Nyxen drops bouncy two-track EP, ‘Running’
Sydney newcomer NYXEN has well and truly arrived with her new two-track EP, Running. It’s scored her a spot at Field Day as well as copious radio play, and for good reason. While still fairly new to production, Chelsea Lester has clear talent and direction, crafting a distinctive, summery sound across the two tunes.
Recordings of her own vocals are twisted into samples reminiscent of Odesza, built into beats verging on the tropical. There’s a clear nod to Tycho in there too, an influence Nyxen lists alongside Miike Snow and Aussies Bag Raiders. Title track ‘Running’ features hints of sunshine in there that are just enough to keep the vibes flowing, listen after listen. ‘Monster’ is slightly more club-ready, but eschews huge drops in favour of a more lightweight bounce that’d sit just as well pool-side, ice-cold bevvy in hand.
Out on Unknown Records, the EP is melodic and down tempo, littered with disembodied vocal stabs, but maintains a solid percussive groove tempered with plenty of guitar reverb. Both ‘Running’ and ‘Monster’ are exceedingly smooth and blissfully chill, with just enough momentum to keep you coming right back, again and again.
If ~summery vibes~ are what you’re after, look no further than Nyxen’s Running EP, and if you’re in Sydney, catch her at Field Day on New Year’s Day.
Words by TED DWYER