Almost a week ago, the visual jumble of “Yang Yang” caught our attention. Back then, we told you there wasn’t much information available about a certain girl called Anika. A few days have passed and now we can provide you with details regarding the debut album of the young, travelling spirit (she’s been living recently between London, Cardiff, Berlin and Bristol) whose vital journey has taken her to Geoff Barrow’s headquarters. It’s from here that Anika is presented to us now, as the first lady of Invada, Barrow’s label. Apparently the soul of Portishead was looking for a female vocalist for some of the songs by his band Beak>.
Anika appeared in his path, and the two bonded over their love for post-punk, dub and 60’s girl groups. A week later, Anika was recording in the studio—live, one take, no overdubs—under the direction of Barrow and the instrumental support of Beak>. The songs for her self-titled debut album, a collection of tracks ranging from machine pop to weird funk and dub-punk, are reminiscent of the early 80’s New York downtown scene, documented by labels like Zé and 99 Records. The album is due for release in Europe on 25th October via Invada. The U.S. release is scheduled for late November via Stones Throw.
Anika - “Anika”01. Terry 02. Yang Yang 03. End of the World 04. Masters of War 05. Officer Officer 06. Sadness Hides The Sun 07. No One's There 08. I Go To Sleep 09. Masters of War (Dub)