Hotly tipped newcomer Nia Archives flips a reggae classic for new single '18 & Over'.
She digs into her Caribbean heritage on the new track, while utilises elements of one of her favourite reggae cuts - 'Young Lover' by Cocoa Tea.
Self-described as a "future classic" the track digs into the bedrock of East London, while the visuals are shot at an actual warehouse rave in Hackney.
'18 & Over' utilises elements of Yardie fashion and culture, embodying reference points such as vintage cinema - Babylon and The Harder They Come especially - while Nia dons a rare vintage Jamaican Adidas Tracksuit.
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.
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: @shotbymelissa_
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