Anyone familiar with London’s late-night disco dens over the past 10 years will recognise the name Nadia Ksaiba. The Tunisian-born DJ/producer is a regular cast member at veteran electronic party Bugged Out! and Shoreditch club XOYO and one of the capital’s best-kept-secrets. A seasoned tastemaker, Ksaiba hosts the monthly show Rhythm Connection with Dan Beaumont (Chapter 10, Dalston Superstore) on NTS Radio. Now in its fifth year, the artists they’ve uncovered and played first reads like the year in dance music cover stars: Honey Dijon, The Black Madonna, Bicep, Daniel Avery, the list goes on.
Her DJ style, meanwhile, flies in the face of what she calls “emotionless, seamless Beatport bangers”, instead spanning a nuanced mix of disco, boogie, proto-house, techno, Italo, minimal wave post-punk, acid and party jams that pump the heart of electronic music. Whether she’s playing Panorama Bar, soundtracking the pole-dancing at east London drag party Savage or covering Optimo for one of their famed Sunday-nighters at Glasgow’s Sub Club, there are few dancefloors that Ksaiba can’t make jack.
London-based Sophie Lloyd radiates dancefloor magic behind the decks and in the studio, producing “happy music” as an antidote to the world’s pervading doom and gloom. She’s a DJ with over 15 years experience, an authoritative depth of musical knowledge and an innate talent for creating an atmosphere with music. Most recently she signed her sublime gospel house record ‘Calling Out’ to Classic Music Company. Featuring the uplifting voices of soul trio Dames Brown, ‘Calling Out’ has received critical acclaim and picked up remixes from Floorplan and Danny Krivit, David Penn and Riva Starr. Always naturally understated, Sophie Lloyd’s impeccable taste shines through in everything she does, whether that’s an irresistible party soundtrack or a timeless disco record.