Posts Tagged ‘WAFIA’

April 20, 2018

I would say Louis The Child is on a roll these days with their new collaborations, but seriously, when is the Chicago production duo never on a roll? The Windy City electronic stars slayed last month with their hip hop leaning track, Shake Something, with Joey Purp. And now, they’ve united with Australian based Syrian-Iraqi songbird WAFIA on Better Not to give us a heartwarming future pop frolic that leaves our hearts feeling all warm and fuzzy. Dewy eyed, misty twinkling Better Not is the perfect spring time crush song, a sanguine stirring, beats skipping, smile-inducing sonnet to illuminate those lovestruck evenings. Stream Better Not on Spotify, here.

March 8, 2018

The moment we laid eyes on this track, we knew it would be a winner. Bodies is one of several of our favorites from Australia based Dutch artist Wafia. The sweeping electro-pop track even takes profound inspiration from real refugee experiences. And Vancouver based production whiz Felix Cartal has always exceeded our high expectations with his refined remixes and dance originals. Who else but this electronic maestro could give Bodies a beautiful dance remix that doesn’t take away from the original’s crystalline beauty and deep meaning, yet gives the track a whole lot of house vigor and melodic pumping energy? Bodies is the second Wafia track Felix Cartal has remixed. Lest you forgot how good his edit of Heartburn was last year, let’s turn back time and re-visit our feature, here.

January 26, 2018

It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but tomorrow night, IHM finally gets to take in the wondrous sounds of Australian-based, Netherlands-born, Iraqi-Syrian singer songwriter WAFIA live. She’s out on the road after having just released her new EP VIII, and she’s making her San Francisco debut at Popscene. I predict a transcendental, heart rending experience and a superb Friday night of live music. The 24 year old musician serenades us with grace and beauty on The Ending from her new EP. The track even features a guest cameo by FINNEAS, the gifted artist and brother to pop wunderkind Billie Eilish whom we’ve eagerly featured many times in the past, too. The Ending is a heart wrenching ballad and an understated lullaby built on heartbreak and anguish. Tender keys trickle next to WAFIA’s svelte voice. There’s a fragility to be found in The Ending, an ephemeral beauty that sweeps us off our feet. It’s a gorgeously balletic song that evokes British project RITUAL with its supple orchestral flourishes and aching vocals. 

Wafia says of her new record: “Writing this EP, I got really obsessed with the realization that nothing I ever make will be tangible. Even my voice, the only instrument I use, is intangible but so are any feelings and emotions that I write about. VIII is an exploration of that, as well as necessity and transparency.” VIII, out on Future Classic, can be streamed on Soundcloud, here. Support via other platforms, here. And learn more about her tour, here

December 23, 2017

I know I mention Popscene a lot, but it really is my favorite place to be on any given night. I’m immensely excited I get to finally see Wafia next month at the intimate indie club show that goes down at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. You should be well familiar with the Australian based Syrian-Iraqi artist by now, considering our long time devotion to her music on IHM. She’s even given us a lot of astounding collaborations over the past couple of years, like her oft partnerships with acclaimed producer Ta-ku. Only Love is Wafia’s new single, and likely final treat of 2017. It’s a supple electronic pop song, lightly drizzled with some R&B heat, on which her silvery voice dances ever gracefully. Only Love is lifted from Wafia’s highly anticipated VIII EP, due out January 19th via Future Classic. Stream/download Only Love via major outlets, here. Find out more about her San Francisco appearance in January, here

September 6, 2017

Wafia, the immensely talented Australian based, Netherlands born, Syrian artist who’s collaborated many a time with Ta-ku and other artists in the past, is back with a refugee inspired beauty of a sweeping electronic pop aria named Bodies. It’s a robust whirring dazzler lead by Wafia’s crystalline voice. She says of the song:  “I wanted to draw similarities between the large groups of Syrian refugees walking miles to safety and those that can protest freely in the western world. I can’t think of anything more human and simple than reminding ourselves that we are fragile bodies but the strength that can come of bodies in large numbers. We live in a world where so many things are difficult and divisive but I wanted this song to be accessible and inclusive because at the end of the day we all want to be a part of something bigger than us and this is the best way I knew how to portray that.” Bodies isn’t only relevant, but it’s movingly relevant, a vibrant soaring, lavishly compelling statement about one of the most pressing issues the world is facing right now. Wafia’s new VIII EP is due out October 13th on Future Classic. Stream/purchase Bodies, here.

July 17, 2017

Australia’s Thrupence released his debut album Idea Of Aesthetics back in spring on Future Classic. Among its exquisite electronic tracks is this breathtaking aria, Atmos, which sees the producer re-uniting with fellow Australian, oft Ta-Ku collaborator, and immensely talented artist in her own right, Wafia. Her cool crystalline vocals are a perfect fit for Thrupence’s delicate and finespun production. Atmos is a fully captivating, slow building journey of emotional catharsis, burnished with twinkling grace and empyrean beauty. You can stream Ideas of Aesthetics in full on Soundcloud, here. Purchase from iTunes, here.

May 24, 2017

The last time we heard from Australia’s Wafia, she’d teamed up with ever incredible producer Ta-ku on a collaborative EP that blew everyone away. It’s been a long wait, but the singer songwriter has finally returned with a gorgeous new single named 83 Days and news of a forthcoming sophomore EP. 83 Days’ nocturnal R&B pop bursts at the seams with sensual desire and distressed longing. Wafia co-wrote the opulent twilight ballad with Ben Abraham and enlisted the skills of Toro (Kehlani) on production. 83 Days is out now via Future Classic, here.

October 29, 2016

Love Somebody is one of several incredibly divine collaborative tracks that was bestowed upon us by Australian talents Ta-ku and Wafia. That fleecy enchanting jewel gets a Mr. Carmack treatment today, an unexpected and oh so heavenly treat. The respected Hawaiian producer remixes Love Somebody into a bouncy infectious dance jam. Peppy beats, sprightly chords, and glitchy future beats strikes us with lightning euphoria. Download Mr. Carmack’s snazzy chic remix from major outlets, here.

August 4, 2016

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August 3, 2016

This may be the second track I’ve shared today related to Australian super team Ta-ku and Wafia, but it’s one not to be taken lightly. Canadian electronic prodigy Ekali gives us a cosmic interpretation of the duo’s ravishing collaboration Meet In The Middle, transforming the original into a vast and expansive future bass masterpiece full of wonder. Ekali takes my breath away and humbles me with his twilight remix. All the little spats and grudges of daily life seem so inconsequential in the face of such cinematic lush beauty. Download Ekali’s transcendental remix from Toneden.