Niia tunes are in heavy rotation lately, not least because of her gorgeous voice and clever, sultry vocals. The Berklee-trained jazz vocalist most recently collaborated with James Hinton, aka, The Range, who deftly paired her voice with slick, electro-influenced instrumentation and downtempo breaks. The result is a wonderful EP called Breaking that spans five songs and often leads to comparisons with Everything but the Girl and the Sade remixes of the early 2000s.
The only departure from that formula is the house-meets-bass vibe of the title track, definitely a candidate for an afterhours DJ set.
Check out the Breaking EP on Niia’s SoundCloud page.
Check out The Range on SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
Watch Niia perform a stunning version of “Body,” for The Fader.
One of my favorite people left this world in December and I’m still reeling from the loss. Death does different things to different people. Coping, for me, meant a retreat to the decks and the creation of a tracklist that sums up our relationship.
Please enjoy the result, aptly titled “Para Mi Abuelita”.
Para Mi Abuelita 2014 by Droopzilla on Mixcloud
Fellow Chicagoan Karl P. Meier, part of the Downwards duo, Talker, just dropped episode 87 of The Bunker Podcast. Techno bombs abound, from the past, from the present, all sewn together with Meier’s impeccable mixing skills.
The inspirado for this episode is Meier’s recent set at Berghain, which I’m sure was stellar. These are serious techno tunes.
If you’re in the NYC area next month, plan to attend his gig at The Bunker in February. Please to enjoy.