First Impressions: What In Nikka Costa Funk Is 'Ching Ching Ching'?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bless my instincts as in a moment of randomly plugging the ears to the Nikka Costa tunes that occupies my music library, I wondered "What in funk is Nikka doing now?" Seek and you shall find. Apparently she's been busy, as she has been touring Europe and even has released a song for the overseas crowd. All of this is for prep for an upcoming brand new album. Nikka What?

Out of the blue sky way back in May, Nikka released a new song for her European fans, entitled, "Ching Ching Ching". The track is thoroughly not the squishy funk that we are used to from Costa....

 Once I got past the embarrassing breathy "hot hot hot" spoken intro and the electro surge of synths, the song picked up into a rambunctious pop tart siren. It is so left field that I had to check to make sure it was by the "Like A Feather" Nikka Costa...not by some glossed over Katy Perry reject. While I praised Kelis for her change into electro-pop, Nikka Costa is one that doesn't make a good sell of this.at.all. It sort of undermines her, and her grittiness is lost in the murk. Amazingly, the song works better when it is stripped and performed raw, as Nikka performed the song unplugged during a radio show in Germany (as you can see from the video below), and the results are much more of the laid-back amplified funk of the Nikka sound we know. Whatever the case, it sounds like Nikka may bring some changes if she does indeed release a new album later on. Peep the official video for "Ching Ching Ching" at Nikka's official site, and then check the unplugged version to hear the contrast.

Ching Ching Ching 


1 comment:

  1. oh wow..she totally changed up. I like the song, but i can see why she wasn't released in the US. she really should go back to her hiphop infused sound.

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