Nia Archives taps into the UK's junglist heritage while adding her own personal, deeply soulful, spin.
Her debut EP made waves, a five-tracker that illuminated her fusion of R&B songcraft, autobiographical lyricism, and club energy.
New single 'Forbidden Feelingz' teases out disparate elements of her work, opening with smoky electronic atmospherics, and a whispered snatch of R&B vocal.
Diving into a tongue-in-cheek sample of Columbo actor Peter Falk, 'Forbidden Feelingz' then bursts into a feast of breakbeats.
The slightly lo-fi edge to the production places Nia Archives in a lane of her own, allowing her work to find its own place.
The black and white visuals emphasise this, with Delphino commenting:
This was a really special and heartfelt project for both me and Nia. After she told us that she wanted to make something legendary, we knew that it was time to dig deep and search inside...
The goal was to make something that would be nostalgic at any point in time. No matter if you watched it now or in years to come. Our aim was to create something that complimented the synergy between the vocals and instrumental.
For the majority of scenes in the video we cut out loads and loads of frames and mashed them together with stop motion. This was an idea that we thought would best suit this video, as we wanted to try this for ages. As we progress with our art, we will strive to make pieces that really resonate with the authentic part of ourselves.
Tune in now.
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