17 January 2022

Review: 'Friends With Monsters' Rodger Thomas, BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "(Nishla Smith's) striking album/ art book/ video performance concept 'Friends With Monsters' combines the whimsical, the poignant and the slightly sinister..."

11 January 2022

News: 'New Works Premiere in mjf Digital Originals Festival'

Manchester Jazz Festival

"The mjf digital originals festival will run from January 17-21 and share a newly commissioned digital work from the most promising northern musicians each night at 6pm..."

20 December 2021

Review: 'Friends With Monsters' Eddie Myer, Jazz Views

Jazz Views

"An impressive debut from a new talent worth watching."

16 December 2021

Review: 'Friends With Monsters' The Jazz Mann

The Jazz Mann

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "...One of the most interesting collections of original jazz based song writing that I’ve heard in a while."

11 December 2021

Review: Friends With Monsters' Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Smith’s voice slips between Holiday-esque slinky sensuality... to winsome warmth..."

3 December 2021

Nishla on the Ronnie Scott's Radio Show with Ian Shaw

Jazz FM

"On this week's Ronnie Scott's Radio Show, Ian Shaw will take you on a trip to the backstage area of the club to meet the wonderful Nishla Smith in her dressing room and to hear an interview that was recorded a couple of weeks ago following Nishla's debut performances."

30 November 2021

Nishla Smith Quintet at Vortex: Jazz FM Gig Guide

Jazz FM

"Singer-songwriter Nishla Smith defies being categorised: her live sets include a breath-taking variety of material, from celebrated originals to dark jazz standards and devastating ballads."

22 November 2021

'Friends With Monsters' Track Of The Week on Jazz FM's 'Dinner Jazz'

Jazz FM

Dinner Jazz with Mark Walker

18 November 2021

Nishla on Jazz London Live with Sarah Chaplin

Jazz London Live

"Sarah Chaplin plays 2 hours of jazz, latin, funk and fusion, featuring an interview with vocalist Nishla Smith about her debut album release, 'Friends with Monsters'..."

13 November 2021

Interview: Nishla Smith on 'Friends With Monsters'

Presto Music

"Nishla kindly took the time to chat with us about her new album, including the collaborators she worked with on its visual direction, her love of storytelling, and where she plans to go from here..."

9 November 2021

Album Review: 'Friends With Monsters'

Bebop Spoken Here

"Soft and sensuous, drawing the listener into the emotions expressed making it almost a personal experience."

22 October 2021

Nishla Smith Debut Album + Touring

The Jazz Mann

"Nishla Smith creates vivid, enigmatic stories through sound, her voice stretching from melancholic sweetness through to dark intimacy. Her debut album 'Friends with Monsters' confirms Smith as a major new vocal talent in the UK, and sees the vocalist’s affinity for inventive narratives extended over the span of a full album."

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