To be honest, when I first heard this gorgeous record, I had no idea an Australian had created it. I thought it was courtesy of a seasoned R&B artist from America. How wrong I was.
‘Presence’ by Anieszka stops you in your tracks. Through a combination of unparalleled vocal range and heartfelt lyricism, the half Mauritian songstress wraps you in a sonic bear hug. The production oozes, peaking and troughing at exactly the right times, massaging the inner workings of your ear.
The message Anieszka preaches is sublime. She implores us to celebrate the gift of life, to live in the here and now, to cherish ourselves and those around us. The artist encourages listeners to clutch onto moments of inner peace and tranquillity, reminding us of how wonderful they can be.
I think “Aspire to inspire” is my favourite lyric of 2021. It’s uplifting. It’s motivating. It’s beautiful. If you’re in a rut, weave this into your daily mantra. With just a handful of singles to her name, the prospect of a full length from Anieszka has me feeling like a kid at Christmas. I’m already comparing her to queens like SZA and Kehlani. It’s scary.
Lines like “I don’t want to be here all of my life” and “Living my life, doing what I say,” are empowering and resonate universally. There’s a Nai Palm-esque (Hiatus Kaiyote) flavour to Squidgenini’s vocal tone–each note dripping in soul and indefinable magic.
Today, we’re lucky enough to premiere the live stream of Henry’s set – a journey sprinkled with never before heard edits from the man himself. By the looks of things, this was one hell of a time at the controls as well as for those on the dancefloor.