Something just feels right about Throwing Shade landing on the mighty Ninja Tune. The Londoner's music is free-spirited, vibrant, full of colour, and has the ability to appeal to a wide variety of listens and DJs alike. Much like her previous releases for the likes of Ominira and Happy Skull, Throwing Shade's five tunes are a whirlpool of styles and ideas that somehow make sense as a whole; moreover, her music contains something deeply personal, and although many of her sounds are rooted in an 80's mysticism, they sounds totally singular and representative of the times that we live in. Rather than branding it under one banner, the only way to describe this artist's music is to say that it is certainly fresh, compelling, and altogether enjoyable.
Having previously impressed with vivid blends of cosmic R&B, skewed space-pop, glistening post-ambient soundscapes and mangled, synth-laden grime, rising star Throwing Shade (AKA producer Nabihan Iqbal) demonstrates her dancefloor side with a killer single on Happy Skull. "Chancer" and "Blanx" both retain Iqbal's uniquely intergalactic aesthetic,whilst flitting between jacking, Chicago-influenced house rhythms and jazzy, off-kilter dancefloor grooves. Synths sparkle, while vocal snippets drift in and out of the mix. The single is completed by a riotous, predictably heavyweight remix from Kowton, whose guttural techno grooves are peppered with cut-up samples of Iqbal's distinctive, dreamy vocals.
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