Nina Kraviz may occupy a position as one of the world’s most successful DJs, but her label, трип, is no entry-level outlet for dance music. Over 20 releases, it has pushed the boundaries of tempo, genre and perhaps even taste, treating hardcore, acid, techno and ambient with equal reverence and open-mindedness
Трип’s latest release, its 20th, is a “conceptual album” called Don’t Mess With Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid, and it features contributions from the label’s close family of artists. It includes Icelandic experimentalists Bjarki and Exos, as well as tougher stuff from Russia courtesy of PTU and Nikita Zabelin, as well as Kraviz herself. Cupid’s lineup also features a murderer’s row of veteran producers; Marc Acardipane’s skull-crushing work as Pilldriver marks his first release in 15 years, and Kraviz tapped Universal Indicator, of the storied history of U.K. label Rephlex, for “15-c7,” a heavy yet elegant slice of acid that places “reactive chemicals inside a pressure cooker.” If hardcore will never die, then Trip captures its timeless madness.
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