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One of the most exciting voices in the British underground electronic scene is Slovenian-born, Glasgow-based DJ, producer and Heka Trax label boss Nightwave! The Redbull Music Academy alumnus’ latest EP Wavejumper is out on the illustrious Fool’s Gold label, and we are thrilled to present the launch party in partnership with weekly Wednesday shakedown Uncontrollable Urge. Described by Mixmag as “pure dance floor euphoria” with a heady mix of grime, footwork and high-energy techno, we can’t wait to hear it played out in the laser basement! We caught up with her to chat battling misogyny in electronic music, life in Glasgow and exciting upcoming Heka Trax releases!

Tell us about your history. Why did you end up in your adopted home of Glasgow and how much has it shaped where you are now?

I moved from Slovenia to London 15 years ago and I loved it, but decided to move to Glasgow for a change (and to save some money.) I have so many friends in Scotland and I love the energy of this town – everyone helps each other out and people are always up for a party. Glasgow is a seriously musical town and so many are involved in production or promoting, so it’s really inspiring. 

Fool’s Gold is a big look. How did you get involved with A-Trak and co. for your new EP? Have you learnt anything from the way they work??

 I’m chuffed to be on Fool’s Gold and it was my dream choice for this EP – it really fits I think. We did it the old skool way – sent the demos and they liked it! It’s good to see how they work and it definitely gives me some ideas about growing my own label Heka Trax.

We’re guessing the title, ‘Wavejumper’, is a nod towards Drexciya. What are three electro tracks that have inspired what you do and what makes them so special?

It is! The record doesn’t sound much like Drexciya but the work of James Stinson is something I keep in mind all the time and it seriously inspires me to make music and try not follow others. Really hard to choose three tracks but maybe Drexciya – Aqua Worm Hole, AFX remix of DMX Krew – Can’t hide your love and Dopplereffekt – Sterilisation? Too hard.

You have your own label Heka Trax. Who are the artists on there and what do you look for when it comes to signing a release? How much music do usually you sift through before you find what’s right?

I’ve released all sorts of stuff – Big Dope P, Glacci, Carpainter, Pixelord…the next release is a new band called Tree Trunks so there’s no real policy, just the stuff I like. I get sent quite a lot of demos and listen and reply to them all. Some are amazing some are just not right.

Showcasing your eclectic, party-focused DJ style, your Paris Boiler Room was the catalyst for them facing up to the bigotry in their chat rooms. In your experience, have things improved in the wider dance scene since that debate? 

Nah nothing’s changed, all comment sections should just be gone. We should just confine these assholes back to their geeky hate forums. Hate only breeds more hate.

Coldwave, chill wave, minimal wave, new wave… What is your favourite musical wave to listen to at night? 

Actual sea waves!

Catch Nightwave at the Wavejumper EP launch on Wednesday 26 April from 9pm-2:30am at Dalston Superstore!


Uncontrollable Urge is proud to present their first special guests for 2016! Fresh from the debut night of their residency at Birthdays, the boys or squareglass records will be hot-footing it down the road for a takeover at Dalston Superstore. A self-described “home for new and unconventional artists”, squareglass have unearthed some seriously stunning talent over the last year or two, and 2016 is set to be no different. We caught up with them ahead of Uncontrollable Urge to chat plans for this year, highlights so far, and plans for the afterparty!

Since your launch in 2014, you guys have seen a huge amount of success with the label – what has been your proudest moment?

When all of us came together to play on one night at Power Lunches last year. That was pretty special. We’re having a similar one at The Social on March 23 with almost the entire live roster.

 What exciting things does 2016 hold for squareglass?

Tons. Releases by everyone involved, plus some collaboration projects and a new artist on board. And lots of London and UK dates.

Can you give us a sneak peek of some of the artists your residency will feature?

Tomorrow we got FKL headlining. They’ve been putting one banger after the other out last year and founded their own label Orphan. Really strong. Also up there will be Crypt Thing, the newest member of squareglass. We’ve got his EP lined up for April. It’s inspired by super computers and artificial intelligence and comes with a website full of self-generated videos. And then there’ll also be La Leif, who’s live set is somewhere between Ambient and Disco.

 For April we’ve got Ballerino and A House In The Trees on. Fantastic collective from SE London.

 Which upcoming squareglass release are you most excited about?

We’ve got our first full-length LP release coming up for Semi Precious. That’ll take that place.

 What has been the biggest challenge of running an independent label in the current music climate?

 Not sure if it’s sustainable to JUST run a label nowadays. It’s more about building a community of artists that support each other. Run events. Do collaborations. Much more fun.

 Track you wish you had produced?

K15 – Yellow

Artist who has been the biggest inspiration to you?

We’re a few people, so can‘t agree on one. Herbert, Bowie, Jaar.

What’s one curveball record you can’t wait to throw at the afterparty at Uncontrollable Urge?

Fitzzgerald. The latest release on WotNot.


Catch squareglass at Uncontrollable Urge on Wednesday March 9 from 9pm-2:30am at Dalston Superstore.


Photo credit: Barbora Mrazkova

arthole presents: self-memory-system

A solo exhibition by
Emma Rudge

Exhibition opening
Wednesday 27th January

‘Self-Memory-System’ is an ongoing project exploring the idea of narrative identity or the constant reconstruction and editing of memories. A body of work that illustrates and defines a notion of constructed autobiographical narrative, our edited self that both informs and is informed by our aspirations and character.

The work varies from intricate digital imagery to drawings developed through the same creative method. Rudge, uses the computer as a brush and paints with photographic imagery creating delicate and beautiful digital images. This show illustrate her philosophical discussion of her most recent projects, the examination of the construct of our memories.

‘Memory is subjective and the act of remembering is influenced by our desire to project a coherent story of ourselves; a revised version of our experience that fits with our present perceived identity. We all create memories, shrines in our mind to past relationships and encounters. These are shadows; they are not the reality of the person we once knew.’

Join us for the opening party on Wednesday 27 January from 6-9pm, followed by Uncontrollable Urge