ALA.NI releases single ‘Van P’ feat. Lakeith Stanfield ahead of new album ‘ACCA’25 September 2019
Paris-based Londoner ALA.NI has joined forces with Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta) on her latest single release, ‘Van P’, ahead of her self-written, produced and arranged album ‘ACCA’, due for release January 24, 2020. The record is an entirely a cappella and features a guest appearance from none other than Iggy Pop alongside Stanfield. You can check out Vibe Magazine’s words on ‘Van P’ via the premiere link here:
Recorded in Stones Throw LA studios, ‘Van P’ owes its title to French First Lady of Pop, Vanessa Paradis, whom ALA.NI had a former writing stint with. Uncomfortably detailing the ways miscommunication can eat at the heart of a relationship, the track was deemed to be too dark to pass onto Paradis; ALA.NI instead reached out to rapper and actor and former collaborator Stanfield (who has already remixed ALA.NI for her debut under his Moors alias) to close up with a guest verse. Speaking about the collaboration, ALA.NI says; “The recording session took place in LA on a hot summer’s day at Stones Throw’s studio. Super cool – with posters all over the walls of MF DOOM and of course, J Dilla….legend! So the pressure was on to stand in the home of these hip hop gods”.
‘ACCA’ continues to build momentum off the back of ALA.NI’s widely-praised 2016 debut ‘You & I’, picking up spins once again at 6Music from Iggy and Don Letts, and securing an impressive fan base over the two full-lengths consisting of David Lynch, David Byrne and Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
A powerful and uncompromising vision of modern womanhood, ‘ACCA’ is unflinching in its account of pain, anger, sadness, and growth. The spectral shuffle of album-opener ‘Differently’ signals the evolution of an artist some distance removed from the bruised torch songs of ‘You & I’, with the track’s ‘You do you….’ counsel tracked to a striking dance clip, shot in a colour pop Parisian basketball court. By contrast, the candid footage from the new video for Calypso-flecked track ‘Sha La La’ (also recently recorded live for La Blogotheque) – which captures ALA.NI at home in Paris absorbed in the daily business of eating, sleeping, meditating – is a tender mirror to the track’s evaluation of moving forwards from the failure of a defining relationship. Both videos – in contrast to the predominantly black & white, hazy clips which she created herself for ‘You & I’ – hint towards an opening up, of ALA.NI herself coming into clearer focus.
‘ACCA’ came into formation by a layering of hundreds of vocal tracks, imitating the sounds of reeds and strings to create a hypnotic world where the barriers between vocal and instrument are hard to distinguish. “It was all pretty lo-fi on my end,” says ALA.NI, often conjuring songs whilst on the road in Paris, Mexico, Los Angeles, the UK and New York. “I didn’t record to a click, I didn’t use a tuner; I’d just press record and lay down whatever came out.”
“There’s nothing else like that right now” – Iggy Pop
“Delivered in tones pure and unaffected, hers are poised, emotionally charged songs” – MOJO ****
“The most single-minded album you’ll hear all year” – Q ****
“Divine voice and lush chords….My goosebumps still haven’t completely gone” – Stereogum
“Golden-voiced” – The Quietus