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Najwa


Country of origin:

Spain

Type of music generally:

Ectronica alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Rat Race (2014)

See also:

Najwa's site

Comparisons:

Perhaps closest is Mandalay, Crustation, a less-mainstream Dido

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional cowriting

General comments:

Najwa Nimri is an electronic-based pop artist from Madrid with an intriguing soft vocal style. I first heard of her on a dreampop music list and once I heard a sample sought out more. I am especially fond of Carefully, the first album of hers I found. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Carefully is my favourite of the two I've heard. (Neile)

Recordings:

  • As Najwajean:
    • No Blood (1998)
    • Asfalto (BSO) (2000)
    • Guerreros (BSO)(2002)
    • Till It Breaks (2008)
  • As Najwa:
    • Carefully (2001)
    • Mayday (2003)
    • Walkabout (2006)
    • El Último Primate (2010)
    • Donde rugen los volcanes (2012
    • Rat Race (2014)

Carefully

Release info:

2001—Subterfuge Records (Spain)—ref.21234 CD

Availability:

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of electronic pop

Group members:

Najwa Nimri

Guest artists:

Luiz Álverez—violin, viola
Francisco Serrano—cello

Produced by:

Roúl Santos

Comments:

There's something compelling about this disc. It's smooth electronic pop, but has a captivating edge for me. Something to do with the interesting songwriting, perhaps. In any case, I have loved this since I received it. Especially "this perfume" which includes the "carefully, carefully, carefully" of the title and the soft urgency of "are you moving / is this moving / are you moving?" of "That cyclone". There are so many so lovely moments in this album. Truly enjoyable listening. It's sad that she's so little known in the U.S. (Neile)

Mayday

Release info:

2003—Do East West (Warner)—5046 66562 2

Availability:

Europe

Ecto priority:

Recommended for electronic pop fans

Group members:

Najwa Nimri

Guest artists:

Floren Muñoz—electric guitar (1, 2, 7)
Trevor Morais—additional programming (4)
Juanjo Muñoz—guitar (10)
Saul Aguado—string arrangement
Strings (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8):
     Ernesto Osorio—violin 1
     Cesar Blanck—violin 2
     José Ignacio Sanz—viola
     Raquel Siquiaro—cello

Produced by:

Roúl Santos

Comments:

This is very pretty pop. Najwa's vocals are lovely here. This is a little smooth for my tastes generally, but has lovely moments and a lot of ectophiles will find this album irresistable. (Neile)

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