Italian DJ and producer Noha is exactly the kind of person we like welcoming at ‘Back 2 Mine’. A painter of some esteem, he’s a seriously creative guy and one of his country’s most exciting up-and-coming talents. A maverick in the studio, he’s just as comfortable turning his hand to house as is to techno and has already put out music for the likes of his own Nabuco label, his Panick!Panick! label and Cabinet, Nila and Moss.co. Much of Noha’s creative process is driven by both a love for visual arts and analog gear, meaning we knew he’d be a perfect candidate for this series. Here’s what went down when we checked in with him recently…
Cesaria Evora – Angola (Carl Craig Mix)
It’s amazing what Carl Craig did here. I used to play this one as my last track for a long, long time and it still gives me goosebumps every time.
Steve Reich w/ Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint (Fast Movement – Part 3)
I had been familiar with the creations of Steve Reich and Pat Metheny for quite some time, but when I got introduced to this piece of artwork in particular I couldn’t believe I had managed to miss it.
Closer Musik – one two three (no gravity)
What Matias Aguayo did here almost seems to come from another world. There’s an interview with him where he explains how not owning a delay effect forced him to mimic it by having to repeat some words himself on the recording. I find this a perfect example of how limitations can push creativity and uniqueness within your work.
Ricardo Villalobos – Fabric 36 – 04 Farenzer House
I remember buying his fabric mix and listening it while laying down on a bench in London. I was waiting for a friend that in the end took forever to get there, and maybe in retrospect it’s better like this.
I didn’t really know who Villalobos was back then, we’re talking quite a few years ago, but I remember being shocked by listening to something that sounded so unique and unheard of.
Minilogue – Ahck (Jichael Mackson remix)
The perfect example of tension, I still play this one quite a lot. It creates its own floating atmosphere that brings everyone close. The perfect example of what the word “tension” could mean. I still play this one a lot, the effect is always the same: it creates this kind of floating, dreamy atmosphere and suddenly you feel very close to everybody in the room.
IV27 Âme – Fiori – Dixon Beat Edit (Secret Weapons Four)
Always been amazed by the simplicity and rhythm of this one. One of the first tracks that really pushed me to start producing myself.
Margaret Dygas – 37 min to 7
I remember discovering this one just after moving to Berlin: I was 22, alone and looking for my first flat on a Sunday morning in December. Walking in the snow, the grey color of the sky clashing with this extremely white light reflecting from under my footsteps. Something of an unsettling and melancholic feeling. I was listening to this track and wondering where these sounds could come from.
Luciano – Fourges Et Sabres [Perlon – PERL 62]
This may as well be one of the first few vinyl I ever got. I had no idea who Luciano or Cadenza was back then too. This one belongs to my high school years where every day I would drop to the record store after class and buy one record. Once home I’d spend hours learning how to mix.
Patrice Scott – Excursions (Reprise) (2009)
I dont’t think I need words to describe why this song is so important to me. It simply is pure poetry.
Panick!Panick! 02 (ft. Franky, Wareika, Noha & Alex Tea) is out now on Panick!Panick!