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  • Tessa Maddaloni

Review: "decay" - Nxdia

In a perfect blend of Arabic and English, Nxdia’s new song ‘decay’ depicts their current feeling of crisis and inner turmoil. The soundscape of the song itself is full of angst and synths that correspond to her content, while still creating a fast paced tune that listeners could set on repeat for hours. Nxdia writes, “‘decay’ is about the brutal reality of the cost of living right now and the way capitalism has made existing harder and harder. I think people are angry, it's like the focus is shifting to survival rather than actual quality of life and people are suffering because of it.” This song is the feature track on their newest EP, ‘in the flesh’, in which every song carries through the angst and apprehension shown in this song.

With vocals similar to Dua Lipa but a grunge vibe that is all her own, Nxdia is obviously taking the music scene by storm. Her lyrics are raw and honest and truly depict the thought processes had, with the chorus stating, “We’re poor yeah we’re broke / And no one knows / What’s going on / So I say / Burn it to the ground”. The song carries on with a dystopian vibe that emulates the capitalist morals Nxdia is so fed up with. The song ends with the lyric “We’ll drag you in the decay”. Closing off the track with such hard hitting words like this truly show the talent behind Nxdia’s mind. Her lyrics and soundscape tie together perfectly to show their aura, and it is clear that she put her heart and soul into this EP.

Based in Manchester, Nxdia has been releasing music since early 2020, and has amassed over 100,000 monthly Spotify listeners. She was born in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in Roxy, and immigrated to the UK when they were nine years old. Her heritage shines through in her music, with Arabic lyrics scattered throughout her tracks. Their recent EP has received tons of support from fans, and it is clear how their style has stayed true to themselves while also expanding and growing as Nxdia grows as a person. Make sure to follow along the social media below to catch new music.

Written By Tessa Maddaloni



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