Secret Weapons 23 – Nihil Young

Italy’s Nihil Young has just released his brilliant Ascension EP on his own much-loved label, Frequenza, and to celebrate we’ve invited the capo to share with us his most potent dance floor weaponry. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents.

Nihil Young aka Less Hate, is a polyhedric artist, producer, remixer and DJ, considered a trendsetter by many and a prominent name in the international underground electronic music scene. He is the founder and curator of acclaimed Italian record labels Frequenza and Frequenza Black (Est 2009), featuring releases from artists such as Kostas Maskalides, Christian Schwarz, Louie Fernandez, Kellerkind, Teenage Mutants, David Herrero, Talal and more, alongside his own productions. He also designs all his own sleeve art for the labels.

Nihil boasts a strong discography with releases and remixes gracing labels such as Toolroom, Ultra, KMS, Gem Records, Planet E Communication, Poesie Musik and Kindisch, and collaborations with / remixes for / from internationally acclaimed artists like John Acquaviva, Kevin Saunderson, Dennis Ferrer, Gary Beck, Stefano Noferini, Etienne De Crecy, and Dr. Motte, to name a few.

Nihil‘s productions have won the support and recognition by some of the worlds key electronic music panorama including Stephan Bodzin, Tiesto, Mark Knight, Sasha, Hot Since 82, Umek, Black Coffee and many others. His recent single Align on Mike Mago’s Bmkltsch Rcrds, just surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify and his latest productions are regularly released on labels like Toolroom and KMS Records, with his recent Toolroom single Opal climbing the Beatport and Traxsource top 100 charts.

With all this in mind, why don’t we take a look at the clutch of cherry bombs that Nihil keeps at his disposal, ready for dancefloor devastation.

John Acquaviva & Nihil YoungRockdafunkybeatz (Simon Doty Remix)

I made this record with my mentor and maestro John Acquaviva and he had two excellent artists remixing it, Olivier Giacomotto and Simon Doty. I still love to play both versions, but this one works perfectly when things cross from House to Techno or vice versa and the breakbeat is class.

Todd TerjeInspector Norse (Original Mix)

Oh my God this is such a breath of fresh air. I only dream to be able to create something remotely as remarkable as this one day.

Phil KieranSkyHook Pt. 2

I absolutely love this brilliant tune from Phil Kieran, I used to play it all time and still love to play it when the feeling is right. It’s such a crazy tune, I love the OCD vibe, the way it moves and how the creativity on this is endless.

Run DMCIt’s Like That

This is one of the records that shaped my life in a big way. I love to play it sometimes as a tool with some other Techno or Tech House beats and make a live remix. It’s one of my all-time favourite records!

Octave One Feat. Ann SaundersonBlackwater (String Vocal Mix)

Oh, this is such a brilliant record and it gives me chills every time. I love the vocals and lyrics from Ann Saunderson who I’m proud to consider a friend. She’s such a lovely person. This song is pure genius…And oh, those strings!

Kevin Saunderson & KinkIdyllic (Original Mix)

One of the current tracks that I love is this belter from Kevin Saunderson and Kink, two artists who I admire and respect very much. Absolutely loving the way the groove moves, with the funky bassline and the strings making it really classic-sounding. Big one!

RekorderRekorder 6.2 (Original Mix)

Not many people know about this incredible project from Stephan Bodzin and Oliver Huntemann, but wow, they got me hooked. I still have some vinyl from the Rekorder series; absolutely excellent, cutting edge electronic music back in the day which surely inspired me a lot over the years. I could pick any Rekorder tune, but this is special to me.

John LagoraBitch (Maetrik Remix)

I had the pleasure to have this brilliant friend from Oberhausen delivering a tune together with his wife and got Maetrik (Maceo Plex) to remix it. it was a big success. the tune is at least 10 years ahead of its times. Loved Maetrik then and loving Maceo now. He’s a legend.

Less HateSoul Doubt (Original Mix)

My moniker Less Hate got me some pride back in the day. I developed this project while living in Berlin for a few months and struggling with depression. The fact that this got signed with Kindisch (Get Physical Music Group) and played by Hot Since 82 on BBC Radio 1, plus having even Sasha supporting the b-side, made it a discrete success and surely helped put a smile back on my face back then. When things get deep on the floor, this little record still does its thing. 🙂

Hans ZimmerInterstellar (Gabriel Ananda Remix)

I love Hans Zimmer, he’s a continuous source of inspiration for a lot of musicians and producers. His cutting-edge sound and excellent arrangements helped shape modern music in a big way. A modern-day classical genius. To cut a long story short, I wanted to remix exactly this one, but when I learned that Gabriel Ananda (another producer who I love and respect very much) did it, I gave up and got his excellent remix instead! BTW…it’s a free download!

Kevin Saunderson as E-DancerFoundation (Nihil Young Remix)

When Techno creator and elevator Kevin Saunderson asked me to remix his classic, legendary project E-Dancer I nearly cried tears of joy. Ok, I actually did! And the tune works well too, which I must admit gave me a lot of happiness.

‘Ascension EP’ is out now on Frequenza Records.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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