Monday, 17 May 2010

SMS mix 07 - Nick Agha

In addition to the headline-grabbing big hitters such as Carl Craig, The Very Best, Friendly Fires, Theo Parish and pals, our first summer festival will also showcase the estimable talents of some of the UK's best up'n'coming DJs and producers, and none more so than Nick Agha, a Brixton-based house and techno zealot best known for being the brains behind club/events company Don't Panic.

Nick's exclusive SMS mix, the seventh in our weekly series, features plenty of his own tracks, several unheard till now, alongside re-rubs and mixes by revered house heads like Prosumer and Chez Damier (tracklisting below). We caught up with Nick to find out more...

Download: SMS mix 07 - Nick Agha

Tell us about the mix you’ve recorded for SMS?
"My productions range between deep house and techno but I wanted to keep this mix on the house tip to create the feeling of outside daytime dancing in sunny Croatia. It gets more slamming in the middle with an abstract peak with my track satellite over and out of Nikola Gala and into some Levon remix genius mellowing again with some old school productions at the end. I haven't mastered my tracks so it was tough mixing and EQing these waves into vinyl so sorry if the sound quality isn't the best but I think Ive achieved a live raw loose which is important to me. All the effects are done live in the mix with a midi controller."

Any exclusives on there?
"There's 8 exclusive tracks of mine on there which until released we can call works in progress."

Summer's coming, what's on the agenda?
"Got my first release scheduled on a great new label Canta run by some serious young house heads really into the music and the scene as well as the creative and design element of the label towards the end of Summer and a few other labels interested. Definitely hitting Sonar and hopefully a holiday to Borneo! :)"

Tell us about your latest projects?
"Really it's the music all the time and Don't Panic keeps me pretty busy."

What current artists are you drawing inspiration from right now?
"Levon, Omar, Prosumer, Qu, Jus Ed."

What are you favourite/biggest tunes of the moment?
Party People Clap / Doublejointed Cosmodrome

What can we expect from your show at Stop Making Sense?
"More of the same music-wise hopefully with a visual element if its possible."

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at the festival?
"So many! Juan Atkins, Theo, Patrice, Wbeeza, Giles and James, Rob Summerhayes, Girlcore."

Any unusual festival tips?
"Don't forget the magic word."

Where will we find you at sunrise on Sunday morning?
"Dancing on the beach hopefully."

Track Listing:
Nick Agha - Moving Image (Original Mix)
Lovebirds - My Man (Original Mix)
Nick Agha - The City and the Stars
Sascha Dive - Just Groove (Chez Damier Mix)
Nick Agha - Nightfall (Original Mix)
Motor City Soul - Deliver Me ft. Ernesto (Prosumer Remix)
Nick_Agha - Silent Running (Original Mix)
Delano Smith - Truth (Original Mix)
Nick Agha - Step Sequence (Original Mix)
Nikola Gala - The Phunk (Original Mix)
Nick Agha - Satellite (Original Mix)
DJ Qu - Party People Clap (Levon Vincent Remix)
Nick Agha - Calling Home (Original Mix)
Nick Agha - New Year (Original Mix)

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