Costa – Around The Bane (Noir Mashup Treatment) [Noir Music]

Over the past year, I’ve become (even more of) a huge fan or Noir’s sound, both from his own work and the releases of Noir Music. This tune is a great example, marrying sweet sweet vocals with a jacking bottom end. Huge tune for me this year.


Pig&Dan – Junglism [Soma]

Atmospheric, dark, and rhythmic, this tune really has everything I love in a good techno tune. The layers of drums, each on their own syncopation makes this a treat to listen to, and to mix.







JOHN NORMAN is back to work for Stripped Digital, this time on remix duty for the title track of POLITIS‘ Stripped debut EP, Cloudmass.  John has shown us in the past that his feet are firmly planted in the Techno world, whether laying down a steady Tech House groove or dialing in a definite, Minimal sound.  This track is decidedly in the later of the two.  It is deep and raw as we might expect from John, but it is also continues the trend of darkness we have seen lately from him.

For a track that is so sparse (The sole melodic element being a reverby, syncopated baseline), it is awash with character.  The atmosphere can be likened to walking in an unfamiliar forest on a rainy night.  The rain, in this case, is a grittiness provided by the vinyl-like click and pop elements.

If there’s one thing that John Norman has been successful in incorporating into his tracks, it’s mood.  “Cloudmass” is definitely no exception.  It is every bit cold and calculating as it is mysterious and enigmatic.

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I had a fantastic time at Amsterdam Dance Event this year, which included seeing sets by legends such as Dave Seaman and Pete Gooding, the Suara night including Coyu, and a rocking boat party hosted by Housepital, featuring Baramuda and Mark Kane.

I had a great time playing myself, and have made my recorded set available for download as Episode 2 of my new Obsession With Sound podcast. My own tunes feature fairly heavily here, including my remix of Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem from earlier in the year, and a new tune John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Resonance, to be released early in 2014, along side some deep dark tech house that I know you’ll enjoy.


01. Piatto – The Things We Never Know (Original Mix) – 1605
02. Raffaele Rizzi – Bouncing (Original Mix) – Bitten
03. Youri Donatz & Bjorn Wolf – So I Say (Original Mix) – Noir Music
04. Shlomi Aber – Limited By You (Original Mix) – Be As One
05. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Circus Records
06. Kevin Over – Jack Back (Original Mix) – Noir Music
07. Peter Bailey – Brooklyn Bound (Original Mix) – Deeperfect Records
08. Inner City & Kevin Saunderson – Good Life (Pig&Dan (Less Is More Dub Mix)) – KMS Records
09. Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem (John Norman Remix) – Stripped Off
10. Ian Pooley – CompuRhythm (Dixon 4/4 Treatment) – Ministry of Sound (UK)
11. Luca M – The Nowhere Train (Alex Marcu Remix) – Blue Orb Records
12. Olivier Giacomotto – 20000 Leagues Under The Skin (Original Mix) – Definitive Recordings
13. Noir, Haz, Ron Costa & Compact Grey – Around The Ban (Noir Mashup Treatment) – Noir Music
14. Jay Lumen – Fifty Fifty (Jay’s Stripped Chicago Mix) – 100% Pure
15. JP Chronic – Just For Your Own Insanity (Original Mix) – Recovery Tech
16. Pig&Dan – Junglism (Original Mix) – Soma Records
17. Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance (Original Mix) – (promo)


Dog Halloween

With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year we’re getting quite the bang for the buck. Last weekend saw a number of spooky-themed events and even though the holiday will have officially passed, it’s not stopping the festivities.

Symptom Technologies - Monster Chiller Horror Theatre

First, the Symptom Technologies crew are holding their annual party. If you’re into house and techno, this is where you’ll want to be. The night features the talents of Mike Jasper, Nikki Volan, Deir, and a special back2back set from Nathan Zahn + Chris Komus.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Doors: 10:00
Tickets: $10
Event info here

mixtechs monster clash

If bass music is what you’re after, the Mixtechs and Music First crews are gathering for Monster Clash. Kimberly O Dot, El Richee, The Silver Fox, Theo Tzu, and James Helwig will bring the boom.
Date: Friday, November 1
Location: Mondragon (91 Albert Street)
Doors: 10:00
Tickets: $5 adv / $10 door
Event info here

sound republic - scream

Finally, the annual Sound Republic Halloween massive, Scream, is the place to be if you’re looking for one of those raves all night dance parties. Headliners are MAKJ, MYSTO & PIZZI, and MAT THE ALIEN along with a tonne of locals.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: Wheelies (1010 Logan Ave)
Doors: 10:00
Tickets: $45


John Norman

Traveling to the USA, Spain and Europe this summer, I’ve been a bit delinquent about chart posting, but I’m back with a vengeance now that the snow is threatening. Must keep warm with techno! Here is a selection of 10 tracks that are really moving me right now, in no particular order.

