Footage from her mammoth set to close the Dance Arena at EXIT Festival this year shows she has lost none of her knack for twisting and turning a crowd into rapturous abandon either, while she and her label, трип, were due for a highly anticipated showcase at this year’s ADE. The label’s recent release from Roma Zuckerman and the archival treasure from Steve O’Sullivan show Kraviz has lost none of her taste for the more twisted side of 4/4 music, and offer the perfect counterpoint to her own lean into pop territory.
"Vladimir Dubyshkin 'Rural Woman'."
There’s no experience quite like World Club Dome. Whether it be partying 20,000 feet in the air on the World Club Jet, raving in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea on the World Club Cruise, or travelling on the world’s fastest nightclub on the World Club Train, WCD wants to be more than just another festival. It aims to be an event like no other, and time and time again delivers.
Saturday’s event, by contrast, takes place in 24-degree heat. WCD is alive, a moving entity. A personal guilty pleasure, the Zombie stage is absolutely packed. Arguably it’s on the fringes, but is certainly the least pretentious stage at the festival, with no judgement. Hardstyle DJ WildStylez is teeth-shudderingly magnificent, with music so intense, the involuntary blinking coincides with the involuntary dancing.As the sun begins to set on Saturday’s Main Stage, Tinie Tempah works the crowd into a frenzy, dropping party anthem after party anthem.
Kappa Futur has confirmed the after parties and set times for its 2019 edition.
The legendary Turin festival announced its full line-up back in March, including the likes of Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Jamie Jones, The Black Madonna, Ricardo Villalobos, and much more. Now, the festival, running on 6th and 7th July, has locked in Ge-ology for the opening party.
DJ style: “Gabbabalalaika.”
Best known for: “Making the best dental filling in town.”
Fave tune of 2018: ”Dean Grenier ‘Individuate’ (Omnidisc).”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “PTU.”
Nina Kraviz is an inspirational DJ. Emerging from Russia in 2009 with releases on Rekids and Underground Quality, she has subsequently become one of the biggest names on the house/techno circuit. The fact that she has achieved this on her own terms and without any regard to fads and fashions — Kraviz is known for occasionally playing old trance records, for instance — is all the more staggering.
Having issued a series of no-nonsense records on Matt Edwards’ imprint, the former dentist took matters into her own hands and established her own imprint, трип (pronounced ‘Trip’), in 2014. She has used the label as a platform to promote new, emerging artists — take your pick from Bjarki, PTU or Roma Zukerman — as well as releasing material by more established underground names like The Mover, Terrence Dixon and the Aphex Twin alter ego, Universal Indicator on cryptically named compilations such as ‘Don’t Mess With Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid’.
Like most of her colleagues in this poll, Nina says that she has been touring relentlessly. Aside from production, she explains that “the rest is my touring life, which has been a bit tough lately, but that’s not new”. Nina adds: “I’m making a lot of music at the moment. Especially remixes. I‘ve done so many this year. Some already came out and even more are coming. Talking about remixes, I am currently working on a very interesting remix album project for an incredibly talented American artist. Plus, there’s new releases on my Trip and Galaxiid labels — finding new talent is a constant agenda.”
Words: RICHARD BROPHY
EXIT Festival has announced the full Dance Area line-up for its 2016 edition, which includes a performance of Richie Hawtin’s new live show after it debuts at Sónar Barcelona in June.
The Serbian festival runs between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th July and will also welcome Hot Since 82, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz and Solomun.
In January Hawtin revealed that he won’t be taking ENTER. back to Ibiza this year, and this live show is the first major news of his summer plans.
Nina Kraviz’s self-titled debut album is to be reissued later next month.
The LP, originally released on Rekids in 2012, will get a second pressing in December along with a bonus 7” that features two remixes of ‘Ghetto Kraviz’ by DJ Slugo.
The Russian producer and DJ has since gone to start her own label, трип, and contributed a mix to !K7’s long-running ‘DJ Kicks’ series earlier this year.
When thinking of Siberia you're imagination is more likely to turn to endless tundra than techno clubs, the Russian region, which covers 10 percent of the Earth's surface more attuned to the Trans-Siberian Railway than the electronic offspring of Trans-Europe Express. Yet the latest edition to DJ Kicks' ever-excellent mix series, put together by Nina Kraviz (who originally hails from the Siberian city of Irkutsk), shines with a deep knowledge of Detroit techno, Chicago house and beyond.