Our latest selection for the series is from none other than Berlin Based Private Agenda, click play, download for another day… But do have a read what these guys have accomplished so far… enjoy this blissed out musical gathering of goodness… Gx
Having cooked up their kaleidoscopic sound palette on a diet of obscure disco divas (Linda Di Franco, anybody?), the avant-garde ambient wig-outs of Mark Isham and the back catalogues of the superstar DJs of the 1990s, Private Agenda’s debut single Déjà Vu [International Feel, 2015] found a natural home on Mark Barrott’s acclaimed, eccentric disco imprint, International Feel, premiering on BBC1xtra and proving a hit in the mainstream electronic music press. That record would also act as both launchpad and artistic manifesto: A-side Déjà Vu reflected the duos bold pop sensibilities, paying homage to the great synth-pop cross-over acts of the 80s, demonstrating a knack for classic song-writing, whilst flip-side Freefalling with it’s tastefully-crafted sound design had a strikingly modern feel and has proved an enduring underground hit.
It’s a strategy that has meant the duo can’t be pinned down. With a discography that showcases an enviable flexibility, stretching from the introspective ambient instrumentals that colour the blissfully arranged, Primary Colours [Needwant , 2017) to the soaring confidence and extroversion of three-minute pop nugget, Full Moon [Nightshift, 2016], demonstrating that the duo are heading up an operation capable of balancing a sophisticated sensibility with an unabashed attraction melody and pop music’s enduring allure.
Second single, Paralysed [International Feel, 2015] propelled the duo further toward the dance music’s mainstream, premiering on B. Traits’ BBC Radio 1, becoming ‘Disco Single of the Month’ in Mixmag (Germany) and DJ Mag (Italy) whilst house music heavy-weight Gerd Janson also got in on the act, remixing the track under the Tuff City Kids moniker with Philip Lauer. A bombastic third single, Full Moon [Nightshift, 2016] followed in the Summer of 2016, which premiered on Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show, demonstrating the duo’s penchant for straight-up pop. Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair fame was among the remixers this time around, with the record championed by Horse Meat Disco and Luke Solomon among others.
Latest releases Primary Colours [Needwant, 2017] and Dusk & Dawn [NuNorthern Soul, 2017] have seen the duo delve deeper into conceptual projects. On Primary Colours, four tracks voice four different colours, with raw pigment elements acting as inspiration for tempo and character. The result: some of their most intimate work to date and a project that can sit comfortably beside the downtempo explorations of contemporaries, Gaussian Curve and Imaginary Softwoods. Their latest release Dusk & Dawn proves the sum of their work thus far: lush, downtempo electronica with a real ear for a hook.
As a live act, the duo have proven equally adaptable, starting out by spinning wax behind the dingy decks at a number of leading clubs in Berlin, such as Chalet and Sameheads before taking their two-piece live act out on the road. In March 2017, they toured with disco upstarts Parcels [Kitsune] on a European tour and stripped their live set back for a Sofar Sounds session in London, before returning to the city in August 2017 their first headline show at The Waiting Room with one of the city’s most exciting promoters, SC&P.
With forthcoming releases on the eccentric vinyl-only Tusk Wax imprint, Berlin’s burgeoning italo-not-italo, boogie business Royal Athlete as well as the second in their ambient series, Primary Colours, the future of Private Agenda’s output looks set to be diverse, bold and colourful.