Nilufer Yanya

The great thing about the Internet is that you will also be able to come across a talent no Matt how big or small. Nilufer Yanya’s cover of Pixies ‘Hey’ caught our eyes and ears. Recorded by Bullion for a recent covers album on his label DEEK Records, the cover showcases her rich vocals in juxtaposition to the original track. The Turkish Londoner is comparative to 2016’s other soul artist to watch, Jorja Smith, with Yanya’s style being compelling yet fluid, her vocals almost eerie in sound contrast to the jaunty rock vocals of The Pixies. Soul isdefinitely  making a comeback and it’s great that women are having a major role in making it happen. The extra addition of some jazzy chords in the chorus doesn’t go amiss and the cover doesn’t branch too far out from the original. The guitar lines in this are superb. Yanya is clearly someone worth keeping an eye on. Check out the studio recording of ‘Hey’, and a session version she recorded for NTS below.


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