EP Review: Nude Wave – The Island

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Nude Wave is a London based producer and musician noted for his exploration of various genres including blues and hip-hop. Today, I will be reviewing their EP ‘The Island’ which was released on November 23rd 2020. 

‘Last Night’ explodes forward with a charming falsetto, that blends with a sharp percussive beat, and quickly built upon by strings, the result being a rich, engaging melody, where it’s almost like Nude Wave’s vocals are dancing with the instrumental backing. This track has a nice contained energy, it’s not too fast, but it does have an urgency and rhythm to it that’s very appealing. 

‘Superstar’ has a pounding bassy intro, that is overlaid with quick strings, and a fundamentally different vocal quality, showing the artist’s commitment to exploring style and genre with his music. However that being said, other than the obvious quality there is another similarity between this and the previous entry, and that’s the vibrancy and energy, in this track I particularly liked the harmonica tones throughout which added something unique to the melody and gave it an interesting twist. It’s also very catchy, between the choral hook and the beat of the music this track is practically guaranteed to get stuck in your head. 

‘Cactus’ has a heavier, more atmospheric beat, another distinct shift showing off the artist’s obvious skill and range, this also has a more synthy feel. I liked the vocals in this track, the deeper vocals add a richer quality to them, they also remain steady and have an almost spoken word quality to them. Also I like the counterpoint between the main vocals which are relatively consistent in tone and speed, and the low, swinging melody. 

So that’s what I thought of Nude Wave’s EP ‘The Island’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and support the artist by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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