Nia Archives Puts Jungle's Caribbean Roots Front And Centre On "18 & Over"

Nia Archives Puts Jungle's Caribbean Roots Front And Centre On "18 & Over"

November 25, 2021

Right at the top of this month, Nia Archives announced the launch of her new monthly residency on Rinse FM. Her first show goes out tonight, but ahead of that she's just dropped off her brand new single "18 & Over".

Fans of her breakout Headz Gone West EP from earlier in the year will get another kick out of this one, which furthers her knack for early-'90s rave melodies, fusing it with a flip of reggae classic "Young Lover" by Cocoa Tea. A little heavier than some of her previous outings, there's still plenty of sweetness, but the breaks are tougher and there's a tonne of classic rave motifs to get the adrenaline pumping.

If you've followed her on Instagram, you'll also know the visuals are just as important to Nia and once again she delivers a visual—this time directed by Taliable—that has an undeniable air of rave nostalgia while also celebrating the DIY soundsystem culture that was so crucial to jungle's foundations. Filmed through fisheye lens, we follow her and a pal as they make their way to the motive.

Sharing her thoughts on the track and its visuals, Nia explains: "For the '18 And Over' video, I knew that the visuals had to be iconic as the song is an absolute banger. Working with Taliable who was the director and editor was super fun, I feel we creatively gelled really well to create this vibrant piece. The story starts with me smoking a cigarette, then I begin cycling. I come across my friend Andrew and we continue on around Hackney until we discover this euphoric soundsystem motive.

"There we link up with members of the 'Brighter Days Family' to throw the maddest rave. The actual video was shot in my warehouse yard, I thought it would be sick to use that space as no one has ever shot a music video there—meaning it is unique to me. We kept things even more local by asking Hackney native Mark Solution if we could set up his wicked 'Solution Soundsystem'—It was an honour to feature it in my video. There are also some references to the original record that I sampled for viewers to spot."

Words: James Keith
Photography: Keiran Davies