Brisbane singer, Wafia, has received a huge amount of buzz through the release of her sultry electronic debut EP, XXIX and is kicking off 2016 with a national tour in March which will be her first headlining shows. In late 2015, she joined Ta-Ku on stage for his summer performances at Field Day and Beyond the Valley, and enlisted his help to produce her leading track, Heartburn and collaborated on his rework of Estelle’s track American Boy. The twenty-two year old Future Classic artist performed her track Heartburn with Ta-ku at his show at the MoMA PS1 in New York and released their gorgeous performance in a video directed by Nic Wrathal.
Wafia’s debut five-track EP, XXIX is named after the Roman numeral for the atomic number for copper, a transitional metal which she described in a Facebook post as a metaphor for her current state of mind: adapting to the situations that [the metal] is placed. The gorgeous EP is the creation of two years’ work that explores change and growing up. XXIX is filled with smooth, warm electronic beats that perfectly gel with Wafia’s hauntingly luscious vocals. The EP opens with Prelude, a minimal atmospheric piano track with humming back vocals and leads into a bold, R&B track The Raid. The Raid displays forceful percussive beats combined with melodic, cinematic production intertwined with Wafia’s determined, bold vocals, reminding me of a Lorde track with its futuristic electronic pop.
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Her debut single, Heartburn, sits in the middle of the EP which takes you on a journey through Wafia’s incredible range. The track allows Wafia to speak to an ex-lover which quite literally pulls at your heart strings. The soul slow burner is filled with smooth soundscapes, backing vocal loops and atmospheric, intricate synth flickers. XXIX takes a more mysteriously haunting turn with شيطان (Untitled), with her voice gliding across harsh synth lines and a constant clap, with delicate, intricate sound textures and ethereal backing vocals. The EP wraps up with a collaboration with Vancouver Sleep Clinic for Fading Through, with both of their smooth, angelic vocals melting in together for a track that begs for more from Wafia.
Wafia’s gorgeous debut EP, XXIX touched the hearts of many with her delicate vocals and eye for intricate soundscapes which led to the announcement of her national headline tour in March which you can find more information on down below.
Tickets on sale via Future Classic: futureclassic.com.au
Toowoomba | Armitage Centre | Friday 4 March
Perth | Jack Rabbit Slims | Saturday 5 March
Brisbane | The Foundry | Thursday 24 March
Melbourne | Northcote Social Club | Friday 25 March
Sydney | Newtown Social Club | Saturday 26 March