In these fast moving times, where many acts come and go in the space of a few blog posts, it’s becoming harder and harder to find artists and producers with true staying power. Anu is one of that rare breed a multi instrumentalist, composer and DJ. It is this broad musical experience in an age of increasing micro specialisms that allows Anu to have a unique approach to the projects he takes on.
A veteran of the dance music scene, he started to release records as Freeform Five on the seminal labels Classic, Glasgow Underground and NRK back in 1998. His version of Isolee’s ‘Beau Mot Plage’ redefined the art of remixing, juxtaposing the micro synthesis of the original with intricate Afro & Latin polyrhythms, creating a bonafide house music classic. He soon worked his way into the premier league of remixers, producing some of the most stunning reworks of the last decade for artists as diverse as N*E*R*D, Brian Wilson, XPress 2 & David Byrne, Jamie Lidell, Justin Timberlake, Felix da Housecat, and The Killers – as well as work for cutting edge labels like Warp and Cocoon.
He’s spent a small fortune carbon offsetting his airmiles with DJ & live appearances at Fabric / The End / Ministry of Sound (London), Space / Manumission / Ibiza Rocks (Ibiza), Cocoon (Frankfurt), Watergate / Cookies / Week End (Berlin), Razzmatazz (Barcelona), DEdge (Sao Paolo), Womb / Ageha / Unit (Tokyo), Rex / Social Club / Paris Paris (Paris), LAX (LA), and Lux (Lisbon) – plus tours of Scandinavia, Australia, America, and all the major festivals, including Glastonbury, T In The Park, Benicassim, Parklife and Pukkelpop. Anu also released Freeform Five’s debut album ‘Strangest Things’ on Atlantic records, two pioneering DJ mix albums, ‘Bisous Bisous II’ & ‘Misch Masch’ and contributed to several of Kitsuné’s genre defining compilations. He also wrote and produced the vocal remix of “Muscle Cars” by Mylo, helping to turn it into a hit on his Platinum debut album.
Following a relentless touring schedule, Anu decided to take a break from Freeform Five a few years back to concentrate on writing & producing for other artists with his old friend Roy Kerr as Kid Gloves. Their first gig was to write and produce some songs for Modular Record’s Ladyhawke including her breakthrough single ‘Paris Is Burning.’ This led to writing and production on Little Boots’ gold selling debut (masterminding her collaboration with ‘Sir’ Phillip Oakey from The Human League), the single ‘Game Over’ for VV Brown and production on the Belgian no.1 album ‘Lokemo’ by Arsenal. They recently produced ‘Ghetto Baby’ for Cheryl Cole, a song they co-wrote with Lana Del Rey that has had almost 7 million Youtube plays. They’ve even managed to cram in remixes for Santogold, Snow Patrol and Das Pop, and a couple ofsingles of their own on ATrak’s super hip Fool’s Gold imprint that topped the Beatport charts.
Anu also set up boundarypushing label Perspex Recordings with releases from Chicago legend Derrick Carter, French rockers Poney Poney /Jamaica (produced by Xavier from Justice) and Swedish auteur ‘The Subliminal Kid’ (producer of Fever Ray & Matthew Dear) along with remixes by like minded friends such as Gabriel Ananda, Riton, Tomboy & Riva Starr.
Anu has been involved in music for picture for many years, soundtracking TV advertising spots in every musical style imaginable for some of the world’s largest brands including Nike, Nokia, Eurostar, Playstation, Mercedes, Verizon, Vodafone and XBox amongst others. Anu also composed the entire Identity package for the BBC Asian Network, (which culminated in a nomination for the Sony Radio Awards.)
Now in 2013, Anu has come full circle starting to release music without boundaries as Freeform Five again. He started by remixing Deadmau5’s “The Veldt” which was nominated for an IDMA award earlier this year. This was followed up by a collaboration with Gambian griot and master musician Juldeh Camara (a member of Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters band) for “Weltareh” on the legendary Eskimo recordings. Prins Thomas joined the the stellar list of super talented artists who’ve been invited to remix Freeform Five tracks (following on from Tiefschwarz, Radioslave, Alter Ego, Lindstrom, Mylo, M.A.N.D.Y, Switch, Ewan Pearson, Jackson & His Computer Band and Maurice Fulton to name a few.) Whilst prepping his next single (featuring Roisin Murphy on vocals) Anu continues to write with and produce both new and established forward thinking artists.