Nikka Costa will release new album Nikka & Strings: Underneath and In Between on 2nd June 2017.
The album is the first new material from Nikka since the release of 2011’s ProWoah EP. Nikka & Strings finds the singer backed by a luscious string quartet and she covers Prince (Nothing Compares 2 U) and Frank Sinatra (Come Rain or Come Shine).
Talking about the record Nikka says, “This album really started as a tiny seed that took on a life of its own after so many people were so generous with their time, faith and talent. What started out as just an excuse to do a couple of gigs, while I tried to figure out what my next record was going to be about, ended up snowballing into this amazing project and I couldn’t be more grateful and thrilled!”
“Most albums require an enormous amount of mountain moving and this one was no different. From its inception through the making of this record I lost 2 dear friends and supporters and my angel of a dog, not to mention the emotional charge of singing over one of my late father’s arrangements. This album has given me the chance to grieve as well as celebrate and I hope you hear and feel it all when you’re listening. It’s been a gift for me and I’m excited to give it to you!”
Nikka & Strings was recorded in just one day and produced by Justin Stanley (Eric Clapton, Prince, Beck, Jamie Lidell) and Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Rolling Stones) at Henson Studios in Los Angeles.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Nothing Compares 2 U (5:20)
2. Ain’t That Peculiar (3:28)
3. Love To Love You Less (4:35)
4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (3:53)
5. Cry To Me (2:40)
6. Arms Around You (3:24)
7. Headfirst (5:20)
8. Lover You Should’ve Come Over (6:44)
9. Silver Tongue (4:22)
10. Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (3:41)
11. Stormy Weather (4:57)
Watch the music video for Nothing Compares 2 U below: