There’s a zeitgeist Down Under – despite its removed location, New Zealand has been exporting some of pop music’s most promising tracks in the last few years. Lorde aside, a raft of Kiwi songwriters has been behind some of this year’s biggest hits, and the circle is growing - case-in-point: the exciting partnership between 17-year old alt-pop newcomer Nakita and Leroy Clampitt, the hit making wunderkind behind Justin Bieber’s latest hit Company.

Nakita’s debut EP Foolish Ones, produced by Clampitt, and featuring a cadre of talented co-writers including Ruby Frost, Dave Baxter (Avalanche City), Ezra Vine and Benny Tipene, has been 2015’s perfect calling card for the young talent.

With four singles released in 2016, Nakita has quickly garnered international respect from the streaming and blog spheres for her riffs on youth and young love, wrapped in Clampitt’s left-leaning pop hooks. Radio New Zealand dubbed her a ‘Lorde in Waiting’, while the tastemakers at HillyDilly called her “one of the best new artists from the region” straight out of the gate.

Summery hits like the infectious ‘Where Are You’ and ‘Second Chances’ also found homes on heatseeking Spotify playlists, making appearances on Spotify’s Discover Weekly and New Music Friday lists, as well as H&M’s instore playlist.  

With over 1.5 million streams in the last year, Nakita’s made some fast friends and one hell of a first impression.