NUELA CHARLES, alternative-soul powerhouse, who takes influence from the likes of Nina Simone and more, delivers a style of potent vocals amid sassy instrumentation and percussion. Kenya-born, Canada-based Nuela has been noted as “one to watch” by the legendary Soul Train, after she struck off 2018 with a JUNO Award Nomination for Contemporary Album of the Year with her sophomore album “The Grand Hustle” and her debut American performance was at the renowned “It’s A School Night” showcase in Los Angeles, on the personal invite of Chris Douridas, popular DJ and musical tastemaker at Santa Monica, California’s radio station KCRW, after he added Charles’ saxy ‘Unfortunate Love’ into rotation.
‘Danger’ is third single off the forthcoming EP ‘Distant Danger’ – set for release October – following the success of the second album. Produced by Ryan Worsely (Dear Rouge, Said The Whale), ‘Danger’ arrives in hot pursuit of snappy first single of the EP ‘Do It Right’ – co-written and produced by Grammy Nominated Rob Kleiner (Andra Day, Sia, CeeLo Green), and sophisticated spirited number ‘Troublemaker’, second single of the EP, co-written and produced by production duo Towers and herself.
‘Danger’ serves as a ritzy return for the audacious pop and soul fusion Nuela shares with steady pizzazz. The addictive tones of the single start from the outset – marriages of guitars that dart around the mix under Nuela’s silky notes, and a slinky strut of a pre-chorus where on-beat bass pedals and lyricism simply scream “sass”; ‘be a little bit of rough if you let me, kind of tough if you get me (get me)’. Vocal effects are used tastefully during parts of the track, adding an extra alternative dynamic to the composition, making for a sumptuous sound.
Here’s what Nuela had to say about the track:
“Danger is a song that came out of a writing session that wasn’t even meant for me. We (production duo Towers, and I) had a guest writer in that day (Drew Shalka), and weren’t even thinking about writing for my own project. A day after the session, the hook was still stuck in my head, and I knew we had something special. Produced by Vancouver-based Ryan Worsley, an award-winning record producer and songwriter, we finessed the song and finished it together.
Lyrically, it’s kind of cheeky and ultimately is just a plea for a more exciting kind of relationship. Who doesn’t want to be swept away, in an epic romance?!”