- Príncipe Discos
Three years ago, Nidia (formerly Nidia Minaj) was a high school student in Bordeaux, France rushing home at the end of the day to boot up her computer and make beats till bedtime. Like lots of uncommonly talented teens, she found her path via the internet, learning how to produce via Youtube instructional videos. At just 20, Nidia is the youngest member of Principe, the Lisbon-based electronic label, home to DJs like Marfox, who’ve spread the gospel of Afro-Portuguese dance music like kuduro and batida around the world. Nidia—a real deal prodigy—is on the precipice of her first LP with the label, Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida. Its first single, “Sinistro,” demonstrates her range as a producer.
While Nidia’s two previous EPs and handful of Soundcloud singles painted a portrait of an artist more than capable of making head-spinning, polyrhythmic tunes, “Sinistro” debuts her more understated side. There’s not much motion in “Sinistro”—its primary parts just a looping click, unadorned kick drums, and sweltering whisper—generate an unbelievable amount of atmosphere.There are no peak or valleys, just this unchanging soundwave. “Sinistro” doesn’t draw you in not by virtue of its rhythm or groove, because it has almost neither of those qualities. Rather, the song shows that Nidia’s music, magnetic as it is, no longer needs to fit into the grid of the dance floor, and can exist all in its own space.