Nightwave – Sanctuary (4 stars)

Nightwave – Sanctuary

The latest release by the Glasgow DJ places her among the city's finest

The most exciting DJs are always the ones that you can't pigeonhole or categorise as they continually traverse eclectic and unexpected territory. Maya Medvesek, better known as Nightwave, has carved a reputation around the UK for her forward-thinking sets and dynamic execution of everything from footwork to techno. The release of her Wavejumper EP in 2017 was an indication of where her sound was heading, but new EP Sanctuary takes this one step further, with four tracks of high-energy ravetastic grooves and thundering bass.

Opening track 'Limelight' is a euphoric house banger with a steady, pulsating beat, soulful female vocals tying it all together. 'Sanctuary' continues in similar vein, bolstered by some playfully quirky melodies and airy choral-like harmonies. The final two tracks, 'Tarmac' and 'Fantazia', are bass-heavy apocalyptic pieces, clearly designed to be enjoyed in a packed and sweaty club environment.

In a city like Glasgow, renowned internationally for names like Optimo, LuckyMe and Numbers, it can take something that little bit extra to stand out. For women in electronic music, it's often a greater struggle to be heard, appreciated and respected, but with each DJ that breaks down these barriers, the industry becomes more diverse, creating a more level playing field for future talent.

Medvesek has long been an advocate for gender equality, taking steps to ensure that her success translates to better access and opportunities for women. As well as hosting programming and DJ workshops, she also co-runs Producergirls, which aims to encourage more young women to take up electronic music production. Though her activism is highly regarded throughout the industry, her skills as a producer have garnered her most praise. Sanctuary is the latest in a line of strong Nightwave releases and mixes that place her in the same league as some of Glasgow's finest.

Out Fri 2 Feb on Fool's Gold.

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