Born in Bradford and raised in Leeds before moving to Manchester, the North of England lays claim to one of the UK jungle scene’s most blistering arrivals: 23-year-old producer Nia Archives.
After being mentored via the EQ50 scheme which helps women junglists and drum ‘n’ bass artists, the new jen junglist released her debut EP, Headz Gone West, in 2021 which saw tracks like ‘Sober Feels’ rack up 7.5M+ global Spotify streams. However, it was arguably Archives’ second EP, Forbidden Feelingz, which would be released in 2022 to widespread critical acclaim. Nods of approval were earned from Rolling Stone UK, GQ, British Vogue, The Face, Pitchfork, The Fader, i-D, and CRACK Magazine.
She also scooped up a number of awards, including NME Bandlab Award for ‘Best Producer’, MOBO Award for Best Electronic/Dance Act, being named the BBC Introducing “Artist of the Year” – the award’s first electronic music recipient, AIM Awards “One To Watch” prize, DJ Mag Awards for “Breakthrough Producer”, a Brits Rising Star nomination and finished #3 in BBC Sound Poll.
Nia Archives’ latest EP, Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against Tha Wall, is a six-track EP that explores her personal growth: love, loss, rejection, estrangement, the come-up and the come-down. The EP includes UK Dance charting track ‘Baianá’, ‘No Need 2 Be Sorry, Call Me?’ featuring Maverick Sabre, and the heart-tugging strings of ‘So Tell Me…’.