Latin percussion, delicately layered synths, vibrant attire. Soaring pop choruses, a wash of melancholy guitar and a string of singles that could have been long-lost gems from disco’s heyday: Berlin’s Private Agenda are bridging a gap between the classic and contemporary sounds of electronic music.
Having tastefully crafted their kaleidoscopic sound on a diet of obscure disco divas (Linda Di Franco, anybody?), the complete recordings of Compass Point studios and the hits of the 80s New Wave in the slightly ironic surroundings of a bleak German winter, their debut single, Déjà Vu quickly found a natural home on Mark Barrott’s acclaimed Balearic imprint, International Feel. Released in to much acclaim, Déjà Vu / Freefalling premiered on BBC1xtra, before being awarded a 9/10 review in Mixmag (UK). The vinyl sold out in a matter of weeks.
After a live debut at Berlin’s Prince Charles nightclub, follow-up single Paralysed (which included a remix from The leading house DJ, Gerd Janson) premiered on BBC Radio 1 before becoming Disco Single of the Month in Mixmag Germany and DJ Mag Italy’s Disco ‘Money Shot’. Soon after the band would host their own club night series at one of Berlin’s leading clubs, Farbferseher before launching their own label, Nightshift of the same name.
With a string of remixes and releases dropping for labels as varied as Mark Jones’ iconic Wall of Sound to the exclusive, vinyl-only Tusk Wax, Private Agenda have swiftly proven just as comfortable in the depths of Berlin’s underground as amongst pop’s leading lights on commercial radio.
The band’s latest single Full Moon ( which included a remix from Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair fame) was released in the Summer of 2016, premiering on Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show, garnering praise from heavy weights in the dance underground. A brief UK tour followed in October 2016, with the band entering the studio to complete their debut LP.
Private Agenda’s Full Moon music video depicts the beauty and chaos of youth, speaking to the challenge of gender and sexual identification in a conservative social setting. The soundtrack is a potent backdrop, both referencing and celebrating disco’s inclusive history and its role in fostering spaces where those who identify both inside and outside the hetero or cis-gendered norm can thrive.
Digital, Nightshift Records
“Full Moon: a fine slice of nu-italo which can proudly stand next to old classics like Funky Family or Gaz Nevada”
–Fabio De Luca, RBMA / Rolling Stone
Early Support from Horse Meat Disco, Luke Solomon, Massimiliano Pagliara, Futureboogie, Kito Jempere & Max Essa
Paralysed / Little Bird
Vinyl 12” / Digital, International Feel
“sounds like Wham! floating down from a Midnight rush, the cool ocean breeze lapping in over their immaculate loafers.”
“a unique and positive musical vibe with smooth saxophone solos, rich soundscapes, and a profusion of warm latin percussion”
“the latest sounds from Private Agenda are all lined up to get your toes tapping”
“features a disco stomper of an A-side, feeding off a lifeblood of boogie grooves, and vibrant instrumentation straight out a classic Wham! Track”
Key Radio Play from BBC Radio 1 (B. Traits, Heidi), 1Live (Klaus Fiehe), Rai Radio 2 (Carlo Pastore), KCRW, NTS, Kiss FM (Australia), DJ History Podcast (Bill Brewster)
Déjà Vu / Freefalling
Vinyl 12” / Digital, International Feel
“The antithesis of paint-by-numbers dance music… Freefalling is an end-of-night anthem, 9/10”
“I’m not convinced they weren’t cryogenically frozen and brought back to life to save us from mediocrity.”
“Reminiscent of the production value of such artists as Todd Terje and Prins Thomas.”
“Déjà Vu is my Song of the Summer”
“Disco Single of the Month: “Roxy Music meets Linda Di Franco meets Tensnake meets Chromeo.””
Key Radio Play from BBC 1xtra (Monki), KCRW (Mario Cotto, Marion Hodges), RTE (Ireland), DJ History Podcast (Bill Brewster)
Releases and Collaborations
EP for vinyl-only Tusk Wax imprint
Remix for leading Japanese indie, Catune
Remix for Life on Planets (Wolf & Lamb, Dirt Crew)
Track Featured on Clandestino Label Sampler alongside Coyote & A Vision of Panorama
Collaboration with Man Power (Correspondent, Eskimo)