After putting one track on Soundcloud last November, Nao picked up Bellatrix and played her on her BBC R1 show. Repeat plays followed quickly at BBC6 Music via Tom Robinson, calling it “Right there on the edge with intensity and freshness.”
A relevant introduction to the dizzyingly cool, blisteringly inventive Bellatrix. Her backstory is as good as one would expect: studying jazz double bass at Guildhall School of Music, she was earning a living as a bass player when she started to write her own music, teaching herself to sing. This is her first offering as a solo artist.
What’s emerged is a stunning blend of futuristic, jagged production, inventive stuccato percussion and basslines straight from the gutter. With Bellatrix’s low drawl deadpanning “I can be your bitch, can I? Lucky me.”
Co-produced with Exmoor Emperor (Ama Lou) and mixed by Dillip Harris (Mount Kimbie, King Krule, Django Django etc), this is thrilling, exotic music.