San Francisco-based electronic duo Nikavo has released their new single ‘Yummy Miami’. Upbeat, eccentric and positive, they present their tasty mixture of house, techno, disco and rock’n’roll, combining depth with a feel-good vibe. The single’s b-side ‘No TV’ exposes Nikavo’s more darkwave / industrial side.
Nikavo is a musical union of producers Philip Winiger and Alexey Laduda, each quite prolific in is own right. The name of the project came from an aural transcription from Russian, meaning ‘nobody’ or ‘not a single person’.
As they say, two heads are better than one’, especially when united by electronica and rooted in such a concept as future nostalgia. As such, Winiger and Laduda bring their own unique skill sets and experience to the studio.
Originally from Switzerland, Winiger has a strong affection for the German electronic music scene and was formerly half of Cleopatra Records-signed industrial/ EBM outfit INHALT. Alexey comes from an entirely different background, having grown up in the rigid, yet highly creative, post-Soviet space, playing the guitar and singing. Both share a passion for dance music and analogue audio synthesis, ultimately manifesting themselves in Nikavo’s ever experimental, yet accessible, sound.
“In ‘Yummy Miami’, the lyrics speak for themselves. It’s about a direct experience that both of us had separately while working in the service industry and finally getting a time off, a break from the day-to-day grind and an opportunity to go somewhere where you feel happy,” says Philip Winiger.
“It’s pretty transparent, there is no deeper meaning to that. An underlying desire for having fun and the excitement of getting there. We think most people can relate to that, everybody just wants to let loose and go nuts once in a while.”
In terms of their sound, esthetic and songmanship, Nikavo’s songs are influenced by the work of Minilogue, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Trentemoeller, Telefon Tel Aviv, Jean-Michel Jarre, Victor Tsoi (KINO) and Morton Subotnik.
Written and performed by Alexey Laduda and Philip Winiger
Guitars by Andrey Kahn (Moscow, Russia)
Graphics by Vasily Mayzin (New York, USA)
Produced by Alexey Laduda and Philip Winiger
Mixed at Gagarin Studio (San Francisco, USA)
Mastering by Alexey Laduda and Philip Winiger
Photos by Andrew Shatnyy