Anika was discovered by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow during his search for a new singer for his new band BEAK>. Barlow and his band produced her debut album (Stones Throw, 2010) only one week after their initial meeting, which immediately lead to Anika’s description as “a modern-day Nico”.
Anika’s music is an accumulation of references to 40 years of musical underground, from late 60s singer/songwriter folk to 70s post punk and psychedelic dub edits within a bleak, Industrial aesthetic that somehow never looses a pop appeal. Her music is not a simple descriptive expression of an intrinsic condition, but rather follows a political agenda with its discerning and scrutinising. In her eyes, “music should be used as a platform to voice political and social disgruntlement“. Her DJ sets, ranging from hand-picked oddities from her vast 7-inch archive to eclectic insights into contemporary dance music, likewise provide a cultural context to her own music.
Anika's next EP is due out on Stones Throw in early 2013, and will be supported by a video directed by Uli M Schueppel.