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Phantasy Sound

Phantasy, the record label helmed by much-loved DJ/super-producer Erol Alkan, is pleased to welcome the inimitable Nadia Ksaiba to the fold with ‘Virtual Lover’, set for release on September TBC 2013.

Nadia Ksaiba is highly regarded for her well honed DJing skills, Rhythm Connection radio show on the ascendant Dalston station NTS and production work as G&S. Music has been in her life since she traded violin for guitar and some drums as a child, graduating through punky teen bands, producing primitive forms of dance music with the help of an Atari ST home computer and working in record shops from the age of fourteen. Later Nadia helmed Our Disco with the like minded Rory Phillips, which ran for five years and featured an array of high profile guests. The hugely popular Our Disco gave Ksaiba the platform to DJ further afield, including tours with Simian Mobile Disco and Klaxons, and festivals such as Bestival, Bugged Out Weekender and Stop Making Sense.

The urge to make music has remained with Nadia throughout, and first manifested itself in the G&S project she shares with Matt Waites. Together the pair have released a smattering of underground hits, notably on Andy Blake’s seminal Dissident label, a contribution to fellow Phantasy alumni In Flagranti’s 'Electric Fling' series, as well as an early gem on Disco Bloodbath's own label.

Nadia now joins the ranks of Daniel Avery, Connan Mockasin and Babe, Terror with her debut release on Phantasy, and it’s a step that might surprise a few people as she steps into the forefront as a singer and songwriter. Hearing Nadia’s cooing vocals over the rasping synth infused house of ‘Virtual Lover’ will stop many people in their tracks, but for a music obsessive like her it’s the next logical step. It’s a track that has Ksaiba and Waites fusing the dancefloor dynamic of Midnight Star with the pop of those life-affirming early Madonna singles, offering up an intriguing insight into the forthcoming debut album Ksaiba is currently working on.

‘Virtual Lover’ is backed with an out-and-out banger of a remix from Detroit electro-funk wunderkind Jimmy Edgar, who strips out some of the sweetness of the original for an altogether darker, late night take.

Published: September 12, 2013