On Friday 27th November, DJ Mag will take over South London radio station foundation.fm for five hours.
Hosted by our own digital tech editor Declan McGlynn, the show will highlight our staff’s favourite tracks of 2020, alongside mixes from up-and-coming UK talent from across the electronic music spectrum.
In this strange period of isolation, us at DJ Mag have turned to sharing mixes, albums, and hidden gems among ourselves.
We had a chat with some of our favourite DJs to find out what feel good music they're listening to, and asked for their help curating a strictly positive playlist.
From Deee-Lite, David Bowie, and Mac Miller, to ELLES, Empire of the Sun, and, Primal Scream: no genres, no rules, good vibes only.
In his late teens, Jordan moved to Leeds to study Music Technology, and was throwing parties in the city as well as doing the lighting at Back to Basics parties for the likes of Andrew Weatherall and Claude VonStroke. In his third year at Leeds University, however, his mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and he moved back to Belfast to be her carer. Noticing a shift in the music landscape while he’d been away, he saw a gap in the market and launched an after-hours party series, Nocturne.
The parties are now less frequent, but they still bring up new DJs through the ranks at the events they do put on, and the community and legacy of the weekly night lives on in the city and the lives of those who attended. “Our sound technician James thanked us for putting him through college — we’d been completely unaware — and a girl told us she met her boyfriend through coming to the party each week. Our photographer, Niall Murphy, captured the memories over the years I’ve forgotten, and is possibly the best club photographer I’ve worked with.”
From the high-energy house tracks on his ‘Coup De Grace’ EP for Tiga’s Turbo Recordings back in 2016, to the showcase of his love for ‘80s inspired sounds on ‘Belfast Belters’, Jordan’s versatility as a producer is just as dynamic as his set selections.
As one of two residents at Belfast’s legendary The Night Institute parties, Jordan has established himself as one of the most promising DJs to come out of Northern Ireland in recent years. No small claim when you consider the calibre of artist the city has been producing of late.