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Dark synth-pop from LA artist. FFO: Kate Bush, Eurythmics, Nina Hagen, Fever Ray, Danse Society and Siouxsie & the Banshees


LA-artist shares 80's synth pop indebted new single 'Böse Lügen (Body Mix)'

Debut self-titled album out 14th February via Dais


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LA synth-pop artist Riki today shares the dark and pulsating new track 'Böse Lügen (Body Mix)', the latest single from her upcoming self-titled debut album, out 14th February via Dais Records.

After initially finding life as the dark horse of Hot City, Riki's 2017 EP, 'Böse Lügen (Body Mix)' has been reawakened for her debut album. Newly mixed on classic hardware, the disenchanted story is retold with an infectious force unique to old-school EBM.
Listen to 'Böse Lügen (Body Mix)'
Riki is the Los Angeles based synth-pop outfit commandeered by the mysterious Niff Nawor, a visual artist and musician active in the deathrock / anarcho-punk scenes of the California bay area (formerly a member of Crimson Scarlet), before founding her solo endeavor as Riki in 2017. Niff’s desire to explore her own sound manifested in the recording of the Hot City cassette tape in 2017, which featured Chelsey Crowley of Crimson Scarlet, Skot Brown of Phantom Limbs and Peđa of Doomed to Extinction. Released on Commodity Tapes and later reissued on vinyl by the well - regarded Symphony of Destruction label, Riki followed the release of the single with several small tours and festival dates, performing with such acts as Light Asylum, Black Marble, and Trisomie 21.

For her self-titled debut album for Dais, Riki explores courage, physicality, and romance across eight timeless synth pop anthems. Produced and engineered by hardware-based synthesist Matia Simovich of INHALT, influences and ideas are worn proudly without deviating from fresh and daring electro-pop territory.

Nostalgic cues can be heard ranging from Neue Deutsch Welle, early Adrian Sherwood productions, classic ZYX Italo Disco, Japanese Visual Kei and even classic new wave/pop like Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, and early Madonna.

The lead single, 'Napoleon', contains Riki’s indelible sound design, reminiscent of 80’s New York dance floor electro-pop that recalls the fusion of uptown and downtown styles and culture, told through Riki’s present day West Coast narrative. For contrast, the second single entitled 'Böse Lügen (Body Mix)' was previously released in demo form and re-mixed to emphasize its commanding presence and addictive nature.

Translated simply to “Wicked Lies” and sung completely in German, 'Böse Lügen' moves away from the upbeat romanticism found throughout the album and commands serious self-reflection guised within an infectious dance floor anthem.

Riki invites listeners to “reveal their useless habits of complacency and fear ...and witness their own rebirth, a rhythm universal." Riki is out on 14th February 2020 via Dais. Pre-order here:


Böse Lügen (Body Mix)
Earth Song
Spirit of Love
Come Inside




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