Album Of The Month – Berlin Based Artist ANIKA With Red Room Album ‘CHANGE’

Best album of July 2021

31 July 2021

Artist: ANIKA
Who:: Fascinating Berlin-based artist Annika Henderson who released
her wayward, self-titled solo debut LP in 2010. She also made two
notable LPs with Exploded View. You can stream Obey (2018) and
Exploded View (2016) here.

New Album: CHANGE
Released: 23 July 2021 via Nevada Records

Anika: “It’s a moment caught in time. This album had been planned for a little
while and the circumstances of its inception were quite different to what had been
expected. This colored the album quite significantly. The lyrics were all written there
on the spot. It’s a vomit of emotions, anxieties, empowerment, and of thoughts like,
“How can this go on? How can we go on?”

Key-line: “I think we can change, we all have things
to learn, about ourselves and about each other.”

AllMusic/Heather Phares says: “Change’s artful, heartfelt expressions of frustration
and hope aren’t just perfect for the transformative time in which they appeared, they’re
also an exciting and satisfying reintroduction to Anika the solo artist.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.


Turn Up The Volume
says: I can’t help it but from the first spin on of this most
intriguing longplayer, images of the mysterious Red Room in Twin Peaks popped
up on the screen in my head. The red-blooded color, the uncanny atmosphere, the
chill-out tune in that specific scene (listen below). Anika would fit in there just perfectly.
Her bewitching intonation, her magnetic timbre, her human-mind quest, her jazzy Kraut-pop-esque euphony, all contribute to the scarlet shadows wandering in my mind when listening to Change, again and again.

Singles/clips: Finger Pies / Rights / Change

– FINGER PIES –

– RIGHTS –

– CHANGE –

Stream/buy CHANGE here…


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ANIKA: Facebook

All info via Nevada Records

Only Way To Survive Is Unification Not Division – Here’s New Single ‘RIGHTS’ By ANIKA

3 July 2021

Artist: ANIKA

Who: Intriguing Berlin-based artist Annika Henderson who released
her wayward, self-titled solo debut LP in 2010. She also made two
notable LPs with Exploded View. You can stream Obey (2018) and
Exploded View (2016) here.

New album: CHANGE
Out via Nevada Records on 23 July.

New single: RIGHTS – the third one after
the title track and Finger Ties

Anika about ‘Rights’: “We all have Rights. Feeling marginalised is shit. This song is about empowerment, to those normally on the fringe, who feel like they have no voice. This song is about turning the tables, giving power to those who normally feel disempowered. This song is about feeling trapped and wanting to get out. This song is about unification not division. This song is about female (/queer/non-b/marginalised communities) empowerment – the joining of forces, not pitted against each other. This song is about wanting to escape reality but then we can never truly escape it, it will always be there to collect its dues.”

I know I’m repeating myself when it comes to express my love for Anika, but she’s that kind of singular artist that sends chills down my spine. Her near-spoken and seductive voice, her spellbinding stories, her sonic Krautpop mesmerism, her caring human touch, and her charismatic appearance are all triggering my Anika-repeat-modus over and over again. We all have rights, we all have favorites. Anika is one of mine.

“Feel the power/ Show me power”…

The video clip is directed by Sabrina Labis and Annika Henderson

All 3 singles together
on Spotify…

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ANIKA: Facebook

New album CHANGE out 23rd July – Order info here

These Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 20 Knockout Tracks Of 2021 (So Far)

This year’s best tracks (so far)…

Yes, we have already reached the middle of 2021. The world, finally, looks brighter
than last year. Mad summer parties are just around the corner. And here’s the perfect soundtrack… Turn Up The Volume’s 20 best knockout tracks of 2021, so far!

All together on Spotify…

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Track by Track

1. ‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

2. ‘Nike Soldier’ by ALAN VEGA (US)
Alan Vega is dead! Long live Alan Vega! This spine-chilling
slo-mo groove comes from his lost album Mutator.

Check in…

3. ‘Night Is Mine’ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes, Sisters Of Mercy‘s gloom and doom hallucinations, and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir thrills and you know it’s time for a dazzling night. It’s the title track from their standout debut EP.

Put on your leather jacket and dance…

4. ‘One + One’ by DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (Canada)
With Is 4 Lovers the Canadian champions of drone noise rock made one of their best
full-lengths (so far). And the lead-single ‘One + One’ is a bulldozing, yet catching power blast that comes right at you.

Get slammed…

5. ‘Ten Points On The Damage Meter’ by HOW TO LOOT BRAZIL (Germany)
No rest for all who are addicted to dance their asses off. This is a hip-shaking belter, 145 seconds of steamed-up pop-punk euphoria. Imagine German dark disco legends D.A.F. on speed, fronted by Brit-girls Shampoo who are in trouble again.

