6 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Continuing where her acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut album left off, the EP Anika includes more collaborations between the Berlin-to-Bristol singer and Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Beak. The members of Beak have served as Anika's backing group for the past several years. Together they make a deliberately android-ish art-dance-pop-rock that recalls Nico's work in the mid-'80s with The Faction, but it's far more stripped down and accessible. The covers are well-chosen and picked for their various emotions, which Anika delivers in the same dispassionate monotone. A version of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" (perhaps best known in its cover by The Pretenders) is sparse and flat. The Crystals' "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" has its horrible truth punched to the front for one more ironic go-round. Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz" is turned into a hypnotic prayer. Two dub mixes by Bristol producer Ratman trick out the previous singles "No One's There" and Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang." 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Continuing where her acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut album left off, the EP Anika includes more collaborations between the Berlin-to-Bristol singer and Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Beak. The members of Beak have served as Anika's backing group for the past several years. Together they make a deliberately android-ish art-dance-pop-rock that recalls Nico's work in the mid-'80s with The Faction, but it's far more stripped down and accessible. The covers are well-chosen and picked for their various emotions, which Anika delivers in the same dispassionate monotone. A version of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" (perhaps best known in its cover by The Pretenders) is sparse and flat. The Crystals' "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" has its horrible truth punched to the front for one more ironic go-round. Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz" is turned into a hypnotic prayer. Two dub mixes by Bristol producer Ratman trick out the previous singles "No One's There" and Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang." 

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About Anika

Before she began her singing career, Anika was a political journalist who spent her time between Berlin and Bristol, England. She happened to meet producer Geoff Barrow, who was looking for a female vocalist to work with his band Beak>, and the pair discovered they had lots of musical common ground: punk, dub, and '60s girl groups. Anika joined the band in the studio and they recorded nine songs, including a cover of Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang," in 12 days with no overdubs. The result, First Lady of Invada, was released by Barrow's Invada imprint in Europe and by Stones Throw in the U.S. and Japan in October 2010. The Anika EP, which featured dub versions of several songs from her debut album as well as covers of songs by the Crystals and Shocking Blue, arrived in April 2013. ~ Heather Phares

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