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Nicole Bus Has Something For ‘You’ On NPR Music’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ Series

(Photo Credit: Olivia Falcigno/NPR)

Nicole Bus seemed to come out of nowhere with her slick jam "You" in the last days of 2018 and only continued to gain notice throughout 2019. The Roc Nation singer only grew in stature with the subsequent release of her newest single "Mr. Big Shot." With her already having a base in her Netherlands home, the singer is bringing her unique style of soul stateside — including making a stop at NPR Music's famed Tiny Desk Concert series.

With her music still fairly new to the US audience, she of course opened with the song that put her on the map. This particular renditon of "You" was different than how we've heard it before. That's perhaps because she squeezed a seven-piece band and two background singers behind her and they were able to freak the original sample into something more customized for the raspy-voiced Miss Bus. But Nicole's appearance at Tiny Desk wasn't just about what we've heard before. She also took the time to premiere a brand new single called "Love It." The track, all about female empowerment, was a guitar-driven number where she names all the things women can do and why they're necessary to make life worth living. The song sounds great in a live setting and we can't wait to hear how it sounds in a studio version. She and her band closed the short set out with "Mr. Big Shot." The occasion saw her grabbing her own guitar as she strummed along with the band on the kiss-off with a fun attitude and self-assured verve.

We have no doubt that Nicole Bus will soon be a full-on international sensation and, if you need further convincing, we highly recommend you catch this performance.


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