NUUXS has released her debut album Heirloom, out now via Goldun Egg. The album is accompanied by the cathartic new single ‘Part of Me’, also out today. To celebrate the release, NUUXS will be performing tracks from the album at a special launch show at Cargo, London on the 8th September.
Arguably the most powerful song of her catalogue to date, ‘Part of Me’ delves into the time spent in a cult as a child, and the abusive behaviour of her step father. With its eerie sound and caustic quasi-rap matched with ethereal, FKA Twigs-esque vocals and visceral and unsettling lyrics such as “Cut off your hair so the boys don’t stare / you belong to me now”, the track is an outlet where NUUXS can let go of the anger she has felt.
NUUXS says about the track: “It is a part of my journey and I felt it important to rid myself of the anger I have carried over what happened in the past. It’s scary in parts lyrically and sonically. However the honesty and the trauma is relatable and abuse shouldn’t be swept under the rug.”
For NUUXS, naming her debut album Heirloom, made perfect sense. The long-awaited full-length album is a collection of personal stories, fragments of her life steeped in memories. It picks up from her previous project ‘Red Tape’, but this time, leans more into the dissonant side of pop, personified by silky vocals and glimmering sonics, produced by her go-to producer Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer, The Libertines). Largely, Heirloom is tinged with breezy, sparkly sounds and a disco-pop euphoria. However, among the pop sounds lay darker, denser lyrics. An overarching theme of the state of the world and topics that many can relate to, but from a personal stance. A beguiling set of alternative pop, Heirloom sees NUUXS open up fully and find a home for the stories of her family, her relationships and herself. It’s about finding peace, joy and normalcy with what she has already gone through. “It’s everything that made me who I am today” she says.
Her debut follows a stream of acclaimed EPs from the French-born, London-based singer, culminating in 2019’s Red Tape Mixtape, which garnered widespread tastemaker support from the likes of Annie Mac, CLASH, tmrw, The Line of Best Fit, BBC Introducing and Mahogany.