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Five key influences

2019 May 16     
2 Bit Thugs

The Dutch deep house producer shares some of his all-time favourite tracks

With releases on Heist, Dirt Crew and Hudd Traxx as well as his own Quartet Series label, Amsterdam resident Maurits Verwoerd – better known as Nachtbraker – has been steadily building his reputation in the deep house scene for the past half-decade or so, picking up support from the likes of Jeremy Underground, Joris Voorn and Detroit Swindle along the way.

The first weekend in June will see him paying a visit to the UK capital, where he's playing at the Kitsuné Day & Night Summer Party at Brixton Jamm on 1 June. For this 12-hour party he's going back-to-back with London's Hidden Spheres, while elsewhere on the bill you can find Norwegian house experimentalist Genius Of Time, Futureboogie's Get To Know, leftfield hip-hop maestros Chennessy and Jamo Beatz and more besides.

Here, Nachtbraker picks five of his all-time biggest influences…

Larry Heard – Missing You (Track Mode, 2000)

"Obviously one of the best producers in the world. The deepness, the off-beat chords, that pencil sharpener of a lead and those soothing vocals... such an inspiration. A song that touches the heart."


Trickski – Wildnerness [Genius Of Time Remix] (SUOL, 2011)

"Released back in 2011 – I'd started making music maybe a few years before that. When this came out, it literally blew my mind. I love the way they arranged it, and the slow build-ups are so nice. Really stoked to be playing with them in London this June!"

Huxley – Cobourg [Agnes Remix] (Tsuba Records, 2010)

"One of my all-time favourite deep house tracks, and a very big inspiration till this day. It's one of the songs that got me into deep house at that time, which was around 2010 I think. My favourite thing about this tune is when that sub-bass on the kick comes in at 2.44. The element of starting a bassline and making it complete later on in the track is something I still use till this day. Thanks Agnes!"

Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie (Ego Records, 2009)

"The first time I heard this track, I was with my best friend. We were both getting deep into music at that time, and we were both were astonished by this song. Such an intense deep feeling to this track. When that sub-bass comes in.;. I never heard it before like that. This song (and all his productions) are an inspiration every day. I think I named this song in pretty much every list I ever made."


Fred P – Soul Life Connection (Soul People Music, 2010)

"Does it get any deeper than Fred P? I mean, this man... his output is so consistent it's incredible. The deepness he manages to put in his songs is otherworldly and a huge inspiration. I envy that man."

Nachtbraker plays at the Kitsuné Day & Night Summer Party at Brixton Jamm on 1 June. For tickets, click here.





Tags: Nachtbraker, Kitsuné, Quartet Series, Maurits Verwoerd, deep house, Heist, Dirt Crew, Hudd Traxx, Brixton Jamm, Hidden Spheres, Genius Of Time, Get To Know, Chennessy, Jamo Beatz