Nina Kraviz’s Label Set to Unveil 12″ By Bjarki

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Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat. Don’t be put off by the exotic characters, you can simply pronounce трип as “Trip.” It’s the name of Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz’s label, which is about to unleash its first-ever 12″ release.

The artist chosen for this milestone is Icelandic techno threat Bjarki, and the record’s fanciful-sounding title, Arthur and Intergalactic Whales, is nearly as evocative as the music it contains. Even in the space of just two tracks, “I Wanna Go Bang” and “Orange Juice Man,” Bjarki manages to convey a wide range of musical personalities. One cut is all about the beat, and the other is an atmospheric piece drifting through different textures. The net effect is one that falls perfectly in line with Kraviz’s previously stated goal for the label to represent the “trippier, acidic side of electronic music.”

The artwork by Tombo contributes to that feeling significantly as well. The vocal sample on “I Wanna Go Bang,” containing the title phrase, put the artist in mind of Arthur Russell’s song “Go Bang” and from there he free-associated his way into some cosmically stirring imagery. Kraviz sums it up by saying, “He came up with two beautiful whales and some really psychedelic drawings: I thought they looked like they were Arthur and intergalactic whales.”

Who can argue with that? Find out for yourself on July 15.

Nina Kraviz’s ‘DJ Kicks’ Due In January

Nina Kraviz DJ Kicks

Globetrotting Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz has mixed an upcoming installment of K7’s longstanding DJ Kicks series. Due out January 26, 2015, Kraviz’s sprawling 29-track mix features a range of dance floor styles and cuts by Goldie, Armando, DJ Bone, Adam Beyer and Polygon Window. The mix includes various exclusives as well as unreleased tracks from Nina’s трип label.

Said Kraviz, “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.”

She added, “At the very end of the mix you can hear my spoken words in Russian that take me back to the time when I had my own night radio show. From time to time I will pop up in the middle of the track to announce the artist or just share what’s on my mind. “Have you ever been to Reykjavik? I haven’t. But I would like to go there one day.”

Tracklisting for Nina Kraviz’s DJ Kicks

1. Egotrip – Dreamworld (Acapella)
2. Nina Kraviz – Mystery (DJ-Kicks)
3. Area – Broken Glass Everywhere
4. Prototype 909 – Atma
5. Goldie – Truth
6. Bjarki – Revolution
7. Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
8. Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
9. Population One – Bonus Beat
w/ Flatner / Ingram Project – Da Comin’ (Jay Denham RMX) Acapella
w/ Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide Acapella
10. Breaker 1 2 – In The Distance
11. Steve Stoll – Pop Song
12. Bradley Strider – Untitled
13. Stanislav Tolkachev – I Will Not Pee In The Pool
14. Armando – Pleasure Dome
15. Nina Kraviz – Prozimokompleme
16. Baby Ford – 24 HR
17. Fred P – Higher Mentalism (edit)
18. Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
19. Steve Stoll – Corona
20. Freak Electrique – Parsec
21. Population One – Out Of Control (Vocal Mix)
22. Exos & Octal – Grow
23. Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN – Complaints A
24. Plaid – Oi
25. DJ Bone – The Vibe
26. Adam Beyer pres Conceiled Project – Pattern 1
27. Polygon Window – Quino-Phec
28. Nikita Zabelin feat. dBridge – So Lonely
29. Rizhome – Corridor