7 Wonders: Throwing Shade

London born DJ, Producer, Radio Host & Barrister, Nabihah lqbal’s (aka Throwing Shade) life is in constant orbit around music. With an affinity for space-age R&B, icy melodies, fluffy synths and deep basslines, her approach to music production at this point is very much forward-facing, but it’s not all about modern sonics for this young producer. Having studied Ethnomusicology at university, her show on NTS Radio is a place for her to showcase her far flung and eclectic tastes, taking in anything from rare Siberian phonograph field recordings and polyphonies of Central African Pygmies, through to Soviet Disco and recordings of insects. She plays music from all parts of the globe and across the ages, presented in an informative and individual way, giving cultural insights into a wealth of artists with each broadcast. Really interesting to note the considerable contrast in her output as a radio DJ and maker of music.

Her debut release ‘Mystic Places/Lights’ being picked up by Kassem Mosse for his Ominira imprint is proof that as a producer she has buckets of potential, and with her brilliant next release ’19 Jewels’ EP coming out on No Pain In Pop next month she is set to solidify a bright future as an artist.

Hyp 176 is an evocative blend of Funk, Dub, Lover’s Rock and free flowing Jazz sketches from artists including Grover Washington Jr, Freddie Hubbard, Lonnie Liston Smith, Carroll Thompson, finishing off with some Dub pressure from Lee Scratch Perry for good measure. Stream the mix below and read Nabihah’s own words on the 7 of the jewels from the selection…

Hyp 176: Throwing Shade by Hyponik on Mixcloud

First Light  Freddie Hubbard

This tune stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. It’s just one of the most amazing things I’ve listened to and it’s what got me into Freddie Hubbard. It’d definitely make it into my selection on Desert Island Discs.

Love Goddess – Lonnie Liston Smith

I like the cover of this record because Lonnie Liston Smith has made a real effort to represent ladies from all different ethnicities. All the colours of the rainbow! Maybe Pharrell could have taken a leaf out of his book…

Basshoven – Motion

I love all the different elements that make up this track. It’s a perfect balance of jazz, experimental, funk, dub… and it just sounds so tropical to me. Motion was George Oban’s musical project after he left Aswad. The record cover is pretty amazing – a naked dread guy standing on a glass guitar, setting free a dove, over the grand canyon.

Daughter Of The Night – Richie Havens

I saw Richie Havens play live at the Jazz Cafe in London a few years ago and he blew my mind. It was just as energetic as his Woodstock performance. I bought this record when I was in New York last summer, on the anniversary of his death.

Daddy Bug  Roy Ayers

Good jazz. Short n sweet. I like Roy Ayers when he was in his jazz vibraphone phase. I also like him in his later ‘smoooooth operator’ phase, when he put out records like ‘Love Fantasy’.

I’m So Sorry  Carroll Thompson

One of the originators of Lover’s Rock. I think so. Her voice is incredible.

A Secret Place  Grover Washington Jr.

Bought this record quite recently in one of my favourite record shops in London – Eldica, which is tucked away behind Gillett Square in Dalston. I always pay that place a visit before or after my NTS show as it’s just round the corner from the studio. They have a really great selection of old vinyls. This is a real good album to listen to at night.


1. First Light – Freddie Hubbard
2. Love Goddess – Lonnie Liston Smith
3. Basshoven – Motion
4. Daughter Of The Night – Richie Havens
5. Daddy Bug – Roy Ayers
6. I’m So Sorry – Carroll Thompson
7. A Secret Place – Grover Washington Jr.
8. Afrodisia – Kenny Dorham
9. Walk In The Night – Grant Green
10. Wind Up Doll – Lee Scratch Perry

Throwing Shade’s latest release ’19 Jewels’ EP comes out on UK imprint No Pain In Pop on May 19th, you can preview one of the tracks and pre-order the release here.

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