Here comes the shot of adrenalin…

6. ‘Coma-Inducing Gibberish‘ by PIZZA CRUNCH (Scotland)
Scottish hit the bullseye with this sturdy stunner. A fab-tastic masterstroke to shut up all narcissists. Beware of getting too excited. It can lead to a rock ‘n’ roll coma. Whatever! Go for it!

Right here, right now…


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7. ‘Stay’ by ONISM E (New York)
A soul-stirring and highly affecting vocal highlight – from one of the best albums of 2021 – by this rad emo-striking NY-based outfit. Stream/buy ‘Survivors’ LP here.

And stay for this pearl…

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8. ‘Fall Of The Big Screen’ by DEADLETTER (South London)
Imagine George Orwell fronting The Fall back in Nineteen Eighty-Four scaring the
world with a grim, futuristic vision of humankind about to collapse in 2021 due to
a deadly virus. Scary!

Turn up the heat here…

9. ‘Wake Up’ by LOBSTERBOMB (Berlin, Germany)
A screaming triumph. This up-and-coming Berlin trio combines Bikini Kill‘s rough
outcries, L7‘s detonating gusto, and B-52‘s peppery liveliness. Touchdown!

Wake up here…

10. ‘Heroin’ by PERMO (Scotland)
A sizzling slice of trash and slash punk. Expect 135 striking seconds of heavy thunder
and creepy lighting. Totally insane drums and bass, deranged guitar frenzy, and cranked-up, psych-o-tic howling. Fucktastic intensity!

Hell yeeeaaahhhh…


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11. ‘We… Are Doomed’ by THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY (Dutch-American)
A challenging rap and roll rant by an open-minded-plainspoken-ass-kicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force of doom and gloom. The title track from
this caring collective’s excellent new album.

Apocalypse now…

12. ‘Boilermaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)
The blues-rock tandem is back with this motherfucker of
a slam dunk from their brand new album Typhoons.

Wham bloody wham bam…

13. ‘The Men Who Rule The World’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
A surprisingly funky disco banger that triggers your head’s up-and-down movement the very moment the money drops into the corrupt politicians’ pockets. I still love you, Shirley!

Let’s roll…

14. ‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
Cell
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetized here…

15. ‘Vendetta’ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening pace. A glam
power punch from their best-ever album Seek Shelter.

Press play and get moved…

16. ‘Not To’ by WOLFVANWYMEERSCH (Belgium)
Melancholia at its starry-eyed, synth-pop best. Here’s a romantic at heart, going
solo, who’s sanely obsessed with creating music, playing music, and enjoying music,
if possible, all at the same time. Damon Albarn‘s moody side comes to mind.

Dim the lights and enjoy…

17. ‘Unspoken’ by ANNIE TAYLOR (Switzerland)
A troubled love reverie with a sorrowful touch. Heartbreaking romanticism at its balladesque best, notable for its vocal splendour and silver-toned resonance.

Enjoy the sweet little pearl…


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18. ‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of several past and present crooners come
to mind when hearing this gloomy song.

Dream away…

19. ‘Man Alone (Can’t Stop The Fadin’)’ by TINDERSTICKS (Nottingham, UK)
Surprising stonker! An 11-minute psychedelic and epic journey. Trippy and spacey.
From their new, 13th album, Distractions.

Follow the flow…


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. ‘Amsterdam’ by MOONLIGHT PARADE (UK)
Magical and red-colored ballad, combining the melodic melancholia of Teenage Fanclub and The Coral. A sweet little gem about a wonderful city I’m in love with for a long time now. Press play and let your thoughts drift away on a cloud.

Listen to the beauty here…

See/hear you next time, music junkies…

ANIKA Is Hopeful About Humankind – Hear Her New Medative Single ‘CHANGE’

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

3 June 2021

Artist: ANIKA
Who: The musical alias of Berlin-based artist, Annika Henderson.
She released her compelling self-titled solo debut LP back in 2010.
She also made two most impressive longplayers with Exploded View.
You can stream Obey (2018) and Exploded View (2016) here.

New single: CHANGE
“I think we can change. We all have things to learn, about
each other, about the world, about ourselves.”

Turn Up The Volume: Anika is a natural-born misfit. She did/does
it always her way with stirring stories, her magnetic voice, and her
drop-dead cool presence. I love Anika for all that. Change will not
change that. Her view on humankind’s future is optimistic, but the
only realistic manner for all of us to survive these troubled times
where racism, sexism, political extremism, and lots of recurring
social problems still hurt our society.

