Jon Charnis was producing dance music for quite some time before he found his true calling in the slower, darker, and deeper shades of house. After getting attention from Innervisions label boss Dixon, his track 'Prophecy' was signed to the label and he quickly followed that up with an outstanding remix of Art Department's 'Robot Heart'. Showing all signs of continuing on this trajectory, his music found it's way onto labels like Supernature, All Day I Dream, and Leftroom Records and he hasn't looked back since.
Ahead of his gig at Cityfox, we asked Jon to select his favorite tracks of the moment. The collection he presents ranges from the deep and hypnotic to dancefloor sophistication and all are guaranteed to captivate the listener. View his selection below and be sure to check out his set at Cityfox on April 9th with Lee Burridge, Cassy, Job Jobse and more. Find tickets here.
Etapp Kyle - Sakura [Klockworks]
I love simple songs where the sum of its parts create something much greater than the individual elements. I'm also a sucker for melodic dub techno. So the combination of those here is just perfect. Stripped down, super deep, yet big on impact and mood. I can listen to this song on loop without getting bored.
David August - Patria feat. Sissi Rada
It may be too obvious to put a David August track in a top 10 list but I cannot resist when I love a song this much. And somehow, I haven't heard anybody play this out yet. One of the best songs I've heard in a very long time.
Fabrizio Lapiana - 1002B [M_REC LTD]
This dystopian slab of melodic techno hits the spot and hasn't left my crate since I snagged it over a year ago. Takes me to another place. It's vinyl only but worth the hunt.
Dorisburg - Kassiopeia [Hivern Discs]
I've been following Dorisburg ever since I stumbled upon his earlier stuff on Boss Musik, a vinyl only label based out of Stockholm.
I later found out he was half of Genius of Time. This song has everything I like in melodic techno - unpredictable meandering melodies, deep drums, and ambient atsmopheres that creates the perfect vibe. This label can do no wrong as of late.
Kuniyuki - Shout [Mule Musiq]
Probably about time I reveal this secret weapon of mine as I've been rinsing it to death.
It's been a staple for me since I debuted it into my sets at Burning Man last year where it was always one of my biggest tracks.
Insane trippy modulated synths with chunky live tribal drums and a weaving arppegiattor, a formula absolutely perfect for west coast desert parties.
Sei A - Ancestors (Edward Remix) [Aus Music]
Half techno, half break-beat, a 13 min ride into unchartered territories. Super trippy, just how I like it.
Sfire - Sfire 3 (John Talabot's Tribalist Rework) [?]
Talabot's been on absolute fire for the last couple of years and this track is one of his best if you ask me, which is saying a lot. An absolute banger that's been killing it in my sets lately.
Love Over Entropy - Autumnal [Lossless]
My good friend Michel, aka Love Over Entropy, is writing some very special music at the moment and I believe he's going to have a breakout year in 2016.
Autumnal is my favorite he did last year and its on Lossless Records, run by another good friend , Mathias Schober. Mathias is also writing unbelievable music at the moment under guises such as Show-B, SB, etc.
Both ones to watch.
Dance Spirit - In Between Spaces [Rebellion]
I have to give a shout to my favorite local duo and friends here in LA, Dance Spirit. We've collaborated on a couple tracks already and I find them inspiring on many levels. These boys work so fast that they sometimes make music specifically for certain gigs. This one was made for Audiofly's SACBE party in Tulum. Listening to this song is almost like being there. Mystic jungle music.
Lawrence - Oolong High [Pampa]
This track is now ancient in dance music terms , yet it's found its way back into my crate yet again. An absolute classic and my go to track for after hours when the dancefloor is vibey.