After two months on the road, spinning everywhere from Dubai to Mauritius, NINJA is back on home turf. Known to her pals as simply Farah, the mega talented DJ and producer has gained serious props since kickstarting her career back in '09, holding down residencies at Privilege in Ibiza to Nozomi in London. We caught up with the fast rising star this week, to talk 10 essential club tunes that never leave her bag.
++ Catch NINJA spin this Friday 29th January at Work Bar (N19EZ) alongside Anna Wall, Coco Cole, Ceri and CTC DJs at Chase The Compass Presents: WORKITOUT. Free entry & full details here. ++
'WHERE ARE YOU NOW'
"This track for me is like the holy grail of techno. It’s fitting that it was released on Monika Kruse’s ’15 Years of Terminal M’ album because it’s a celebratory track for sure. No matter how many times I hear or mix it, I am always hit with new feelings of euphoria and elation. The buildup is phenomenal and the baseline is just relentless. It never fails to evoke an unforgettably emotive experience on the dance floor."
"A commanding Drumcode stomper from Mr Capriati. Once I start going into the techno zone, this is one of the first tracks I like to start with as it really awakens the crowd as to what's about to happen! I think he named the track perfectly! love the dark ambience and unique groove this track instantly brings to the speakers."
RADIO SLAVE, DUBFIRE, DANTON EEPROM
'GRINDHOUSE (DUBFIRE TERROR PLANET REMIX)'
"A proper 6AM classic! I’ll never forget first hearing this track when I was 17 in the dark rooms of Fabric, entering the depths of my DJ journey. I definitely picked the right sound system to hear such an outstanding production on! I remember hearing the powerful synth horns thinking Judgement Day was about to come. It has served me well at countless afterparties and brings back many fond memories. I’m very happy the producers released the stems for this track recently, been having a lot of fun throwing in those horns into the groove!"
"Playing this track on vinyl is a beautiful experience. I love the simplicity of this track and being able to play it on vinyl accentuates each element, there are no melodies to fall back on just very clever rhythmical plays on percussion that keep you grooving on and on. What I dig the most is the powerful African drum the track it's based around, I love to throw in tribal tricks in my sets and this is one that really gets people started."
MUSIC MAN RECORDS
"A magical track made for incredibly special moments and sunrises. This track has touched so many people and encapsulates so many emotions journeying through endless realms of beauty. It’s melodic, it’s haunting, it’s hypnotising and six years later after countless plays it’s still in my top 10."
"Porto for me is a piece of electronic art. Stunning layers of Spanish guitar interlaced with a heavy and textured bassline, it inspires the soul and watching the dance floor completely melt into this song is a liberating feeling."
DJUMA SOUNDSYSTEM, TRENTEMOLLER
'LES DJIINS (TRENTEMOLLER REMIX)'
"Sampled from a Turkish fusion jazz musician, I remember a time when almost every DJ on the planet opened their sets with this masterpiece, and looking back it’s easy to hear why! Trentemoller weaved his magic into the production with ambient tones and textures, and it still gives me goosebumps. Feelings of pure transcendence, peace and harmony emerge every time I drop this."
AVATISM, MIND AGAINST
'PLANETARIO (MIND AGAINST REMIX)'
"This is a timeless piece for me, poetry in a musical form. I feel like the producers did an amazing job of painting the state of our melancholy world onto a creative canvas. To me, it feels like an abstract expression of how our planet has shaped life and how intrinsically life has shaped music."
"A spine tingling opening track from start to finish. The guitar and trumpets on this track are spectacular. I remember hearing an unfinished snippet of this track online two years ago, it’s incredible to hear how it developed. I think Stavroz are one of the most underrated duos on the scene right now and I love surprising people with this one."
BLOND:ISH, PATRICE BAUMEL
'ENDLESS GAMES (PATRICE BAUMEL DUB MIX)'
"Recorded in the Mayan jungles of Mexico, this track makes you fly even if your feet are on the ground. Everything about it heralds a top level production. The dreamy, spacey vocals from Corey Webb are electrifying. I also love how Patrice’s dub touch adds a very raw and sensory experience to the track. I love taking my dance floors to another dimension with this one."