Artist: Nina Kraviz
Title: Nina Karviz DJ Kicks
Genre: House / Techo / IDM / Ambient
So how much do you really know about Nina Kraviz other than being a Techno DJ, an accomplished producer and one of dance music’s breakthrough names of the last five years?
Although it is all true, there’s so much more to her story than that. She’s one of electronic music’s most interesting character’s; someone who has stuck to her musical guns since day one, someone who has wide-ranging roots that run deep in the past yet she’s also the embodiment of the future.
Her signature sound is a raw blend of House and Techno with a very acidic feel and if that feels very now, Kraviz has a lot to do with it; which is why she was asked to mix the latest instalment of !K7’s landmark ‘DJ Kicks’ series.
NINA KRAVIZ DJ KICKS
The result is up there with the best in the ‘DJ Kicks’ back catalogue. It’s a sublimely crafted set, deep and trippy, like you’ve tuned into a mysterious pirate radio station in the dead of the night or stumbled across a stream from an illegal party.
Nearly half of the 29 tracks are exclusives from Kraviz’s трип (pronounced “Trip”) label, including three of her own: ‘Mystery’, ‘IMPRV’ and ‘Prozimokompleme’. They have a raw, minimalistic stripped down feel that’s clearly inspired by her Chicago and Detroit roots, sharing the same first take vibe.
“The mix contains lots of vocals. Words spoken in the most spooky and at times almost inaudible way. They come from nowhere and disappear into the music. This is like many of my own productions where I use vocals and verbal loops to achieve this trippy, going nowhere effect”. Nina Karvitz, October 2014
Kraviz also shows a slightly different side with her DJ Kicks mix:
“People probably know me for my Dance Mania-inspired, stripped down jacking groove style of DJing but the idea behind this particular mix was to create more of a trippy underwater vibe. A mysterious, sonic journey, inspired by the times I used to listen to late night radio growing up and imagine that all the sounds brought to me via the radio waves came directly from space.” Nina Karvitz, October 2014
It ranges far and wide from House to IDM, from Ambient to Techno, but at the same time it sounds like one story. It’s a mix full of emotion, one of the reasons people connect with Kraviz’s DJing. It feels very honest.
Editor’s Sidenote: Nina Kraviz DJ Kicks is released on 26 January 2015. Pre-order the album ——>NinaKravizDJKicks