Citizen Kain & Phuture Traxx – I Want You (Dustin Zahn Monolith Remix) – BluFin

Jay Lumen – Fifty Fifty (Original) – 100% Pure

Pig&Dan – Junglism (Original) – Soma Records

Olivier Giacomotto – 20000 Leagues Under The Skin (Original) – Definitive

Macromism – Untoldyou (original) – Suara

Greg Gow – Flood Zone (Original) – Restructured

Matt Sassari – Bump Me (Original) – Deeperfect

Gary Beck – Time For Baby (Original) – Bek Audio

Gary Beck - Time For Baby (Original Mix) - BEK Audio



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Piatto – Things We Never Know (Original Mix) – 1605

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


Sanctuary - Friday Oct 25
Friday, October 25
The Loft (774 Corydon Ave)
Tix: $5
Facebook event info

This Friday, October 25 Sanctuary turns a bit ghoulish. If you’re in the mood for some house and techno and all frequencies in between I highly recommend checking out the monthly.

In this installment, ALI KHAN graces us with a live PA. I love what this guy does – his performances are so intricate. While the music he plays is somewhat minimal, the sonics explores some of the most sublime frequencies.

LOTEK and I normally dj together as THE SHAKE. I’ve got to say though, he is one of the best crate diggers (albeit virtual ones) I’ve come across. Somehow, despite the fact that I’m tapped into seemingly endless promos from this here blog, he consistently finds gems I had no idea existed. His sets (both solo and when we play together) showcase a master skill at tempo and mood changes, most notably through risky transitions that always seem to work out. I’d expect some tribal and maybe a few (halloween-themed) mashups from him.

Having come into the Winnipeg scene relatively late, unfortunately I don’t know much about what Dier plays. I’m told though, she’s somewhat of a tastemaker in the Symptom Technologies crew.

Lastly, resident dj JUSTIN KACE closes out the night, likely with some brooding techno. True story: Mr. Kace came to a night I was playing at and I invited him to hop on the decks. He didn’t bring anything with him so he used my gear and dug through some of my tunes and managed to find the most atmospheric and minimal tunes I had, despite not knowing anything on my hard drive. His girlfriend’s laugh and look of astonishment spoke of his primal desire to these genres.



John Norman


As you may or may not know, I’ve started a new monthly podcast series in association with Modulate FM. The series, titled “An Obsession With Sound” will feature live recordings, studio mixes, and guest appearances chock full of the best underground tech house you can find.


The first instalment was recorded live at The Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Canada on 20 September. Have a listen! It starts out light and groovy, then around the 30 minute mark we get ready for some serious business.



01. Aki Bergen – Get Better feat Lazarusman (Original Mix) – Neurotraxx Deluxe
02. Federico Locchi & UGLH – No Category (Piano Dub Mix) – 8Bit Records
03. Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand (Original Mix) – Bpitch Control
04. Adam Port – Weekend (Original Mix) – Play It Down
05. Jesse Rose – Alone (Original Mix) – Mixmag Records
06. Simone Vitullo – Confusion feat. Lady Vale (Original Mix) – Lapsus Music
07. Dubspeeka – Possession (Original Mix) – Truesoul
08. Alex Mayer – Profuse (Miss Shiva Remix) – Essence Recordings
09. Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero, Erick Morillo, & Jose Nunez – Dancin (Accapella) – Subliminal Records
10. Ruben Mandolini – Aporia (Original Mix) – Toolroom Records
11. Tina V – Techy For Me (Original Mix) – Sphera Records
12. Sharam Jey – Shake Your (Nicole Moudaber Remix) – Toolroom Records
13. Kaiser Souzai – Bolero (Dubspeeka Remix) – BluFin
14. Carlo Lio – Stuck In A Dream (Original Mix) – Mindshake Records
15. Tomi Chair – Walking On Your Image (John Norman Remix) – Stripped Digital
16. Robert Babicz – A Night In Melbourne (Original Mix) – Treibstoff
17. F.Sonik – Under Control (Original Mix) – KD Music

Release/catalogue number: AOWS001
Release date: Sep 26, 2013