Review: A future-soul duo from Brighton, Anushka got a long run of singles out of their popular Broken Circuit album. However "Kendrick" is their second new recording since the LP and they've proved that they're no one hit wonder. The original is all gently tumbling breakbeats, fluffy bass and woolly effects - all laced with Sunday morning female vocals. The latter are pushed forward in mix for the harmonious laid-back hip-hop of the Too Hot Outside re-edit. Cool as a breeze.
Review: The Broken Circuit album from Brighton's future soul duo is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving, as here we get two more LP tracks coupled with two new titles. The previously heard "Broken Circuit" and "Atom Bomb" are sugary lo-fi soul-pop and a seductive broken beat lament respectively. Of the fresh tracks, "World In Room" is garage-influenced fizz-house at its best and the prayer-like enchanting digi-soul of "Blessings" wraps things up nicely.
Review: Brighton's future soul duo Anushka recently dropped their debut album, Broken Circuit, to great acclaim. Now they're back with a new single and album highlight, "Atom Bomb". Deep sensual and jazzy, with scattershot beats and heavily harmonised vocals, the original is a beguiling slice of modern urban soul. There are some great mixes too including NameBrandSound's seductive slo-mo footwork rework, as well as their own VIP mix which adds a dubbier vibe to proceedings.
Review: Following on from the Distant Air EP, bright young things Anushka come back to Brownswood to deliver their debut album, showing off a distinctive twist on R&B that worms subtle flecks of minimal electronics, house music and more into a melancholic, richly melodic soulful whole. "Never Can Decide" is loaded with crossover appeal with its bombastic chorus sweeps while keeping a delicacy in the production that keeps the music on the right path. Really though it's Victoria Port's vocals that shape out the identity of Anushka, charged with just the right kind of energy to worm into many an ear as the Brighton-based duo spread their wings.
Mansions (Krust's Recalculation of Mansions) - (7:22) 116 BPM
Mansions (Ossie remix) - (5:44) 127 BPM
Review: Giles Peterson's Brownswood can never be pinned down to any particular genre, bar that of simply good music. Here we find the label at its most club-ready as Anushka unleashes her inner late '90s garage head with this house-shredding vocal bass cut. Dark, dangerous but sweeter than a candy floss farm, it's likely to see a lot of action at festivals and boat parties this summer. For added weight Bristol D&B don Krust reminds us of his stark, futuristic fusionist skills with droning bass and sheet metal beats and Ossie flips the broken beat message of the original with a jacking, chop-slapping 4/4 technique. Mansion-tearingly massive.
Review: Brighton-based duo Anushka are making their intentions clear as they emerge with the hooky R&B flavour of their modern bass concoction. Singer Victoria Port's vocals sit pretty on top of a heartfelt mixture of keys, house beats and cheeky sub bass produced to a world-beating standard. GoldFFinch comes in for a remix that turns the sweet pop of the original into a cheeky house version heavy on the square wave synth lines and plenty of chopped and re-pitched vocal snippets. As a contrast Ivy Lab's version heads for a sensitive drum & bass treatment as crisp and clean as it is energetic.
Review: For his latest signing, Gilles Peterson looks closer to home - Brighton to be precise - where he found the Anushka duo of Max Wheeler & Victoria Port. Not particularly exotic, but the music, which they describe as 'bass music from the future', covers that requirement. Theirs is a blend of deep bass, glistening synths and breaky urban beats flavoured with digital riddims ("Wired"), deep tropical ("Yes Guess") and soulful house ("I Have Love 4 You"). Definitely going places.
Review: After two very successful instalments of the Electr*c series thus far, Gilles Peterson returns with another chunky selection of artists that fit into the less organic side of his taste-maker tendencies. This time it seems that he has dug especially deep to find some fresh talent, so unfamiliar are the names on the line-up. In terms of style, there's a tendency towards rich melody across the board, from Aftawerks engrossing mellow acid workout to the contemplative juke dazzle of Jaded Laur, but there's also space for some more primal club tracks. Just check the ghetto tech flex of Frank Rodas' "Kick It VIP" for all the proof you need.