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Selections: Kiss Nuka

In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Kiss Nuka spotlights earthy ambient techno and electro, skittering jungle, footwork and more

Very few boast a creative résumé quite as stacked as Anushka Manchanda, the award-winning editor and filmmaker, former pop star, playback singer and actress now making waves in the electronic music arena as Kiss Nuka. This latest incarnation – which stands for ‘Nature's Universal Kinectic Attention’ – is one the Mumbai and Barcelona-based Indian polymath feels most deeply connected to, combining her lifelong pursuit of musical connection with uplifting the causes close to her.

Her latest EP for Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce label, ‘Witches Brew’, is a beaming manifestation of the Kiss Nuka mantra. “Dedicated to the strength and magic of women”, the project features billowing ambient, breaks and electro-pop needled into four spectral dancefloor scorchers. Its lead single landed earlier this month in a haze of ravey drums and broken rhythms, conducted by Kiss Nuka’s own melismatic vocal, along with the heads-down heater ‘Dance Of The Ravens’. The B-side – released today (5th July) to complete the packet – is equally spellbinding, comprising the growling, bass-driven ‘Blood Moon’ and slower, more atmospheric modes of ‘Dance of the Ravens (Aftermath)’.

As a live performer, Kiss Nuka has brought her hypnotic sounds to stages such as Magnetic Fields festival, Rave The Planet, and Far Out Left, as well as most recently Glastonbury’s Greenpeace Stage. Here, alongside a line-up of contemporaries including I. JORDAN, Saoirse and Jaguar, the DJ debuted her brand new A/V live show, which features powerful footage shot by the artist herself in nature alongside her distinctive blend of jungle, techno, d&b, and ethereal electronica.

It’s the latest endeavour of an artist constantly expanding her creative repertoire into new realms, guided by her passions for the natural world, protecting feminine energy and moving bodies around the dancefloor. Kiss Nuka’s Selections offer a small snippet of these interests, from earthy ambient techno and electro, to skittering jungle, footwork and beyond. 

‘Witches Brew’ is out now on Future Bounce – listen here.

‘Tack’ [Accidental Meetings]

“‘Tack’ from Saskia’s debut album ‘es’ is ear candy. With deep, enveloping sonics, the track offers to take you on an almost meditative journey through the artist’s exploration of sound. You’re floating, yet grounded at the same time.”

Azu Tiwaline
‘Reptilian Waves’ [I.O.T Records]

“It’s hard to pick just one track from Azu Tiwaline’s earthy, hypnotic album ‘The Fifth Dream’. On ‘Reptilian Dreams’, a dark, airy opening is broken by percussion, always delightfully swaying just a little out of time. The track takes its time to build, you swim deeper into it, then halfway through it kicks in with a little surprise, and you’re locked into a groove you didn’t see coming. Must listen: ‘Night in Palmtree’ and ‘Canopée Imaginaire’ from the same album.”

‘Leftenant Keith’ [YCO]

“In Hindi we have a word we use for music that has swing... it’s called ‘jhol’, and this track has that in spades! The groove is similar to Indian folk rhythm, and it feels weirdly familiar to me. Also check out ‘Dexxy Is A Midnight Runner’ off the same EP.”

Zoë Mc Pherson
‘Potentials’ [SFX]

“The pulsing bassline, gritty drums, weird traveling atmospheres, and vocal hook suck you into a Trent Reznor-kinda world – and I’m all for it.”

Mary Droppinz
‘Pink Lambo’ [Altered States]

“This isn’t your regular four-on-the-floor and has all the vibes of a peak summer, sweaty, electro club track. The drums are dope, the bass is dirty, and I dig the treatment of the vocal chops. This is off ‘The Cycle’ EP,  and the track that shares its name with the EP is also cool af.”

‘Eye Am’ [Planet Mu]

“Organic percussion and unexpected rhythm patterns in an electronic context that transports you to a different world. Jlin’s cinematic sound design could be the soundtrack to an intense scene set deep in a jungle, where the protagonist sits by a fire in contemplation, surrounded by drummers, the exact moment where his life changes.”

muva of Earth
‘no one else has your magik!’ [Brownswood]

“This Air-like track is like falling into a beautiful LSD trip. With each time it plays the harp pulls you in deeper and deeper. The softness of her voice wraps its arms around you, and all you can do is let go.”

‘Masti’ [Tru Thoughts’

“From the jazz-laden electronica to the soulful melodies and lush atmospheres, ‘Masti’ is full of warmth. I love the pitch-bent bass and the pitter-patter of the synth around my head. A track to have on your headphones soothing your senses as a you navigate real life.”