Anika - 2019 Re-Press [Ltd LP]
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THE FIRST LADY OF INVADA
This amazing record has been re-pressed for 2019 in a deluxe heavyweight 350gsm sleeve.
This is the mail order exclusive variant, pressed on 'ecomix' pink marble vinyl and is limited to 200 copies only.
Those of you new to Beak> may not be aware of this record, which was produced by Beak> back in 2010. It features performances by Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams, with vocals by Anika.
Living between Berlin and Bristol whilst working as a political journalist and music promoter, Anika met Portishead’s Geoff Barrow through a mutual friend. Immediately it was clear that they shared the same musical vision; a love of punk, dub and 60’s girl groups. The following week Anika, Geoff with his Beak> band mates went into the studio to begin recording ANIKA's debut album. They recorded the album in 12 days. The album is a collection of uneasy easy listening.
Anika spent the early part of her childhood in Germany. Raised by music loving parents by the time she was 16 she had bought shares in her family’s music festival in Haldern, met Patti Smith and already dreamt of a life making music. Moving to the UK as a teenager only increased her appetite for discovering new music and becoming a musician. Post college degree and looking for like-minded musical souls in Bristol she met Geoff and his band mates Beak>. The result of this collaboration is a political/trashy/discordent/reggae/German/old school Bristol/punk-funk sound - all sown together with a collection of classic songs and a sound of other worldliness.
The full track listing of the album is;
Terry/Yang Yang/End Of the World/Masters Of War/Officer Officer/Sadness Hides The Sun/No-one’s There/I Go To Sleep/Masters Of War (dub).