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The Ironweed Project

The Ironweed Project

The Ironweed Project – Dust Bowl (Fat Northerner)

Aniff Akinola’s history is one that is all too familiar in Manchester’s music scene; a story of getting close to the big time, of being an enjoyable addition to other people’s work, of having to start all over again and again and again.

A founding member of the cult hip-hoppers Chapter And The Verse and a co-producer on the enormous Voodoo Ray, he’s spent a career since lending his considerable talents to the likes of The Orb, Kirsty MacColl and Steve Hillage.

The Ironweed Project - Dust Bowl

The Ironweed Project - Dust Bowl

After over a decade of being a bit part, Aniff has decided its time to take centre stage again with this, his debut album as the ringmaster of the alchemical music brew that is The Ironweed Project.

Dust Bowl is a suitably eclectic and exciting collection. Drum and bass beats underpin heavy blues vocals, drifting fairytales meander over slabs of bass and through it all, his own rich, deep and delicious timbre runs like treacle through the mix.

Indeed, Dust Bowl is so eclectic that one minute it sounds like the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Alabama 3 having a party round at Barry Adamson’s house and the next, it’s a standing fight between Macy Gray and Bootsy Collins refereed by Groove Armada.

Truth is, it doesn’t really matter how you choose to describe it when it contains tunes as fine as the slow ennui blues of All By Myself (featuring rising Manc star Kyla Brox), the sultry quickstep soul of Brown Sugar and the sumptuous future classic, Let’s Swim Like Whales?

Apparently, Aniff’s aim for the album was to produce something that challenge people’s perceptions of music and genre. He has more than achieved that and, most impressively, he’s done it with an album that is up there with the best of Manchester’s debuts.

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