Exclusive Mixtape: Nikitch & Kuna Maze

Celebrating the release of their first full-length album ‘Débuts’ on Tru Thoughts, we asked collaborative project Nikitch & Kuna Maze to kick-off the weekend with their own mix. “It’s a little journey that explores through and beyond our musical influences on our debut record, swimming between broken beat, house and jazz tunes.” ‘Débuts’ see’s the band push their musical and creative development even further, a result of touring extensively around Europe with a live drummer, from high-brow jazz festivals to sweaty basement clubs. “We would be lying if we said our gig experience didn’t influence us on this record” Edouard explains. “We discovered new aspects to songs such as “Bruk” and managed to push forward the energy side of the music from the rawness of the live shows. This energy empowered to produce and compose new material in the same vein”.

Having already performed a blinding set at Worldwide Festival, both supporting Machinedrum under their own aliases at Le Sucre in Lyon, Nikitch & Kuna Maze have picked up praise from tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Tom Ravenscroft, Nemone, Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music), Laurent Garnier (Radio Meuh), Lefto, Lexis, 20Sly, Grems, Nightmares on Wax, Tina Edwards, Toshio Matsuura (Worldwide FM), Kid Fonque (Selective Style), Tim Garcia, Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM) and gained press support in FACT Mag, XLR8R, Mixmag, Solid Steel, Majestic Casual, Music Is My Sanctuary, Trax, Le Mellotron and many more. The future is looking bright for the French pair and they can feel it too: “The biggest career highlight will always be to come”.

‘Débuts’ is out now on Tru Thoughts Records: nikitchkunamaze.bandcamp.com