Trainspotting with Johan S

Johan S aka Subtractive Recordings label boss, Johan Strandkvist, is basically Swedish dance music royalty. He was part of the renowned DJ collective, Swemix back in the 90s and the producer behind the behind the multimillion-selling singles ‘Crying At The Discoteque’ and ‘Sexual Guarantee’ by Alcazar. With a career spanning decades, today he remains as relevant as ever, releasing on the more underground tip on Toolroom, Defected and Simma Black, to now releasing on indie label of the moment, Perfect Havoc. Here Johan S puts together the current top 10 tunes rocking his world….


Johan S x Andy Reid – In Your Eyes (Extended Mix) [PERFECT HAVOC]

A bit of self promotion here! This was such a fun track to do and it’s great to see how well it works. Massive thanks to Perfect Havoc for signing it and to each and every one of you supporting it!

Diplo & Miguel – Don’t Forget My Love (Extended Mix) [HIGHER GROUND]

One of my absolute favourite tracks so far this year – such an emotional track, perfect to end your set with. Massive summer vibes!

Diplo & Miguel - Don't Forget My Love (Official Music Video)

Chaney – Love Again (Extended Mix) [TOOLROOM]

Another firm favourite in my sets from the day it came out – such a beautiful track, those vocal breakdowns give me goosebumps every time I drop it.

CHANEY - Love Again (Extended Mix)

Tuff London – Heartbeat (Extended Mix) [TOOLROOM TRAX]

I always drop this monster of a track in my sets and every single time it works perfectly – a future classic for sure! It’s such a well balanced track; it’s hard and soft at the same time so there’s a little bit of everything for everyone in it. And the energy levels in this are insane! Banger!

Tuff London - Heart Beat (Extended Mix)

Nic Fanciulli, Retna – This is Life (Extended Mix) [SAVED]

My favourite Saved track – it doesn’t sound like anything else. Quite often that is not a good thing but with this track it is, people just go bananas when that synth riff drops. An absolute killer track!

Nic Fanciulli & Retna - This is Life (Extended Mix)

Johan S & Oliver Knight – Deep Inside (Extended Mix) [TOOLROOM TRAX]

This collab that I did with my mate Oliver Knight on Toolroom is also a firm favourite in my sets – uplifting rave vibes with tons and tons of energy. I think this perfectly captures that awesome Toolroom Trax vibe that we all love.

Johan S x Oliver Knight - Deep Inside (Extended Mix)

Heller & Farley Project – Ultra Flava (Low Steppa & Johan S Remix) [DEFECTED]

A classic that usually finds its way into most of my sets, especially when I play in the UK. Such a fun remix to do even though it always is a bit scary to remix classics like this one, but it turned out quite well, I think! Massive thanks to my bro Low Steppa of course.

Heller & Farley Project - Ultra Flava (Low Steppa & Johan S Extended Remix)

Gettoblaster – Phantom (Original Mix) [TOO MANY RULES]

Been playing this one quite a lot lately. It’s such a wicked groove that just builds and builds – love it.

Gettoblaster - Phantom (Original Mix) [TOO MANY RULES]

Ango Tamarin – Antelope (Extended Mix) [CIRCUS RECORDINGS]

I’m quite intrigued by this artist as pretty much everything he puts out is just proper mad. Released earlier this year on Yousef’s Circus Recordings, this monster track sounds amazing on a big PA system.

Gettoblaster - Phantom (Original Mix) [TOO MANY RULES]

Todd Terry – Let Me Tell You Somethinn (Johan S Remix) [PHOENIX MUSIC]

I need to mention this one too I think as it is quite an important part of my history. When it was out on my brother Andy Reid’s Phoenix label back in 2019 it caused quite a stir. A simple remix really – just banging drums, stabs and those vocals – sometimes that’s all you need!

Let Me Tell You Somethinn (Johan S Remix)

Johan S & Andy Reid ‘In Your Eyes’ is out now on Perfect Havoc


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