Listen/watch (great video) here…

You can buy the song on Bandcamp


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ANIKA: Facebook

Turn Up The Volume’s KNOCKOUT TEAM OF THE MONTH – May 2021

The best of the past month…

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A sassy stream of rambling rippers and jagged jackhammers.

‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Half Asian / Half Latinx)
Young kids standing up and making a sharp-cutting, alarming statement
about racism and sexism with a spot-on, in-your-face, loudmouthed punk
anthem à la Bikini Kill. I love it, so should you.

Plug in here…

‘Weather Strike’ by TOM MORELLO and PUSSY RIOT (US/RUSSIA)
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine
together with a quiet/Loud/quiet/Loud crossover outburst. I repeat:
riot, bloody riot, yeah.

Press pussy play…

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‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

‘Heat’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons song my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kick-ass kickoff. A haunting and sickly sticky stomper. A 24-carat rocker!

Press play here…

‘Le Jour Du Cobra’ by LA JUNGLE (Belgium)
A bulldozer-feedback intro, repetitive synth-thrills, glowing guitars, freakish voices and a thunderous pace all rolled into one mad-as-a-hatter Kraut-noise escapade making your mind go dizzy, your heart beating faster and your potency going sky-high. Fuck Viagra,
long live La Jungle!

‘Vendetta’ by ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening flow. A first-rate power blow.
From their new, brilliant longplayer Seek, Shelter.

Tune in…

‘Slice Of Pain’ by BLACK INK STAIN (France)
All hell breaks loose from the very start. An obstreperous post-punk sledgehammer with a deafening dose of illegal decibels. Opening missile from their excellent Incidents album.

Here comes the blast…


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‘Shallow’ by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, MA)
In a normal world, Big Time Kill should be know wide and far. Their massive
wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, and served with a
gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Shallow is my favorite piece of their staggering new 4-tarck EP Recovery.

Dance around and around…


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‘Cosmic Fingers’ by PAUL WELLER (UK)
No rest for the Modfather. The last few years his production is impressive and
a couple of weeks ago another LP, Fat Pop hit the streets. Lead-single Cosmic Fingers proves once again that Weller still can rock out like the best. That’s entertainment!

Fire it up, Weller…

‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
Cell
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetised here…

‘Party’ by LOVE ITOYA (Greek Nigerian)
This feels so good. Upbeat, happy and totally summer. Only Love Itoya‘s second
single but definitely one to start and stop all coming sunlit beach jamborees with.
Yes, the sun shines again. Finally! Post-pandemic hope for the future, right here!

Party time indeed…

‘Joker’ by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
The Haciendas rattle their butts off on this new fervent firecracker. They turn up the temperature with electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks and a clear-cut chorus. One message for all doubters out there: guitar rock is not dead.

Here‘s why…

‘I Said That You Looked Fine’ by ALEX JAMES (North East England)
This banging belter has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy stonker that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune. What do you want more? Okay, we agree.

Tune in and start the beat…

‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of the late great Buckley legends floats
all over this gloomy ballad.

Dim the lights and dream away…

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‘Odes’ by DEAFDEAFDEAF (Manchester, UK)
A slow-paced meditation driven by Hill‘s poignant vox and puzzling guitar waves.
London’s sharp-knifed engine shame should take DEAFDEAFDEAF on tour with
them. They share the same outspoken edginess and sonic resonance. Bingo!

Press the play button…


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All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Berlin Based Songstress ANIKA Returns With Hypnotic Groove ‘FINGER PIES’

New sonic impulses…

28 April 2021

Artist: ANIKA
Who: The musical alias of Berlin-based artist, Annika Henderson. She released her compelling self-titled solo debut LP back in 2010. She also made two most impressive longplayers with Exploded View. You can stream Obey (2018) and Exploded View (2016) here.

New single: FINGER PIES

About: “A song that never had a name, like an artist that never had a face. Caught
between roles, a jack of all trades, she slips between your fingers like a moment that
never was, or was it? So many faces tailored to a myriad of occasions. Walls built between ourselves and the outside world. For protection. Passes grant access to another level. So
where are you at? Those with all the keys, please remember, access comes with responsibility. Yet responsibility has been lost, like tissue paper in the rain, a battle without rules, to save face, exploit weakness, to save getting slayed, by the faceless generation. Welcome to the world of “Finger Pies.”

Electro earworm Finger Pies moves and grooves from the kick-off driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Like a female
Scott Walker, wandering in her fascinating imagination while speaking/singing with a spellbinding voice triggering the listener’s curiosity all the way.

Catch the engrossing vibe here…

You can buy
the single here…


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ANIKA: Facebook

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)