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February 2021
EP review

Nilüfer Yanya - Feeling Lucky? EP

Yanya always feels effortlessly in control.
Label: ATO Records/PIAS
Released: 11th December 2020
Rating: ★★★★
Nilüfer Yanya - Feeling Lucky? EP
Published: 11:27 am, January 14, 2021Words: Blaise Radley.

Riding high off her excellent full-length debut, 2019's 'Miss Universe', Nilüfer Yanya returns with a smaller, more focused EP that's no less accomplished, and all the more potent for its brevity. At just three tracks long, this is more of a moreish taster, something to tide us over till the next project proper, but in answer to the titular question, 'Feeling Lucky?', it's hard to imagine anyone saying no (well, at least in the context of new Nilüfer Yanya material).

As if spurred on by the runtime, Yanya stuffs each track full of rich melodic morsels, changing lanes at the drop of a hat. Lead single 'Crash', produced and co-written with Nick Hakim, drives forward on a metronomic drumbeat and a bed of distorted guitars, before the bottom suddenly drops out, and everything blurs into a slinky jazz number. Elsewhere, on her ode to Sundays and post-break-up anxiety 'Day 7.5093', the shift from the downbeat bridge to the manically chanted chorus isn't just organic, it's rapturous.

Talking on 'Crash' recently, Yanya said, "My favourite thing about it is how there's the twist at the end where the vibe changes and it's almost like a version two." What makes her such a talent, and this EP such a strong reminder of her songwriting ability is that each of the three songs here feels ambitious, without ever sacrificing the charm of a catchy hook. Whether harmonising effortlessly with herself, or contrasting her high-pitched vocals with a sharp-toothed guitar riff, Yanya always feels effortlessly in control. More, please.

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