Sub Pop has signed the London-based artist Naima Bock for the world and beyond, and in celebration of this news she is sharing ’30 Degrees’, her first single available today.
Naima spent her early childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil born to a Greek/English mother and a Brazilian father. Naima and her family moved to South London when she was seven. As a teenager, Naima began attending shows, mostly at the Windmill Brixton.
From 15, she started making music and playing in bands, touring the world. After years of this, Naima felt like it was the right time to go it alone, mostly due to a desire for a change in musical direction. This change has led Naima to her debut offering ’30 Degrees’.
The song was written by Naima with co-production and instrumentation from longtime collaborator Joel Burton. Naima met Burton (of the band Viewfinder, which she was a fan of) three years ago and, needing someone to play with, began booking shows as a duo. In recording, Naima would come up with the structure, chords and melody for a song whilst Joel oversaw key parts including string and horn arrangements.
Naima says of ’30 Degrees’: “This song came out of the adolescent duality of fear and freedom and deals primarily with goodbyes. The small ones, which feel so big, ‘some final word’ (goodbye to a long-term friendship) and the big ones, ‘the final sigh’ which can feel so small amidst the clutter of surviving day-to-day.”
’30 Degrees’ is out today with b-side ‘Berimbau’ coming December 7th, a cover of the classic Brazilian standard. A full length release will follow in 2022 via Sub Pop.
Naima has also announced a handful of UK dates for November and December 2021, and January 2022. Additional live shows to be announced soon.
24 Nov – London @ Village Underground ^
25 Nov – London @ Ivy House Headline Show – TICKETS
26 Nov – Nottingham – Bodega ^
27 Nov – Glasgow – Mono ^
28 Nov – Edinburgh – Mash House ^
30 Nov – London – Servant Jazz Quarters $
02 Dec – Liverpool – District ^
17 Jan – London @ The Lexington (The Line of Best Fit’s Five Day Forecast)
28 Jan – London @ Moth Club %
^ w/ Porridge Radio
$ w/ Bingo Fury
% w/ The Goon Sax