'Crate Diggin': Nick Curly Presents the Sound of Trust
There’s one thing that helped Nick Curly become one of the world’s most prominent figures in the DJ realm: his tireless work ethic. His career first started when he launched two labels, 8Bit and Cécille, and he became synonymous with what became known as a ‘Mannheim sound’ with close ties to his German hometown.
He was picked up internationally after early club gigs in and around Mannheim, and by 2010 he’d contributed to Cocoon’s renowned Ibiza mix series. The White Island has had a lot to do with his success – it was at his longstanding residency that many house and techno fans from across Europe first heard him play.
Skip to now and Curly heads up his own series ‘Nick Curly presents Trust’, which sees him inviting some of his closest inspirations that have helped shape the party. With Curly bringing the crew along to Room Two this Saturday, he dug through the archives to select 10 tracks from artists that have become synonymous with his party. In his own words, Curly said to us:
“With Trust hosting Room Two at fabric I thought I would choose 10 tracks from different artists that we have invited along to Nick Curly presents Trust over the last few years. All of these artists have turned it up at Trust and some more than once, so get your speakers and the volume up because these for me are some serious tracks.”
Run Baby Run – Paul Ritch
Paul Ritch regularly plays as one of my guests at Trust. The way he plays suits Trust down to a tee and that’s why I have invited him to play at fabric. Run Baby Run is one of his best tracks in my opinion. If you like techno you will love Run Baby Run.
Cadenza – Valentino Kanzyani
Cadenza is one of those tracks that holds its own in any record bag. It is a subtle and sedate piece, a chugging groove and worm bass with Valentino’s ever-reliable beats under pinning and an evolving synth.
La Madone – Shonky
La Madone is a track that wraps you up and forces you to dance, not that that is a bad thing. It is the sort of tune that works well on a terrace in the sun or playing inside a dark club – either way you will be dancing and enjoying it.
Ring the Bell (Mathias Kaden’s Ring the Balls Remix) – Emmanuel Satie
Instantly you know you’re in for a treat with this one, for that reason it never leaves my record bag. When the synths and the bass kick in you suddenly see the crowd move as one as they are engulfed in this wicked track.
Acid In My Fringe (Tobi Neumann Remix) – Dinky
Tobi Neumann’s remix of Dinky’s Acid In My Fringe: 9 minutes and 41 seconds of funky acid sounds and a trippy vocal that leaves you wondering if you have stumbled into some sort of warped reality or if you are still inside the venue. Great tune!
Rack and Run – Nick Curly
One from myself on 8Bit Records, and without giving too much away – this might just be making its way into my record bag this Saturday. It’s been one of my biggest releases so far and people seem to love the arpeggio and groove of the track.
Rain – Anja Schneider
Anja has been a guest at my party a couple of times now, and with bass heavy tracks like this with funky vocals added to the mix you can see why we invite her along.
Mumbling Yeah (Marco Carola Remix) – Kabale und Liebe
‘King Carola’ as his loyal fans know him was our esteemed guest at Sonus Festival last year. The original version of this track was already great, but he managed to give it an extra dip with his typical Carola groove.
Shy Town – D’Julz
This for me is a timeless classic from D’Julz, it boasts groove led cuts which are distinctly his own. Its combination of sultry bass tones with mesmerizing atmospherics and tranquil piano chords make way for the crunchy drums and trippy synths. It oozes class… but don’t take my word for it, you just need to listen and let the track to the talking.
Decompression – Mathew Jonson
Decompression is signature Mathew Jonson. For me, one of his biggest tunes from a huge collection. There isn’t too much to say about this track, other than get down to fabric and watch the master at work in Room One, while we take over Room Two.