Nectar Woode - Nothing To Lose (12" EP)
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From the joyful musical roots of her Ghanaian heritage, to the raw
storytelling of singers like Lauryn Hill that frst piqued her interest as a
teen, to the supportive South London neo-soul community that she's
found a home in more recent years, there's one thing that connects the
musical jigsaw of 24-year-old Nectar Woode: honesty
Though seemingly disparate on the surface, Nectar's infuences speak of an artist
who has spent her life so far nurturing the things that truly make her tick. Growing
up in Milton Keynes, she jokes of her hometown as "a very beige place", but her
household as a "creative bubble" within it. Her Ghanaian amateur saxophoneplayer father would fll the house with jazz and Highlife music, while her English
mother worked as an artist and fashion pattern cutter; exposed to a creative way
of life and a wide variety of sounds, both mainstream and niche, it opened
Nectar's ears to a world of sonic possibility.
Having released a few songs independently over the past couple of years, the real
introduction to Nectar Woode begins with forthcoming debut EP 'Nothing To
Lose'. Merging the improvisational ethos of the jam sessions that she cut her
teeth playing in, with the more streamlined pop nouse of co- writers and
producers Bad Sounds (Arlo Parks, Rose Gray) and Tobie Tripp (Tom Misch,
Dave), the EP is a testament to letting go and kicking down her own barriers even
further; allowing new collaborators in and fully embodying the sentiment of its
title. The rich patchwork of infuences at the heart of Nectar's writing are still
there for all to hear, but they're also riddled with hooks that you'll be left humming
for days after.