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Nikki Nair has shared his latest single, which showcases a different side to his sonic output.
‘Can’t Wait’ is a whimsical glitchy pop-blues track, which sees Nair sing full vocals for the first time ever on his productions.
The track laments the struggle of nine-through-five work life, yearning for summer and its associated adventures, and was written inspired by very specific personal experiences.
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“I wrote this track when had a day job as a radar engineer,” Nair explains. “It was mid-pandemic and I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to make music full time so life felt pretty empty.
“The words in the song are kind of what I thought life was going to be forever as a working person.”
Accompanying the original track is a remix from Stockholm avant-techno producer Peder Mannerfelt. Described as creating the rework in “his most chaotically evil mood”, Mannerfelt warps Nair’s vocals in a call-to-action-like manner, with a pounding kick throughout and menacing peaks and troughs.
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Nair has been busy recently with a consistent production output encompassing his hybridised sound of electro, breaks, and elements of UK bass and techno. Reflecting such in his erratic – yet uniform and succinctly curated – DJ sets, inspiration from the underground DIY party scene of the south east is rife throughout with his intuition leading the way from beginning to end.
Nikki Nair’s new single, ‘Can’t Wait’, is available now. Check it out here.
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter
Written by: Tim Hopkins