THE POWER OF YANG
So you're a regular reader, and you know I tend to like music which pushes into new areas. There is something compelling about the effort to blend music in different ways.
That is the reason I was immediately intrigued by Niktex, a collaborative effort joining Nikole Texidor and Manjinder Benning.
The pair work at mixing electronics and Indian instruments into folk and jazz. The result is actually quite beautiful.
Texidor herself has a beautiful voice which would easily carry either jazz, or folk. It is the vocals which you immediately notice, and like -- a lot.
Benning adds the refreshing instrumentation, cajan, tabla, cast iron pan, to which Texidor at times tosses in her own efforts on cabasa, gourd and glockenspiel. The diversity of music here truly adds to the depth of the overall effort.
The song Irrationalities is one which truly shows the strength of the collaboration, and is one of the best songs here.
This is one of those CDs which will have a tough time finding a radio spot, but that is not a bad thing. It generally means the music simply doesn't fit the cookie cutter motif too well.
In this case ignore radio, and buy this disk direct. This is a fresh take on folk / jazz, and a totally enjoyable listen.
Check it out at www.niktexmusic.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 2, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada