MDR Selects – Niki Kand

MDR Selects, a series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them.

This edition invites local singer, songwriter and producer Niki Kand to share her selections. Originally from Iran, Niki uses alt.pop to create imaginary dream worlds. Her own music is upbeat but intricate; luscious walls of sound with washed out vocals, infectious beats and dancing synths. It’s easy to see how her personal tastes have shaped and influenced her own creations. Catch Niki at Future Yard on Saturday 24th August.

“These songs are what I’m currently into! They don’t really have much in common other than me enjoying them all. Papooz, Robyn and Chet Faker are some of my all-time favourites, while the rest is what I’m currently vibing with. I’m also listening to a lot of French pop music at the moment – I love the thinking behind the melodies. I find that they’re generally less formulated and so listening to them is quite refreshing. The French duo VIDEOCLUB are my current favourite!”