Sabina Sciubba, celebrated femme fatale, has a long-term connection to Naim Audio Label. In 1994, aged 19, the stunningly sultry vocalist was discovered in Hamburg by Naim Audio’s virtuoso guitarist Antonio Forcione. Their collaboration, Meet Me In London (1998), is an audiophile classic and the best-selling album in the label’s history. So began Sciubba’s singular career, soon living in New York fronting the Brazilian Girls (signed to US jazz label Verve in 2003), a sort of avant-garde electro-punk Scissor Sisters featuring one girl (Sciubba) and no Brazilians.
Sciubba was (and remains) both a vocal and visual enigma, singing in four languages (English, German, French and Italian), forever covering her eyes with conceptual hair and wearing outfits Lady Gaga would approve of (one billowing frock appeared to be a ventilation shaft, made of crepe). Today, after a move to Paris in 2009, a soon-to-end band hiatus and the birth of her two children, she finally comes home, back to Naim Audio Label with her debut solo album, Toujours, a compelling, intimate, narcotic dreamscape you might call The Parisienne Velvet Underground and Nico, with jokes. “I haven’t listened to the Velvet Underground enormously but it’s a good soundtrack for real life,” she says, in her low-slung, pan-European accent, a truly global citizen born in Rome and then raised in Munich and Nice. “I wanted something for a more contemplative audience. Sometimes with Brazilian Girls I think, ‘I want people to hear my voice but they’re dancing and screaming!’”