nia archives, isn't she the greatest?

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there was some discussion of nia archives during the year-end poll, but no dedicated thread. well that changes now, because there are few if any artists who are weaving the sounds of jungle, dnb, and garage into a contemporary mix like nia. a bit more club-oriented than pinkpantheress and definitely more adventurous with her experimentation. feels like she's gonna be major.

she has a new ep out today, collecting some recent singles and adding a couple new songs. plus a nytimes piece!:

new song from the ep, "that's the way life goes"

big hit from the ep, "baiana"

big hit from the last ep, "forbidden feelingz"

my personal fav, "18 & over" (brings both o.g. dub and pre-skrillex dubstep into the mix)

avatár the way of watár (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:45 (three weeks ago) link

forbidden feelingz was huge for me in '22, and the Columbo sample feels partic relevant to the current pop-culture era.

omar little, Friday, 10 March 2023 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

didn't mention it before, but i really like her voice and feel like it adds a lot. feel like it's hard to sing over instrumentals this intentionally "cool," but her singing manages to make her seem even cooler than the music she's playing. which is something.

avatár the way of watár (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

i didn't follow the year end threads this year but forbidden feelingz was one of my fav records of last year. i love her voice... i don't have a ton of reference points for jungle so in my head i've always heard her music as like a jungle take on neo-soul. something like "luv like" makes me think of an alternate universe take on jorja smith's career post-"on my mind"

also she's an incredible DJ. when i saw her she sang a few of her songs during the set which i don't think i've seen a DJ do from a DJ booth at a real club before. she has a deft hand as a mixer, has great taste & is really charismatic. very curious to see how her career unfolds

J0rdan S., Friday, 10 March 2023 21:21 (three weeks ago) link

yea her boiler room was one of the better recent ones i've seen

avatár the way of watár (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 March 2023 21:59 (three weeks ago) link

this is excellent stuff, that Cocoa Tea sample is serious rob-bait

rob, Saturday, 11 March 2023 20:27 (two weeks ago) link

Love this EP, sent me back to her earlier singles, she's great!

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