Nuuxs’ slick, shimmering pop-noir is at once heavy and euphoric, mixing darkness and light in unexpected ways. Perhaps because she had to snatch glimpses of whatever music she could growing up, hers is a vast sound, with influences ranging from R&B to house music via ‘80s pop, pouring the likes of Madonna and Little Dragon into her own unique musical cocktail. One moment it’s unpicking trauma through vast, R&B-inflected choruses – “the kind,” she says, “that makes people want to put their arms up and feel free,” – the next it’s recalling alcohol-fuelled hook-ups with a slinky, sunken melody that slips from your grasp. In No Good For Me, the first track on her Red Tape mixtape, which follows last year’s Pearl EP, she sings of cutting toxic people out of your life. Something she has more experience with than most. “I gotta cut you out,” she sings a top guitars, rattlesnake-like snares and 808 beats, “’cus your heart is paper thin.”
With her songs having already racked up hundreds of thousands of streams, and support from Spotify, KCRW, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, she continues to cement herself as one of the most exciting and enigmatic emerging talents in Britain.