Welcome to pop électronique, courtesy of Ninca Leece. Having, in recent years, played clubs and festivals all over the world, writing soundtracks or collaborating with fellow musicians, the French vocalist, who now lives in Berlin, has finally got around to completing her debut solo album, which she has been working on whenever she found a free moment.
Brazil, China, Poland, Finland, Belgium, Germany, USA, Holland, Spain, Italy – Ninca Leece has certainly gone the distance to bring her very own interpretation of contemporary electronic pop music to the people. And it goes something like this: musically socialized through early New Order and My Bloody Valentine, Ninca conjures up immortal melodies out of experimental electronic dance, aided by her box of tricks (her "laboratory", as she calls it). She flirts dreamily with (minimal) house, clicks & cuts and synth pop, mixing the whole thing up with a sprinkling of noise, analogue instruments and field recordings. She modestly describes her first album as "a collection of my experiments in sound and emotions – lots of funny little things, broken hearted sounds and melodies. It's about glitchiness, quirkiness, sexiness." Just listen to her version of The Cure's "Lovesong"!
Ninca Leece spent her youth in Rennes, France before, on coming of age, moving to Holland. Rotterdam, to be precise, where she studied music production and singing. Since then, she has toured the globe as musician, composer, singer and producer, resolutely defending her musical independence, which is so important to her. She writes her own material, plays, records, arranges and produces her songs herself. That's her up on stage on her own as well – performing with breathtaking elegance. Her shows are often accompanied by striking visuals, created for her by video artists. Ninca usually sings in English, returning to her native tongue on occasion, or even mixing the two from time to time.
The fact that Ninca's debut album is ready at last, is going to make a lot of people very happy.
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Music samples: Tourist / Funny Symphony / Lovesong / Tattoo / Top Of The World /
"Ninca Leece is school of Björk, Miss Kittin and Robyn practitioner of minimal, precise-diction electro and house, all brooding soundscapes, stark repetition, Teutonic propulsion, explosions of pop brightness and hookes thats lodge, immovably, in your head. The sonic architecture clanks, plinks, plonks and clatters along beneath a succession of melodies that could, placed within more conventional arrangements, storm the charts." (Sunday Times)
"Die Dame weiß genau, wo es lang geht. Wenn es sich um Electronica und Experimental dreht, ist sie in puncto professionelle Vielseitigkeit an vorderster Front unterwegs." (laut.de)
"Der Minimalismus von Ninca Leece erinnert zuweilen an deutsche Elektro-Pioniere wie Kraftwerk, bleibt aber naiv und verspielt, lässt die Computer-Sequenzen über die streng metrischen Beats leichtfüßig hinwegtänzeln." (Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung)