In its familiar format CTM, the well-established festival for club culture returned this year. Some of Berlin's finest sound systems, including the ones at Berghain, RSO, and HAU2, have once again been selected to host electronic and experimental music acts from around the world. Anna Grubauer reflects on a week of inspiration, surprises, and lack of sleep.
What started as a pandemic project turned out to be the manifestation of lifelong dreams. Singer Aka Kelzz explores self-expression, honesty, and safety in the community in their 2022 release "The Drama Series". In this week's Introducing feature, the artist talks about the process of finding out what they wanted.
Returning after a five-year hiatus, Welsh singer-songwriter Benji Tranter emerges with a debut that offers lush lo-fi bedroom folk vibes, paired with a raw originality and jolts of good-humoured sparks. Discover his "Songs To Make You Happy" right here, along with a fresh update of our weekly "Introducing" playlist, featuring other folk gems from the likes of Billie Marten, Eleni Drake, Maple Glider and some more.
After two EPs the Stockholm-based Australian singer-songwriter released his debut album "Bloom Mountain" earlier this month and though it cannot warm your cold feet, chances are good it will warm your soul. So pack your hiking boots and join NBHAP author Lilly on a trip to "Bloom Mountain" – there are some treasures to be found.
How to see the positive in a global crisis? In the wake of the Covid-pandemic many people found themselves re-evaluating their lives and goals. Gloomy Norwegian indie-folk artist Tuvaband wrote an entire record around that feeling of new beginnings and comforting power of change, resulting in a first musical highlight of the year 2023. In conversation with NBHAP’s Norman Fleischer the Norwegian shares a few more insights on her fascinating new album.
Based in Berlin, the Haifa-raised singer and songwriter Rasha Nahas releases her first album in her native tongue, Arabic. Written during the pandemic, "Amrat امرات" is an exploration and celebration of her Palestinian identity and a touching album grown out of spaces in between cities, identities, and cultures. We spoke to the singer and are premiering the video to "Habbetek حبيتك" in this week's Introducing Feature.
Every third Friday of the month we are releasing a round-up of reviews of recent releases that moved us the most. These are the personal takes on hand-curated gems our team dug up (and the occasional chart topper), this time with Billy Nomates, WILDES, CVC, Siv Jakobsen, The Murder Capital and Lakecia Benjamin. What will be your favourite?
The music of Pip Millett speaks for itself. On her latest record, "When Everything Is Better, I'll Let You Know" the artist sings of setting boundaries, so many emotions, and putting oneself first. In an interview, Pip shares her thoughts on expressing vulnerability, and the process of growth.