It wasn't until he sent it that we realised quite what he meant by that - the mix is made up entirely of his own solo productions, plus a couple of collaborations, and it's fair to say it was worth the wait. There's an album-like cohesion to the mix, with the tracks flowing into each other, with defined shifts in theme and mood as it progresses.
We spoke with Nights and threw a few questions at him to get a feel for his music and the man behind it, so press play and read on...
Who are you, and where are you from?
Hiya, my name is Nights and I'm an Oxford-based producer and although I was raised in Liverpool and London, I'd call Liverpool home.
What's your musical background?
I played guitar for a few years but gradually fell out of love with it and in love with music production. I've been producing for over two years now.
What attracted you to the deeper dubstep sound?
I'm really not sure, I just love dark moody tunes, tunes full of dread, tunes that are well written. I used to listen to a lot of Metalheadz and old jungle and hardcore, I guess this is my continuation of that. There are parallels between that music and the deep dubstep sound that you can't deny. Also one of the mixes that cemented my love for it was Vivek's Rinse takeover in, I think, September 2012. It was deep and dark, but at the same time there was a lot of melodic and dread tunes. I remember one of the last tunes from that mix was Asteroids and, wow, that tune was nuts - it should have stayed a dub though! I find myself going back to Rinse mixes from Distance, Youngsta and any guests they had from between 2010 and 2012, it felt like such an exciting time, and I guess the low quality of the recordings I have only further romanticise it upon listening. Half the tunes you heard never came out, it was amazing.
How would you describe the music you make?
Dark and minimal, haha! I am a fan of melodies and hooks, however, and do my best to include them in every tune I write otherwise none of it would be memorable or good music. Each song has to be memorable and stand out from the last in some way otherwise I wouldn't be progressing.
What are your influences?
Deep Medi along with Tectonic have been the biggest influences on me, but at the same time going to nights out at DMZ, System and Contact are always inspirational and they're special experiences. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm listening a lot to the 2010-2012 dubstep mixes from Rinse FM, I guess I prefer the music that was made at that time. Perhaps that was when those artists were at their creative peak?
Dream collaboration- who would it be?
I always wanted to collab with Burial, he was the first dubstep artist I got into, back in 07/08, but these days it would have to be Vivek, he's so versatile; it would be amazing to sit in the studio with him.
Dream remix - what track would you most like to get your hands on?
Jack Sparrow - Afraid Of Me. I'm not sure what I could actually do to it but I would love to have the stems.
What's the one track/EP/album that you always go back to?
Distance - Night Vision (Skream Remix). Yes, it's a remix but it's amazing, and I love playing it out because the remix and the original don't seem to get enough love. The tune has it all, the reeses, the melodies and the sample, it's pure dread.
What do you listen to when you don't listen to dubstep?
I listen to loads of techno, grime, trap and hip hop. Hip hop is my first love actually, but I don't think I could produce it. I'm a big fan of writing trap music, though.
Tell us about the mix you've done for us?
The mix is an hour of all original and (mostly) unreleased music by me. There are two collabs with friends Charlux and Harmful Logic. Like someone else said recently, I view big/significant mixes almost as albums, after all its showcasing a sound and an artist during a specific time period for 60 minutes, so I guess this is as close to an album as I'm going to put out now. I think the mix progresses from minimal tunes to more melodic stuff at the end, with loads of weird ones mixed in. I was really eager to get this done and I hope people find it a pleasure to listen to.