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Image: 1609375 Sonar Kollektiv present Ankhor the new album from Liz Aku.

A1. The Drum Major Instinct feat. Mara TK
A2. Slowly
A3. Deceive The Mind
B1. Seasons Change
B2. Secrets Die
B3. Flight & Fall
C1. Just What I Need
C2. Ashamed
C3. Hiding Alone
D1. Ankhor feat. Zulu Moon
D2. Hunger
D3. Breathing Underwater feat. Mara TK

It's the utmost honor for Sonar Kollektiv to be in the position to introduce “Ankhor”, the brand
new album by Liz Aku. Having recorded all sorts of music with different outfits as well as
solo projects over the last fifteen years the Belgian soul singer and highly gifted songwriter
definitely earned her stripes and is anything but a newcomer to this game. She seems to
have found her own, distinctive voice, after traveling to New Zealand and a far-reaching
encounter with Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle.
With “Ankhor” (a combination of the Egyptian symbol for eternal life “Ankh” and “anchor”)
Aku accomplished a masterpiece of Nu Soul, Jazz and Pop, which will make her join the upper
league of the players on the scene. For this cause, several allies and befriended producers
have helped her out. With Mara TK leading the way obviously, who co-produced three out of
the album's twelve songs. On “Breathing Underwater” and the sublime, for the whole album
groove defining opening song “The Drum Major Instinct” the native New Zealander duets
with Aku.
Further collaborators on “Ankhor” are for instance the Hip-hop rooted Canadian producer duo
Potatohead People. Their 2015 track “Blue Charms” is purified by Liz Aku's voice and becomes
“Seasons Change”. Also built on a sample (“Waters” by Electric Wire Hustle) is the bass heavy
and lasciviously lolling “Deceive The Mind”. The Rotterdam based beatsmith Maximoe is
responsible for this co-production, as well as for the piano looping “Hunger”. For “Just What I
Need”, one of the most sophisticated pieces of the album, Aku drummed up a whole band
with the Belgian top drummer Lander Gyselinck, Jazz pianist Bram Weijters, bass player Juan
Manssens and trumpet player Bart Maris. Bart Vincent and Serge Hertoge produced this
song, as well as “Ashamed”. Both are two companions from Aku's home country. Also at
home in Belgium, in Ghent to be exact, is the female rapper Zulu Moon, who delivers on the
title song “Ankhor” an outstanding rap that blends perfectly with Liz’s spoken word
performance in the vein of Ursula Rucker or Me'Shell NdegéOcello.
The Brussel based producer Morshmellow adopts a quieter tone for this track and creates
together with his two compatriots a mood which is present all over the whole album: A
positive confidence, a brave outlook in times of unrest, an assertive statement to believe in
oneself and of course lots of feeling, or more precisely, soul. And if soul music 2017 has to
sound like something, then it should sound exactly like this. Thanks, Liz Aku.

All tracks published by Copyright Control.
All tracks produced by Liz Aku & Mara TK, except for “Just What I Need” & “Ashamed”.
Mixed by Benny Tones.
All songs recorded in Belgium & New Zealand.
Mastered by Jerboa Mastering.
Product management by Oliver Glage Available from 05.05.2017
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