I Go To Sleep
Label: Stones Throw Records
Expertly produced by Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Anika's debut album is a striking fusion of arty chamber rock and post-punk's mechanical, reverb-stained dystopianism. You wouldn't think a dub version of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War," one that sounds like vintage A Certain Ratio, would work. Yet it totally does. The same goes for the punchy reworking of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep." Much of this music's success can be attributed to the way Anika's voice, leaden and monochromatic, fits snugly inside her backing band's percussive grooves, which Barrow has soaked in an exquisite decay. Killer stuff.