Fint londonbesøk denne lørdagen iform av den brilliante Djen Anthea. Hun har vært en del av Londonscenen i snart 15 år og kommer endelig tilbake til Oslo. Nils Noa varmer opp og bassgutta Get Matsui og Koian holder fortet i Sweat Shoppen.
In the light of the term ‘underground’ ubiquitously flying across the dance universe these days, luckily there are artists that still capture the very essence of the notion in their dogged pursuit of quality and individuality before conformity, whilst simultaneously paying homage to past times. Take a bow, Anthea.
Once a fixture of London’s Flying Records and Phonica Records, where she also did the bookings for their monthly parties at the infamous, sadly defunct T-Bar, the now Berlin based artist has been acquiring her cutting edge tastemaker ears for the better part of 15 years, as an integrated cog in the wheel of London’s electronic music scene.
Honing a sound that meanders between funk-fuelled house and techno, with a flair for intrinsically deep and boisterous basslines where the groove is key, she deftly showcases an understanding of vintage building blocks, and continues to entertain crowds at Fabric in London, Watergate in Berlin, Harry Klein in Munich, Underground in Ibiza, and Gipsy in Moscow to name a select few.
On the production side of things, it is evident that Anthea allows for the heartbeat of her new hometown to permeate her productions. She currently counts releases on labels including Freak ‘n Chic, Phonica, All Inn, One Records, Desolat, air london and Brouqade to her name, along with working with the likes of Alex Celler, Guti, Fosky, Alex Picone, Fernando Costantini & Lumieux, not to mention Werner Niedermeier with whom she formed JC Freaks, along with fellow Berliner and label-partner in crime, Dana Ruh.
As One third behind the young and uprising Brouqade Records, alongside Dana Ruh and Ann M Cazal, with a finger on the pulse Anthea’s inherently sharp A&R talent has resulted in a string of fresh and exciting new talent seeing the light of day, bringing to the fore the artists of tomorrow, with label showcases high in demand.
Currently busy planning not only her label’s showcases – which promises a couple of high-profile appearances in the near future – further Anthea releases on Low Pitch, Oasi Lab and of course Brouqade are all in in the pipeline.