British DJ and producer India Jordan makes lush, euphoric dance tracks, effortlessly switching between styles such as filter house, atmospheric drum'n'bass, and giddy U.K. garage. Releases such as the 2020 EP For You reflect Jordan's lifelong passion for club music, as well as their personal journey and self-discovery. India Jordan grew up in the Northern English town of Doncaster. Attracted to fast, energetic dance music, they gravitated toward trance, happy hardcore, and drum'n'bass, but had a hard time connecting with the club scene at first. They moved to Hull for university and joined a DJ society, becoming president in their final year. Jordan relocated to London during the mid-2010s and became immersed in the city's queer clubbing scene. Along with DJs and producers like Deadboy and Yamaneko, Jordan was a major part of New Atlantis, a monthly social event and label focusing on ambient and new age music. Their first production, "See Four," appeared on the 2017 New Atlantis, Vol. 1 compilation. While Jordan continued making ambient music as a side venture, their career took off when DNT STOP MY LV, an EP of dance tracks combining all of their influences, was released by Local Action in May of 2019. This was soon followed by the singles "WARPER" and "H.U.R.L."/"F.U.R.L." (in collaboration with longtime friend and frequent DJ partner Finn). The self-dedicated For You, an eclectic, celebratory six-song EP informed by Jordan's self-care practices, was issued in 2020 and ended up on several best-of-the-year lists. The following year, Jordan signed to Ninja Tune; their debut for the label was the EP Watch Out!, featuring the warm, propulsive track "And Groove."
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Dance - Released May 20, 2020 | Local Action
After releasing several of 2019's giddiest, most ecstatic club tracks, including "DNT STP MY LV" and "WARPER," India Jordan made a personal breakthrough with 2020's For You EP. Released shortly after the artist came out as non-binary, the EP's title is a self-dedication, and the six tracks are a celebration of their life's progression up to this point. The EP is led by "I'm Waiting (Just 4 U)," a glorious, glittery disco-house gem that places an unforgettable sample front and center, and sounds just as exuberant as any late-'90s French touch anthem. "For You" begins with thumb pianos and Orbital-esque melodies, then slides in a filtered vocal sample stating "this song's for you," blending sunny '80s electro-funk with hyped-up house. With the obvious floor-fillers placed at the front, the EP ventures into different styles for its remainder. "Emotional Melodical" has a cascading flow of lush, vibrant melodies over syncopated IDM-garage beats. The final three tracks channel some of Jordan's formative influences into something fresh and unique, particularly drawing from the energy of rave and happy hardcore but without the cheesy melodies or cartoonish vocals, as well as the subtle complexities of atmospheric drum'n'bass. "Dear Nan King" is the clearest example of this, with insistent kicks and claps, choppy breakbeats, and uplifting chords joined by the spirited sample "she's just everything to me." The music unmistakably sounds like it was born from a deep personal connection with club culture, making the EP a testament to the undying power of a lifelong engagement with dance music. © Paul Simpson /TiVo