By Myki Angeline
Bassist extraordinaire Ida Nielsen’s newest solo album turnitup is a must own for anyone who loves a mixture of old school funk blended with hip hop, reggae and world music flavors. Her third solo album contains 14 incredible tracks covering everything from beautiful ballads to dynamic dance tunes with lyrics that are sassy, humorous, and catchy, enveloped in the delicious, funky bass riffs that Nielsen is famous for. She has written and produced every song on turnitup and is more or less playing every instrument on the album (with a little help from some very skilled friends now and then).
Nielsen was holding down the low end for the legendary Prince since 2010 (until his very sad and untimely passing this year) when he invited her to Minnesota for a jam. The funk was happening, and shortly after she joined his band, the New Power Generation, and went on an almost two year world tour that included numerous television appearances as well as huge concerts.
In 2013, the four piece powerhouse rock band 3rdeyegirl was thrown in the mix as well, and a lot of epic and memorable concerts and recordings took place.
Nielsen describes playing with Prince as “a huge gift and the most magical musical journey ever …an on-going learning experience beyond all imagination. I am eternally grateful for having had this time with him.”
Her first single “Showmewhatyougot” was handpicked personally by Prince to be “Purple pick of the week” on TIDAL when it was released.
turnitup is set for release Aug 24.
For tour dates and more info on Ida Nielsen visit idanielsenbass.com.
Below is a sample of Ida Nielsen’s incredible bass skills!