Holy Moly and all at once. And to think i was sitting in Manc with my feet up not realising this was to be announced right now?!! Finally! Long overdue. A taster.
On the heels of her Geoff Barrow-produced debut album, Anika returns with a self-titled EP in spring. Anika’s version of The Kinks’ lovelorn classic I Go To Sleep leads the EP, which also features brand new covers of songs by The Crystals (He Hit Me), Chromatics (In The City) and Shocking Blue (Love Buzz) as well as dub versions of previous singles Yang Yang and No One’s There.
Now based in Berlin, Anika retains strong ties to the Bristol scene where it all began, following a coincidental meeting with producer Geoff Barrow and his freeform kraut band Beak>. Barrow was initially on the search for a vocalist for his experimental new group but as the relationship developed it became clear that ‘Anika’ was a collaborative project in its own right.
Anika EP will be accompanied by a video for I Go To Sleep, directed by Uli M. Schueppel, a Berlin film director known for his 1990s Nick Cave biopic, A Road To God Knows Where. The video was shot in the forests of Brandenburg, and its ending invites speculation about this phase in Anika’s career.
Recently performing with her new Berlin-based line-up across Europe, including a home show in Berlin’s legendary Berghain club, Anika has just confirmed a long-overdue return to the UK, joining the bill for the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s curated ATP at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 4th, 2013.
The EP was recorded in Bristol at State of Art Studios, with Beak> members Billy Fuller and Matt Williams, as well as Andy Sutor (drums) and Rasha Shaheen (keys/vox/guitar), who have made up Anika’s touring band for the last three years. The tracks were all produced by Geoff Barrow and Beak>.
Anika EP Tracklist:
1. “I Go To Sleep”
2. “He Hit Me”
3. “Love Buzz”
4. “In The City”
5. “No One’s There (dub)”
6. “Yang Yang (dub)”
Unterstützung bekommt Trust von ANIKA. Die zwischen Berlin und Bristol tingelnde Sängerin ist keine absolute Neuentdeckung, fliegt stets ein paar Meter unter dem Popkultur-Radar. Ihr von Geoff Barrow (Portishead) produziertes Debütalbum, das sie in nur zwölf Tagen aufnahm, wandelt zwischen Experimental, Pop und Folk – und hat nicht nur bei Barrows Plattenfirma Invada, sondern auch auf dem amerikanischen Stones Throw-Label veröffentlicht, auf dem ansonsten HipHop von J Dilla und MF Doom, aber auch der Soul-Pop von Aloe Blacc erscheint. Neben ihrer Tätigkeit als politische Journalistin ist Anika auch als DJ umtriebig, wusste bereits als Support von Barrows Projekt BEAK> in den Plattentellern der Berghain-Kantine zu begeistern und performt nun erstmals live im Berghain.
Some may recognise this track from the past year of live shows but up until now, we had never released a recording of ‘In The City’.
Here it is now, recorded once again with the mightily talented Beak>, whose tracks you shall also find on this complilation.
All tracks are highly recommended, especially fairly new female punk/post-punk act, the Vees, Geoff’s new project Drokk, the track off the Quakers album by Katalyst. Basically all of it: Thought Forms, who supportted Portishead late last year, the Fauns, DDMMYYYY and Scarlett Rascal.
So, the final tour of the year… this is it. Maybe for ever.. maybe til the next time…who knows…depends if you’re the gambling type.. ?
Might even treat myself to a new dress for the occasion. who knows.
We’ve added Reims as a rare one-off small show, to help the drive from Luxembourg to Paris.
Starts off with a fly-in to Switzerland, drive via Belgium, then Holland, Luxembourg and then ends with 5 dates in France.
Final chance to catch us for a while..
19th BERN, SWITZERLAND (LIVE) - Saint Ghetto Festival
23rd BRUSSELS, BELGUM (LIVE) - Autumn Falls Festival
25th UTRECHT, HOLLAND (LIVE) - Le Guess Who? Festival http://www.leguesswho.com
26th ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND (LIVE) - Worm http://www.wormweb.nl
27th LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG (LIVE) - Carré Rotondes
28th REIMS, FRANCE (LIVE) - Bar de la Comédie // Facebook event
29th PARIS, FRANCE (LIVE) - Point FMR
30th STRASBOURG, FRANCE (LIVE) - Musée d’Art Contemporain
1st TOURS, FRANCE (LIVE) - Le Temps Machine
2nd BORDEAUX, FRANCE (LIVE) - I-Boat
I shall be djing Berlin’s interesting new venue, FLAMINGO, on Wednesday, playing an interesting mix of 80’s new york funk wave, punk, new electronic and some things from my youth…. Come to find out what…
Starts at 11pm and goes on til 5am! I’ll be on around 1am…
Wednesday 16th November 2011 // 23.00- 05.00
FLAMINGO // Kleinepräsidentenstrasse, am Monbijoupark, S-Bahnbogen 157/158Berlin, Germany
To begin the small 7-date EU tour in November/December (asides from the Swiss fly-in show on the 19th), we shall be playing the Autumn Falls Festival in Brussels, Belgium on the 23rd November 2011.
More details of the Nov/Dec tour to follow shortly…
Hopefully we survive til then.. Luckily there’s a couple of weeks in between the end of the US tour and the beginning of the EU tour. Then we shall be having a little rest, so it may be the last chance to see us for a while.
6TH OCT - NEW YORK, US (LIVE) - Glasslands Gallery w/ Ducktails and Slowdance // Doors 8.30pm // Tickets at door
Seeing as it’s so very rare for us to actually be in NYC, with all the band and all our specialist gear, we have decided to add a final New York date to our US tour.
On October 6th, we shall be joined by New Jersey’s Ducktails and Slowdance at Williamsburg’s Glasslands Gallery.
“Ducktails is like the bastard child of Panda Bear and Air France.”
So last chance…
Doors are at 8.30pm
Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211