Nikita Bassi has released the video for her new single ‘Rescue’, taken from her debut EP Satin out now.
The video celebrates empowerment and features performances from Nikita and drag queen Santi Storm. It reflects the themes for the bold pop song, which tackle the intricate feelings behind a toxic relationship.
Regarding the video, Nikita says, “When I’m feeling a bit nervous, I think of the Soho drag shows I’ve been to and how empowering I find them. The idea for the video was that I’m making this low-key DIY music video in my bedroom, feeling all over the place with a bed sheet falling on me, which genuinely just happened while I was recording, but that drag makes myself and so many others feel confident.
“It makes you feel you can celebrate your identity behind a kind of comfort blanket. I also don’t find that Bollywood and drag come together much and I love the fact that they do in this video. The song itself is a little bit mischievous and I knew Santi’s bold style would help to put that across.”
‘Rescue’ and debut single and EP title track ‘Satin’ have both received great support from Radio 1, with Huw Stephens a big fan of Nikita at the station. BBC Introducing have been strong backers of Nikita Bassi across Radio 1 and the BBC Asian Network. They also invited Nikita to be the first artist of their Future Tense live series at the Southbank Centre.
Nikita has also received high profile critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar in India as well as Clash, Flaunt Magazine, In Stereo Magazine and many more.
Nikita has worked with producer Cores (Solange, The Streets, Gorgon City) who built on her bedroom-produced tracks, to create the uniquely crafted Satin EP.
On the Satin EP, Nikita adds, “They’re all love songs of some kind, but the tracks dive more into elements that can come along with it – immaturity, toxicity, fear, comfort, and caution.”
R&B and world music continue to collide in mesmeric fashion elsewhere on the Satin EP, as found in the dreamy moments of ‘New Love’ and the orchestral-laced ‘Oh Lover’, while the EP closes with the soaring pop song, ‘Golden’.
Nikita Bassi is quickly proving herself an important new name in both the UK and India and she is set to make a huge statement in 2019 with her debut EP.