Anika's new and self-titled LP skirts the lines between funk, no-wave, goth, dub, and a mish-mosh of many other genres with Nico-style vocals in front. It's odd, but very compelling, and her accompaniment is nothing short of on point which is to be expected when Beak> (Geoff Barrow of Porsishead, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams) is your backing band. Barrow also produced the record which you can listen to in its entirely below. Watch a video of her Yoko-Ono cover "Yang Yang" down there too. Pick up a copy of the record at her label Stones Throw.
Though Anika has no North American live tour dates scheduled, she will be on hand to DJ a ton of events in the next couple weeks - once in LA and six times in NYC. Three of those NY appearances are free: 2/10 she'll be at Gallery Bar with Blu Jemz, 2/12 at Trophy Bar & 2/14 at The Commodore. The remaining three NY DJ appearances are at Mercury Lounge on 2/9 spinning between sets at the Cubic Zirconia show (tickets), Glasslands on 2/11 where she'll spin in between sets by Javelin, High Life, & Monster Rally (tickets), and finally Santos Pary House on 2/16 as part of the previously discussed Beans show which now also includes Edan(!) with Paten Locke & Bluebird (tickets).
Anika will be performing live sometime later in the U.S. - maybe at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ (maybe sooner), and definitely at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in London. I'll Be Your Mirror USA single day tickets are still on sale.
All upcoming dates, that video, and the album stream, below...
Anika - Anika
Anika - Yang Yang
ANIKA - 2011 TOUR DATES
Feb 4 Los Angeles Natural History Museum w/ PB Wolf, Anika DJ Set
Feb 9 NYC Mercury Lounge. Anika DJ Set w/ Cubic Zerconia, Popo, Machinedrum, Party Supplies
Feb 10 NYC Gallery Bar (Basement). Anika DJ Set w/ Blu Jemz, Unemployed Lloyd
Feb 11 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands. Anika DJ Set w/ Javelin, High Life
Feb 12 Brooklyn, NY Trophy Bar. w/ DJ Duane Harriott, Veronika Vasicka, Anika DJ Set
Feb 14 Brooklyn, NY The Commodore. Anika DJ Set
Feb 14 NYC Santos Party House Beans, Edan, Paten Locke, Bluebird, Anika DJ Set
MAR 24 BREST / La Carène BREST, FRANCE
MAR 25 SAINT-LO / Le Normandy SAINT-LO, FRANCE
MAR 28 ANTWERP / Trix Club ANTWERP, BELGIUM
MAR 29 TOURCOING / Le Grand Mix
MAR 30 PARIS / Le Divan du Monde PARIS, FRANCE
MAR 31 NANTES / University NANTES, FRANCE
APR 1 Electronica en Abril, Barcelona BARCELONA, SPAIN
APR 2 SAINT-ETIENNE / Le Fil SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE
APR 3 GRENOBLE / Le Ciel GRENOBLE, FRANCE
APR 8 Electronica en Abril, Madrid MADRID, SPAIN
JUL 24 Alexandra Palace, London