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Voices with the Power to Move

Today we'll be looking at two distinctly different acts, both fronted by powerful, evocative female singers, each with their own, unique appeal.



Neo Jessica Joshua is a singer-songwriter that hails from East London. Getting into music at an early age, by writing her own songs, led to her first job at the tender age of 16, teaching her peers and other children choir arrangements. After school she studied jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which got her the skills necessary to become a backup singer for Kwabs (who we've featured before) and Jarvis Cocker, which really shows her versatility.

Her first track as a solo artist, So Good, got released in 2014, which was a very big step in her career as the track gained much more traction than she initially thought it would.

So Good

Nao seems to be very much without an ego, and she describes her thoughts on becoming a lead vocalist:

"I thought being an artist was reserved for people that were, like, super special or super beautiful, and happened to have a nice voice, and I kind of felt like i didn't really have any of those things."

Oh we disagree Nao!

She may have one of the most interesting, and buzzed about voices of our time.
She describes her music as "Wonky Funk". Deeply influenced by Aretha Franklin, she loves to let her voice sing out freely and openly, but the shy, introspective part of her nature can also be heard quite clearly in the "smallness" - for want of a better word - of some of the tones she produces.
As a music producer myself, I have listened intensively to her work and have sat trying to recreate some of the synth sounds she uses in her production. Synthetic and raw at the same time, with sounds that are unique, I haven't been able to come even close to capturing the essence of what she does. There's something so uncontrived about her sound. Production comes as natural to her as singing it seems.

Just listen to the production on this tune:

Bad Blood

Here's a sample of some of the lyrics from Bad Blood.

You're a holiday
A glass of ocean slipping down my throat
And landed on my hopes, I'm dreaming
Off the maps no hidden grids, I'm fleeing
I worship you like holy days
Lying on my back, seeing clouds and rays
Drinking lime and bitter from my lemonade
White horses, maritime won't do

The lyrics are so wide open conceptually that I couldn't place a specific character that they could have been written about, but then I stumbled upon this video with her explaining it. I also think its just wonderful listening to her talk and sing roughly in front of the camera. She's an easy artist to fall in love with. Not just her music, but her character and her personality.

Her breakout album, "For All We Know", released under her very own "Little Tokyo Records", to my mind, has not a single "filler" song on it. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to every track and will continue to do so for some time to come.

Here's another great track that perfectly captures and elaborates on the way she describes her music: Wonky Funk.



So Good [EP] - October 2014
15 February [EP] - May 2015
For All We Know [Full Album] - July 2016
For All We Know - The Remixes [EP] - February 2017

Go ahead and look up her music on your favourite streaming service, or if you prefer:



Up next we have a Belgian Indie-Pop sensation. A group that seem to command an almost mystical aloofness. Immersed in their art, they may be an acquired taste for some, but there can be no doubting their commitment to what they do, or their proficiency at executing their style.



They hail from Kortrijk, Belgium, and formed the group in 2009, which consists of Stef Callebaut, Benjamin Desmet and Jeroen Termote. Their "Black Video" went viral on social media and brought them to the attention of the world, which lead to their being discovered by Studio Brussel, a Dutch-speaking radio station, which began featuring them daily.

Black Video

Lets be honest. SX are Weird. The kind of weird that you spell with a capital "W". But they're the kind of weird that you can appreciate and respect as they challenge the norm and aren't afraid to be the weird kids that the other kids look at funny. Its so important for artists like this to exist. Artists who seem to be lacking in fear, who just express.
In an interview with Kaltblut magazine they name Michael Jackson, Nietzsche, and Picasso as some of their major influences. I cool and off-the-wall can you get?!

Lets check out the first song that brought them to my attention. "Hurts" is a powerful track with lyrics as avant garde as most of their other tracks, but as much as the lyrics leave you wondering as to their meaning, the very first note leaves you enthralled.

I don't think it hurts
I have been here so long
I have to think it hurts
Who is gonna tell
Did it hurt
Did it hurt to reap on
Can you bring me high
In nature's upper three
Now will you leading me
A scent of force around
No singularity
Body is warmer
Did it hurt
Did it hurt to reap on
Can you bring me high
In nature's upper three
Who you are to me
Where we are


As always I think its important to check out what an artist does with their live performance and comparing it to their recorded product. Not that I believe that they have to be identical, but I do think that acts that don't translate live are disappointing. Well, fear not reader. SX does not disappoint live in the slightest. They have got the live electronic performance down pat, failing to even neglect riding up extra large reverbs on tail-ends of vocal phrases.

Hurts - Live

Stephanie's voice painfully implores throughout their recorded material. She seems to connect with the music on a spiritual level as their drums drive a pattern that pulses to a rhythm which slows the passage of time, each strike bringing you back to the present, while the negative space suspends you. The result is this beautiful juxtaposition of weightless stillness, and intense motion. Every note just drips with intension.

When it comes to blending the visual arts and music, SX really take the fore, and one look at the art direction of their music videos makes this apparent. Another example of this passion for art outside of the world of music, is their collaboration with fashion designer, Dries Van Noten , for his winter 2015-2016 collection.

But check out some of the styling in these videos.


