NIK11 – 6AM (Radio Mix)

NIK11 – 6AM (Radio Mix)

NIK11 – 6AM (Radio Mix)


It’s funny how music can change. It’s so malleable; you could hear it in one setting and hate it, vowing to never again let such filth invade your eardrums again. Then, you could hear it at a different time, in a different situation and see something in it that you never considered before. It’s not just down to peer pressure, either. You could be listening to a song on repeat in the morning that by night time you can’t stand. Basically, music isn’t just a meal in itself, to really enjoy it you need to be in the right frame of mind, as well as a situation where you can enjoy it.
When I turned on the single by NIK11 I actually did not expect what I heard. I probably wasn’t giving her the best chance for success to be honest. OK – I was the toilet picture. Some artists are a bit over the top about their songwriting and image lately-especially within the electronic synth dance realm. It just feels as if they are selling something under a false pretense lacking a real and genuine sense of musical inspiration. I mean give me something I can feel! Today it feels like many artists out there are going through the motions via cookie cutter songwriting – well how appropriate none of it provides a real source of inspiration.

Where am I going with his? None of the above really applies to NIK11. Why? Because the music and singing is 100% for real are oh so good! OK first off NIK:11 may not be Hip Hop but it’s something I really liked and like her I am also from Detroit. I might add as I drifted in and out of uncomfortable sleep, hazy static and sporadic hooky bursts of music punctuated my dreams I realized this man probably believes and feels every stroke, every note, every song he sang. I played this single probably a dozen times and despite the brutal sludgy of the Brooklyn-based traffic there was something about the single “6AM” that soothed my inner skepticism. On the second listen, slightly more conscious this time, I began to pick out the sounds somewhere between Crystal Method meets Lady Ga Ga. Come full circle when I read her bio as an afterthought that’s exactly how she described it. Bending elements of catchy Techno-Dance interwoven with elements of Electronic-Dance one can’t help but fall madly in love with this piece.

The “6AM” single brings to life a full tilt dance groove via a Kaleidoscope of sound that comes at you from every which direction. The vocals from NIK11 fill the space just like they should in a single such as this. The mid song crescendo withdrawals then builds up once again taking the song through to a climactic peak and very strong finish. The vivid mix works and the somewhat dreamy precision and concentrated themes meshed with NIK’11’s dreary confident vocals makes for some top quality Techno-Dance music with a jagged dubbed edge. I kept waiting for a blemish or disappointing moment to emerge – which never really happened through to the end. NIK11 is one prime time talent from Detroit and her latest singe “6AM” in neither overcompensation nor is it an understatement within itself.


Troy Johnson

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