Anaín Bjorkquist

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sex love joy episode 1: candice anitra

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On this first episode of Sex Love Joy, I interview singer-songwriter Candice Anitra. We talk about her music, self-acceptance, womanhood, sex, love and more. Connect with Candice: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

About Candice Anitra

In her solo career Philly-raised and Brooklyn-based Candice Anitra explores the fine lines between genders, self-love and loathing, and the polarities that exist in us all. She is one part soul singer, and equal parts rabble-rouser and philosopher, with her edgy, electro-rock-infused, sultry songs. After releasing an EP in 2008, Anitra’s full-length debut, Bark Then Bite, dropped in 2010. It wasn’t long before the praises began to roll in from Soul Tracks, Rolling Out, Soul Bounce, and more. Anitra’s Kickstarter-funded next effort, Big Tree, dropped in 2012, gaining further acclaim from Yahoo! Music, Electronic Urban Report (EURweb), and Grown Folks Music. The album is a mellifluous yet audacious blend of all the delicious oft overlooked spaced between the genres, which also led Candice to perform up and down the east coast, including venues such as the Blue Note, Apollo Music Café, NJPAC, the Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. In her music, Candice looks within to take the emotional bumps in the road and combine euphonic bits of this and that to master a sacred pastiche art that magnetizes audiences.

Candice Anitra & Mustafa Effortless are The Love Machine Project. Equal parts left-of-soul songstress and consciousness-raising emcee, this dynamic duo bridged the east and west coasts to birth their brand of ephemeral Tina-Turner-meets-Guru-mannered alien pop. Musical planetary alignment is rare but with technology on their side the two volleyed new material back and forth across country non-stop for weeks in the fall of 2012. Upon composing each of the love letters to love featured on their debut Love Machine EP in her Brooklyn love nest, singer-songwriter-producer-alchemist Candice Anitra knew they were incomplete without the touch of Los Angeles-based, Uptown-raised, actor, musician, director, poet and fellow warrior of light Mustafa Shakir (aka Mustafa Effortless, or M*E), whom she had known for more than a decade after performing together in Kamal Sinclair’s Off-Broadway The Beat, called “Hip-Hop’s theatrical revolution.” After adding his deep and witty verses to Anitra’s tracks, Candice and Mustafa teamed with super producer-engineer Joel Hamilton (Pretty Lights, Black Keys, Matisyahu, Dub Trio), bassist Brady Watt (Talib Kweli, Res, Curren$y), guitarist Wes Mingus (Wu-Tang Clan, The Revelations), and drummer Jason Mills (Stomp, Beetroot) to fill out the recordings’ sound at Studio G in Brooklyn.

Stay tuned for new music|videos|performances from Candice Anitra & the Love Machine project in 2015, this is only the beginning lovers!