ANIKA (Berlin/ Stones Throw)
“Stop looking over your shoulder, no one’s there!” proclaims the sometimes political journalist Annika Henderson in the standout track “No One’s There.’ It’s from her debut, self-titled LP on Stones Throw Records and serves as an unabashed statement that captures the eeriness of a deserted West Berlin street in the early 80’s. Anika’s penchant for storytelling on her album is only heightened from Geoff Barrow’s (Portishead) minimal dub and post punk production on each track. After being invited to a vocal audition and landing the part, Henderson and Barrow set out to record the entirety of the album in 14 days in an attempt to create a raw and fleeting moment in time of musical genius. The hype following the release was nothing short of substantial, with european and U.S. tours to follow. She’s back this time and bringing a revolution to Brooklyn.