Noah Slee, known for slick and evocative vocals, released his debut, full-length album Otherland in 2017 (Wondercore Island and Majestic Casual) and was rewarded with two prestigious Pacific Music Awards in 2018. The secret recipe? - “We were writing a mix-tape, so that it gave us no boundaries”. And Slee is continuing to push boundaries with his upcoming EP, TWICE. While the indie-club artist holds nostalgia for growing up in a Tongan household in West Auckland, Slee is resolute about his choice to pack up his life and move to Germany in 2015. It’s a long way from home but “a big part of being in Berlin was coming into myself” Slee admits.
Otherland wrestles with place as something internal and unstable, something that contains refractory notions of heritage, identity, sexuality and grief. Most recently, (having finished up his two world tours and peaking interest at festivals such as SXSW 2018), Slee has been turning his hand to the worlds of visual-art and dance, helping to produce the short-film. The short-film is an impressive example of Slee’s penchant for collaboration which has similarly spurred him to produce thoughtful and successful tracks alongside talents such as Jazzanova, Jordan Rakei, Melodownz and Hiatus Kaiyote.
The end of 2019, will see a full EP project drop; crafted largely by Slee himself with help from his Berlin dynasty of trusted creatives but also showcasing talent from all corners of the globe. Relishing in the potential forces of the arts, Noah Slee is as determined as ever to create wavy ground swells with his heart opening breezy r’n’b dance jams.