Every end of the month we publish a round-up of reviews of recent releases that moved us. These are the personal takes on hand-curated gems our team dug up. This time with artist Daughter, Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys, Yaeji, Temples, Everything But The Girl, Lael Neale, Perlee, Indigo De Souza and Nabihah Iqbal. Which will be your favourite?
Swedish neoclassical artist and composer Sofia Nystrand, aka Vargkvint, releases "Stillhetens hav II", the first single from her forthcoming solo album "Månens Hav" out in June via LEITER. Translating to "sea of silence", the gently swelling song slowly submerges you in its ambient sound.
The Berliner festival, XJAZZ!, is known for bending definitions of jazz. Considering it a word of freedom rather than a narrow genre description, its line-up features international artists with different takes on jazz. We spoke to headliner and South Londoner Rapper Nadia Rose about her music and its connection to the genre.
First loves tend to stay with us for the rest of our lives. For LA-based singer Annahstasia, this first love was music. After struggling with music industry pitfalls, discrimination and doubt, her debut "Revival" is a confidently vulnerable return to musical expression. In conversation with Alexandra Gulzarova she opens up about rediscovering feminity, folk music and breaking stereotypes.
The dream pop duo emerges to powerful and intimate dimensions on their first full-length, exploring the vast emotional spaces of love, destiny and individual fulfilment. NBHAP editor Andreas met the couple for a coffee around their old Moabit surroundings to talk about urban inspiration, balancing challenges and how music keeps welding them together.
The South London-based Lucinda Chua is a multitalented artist. Cellist, producer, singer, and songwriter she now releases her solo debut "YIAN" (燕). The record is an intimate and atmospheric exploration of her identity as a person of the Chinese diaspora raised in England and showcases her carefully orchestrated and atmospherically electronic compositions.
The German-Filipino singer and musician Ray Lozano just released her debut album "Pairing Mode". It is a collection of polaroids, or short stories, about being alone, longing, and belonging. Raised in Cologne between two cultural identities, Ray found a home in the music of Jill Scott. In her guest article, she writes about the influence of the RnB singer on her younger self, and how it continues to shape her until today.
The Canadian pop veterans have endured the drastic transformations of the music industry for the past two decades and it is a little miracle they are still here, delivering one decent album after the other, most lately last year’s "From Capelton Hill". NBHAP authors Norman Fleischer and Andreas Peters share a mutual love of the group from the beginning of their career and sat down with Amy Millan on their recent Berlin tour stop to talk about about their life’s work.