Data X Change is the debut release from Syd Nukuluk, a producer, songwriter and artist based in London. Written and recorded over the space of a year in a variety of locations and states of mind, it is a long awaited first release for the artist.
The EP explores what it is to be a songwriter in a digital, image based age - guitar is abstracted as a medium throughout the release, sometimes providing the dominant melody, sometimes just fragments and textures. Different genres are explored, the music lurching from trip-hop to ambient, folk to lo-fi, all tied together with a distinct sonic melancholia.
Field recordings and synthetic glitches feature prominently, setting the landscape for a dialogue between analogue and digital, and exploring where sentiment can exist in-between these two states. Nostalgia is created for digital spaces that never existed, lamentations for unrealised futures articulated in specific genres across the EP. The eclectic lurching from genre to genre alludes to a time of cultural over-stimulation, of multiple identities.
The tape also contains the first offerings from French-British rapper Monika, an artist exploring an online sense of blackness and masculinity through his lyricism.
“…debut five-track Data X Change EP, a lo-fi quintet of synapse-firing
electronica pushing indie, R&B and hip-hop to a shadowy left…” [Monolith Cocktail]
"...“Data X Change presents us with an immersive, complex soundscape... For an album that is so reflective and aware of its influences and surroundings, it builds , unique, sonic domain of its own.” [Ryme Press]
“the five tracks featured on this EP run through abstract glitch elements, field recordings, trip-hop, and instrumental strings tethered throughout, find a welcomed retreat from the norm. Each piece a bustling amalgam of thought provoking beats and wide open spaces, voices, and lyrical raps carefully spliced between low-end tones and harmonies. A warm, crunchy, chilled, and exploratory extended player that brings back memories of Tobias Lilja's musical dynamics.”[Igloo Mag]
"The project features French-British rapper Monika who captivates each time he laces a track. Across the new record, he effortlessly combines his influences from trip-hop to ambient, folk to lo-fi, all tied together with distinct sonic melancholia. The EP is shrouded in moody lo-fi atmospherics which seems to sink deeper and deeper over its 18-minute duration" [Twisted Soul]
released January 24, 2020
All tracks composed, produced and performed by Syd Nukuluk
except - 'Glassbox' composed by Syd Nukuluk/Monika/Wazoo and 'Plasticene' composed by Syd Nukuluk/Monika.
Syd Nukuluk - Vocals, Guitar, Synthesiser, Production
Monika - Vocals [1,3]
Wazoo - Drums and Keys 
Mateo Carlos - Bass 
Anthony Boatboy - Bass 
Patrick Fitzgerald - Bass 
Sienna Bordello - Vocal Samples 
Syd Nukuluk is a producer and songwriter based in South London. His sound draws off leftfield trip-hop, lo-fi electronica and alternative rock; dissecting dated genres in search of something new. Debut EP 'Data X Change' was released in January 2020.