The next video must be one of the most perfectly executed one-shot videos I've ever seen. Its so simple. Yet it is that very simplicity that allows you to appreciate how gorgeous the relationship between the song and the video is. I challenge you not to be absolutely hypnotised.


The album artwork for their debut album, Arche, had some stunning photos taken for it. The photographer has done a great story on how the process of the actual shoot went down and I highly recommend giving it a read (not steemit, but what can you do?) -



They haven't released all that much, but here it is anyways:

Arche 2012
Alphabet 2016

Black Video 2011
Gold - 2012
Graffiti 2013
The Future 2013
Hurts 2016
Shimona 2016
Mercury 2016
Comfort 2016

Thanks for reading. Why don't you drop a comment with an artist that you love, as we'd love to feature somebody from one of our readers.

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NAO definitely stood out as my favorite part of Disclosure's Caracal last year. Superego, a song that most people found horribly annoying, was actually one of the only moments on the album where the production felt immediate enough to match the energy of the guest. As far as her production on this record goes, she could really benefit from a faster pace to differentiate her from her influences. Or go a more synthetic and heavy route like on Girlfriend. That was a pretty terrific surprise.

I love it when somebody brings in a reference that I didn't include. Indeed, I loved her work with Disclosure.

Did you know that music is older than the world or even older than the universe itself? When He created everything, a multitude of Angels sang for joy :)

The chills you get when you listen to music, is mostly caused by the brain releasing dopamine while anticipating the peak moment of a song.

You're right....

❤ gets solaced and refreshed by music when it is sick and weary. 👍👍👍👍👍

Absolutely. Thanks for reading! :)

Yes great Artists indeed..
excellent dear friend @adsactly...... thank you for sharing with us...

Wow Amazing post

I like the music can purify my soul, because he makes me to be quiet.

That he does. Thanks for the support and enjoying the music!

It's effortlessly stylish. The production has a crisp, seductive feel while the odd little syncopated bursts have a tropical flavor. Yet it's really all about Nao's delivery. Surely a star in waiting.

Straight up! She certainly is!

adsactly (74) you've got a share amazing Artists records ,thanks for sharing a few off their lyrics for us,i definitely adore it, thanks for sharing on steem plateform.

Aweson post

a song I love and the story is very beautiful

music is a soul food
thanks for this delightful post.. @adsactly

Yeah, it's a great song :) Thanks for popping by!

How do you make such a difficult post? There are a lot of other things to understand here in the post
congratulate for your good job my friend

Thanks for appreciating. When there's such great music-makers, its not terribly hard to do, as they're interesting people.

Yes great Artists indeed,thanks for sharing some off their lyrics for us,i really love it,good job done

Too kind. Thanks for reading :)

Indeed we have some very powerful female voices here..

Very nice posting. So funny video guys

Now I'm drowning! 😂

amazing post,,thanks for sharing

Thanks a for reading and popping by!

I think it really matters a lot whether the singer writes the lyrics him or herself or not. When the singer's lyrics are self-written it gives a much more authentic and deeper glimpse into the artist's Soul. Consequently, the performance is naturally more Heart-driven.

So, great choice!

Very true @alexaventuria. Both of these choices of artists to feature are great examples of people who express the music within.

One artist i love to the moon is Asa ,she is an Africa musician that uses alot of poet in her songs and she started writing at a very young age signed to a popupar record label on France . Her song Dead Again first track on her last album Talked about friends that betrayed her

Thank you for bringing up Asa. I have been following her on-and-off for several years and absolutely love her work. I will definitely look into featuring her in the next post.

Yayyyy am so happy she is going to be featured!!!

Music itself is without music is a no life. Thanks for sharing

True words! Thanks for reading!

well post...

Nice photography too..
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Haha, NICE! :D Thanks for the support! <3

Amazing post 👍👍👍

Thanks for introducing me to NAO. That Bad Blood track....just WOW.

Appreciate you!

Yeah man you are right...

This music is so amazing & this music is the great. Great post i like that👌👌

Thanks so much! :) Keep coming back for more.

very nice post. And songs are also very nice. I like her songs so much . Thank for sharing with us

Nice post bro. Neo is a good singer and she's pretty too

That she is. Excellent voice!

He is providing POOP articles and even paste others article. If someone said something right about him he he/she downvote. Stop discriminating new users here.

I love the song "Girlfriend" Nice post musican!

Thanks so much :) I love that song too. Okay, ​I love ALL her songs. But particularly that one and Bad Blood. :)

I Like This Post. That's Very Amazing! 👍👍👍

nice post & thank you for share

that good music goes viral great post and great artist

I love the post!! ;p thanks

Really interesting content.... i can't think my life without music... when i hear music i feel relaxed. ☺

You obviously don't listen to heavy-metal then XD XD XD Just kidding. Thanks for comment. :)

you are quite right... cz i hear much slow type of songs...😁

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Wow thanks for great information.

By the way, I've posted about moodboster songs. Please give me feedback if you want. Thank you very much.

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I was confused at first because I thought you were referring to the track by SX in this article called "Shimona" 😂😂 But now I'm with you. :) Indeed, just listening to Shimona now and she does have an exceptional voice. I'll be sure to check out more of her music, thanks for the recommendation​!