Nina Las Vegas has cultivated a fierce reputation for herself as Australia’s queen of club music.
This brings us to ‘Dead End’ by Unknown Artist: a dread-filled roller that mashes up grime, dubstep and dark garage; wrong-footing you with tempo changes, fills, builds and breaks. Could this be their own first production, we ask?
“Excuse me?” jokes Imbratura, with a smile. It’s been hard to find time to work on their own music, says Ndeko, similarly refusing to reveal who it is, but adding: “We’re in a good place, we can’t really say more than that.”
In his late teens, Jordan moved to Leeds to study Music Technology, and was throwing parties in the city as well as doing the lighting at Back to Basics parties for the likes of Andrew Weatherall and Claude VonStroke. In his third year at Leeds University, however, his mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and he moved back to Belfast to be her carer. Noticing a shift in the music landscape while he’d been away, he saw a gap in the market and launched an after-hours party series, Nocturne.
The parties are now less frequent, but they still bring up new DJs through the ranks at the events they do put on, and the community and legacy of the weekly night lives on in the city and the lives of those who attended. “Our sound technician James thanked us for putting him through college — we’d been completely unaware — and a girl told us she met her boyfriend through coming to the party each week. Our photographer, Niall Murphy, captured the memories over the years I’ve forgotten, and is possibly the best club photographer I’ve worked with.”
From the high-energy house tracks on his ‘Coup De Grace’ EP for Tiga’s Turbo Recordings back in 2016, to the showcase of his love for ‘80s inspired sounds on ‘Belfast Belters’, Jordan’s versatility as a producer is just as dynamic as his set selections.