Norwegian bass-toting starlet Maya Vik is as dynamic of a performer and songwriter as we get in a hit-making landscape full of homogenous musicians and formulaic writers (ahem, looking at you Dr. Luke.) While she might have slipped through our cracks, we can no longer ignore Maya’s exceptionally clean take on the Minneapolis sound. When so many have fallen short of breaching the Purple Wall, Maya’s musicianship and stage presence are about as close as you get to hopping the fence at Paisley Park. Any CMJ goers who had the sheer pleasure of seeing her trio perform just weeks ago at Bowery Electric can profoundly attest to the purple prowess of this Oslo transplant.
There is no better testament to her lavender aura than the recently released nu-disco ditty “Dynamite.” It sports some program-perfect drums, immaculately funked-out synth and guitar work reminiscent of Prince‘s NPG days (which are apparently far from over), never mind the brilliant thump of an on-point band-leading bass player that would make Bootsy proud. She’s got phase for days. So lace em up folks, cause Maya’s driven pop-funk madness will keep you moving till the sun comes up. Below you can find a few tastes of her royal Norwegian funkiness, with tracks like “Dynamite” and videos for “On It (Kapow!) and “Get Low”, plus her mixtape, which features some exclusive cuts and a playful rework of Ready For The World‘s “Oh Sheila.” Funkateers rejoice, it seems we may very well have our day. More to come from Maya Vik soon..