Nik West | Just In The Nik Of Time

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Just In The Nik Of Time

by Nik West

Prince meets Erykah Badu with a funky bassline. This debut album showcases Nik West as a vocalist and bassist who creatively delivers her soul and message with modern R&B, jazz overtones, and thought provoking lyrics all while handing you the funk!
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. Wait A Minute Nik West
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2. Forbidden Fruit Nik West
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3. Do What You Gotta Do Nik West
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4. Who's In the Mirror Nik West
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5. Eyes Closed Nik West
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6. Just In The Nik Of Time Nik West
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7. Written All Over Me Nik West
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8. Black Beauty Nik West
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9. Be Okay Nik West
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10. Never Forget To Love (Spoken Word) Nik West & Lady Lyric
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Much of contemporary R&B is so high-tech, so programmed and so heavily electronic that a lot of younger R&B artists don’t think in terms of chops or learning to play an instrument. But Nik West is one 21st Century R&B artist who isn’t lacking in the chops department. She is a young electric bassist who clearly knows her way around her instrument and plays like she has been inspired by the funky likes of Graham, Louis Johnson (of Brothers Johnson fame) and Marcus Miller. She has accompanied a few well-known artists, but on Just in the Nik of Time, West is the one in the driver’s seat.

Although West plays her electric bass on this album, which she co-produced with Justin James, she isn’t strictly a bassist. She is also a highly expressive singer. West’s vocals, in fact, are the primary ingredient on Just in the Nik of Time, which favors a jazz-tinged neo-soul approach along the lines of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and India.Arie. This is not a jazz album per se. Stylistically, there is a major difference between what West does on Just in the Nik of Time and what a hardcore jazz vocalist like Kitty Margolis does on her albums. But West, like Badu and Scott, clearly operates on the jazzier side of neo-soul, and she is as jazzy on “Eyes Closed,” “Wait a Minute,” and “Written All Over Me” as she is on “Who’s in the Mirror” and the uplifting opener “Be Okay.” West’s orientation on this album is modern R&B with jazz overtones, and like other neo-soulsters, West favors a more organic approach to modern R&B.

Further, she is going for honest, soulful expression rather than style over substance or attitude for the sake of attitude. West has a lot of substance, and she occasionally touches on social issues. West delivers a feminist message on “Black Beauty” and the Latin-tinged “Do What You Gotta Do,” encouraging young women to be good to themselves and not fall prey to the dangers of the streets. Much to her credit, she gets her message of female empowerment across without becoming preachy or getting into male-bashing.

Alex Henderson (ReviewYou and Billboard)


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Five Eights Review

Real music DOES still exist
She is an amazing bassist, songwriter and singer that looks as good as she sings. I love her music and lesson to her at least once a week. Her sound is unique and her ability as a bassist makes her double trouble for pop artist everywhere.

“Tracks like “Black Beauty” and “Forbidden Fruit” reminded me that real music still exists. Her album is truly soulful and it brings back memories of 70’s funk mixed with smooth R&B. It reminds me of the first time I heard Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. I am incredibly intoxicated by her sound and I cannot stop listening and I am sure you will become seduced by her smooth lyrics and sweet sound as well.”

Rich O'Brien

Quality Funk, R&B and soulful vibes!
This is quality music which not only demonstrates great proficiency on the Bass but also a great vocal talent. Its music that not only impresses the listener but also appeals to anyone who appreciates great songwriting and sublime musicianship. I love it and would highly recommend it to any other fellow music lovers out there :-)

Rich O'Brien

Quality Funk, R&B and Soulful Vibes
This is quality music which not only demonstrates proficiency on the Bass but also an oustanding vocal talent. Its music that impresses the listener but also appeals to anyone who appreciates great song writing and sublime musicianship. I love it and would recommend this CD to any other fellow Music lovers :-)