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Album Review

Brassy singer Niko was born to Japanese/Spanish parents, lives in Seattle but always ends up recording in England, and used to sing straight jazz before hooking up with the hip-hop/electronica/dance crew at Manchester, England's great Grand Central label. If that's a lot to take in, wait till you hear the brilliant Life on Earth. Jazzy electro-funkers Mark Rae, Mr. Scruff, and Aim provide the cool production while Niko supplies the comely spark. Her vocal style is a great combo of free and driven. Dig her infectious scatting on "You're My Favourite Music" or her soulful yearning on "All I Do" and you've got Amy Winehouse meets N'Dea Davenport uptown. As ambitious as its title, Life on Earth gives you a dizzying first listen, but the songwriting is there and the album is rich with attitude. Things go from nocturnal and gritty to bright and uplifting with ease, mostly due to Niko's conviction and the rock-solid grooves. Electronics give way to acoustics and the album softens nicely toward the end, adding a nearly perfect arc to Life on Earth's already long list of positives.

Customer Reviews

A very quirky sound

This album is very cool, the sound is very quirky, like pop and jazz put in a blender and pulverised! I love 'don't waste your time' and 'the hourly second'


Born: Seattle, WA

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

b. Nicole Vergel De Dios, Seattle, Washington, USA. The New York-based soul jazz singer Niko was born of Japanese and Spanish parentage. She became well known on the Seattle live circuit for her exotic voice, culminating in her winning a scholarship to New School University in New York. It was here that Niko learnt the history of jazz and got seriously under the skin of the music, graduating with honours in 2002. During this period she was employed as a runner at a local venue called the Knitting...
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