Upfront 006 / December 8, 2014


A new audio mix series where we call upon the most interesting artists/DJs/record labels and ask them to peer into the near future. How they take it from there is entirely open to interpretation. This week, NA - aka one half of Nguzunguzu and a quarter of Future Brown - showcases his unique ability to meld experimental sounds into a club-oriented framework with ventures into icy techno, grime and Fade To Mind-esque cuts.

About this mix

This mix has tracks from some great producers that I love and some exclusive bits of my own. I wanted the mix to focus on specific textures and moods throughout—it's metallic, aggressive, intense, abrasive, heavy, dark, and dungeon-themed for the most part.

Daniel Pineda

Boiler Room says...

You'll already know what NA is capable of if you're aware of LA's Nguzunguzu. Daniel Pineda is not only one half of the production squad, but also makes up 25% of Future Brown - the dancefloor supergroup that includes Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and J-Cush.

Fade To Mind released the Xtreme Tremble EP during the winter months of last year. On it, Pineda’s fluid compositional textures and playful disregard for genre constraints seep through from Nguzunguzu’s aesthetic. Tempos and atmospheres seamlessly cross at will. It’s this unique ability to meld otherworldliness into a club-friendly framework that fans are hoping to hear when Future Brown’s upcoming album manifests in February of 2015.

Accordingly, this week's Upfront mix hopscotches between varying parts of the dancefloor spectrum. Joints from Vissacoor - aka L-Vis 1990 and Portland-based, Fade To Mind beatsmith Massacooramaan - seep into the icy techno of Acre. Further down, grime rears its unruly head via Youngstar's "Shottaz Riddim", Moleskin and Bloom respectively. Don't be surprised if this one requires frequent use of the iTunes loop button.




Andwot juggles head of editorial and hosting/programming duties for Boiler Room.