We’re only two month into 2012, but there is already little doubt left that Nina Kraviz’s eponymous album will be considered as one of the most exciting debuts of this year. One reason for this is the inimitably sparse, hypnotic but also very raw brand of deep house the Russian producer and singer has developed. Which leaves us to the question: Where do you get so much funk from when you have been raised in the middle of Sibiria? As Nina relates in the current Groove cover story, it could be mainly due to her father’s extensive record collection, among which she grew up and which contained numerous disco, jazz and progressive rock albums. For the latest episode of our podcast, Nina compiled some of those influential records of her youth and blended them into a unique and unconventional mix.
What is the concept behind the mix?
I just wanted to share my love of the beautiful heritage of the 1960s and 1970s music era. I find this era extremely powerful in terms of how emotions are delivered musically. This mix is about love, passion and all that boogie. There are some quiet moments though, but only in order to get things going even more crazy afterwards.
You are touring Germany to support the release of your album and you will be playing a live set for the first time on this tour. What will your live setup be like?
You are right: These will be my very first steps towards a live performance. And that is why I decided to keep my live setup pretty simple. There will be computer and controllers, effect boxes, keyboard and me on the microphone!
Is there one gig to which you are especially looking forward to?
Yes, I actually feel pretty excited about all of them. Shall I even start telling you how much I like Robert Johnson? I don’t think you need more sentimental stuff here. Panorama Bar – indeed, Ego Club where I performed for my first time in Hamburg with its amazing crew and of course Bob Beaman, where I never played before, but where – following the advice of Tobi Neumann – I was supposed to play long time ago because of the great soundsystem of the club. Yes! I am very, very exited about my lovely German tour!
- Co Real Artist – What About You (In The World Today)
- Sweet Potato Pie – Hot Disco Night (Are You Ready) Extended Mix
- Cultural Vibe – Ma Foom Bey
- Cecil Leuter – Pop Electronique No.2
- Moody Blues – In The Beginning
- Byrdie Green – Return Of The Prodigal Son
- Piero Piccioni – Once And Again
- Blood, Sweat & Tears – I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
- The Swingle Singers & The Modern Jazz Quartet – Air for G String (J. S. Bach)
- Piero Piccioni – Revelation
- Claudja Barry – Love For The Sake Of Love (Social Disco Club Edit)