For my October chart, I thought I’d turn the spotlight on a label that started as an indirect inspiration to me, and grew into a very direct influence, with many of my latest releases coming on the prolific label and Kevin Saunderson himself playing my tunes around the globe. Here are 10 tracks released on KMS over the years which have shaped the sound coming out of my studio today.

DaMarii Saunderson & Taylor – Diamonds (John Norman Remix)
My latest offering, and my first as a remixer for KMS. Smooth and silky but with a nice kick of dance floor goodness. I hope you like!

John Norman – 313

My first solo EP for the label, which followed up two collaboration Eps with Dantiez Saunderson. The whole package of this EP was fantastic – My Detroit synth driven original, Greg Gow’s modern techno treatment, and Antwon Faulkner’s housey treatment.

Kevin Saunderson – Rock To The Beat (Christian Smith & John Selway Remix)
I remember seeing Smith & Selway play at the short-lived Matter club in London shortly before this tune was released, and it tore that packed room to shreds. Still an absolute tune.

Antwon Faulkner – Modulation
This is a fairly recent release from Faulkner (aka Twonz) who recently relocated from Detroit to Toronto. This was a part of his brilliant High Tech Funk EP, one you should check out. 

Greg Gow – Three Ways To Skin A Cat (Way 01)
This is another fairly recent release from the label, when you hear it, it is one of those tracks you wish you had written yourself, which is a great thing.

Inner City – Good Life (2011 Live Tour Remix)
There aren’t really any previews of this around, so I’d suggest you check it out on Beatport. This tune doesn’t age.
2011 Live Tour Remix

Kevin Saunderson (E-Dancer) – Pump The Move
Just such a fun tune, but serious business on the dance floor. Ultimate respect.

Kevin Saunderson – Velocity Funk (Joe Brunnings Return To The Funk Remix)
I am a huge fan of the original, and Joe Brunning’s remix adds just the right update to it.

Brandon deCarlo – Live & Learn
Again, this older one doesn’t have previews, so you just have to head on over to Beatport to check it out.
Live & Learn

Phil Agosta – Tribute To Detroit (Agent X Motor City Remix)
Agent X puts a smashing twist on Phil’s Tribute to Detroit, the city of inspiration.
Tribute To Detroit


It has been quite the summer, and as things cool off, the techno is definitely heating up – here are 10 tracks I think any serious techno lover should pay attention to both at ADE and on dance floors around the world.

If anyone is in Winnipeg, you might catch one or two of these on Friday when I play the MEMETIC Electronic Music Gala at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, opening for the one Rennie Foster.

Antwon Faulkner – Get Up [KMS Records] 

Harry Romero – La Revolucion [Suara]

Rennie Foster – Perimeter Abstract (John Norman No Siren Edit) [Thoughtless]

Chris Colburn – Neurotic Mother (Petter B Dub) [Organism]

Skober – Out of Time [Riot Recordings]

Sam Paganini – Another Chance [Drumcode]

TomzWork – Tripmastaz (Carlo Lio Remix) [I'm A House Gangsta]

Spektre – Dust & Echoes (Dub Mix) [Analytictrail]

Priism feat Reno Ka – Stay Strong (Ken Young Remix) [KMS]

Translucent & Danny Daze – Speaker Language [Kompakt]


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:


John Norman’s Website

MEME Festival

Manitoba Music


Stanton Warriors Winnipeg July 17,2014

Can’t really contain myself. STANTON WARRIORS are in town town tomorrow night at the Pyramid. The Warriors, Mark and Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley, is arguably the biggest act in the breaks community, churning out booming 808 rhythms since 2001. The Bristolian duo’s rise to the top has been yield by smashing releases on XL Records, Fabric, Cheap Thrills, Central Station, Universal, and of course their own label, Punx.

Winnipeg, you’re in for a treat as the Warriors make a stop in our small city as part of their North American tour. This is an absolute must-see act so let’s give our friends at a huge thanks for making this show happen.

Thursday, July 17
The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Facebook event details (Note: The RespectTheDJ crew will open this up to free entry if the attending numbers on the event jump to 400 people!)

We had a chance to ask The Warriors a few questions in advance of the show. Here’s how it went down.

How’s the tour going?
Great! All gigs have been going off so far!

Do you find many differences between shows in the UK and North America? If so, what are they?
Well the UK doesn’t have go go dancers and no one uses the term EDM but apart from that they are pretty similar.

What’s your favourite thing about playing in Canada?
Canadians like good music. You can’t get away with playing cheese or bad mixing.

This tour is looks like it’s mostly club shows and some small clubs at that. Do you have a favourite type of venue to play? How do club shows differ from festival shows?
Club shows have that intimate vibe where as festivals take things to a whole bigger level. So we love doing both!

Can you take us through your typical, if there is such a thing, show routine? What do you do for prep? As a duo, how do you play your shows?
Drink lots! Sometimes we knock up last minute edits at the hotel. I (Dominic) DJ and Mark chucks in accapellas and fx on top.

You’re busy guys too, with a pretty heavy touring schedule, original productions and remixes, and you run a label – how do you find time for all of this?
No real life outside of music!

When the two of you started out as Stanton Warriors, did you ever think you’d be where you are now? What’s it like looking back at your career?
Can’t believe how long it’s been and that we are still clocking the Airmiles. Can’t complain tho. I’m just glad we have stuck to our sound as it seems to still work well!

Was there a moment when you realized you’ve hit stardom?
2001 I guess when we won loads of awards for our Stanton Session vol 1 mix comp.

Has there ever been any thought behind your social media strategy or does it come out more organically?
We do it all 100% organic and real. I (Dominic) run it, whereas everyone else I know pays someone to run theirs.

What can we expect from the Warriors and with Punks?
A new album and lots of new signings to our label like mafia kiss, marten Hoeger and pirate jams

Who is Pirate Jams and where did you find him / her / they? (It’s one of you right, ha.) Happy Days is such a throwback tune, do you think many new fans can relate to it?
It’s a secret! But it’s not us. The tracks are definitely resonating with the new generation tho! Good music is good music!

Stanton Warriors on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter |


Memetic Forks Bridge Party

Here’s something really special from our friends at Memetic. They’re hosting an all-day, outdoor party at one of the most historic sights in Winnipeg. t’s another first for the Memetic crew, a free electronic music event with a special multimedia visual performance once the sun sets. Suspended over the Assiniboine River at the Forks, the former rail bridge is one of the most unusual places to party and I’m sure there has never been a concert on it.

The event features the return of MICH EP, and a headlining set from a crowd favourite at last year’s Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, MAX ULIS. A number of our favourite local jocks are playing too, including Shael, Nathan Zahn, Mike Jasper, Rick Logic, Lotek, Berbs, and Kasm.

Saturday, July 5
The Forks
Full event info here.

Memetic on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter |


freaky flow in winnipeg (june 30, 2014)

What a better way to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday, than with one of Canada’s top drum and bass exports. Now residing in LA, Bass Therapy is excited to welcome FREAKY FLOW, one of the pioneers of the Canadian electronic scene dropping an all vinyl set!

Monday, June 30
Ozzy’s Nightclub (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Local support by: CHRIS KOMUS // LOTEK // NATHAN ZAHN
Facebook event

Freaky Flow on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter |



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 |