In the bag: Nørd
With the help of their London friends Fall Up, one of Leeds’ newest and finest promoters, Nørd, are bringing Detroit legend Andrés to the HiFi Club today.
Nørd are renowned for their incredible talent for production, turning any venue they inhabit into something near-otherworldly. They also have the tunes to match. Like Andrés, whose sets move through soul, disco and house, Tim Raben and Robbie Henriques’s sound is beautifully eclectic.
We asked them if we could have a little look into their record bags ahead of the event…
Names: Tim Raben and Robbie Henriques
DJ/Producer names: Kudo Sol and Cyclone Bob
First record ever bought?
Tim: I actually couldn’t say. I rummaged through charity shops for a couple years for weird, cheap records to sample before I ever got into mixing them, so I’m not really sure what my first purchase could have been.
Robbie: I got this record in at tiny village fete in Buckingham, a very worn and torn brown 7”. ‘You sexy thing’ was pretty much my disco awakening. Hot Chocolate have always been family favorites, saw them live as a family, BIG big fans. It doesn’t spend enough time in my bag but It’s time will come.
Tim: MCDE dropped it in his Dekmantel Boiler Room. I’m deeply envious of anyone who witnessed that set live. Shout out to the famous Towel guy and his invisible turntables. ‘Let it go’ on the b side is also straight fire.
Robbie: Such an infectious vocal, everyone seems to sing along but react like they’ve never heard it before. The original came out in 1979, Charles Maurice’s strips it back a bit but you still get some old crunchy vibes. It’s a bit of a weapon at the beginning of a set, sounds like you mean business.
Best crate dig?
Tim: The DJ Choco remix on the B side packs some real punch with a great bongo driven vibe and killer sax solo throughout. It was one of those £1 buys that happened to sneak on a tune that has, of recent, become a personal favourite.
Robbie: I went to Tel Aviv in October, I went on a hunt to find some middle eastern sounds that would funk everyone up back home. I found a tiny shop in Florentin, this record is just staring at me, it had a bunch of very wise looking men on the cover I knew it was going to be good. Very authentic sounds from the desert, best purchase I’ve ever made.
Most nostalgic record?
Tim: There’s something really powerful about the 7 minute version on this record. It holds back the vocals till 4 mins in, after having delivered both bass and percussion solos beforehand. Full of stabs, synths and bass slaps; this is serious jam.
Most valuable record?
Tim: Been obsessed with Floating Points ever since I first heard Myrtle Avenue, that song really spoke out to me. The production on Shadows is outrageously inspiring. I could listen to this record forever.
Robbie: Definitely the most money I’ve ever spent on a record. It was on a CD we had in the car for a long time, one of the Nova 2.3 compilations, it was one of the first records I bought once had some 1210’s. Peven knows what’s up.
Tim: Bought it for sampling reasons. Still looking for the chance to play this guy out.
Robbie: I came out of Israel with some really odd stuff, I couldn’t read anything on the covers because it was all in Hebrew. It was good to get a gauge of what was popping off in Tel Aviv during the 70’s, not quite my style though, here’s a bit of Gazoz.
Last record you bought?
Tim: A good friend showed me this album, it’s a beautiful record from start to finish. Its a quite original sound, I love the atmospheric sonic and complementing twisted/quirky drum machine sounds, also the interludes are exquisitely good. I recommend a full listen through whilst soaking into a nice hot bath.
Robbie: This chugs along, one of the sauciest chord progressions out there, you can certainly expect to hear this on Saturday.