In the first week of July last year, Anastasia Kristensen arrived in the Serbian city of Novi Sad for EXIT Festival. The gig was to mark the halfway point in a year of heavy touring, which would eventually top out at over 80 shows in 34 countries; meanwhile, her first full solo release was finally in the works. Then, as she prepared for her opening night set in the enormous mts Dance Arena, she got a phone call with the news that her father had died. A few days had passed already, and the police had been at his apartment in Moscow.
“When I go to Moscow I feel very different. There is no doubt it’s a homophobic society. Even at the parties I have to remind them that there should be space for everybody. It’s my duty, as someone who’s resident at a queer party to prevent and educate”
Based in Copenhagen, where her flat is a handy seven minutes from the airport, Kristensen is frequently described as a Danish DJ, but in fact, she only acquired a Danish passport in 2017. As she tells it, her life has been marked by her experience of dislocation and immigration. “That has a lot to answer for — why I play this music as I do, why things happen for me,” she offers. “I probably have a different understanding of values, because coming from Russia to Denmark was overwhelming.”
Shape-shifting DJ/producer Daniel Avery has a longstanding relationship with Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound; it’s home to many of his EPs, including 2012’s ‘Need Electric’ and his debut album ‘Drone Logic’, which explored all corners of his dark, acid-laced dancefloor-centric productions in 2013. Last year’s follow-up LP ‘Song For Alpha’ took on a slightly different trajectory, accentuating melodic structures with downtempo, melancholy moments like ‘Slow Fade’.
02. HAAi ‘It’s Something We Can All Learn From’
“HAAi is the coolest new character on the scene with a truly magnetic presence about her, dancing hard to the beat of her own drum. She takes her love of psychedelic music from around the world and throws it into her own unique universe, turning heads at every corner. From newcomer to Essential Mix Of The Year in under two years, she’s a new superstar in full flight.”
03. Clay Wilson ‘E4 (Patrick Russell Remix)’
04. Manni Dee ‘Drips’
“Brutalist techno with a social conscience and a raging fire in its stomach, Manni is on unstoppable form at the moment. Go and check out his album ‘The Residue’ on Tresor, then his stuff on Perc Trax. Then go and watch him play live or witness him DJ and tell me your life hasn’t been made better in some way.”
05. Mor Elian ‘Move Like Atoms’
“Mor is the new queen of the broken drum-beat in my eyes. Everything she makes sounds like it’s been discovered on an alien planet but there is still a distinctly human pulse underpinning it all — her stuff reminds me of early Warp records fed through a modern techno filter. She’s also an incredible DJ and one of the coolest people you’ll meet.”
06. PSSU ‘307309’
“I wasn’t going to pick one of my own but fuck it, I’m incredibly proud of this collaboration with friend and studio neighbour Richard Fearless — released on his own label, Drone. I was always drawn more to the electronic sides of Death In Vegas, given what an amazing club DJ Fearless is, so it’s exciting to see him push this side of himself further in recent years. He’s an inspiring character who has never stayed still and never stopped creating.”
07. Planetary Assault Systems ‘Strange Attractor’
“No one needs me to tell them how incredibly important Luke Slater is to the world of techno. I picked this track out of a hat as one of about twenty records of his I play on a regular basis. To have a remix by Luke on my new collection is such a rush for me — particularly one that sounds like the sky is falling in.”
08. Inga Mauer & Hellboii ‘Space Trac Two’
“Inga is easily one of my favourite artists around. Her style is raw and uncompromising, completely unaffected by outside trends and forces. There’s a darkness that bleeds to the edges of her sound but she’s also a funny little shit who couldn’t care less what people think of her, as long as they are listening.”
09. SHDW & Obscure Shape ‘Verlorene Seelen’
“This pair make basement rave music that translates onto huge stages without ever being overblown or self-indulgent — an almost impossible task. Their tracks lift an entire crowd and I play something by them in practically every set. Simplicity is one of the hardest things to do well in club music but these guys consistently offer a masterclass.”
10. Anastasia Kristensen ‘Ascetic’
“Anastasia is one of the most exciting new DJ names around, destroying every club she enters, but it’s in her productions where I feel her light will shine the strongest. There’s a certain poise to everything she makes; the drums in her tracks glide across a room even when they are aggressive. A room lights up to her music.”
Anastasia Kristensen will release her debut solo EP, ‘Ascetic’, via Arcola on 1st March.
The Moscow-born, Copenhagen-based DJ extraordinaire follows up tracks and remixes on labels like Houndstooth with her first release of entirely original material. Featuring four-tracks of immersive dub techno, formidable breaks and dancefloor demolishers, it’s been more than worth the wait.
Nina Kraviz and Anastasia Kristensen have contributed remixes to a new Special Request EP.
'Through The Looking Glass' drops on 27th July on Houndstooth and sees Kraviz remix ‘Curtain Twitcher’ twice and Kristensen providing a stellar rework of 'Tiresias' — both originally lifted from Special Request’s 2017 album ‘Belief System’.
‘Looking Glass’ is a new track from Paul Woolford's Special Request alias.
Listen to one of Kraviz's remixes of 'Curtain Twitcher' below.
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