Feb 17, 2015
Nubiyan Twist are spreading love across the UK with their monumental 12-piece fusion of soul, jazz, dub, hip hop and afrobeat. Infectiously danceable grooves, punchy arrangements, a giant horn sound, upbeat Brazilian raps, turntablism, futuristic textures and dub effects combine with the sultry delivery of lead singer Nubiya Brandon.
The band’s debut single ‘Workhouse’, taken from the band’s eponymous debut album (released 30th March), is set for release 23rd February on Wormfood Records. A laid-back groove, hip hop and neo-soul are fused with a back-drop of ultra-tight arrangements and colossal horn section. Brandon’s rap style is firmly rooted in the golden era of hip hop - a blend of laidback delivery and abstract lyricism.
Grown in the fertile Leeds music scene while studying at Leeds College Of Music, Nubiyan Twist are now mostly resident in London, with a hardcore faction based at Henwood Studios, the custom studio they built in Oxfordshire out of hay bales and cement as Nubiyan HQ.
Encouraging artistic and social unity between different cultures and musical styles, notable influences include the likes of Fela Kuti, King Tubby, J Dilla, Herbie Hancock and Nat King Cole.
Having won acclaim for their mesmerising live performances, over the band’s 3 year lifespan they have collaborated with Ruby Wood (Submotion Orchestra) and played alongside De La Soul, Bonobo, Quantic, MF Doom, Robert Glasper Experiment and DJ Yoda. They can also count BBC 6 Music’s Huey Morgan as a fan.
You can see Nubiyan Twist perform live at the following venues:
13th NEWCASTLE The Cluny
14th SCARBOROUGH Coastival
20th LONDON Southbank Centre
25th BRISTOL Marble Factory
7th LEEDS The Wardrobe
14th LONDON Brixton Jamm (Album launch)
26th MANCHESTER Band On The Wall
27th LIVERPOOL Threshold Festival