As a 17-year-old alt-pop newcomer, Nakita had a lot to prove with her 2016 debut ‘Foolish Ones’; a collection of five tracks dropped amidst a boon of female-fronted electro pop. Luckily, the young Cantabrian had some help in the form of a cadre of talented collaborators, including Avalanche City’s Dave Baxter, Ruby Frost, Benny Tipene and producer Leroy Clampitt, the L.A-based Kiwi behind Justin Bieber’s hit ‘Company’.
‘Foolish Ones’ was an infectious introduction, earning Nakita upwards of 2 million streams across digital platforms. Tastemakers HillyDilly called her “one of the best new artists from the region” and Radio New Zealand dubbed her the next big thing.
2017’s follow-up ‘Vision’ showcases an evolved version of Nakita; an 18-year-old channeling the growing pains of leaving home, moving to the big city and maturing as an artist. The community of talent is still there; Clampitt returns to the producing helm, and songwriters Matthew Young, Dave Baxter, Benny Tipene and Ezra Vine chip in on collaborating duties. From the tropical pop hooks of lead single ‘In the Water’ to the world-worn intimacy of ‘Fight the Feeling’, ‘Vision’ is the perfect sophomore step for an artist destined for a long and promising run.
Released on Valentine’s Day and accompanied by a colourful new video for the tune, directed by Sam Kristofski, Nakita’s latest single SUCKA is an anti-love song that sees the 18-year old putting herself in the shoes of a friend stuck in an unhealthy infatuation. Co-written with Matthew Young and Leroy Clampitt, the tune has garnered love on local pop radio and on tastemaking blogs like Hilly Dilly and Sniffers.