The fifth release from Noha’s PanickPanick! label comes at us from the label head himself. The Europa EP has already won heavy support from a slew of house and techno’s biggest names already, putting the lead track in heavy rotation in recent sets. “Originally”, says Noha, “I wanted to keep ‘Europa’ as a secret DJ weapon. The idea behind the name of the track is that it depicts my home, Europe. I keep on travelling and moving, without really feeling Italian or belonging to any particular culture”. Now firmly based in Berlin (where he’s recently become a part of the Anonymous Souls collective alongside other local-based talents such as Per Hammar, S.A.M and Matthew Dekay), ‘Europa’ is a truly exceptional slide of dramatic house music – and an undisputedly catchy jam that’s been tailor made with blissful dancefloor moment in mind.
The B side gets underway thanks to ‘Margaret’. More spiky and attitude-heavy than its prdecessor, it’s full of gnarly, stifling sounds, all of which prove a quite brilliant foil to the track’s inspired vocal flourish. A virtuoso example of how to combine contrasting elements with serious efficiency, ‘Margaret’ is another track Noha has been playing in recent sets. “This one is dedicated to my sister”, he says, “whose name is actually Margherita”, says Noha. “Hence the delicate elements that makes the track so dreamy”.
The concluding track is arguably the catchiest of the lot. Again, it sees Noha adopt an unconventional guise, with this one almost Perlon-esque in its penchant for the unlikely. Entitled “Dottoressa Sara…” (meaning ‘Doctor Sara, please help me’), it’s dedicated to Noha’s friend (obviously named Sara), who’s known for taking care of her friends and prescribing the right ahem, ‘prescriptions’ at the right time.