Siberian-born, Moscow-based Nina Kraviz is sort of a female counterpart to Finland’s Luomo. Nina is a DJ, vocalist and producer of some considerable skill. She is most often associated with ’Deep House’ - where a lot of what she does is much closer to the Germanic Minimal House aesthetic, as well as the aforemention output of Finland’s Sasu Ripati (Luomo, Vladislav Delay et al).
On her debut album for Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint, she largely goes it alone, bar a couple of collaborations - with Hard Ton and King Aus. Her style is stark and subtle with very gradual layering and sleek textural touches; the vocals are often used as sampled and processed snippets including sometimes incomrepehensible chants as on excellent first album single ’Ghetto Kraviz’.
To some ears this will be very much of the ’repetitive beats’ oeuvre, but for those with more finely attuned ears, there is delicate and deft intricacy in these tracks - which are all quite distinct, even though for some listeners it might blur into a singular theme.
Like Luomo, this has a very late-night-ish feel to it, and is a more intimate style of house music - rather more for the head than the feet. After repeated listens I can safely say that this is one classy release which maintains its high quality right across the 14 tracks featured.
I’m sure we will see various different versions of ’Walking in the Night’ as a forthcoming single, same goes for ’Aus’ and ’Taxi Talk’. There really is not a duff track amongst these.
Really great debut, should go on to be one of the most enduring releases of the year.
- Walking in the Night - feat. Hard Ton 4:15
- Aus - feat. King Aus 4:54
- Ghetto Kraviz 3:45
- Taxi Talk 3:44
- False Attraction 5:05
- Working 4:57
- Choices 5:00
- Love or Go 7:01
- Best Friend 4:43
- 4 Ben 4:19
- Turn On the Radio 3:35
- Petr 5:20
- The Needle 1:34
- Fire 4:33