88Rising’s NIKI delivers an emotional radio anthem.
While the young singer draws influence from Aalyiah and Destiny’s Child, her sound feels more in line with the indie-stylings of Lorde. At least, such is the vibe of the verses, which find NIKI sliding over a summer-infused guitar progression. When the chorus kicks in, however, so does the grandiosity; those adverse to pop synthesizers may clench teeth in unison. Still, the talent is evident, and it’ll be interesting to watch NIKI’s artistic progression under the 88Rising umbrella.
People like to call me cynical
Pessimistic when it comes to love
I’m not looking for a fuckin’ miracle
I’m just looking for a sweeter drug