Review: Well, you can always trust Radio Slave's Rekids to provide the goods, and they've done it again with this remix EP of Nina Kraviz's now much sought-after "Ghetto Kraviz" banger from 2011, originally out on the same Rekids with huge success. It's the relatively unknown Garbiel Cassina aka Regal who turns in the two versions, a producer who has been steadily making a name for himself via Involve Records. The first "303 Remix" chops the vocals of the original and stutters them over heavy kicks, subtle swirls of acid and a rattling percussion, while the "Dub Remix" chucks in a fine layer of Basic Channel chords and a whole load of subbass. Painfully effective.
Review: Before Nina Kraviz was hailed the techno heavyweight she is today she surfaced with a unique brand of electro that fully realised itself in 2012 with a debut album for Rekids, Ghetto Kraviz. Following a selection of remixes from the likes of Steve Rachmad, Kink and French producers Alex Kid and Amine Edge, a rare run of coloured 7"s featuring two remixes from Chicago ghetto house OG DJ Slugo made their way out too. Today, and in tandem with a recent collaboration with alongside Paris Mitchell, DJ Slugo's two "Ghetto Kraviz" remixes enter the digital realm, with the epic 808 drum rolls of the second mix a masterclass in juke not to be overlooked.
Review: Russian producer Nina Kraviz gets remixed in three radically different ways. KiNK's take on "Love or Go" is a mellow affair, with dubby drums mixed with a resonating bass and a warm acid bleed leading into a sensuous breakdown. By contrast, Steve Rachmad puts the focus on the dance floor for his reshape. The Dutchman's 'Jack' version is powered by heavy drums and Kraviz' vocal contribution sounds like it has been taken over by a montone robot as an atmospheric filter pushes it into an epic breakdown. Rachmad's 'Scorp' version is far heavier and more stipped back, with tearing acid lines unravelling over metallic beats and the robot reduced to intoning what sounds like 'techno, techno, techno'.
Review: This compilation neatly brings together the many versions of Kraviz tracks that have appeared on Radioslave's label. While the passage of time has not been kind to some of the remixes - KinK's grinding take on "Love Or Go" and the minimal house of Alexkid's 2010 version of "Pain in the Ass" - in the main, it's an impressive collection. Urban Tribe breathe mysterious synth lines and heavy electro-bass tones into "Taxi Talk" and Steve Rachmad's version of "Ghetto Kraviz" and DVS1's take on "Best Friend" represent the more considered end of club techno. Matt Edwards' own contribution should not be forgotten either, and his understated take on "Aus", replete with camera clicks and woozy synths, is one of his finest reworks to date.
Review: Siberian singer/producer Nina Kraviz has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last few years, thanks in no small part to a killer debut 12" (2009's "Pain In The Ass"). Here she drops her long-promised debut album for Matt 'Radioslave' Edwards' Rekids imprint, a collection of unusual deep house, downtempo and leftfield pop cuts with her own unique twist. It's a decidedly atmospheric and forward-thinking collection that mixes her fragile vocals and off-kilter production with live instrumentation and decidedly bass-heavy grooves. It's a wickedly original formula, capable of delivering haunting songs ("Fire", Hard Ton collab "Walking In The Night"), fuzzy floorfillers ("Ghetto Kraviz") and spooky downbeat grooves ("The Needle"). Highly recommended.
Review: Nina Kraviz' passion for ghetto is well documented, and she previously remixed a Mitchell track back in 2014. This time the pair have come together to co-produce this EP, which is a taster for a Dance Mania project on Snatch. The original 'ghetto acid' version of "Butterfly" sees the pair unite androgynous vocals and a primal ghetto rhythm track with that other great Chicago sound, the 303, to create a wigged out but insistent banger. The label has recruited the fast-rising DJ Krime to rework the original, and in his hands it turns into a murky, stepping affair.