First Listen: Anthony Nicholson – Suckapunch (Clairaudience
Hard to believe I got given my first Clairaudience 12″ almost 20 years ago. This being the memorable ‘N’Cameu’ by the likes of USG as a matter of fact. In other words, Ron Trent and Anthony Nicholson! With the latter being the first in a series I would regularly welcome with a real pleasure along the years. This until the moment the label came to cease its activities.
Well, 10 years have gone since then. And the excitment most likely remains the same by the time writing those lines. With Nicholson takin’ the lead on the nagging ‘Suckapunch’. Therefore seeming like standing half way between The Aztec Mystic‘s Detroit classic ‘Knights Of The Jaguar’ and Lil’ Louis‘ ‘Club Lonely’. In order words, going spacey with a repetitiveness and a progression inherited respectively from Techno and (Deep) House…
Needless to state as to if ever into cosmic vibes, then ‘Suckapunch’ is most definitely for you.
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The first time I’ve heard of Anthony Nicholson brings us back to the Miami 1997 Winter Music Conference. There, Clairaudience label Samir Hall head gave me a copy of USG‘s ‘NCameu’. I soon after elected it as my track of the Conf. An infectious gem featuring the sultry D’Borah Rivers with production work by the likes of our man along with Ron Trent. The two then partners eventually droppin’ extra recordings together either as USG or African Blues. This resulting in gems such as ‘Ebony Angel’ or ‘Sunpower’ before soon after parting ways.
From then, Nicholson would develop his own sound paralelly to his former partner. Makin’ the proof of a rare maturity while exploring experimental sounds and vibes. Meanwhile givin’ birth to countless goodies. From the vibrant ‘Voodoo Jazz Rapture’ which I eventually licensed on the vol. 1 of my ‘Ritmo Suave’ compilations. To ‘Revolution’ and ‘Sunshine’ back in 2001 on Nitegrooves. Not to mention the vibrant ‘All’ featuring Mikkhiel. A cut which he released under his Legacy guise to name but a few. All in all strenghtening his position as a one of a kind producer from a release to another. Including ‘Suckapunch’ more recently on Clairaudience. But also ‘Living For Today’ along with Cara Dawn. Not to mention ‘We Work Best’ which he has crafted for Canadian songstress Jaidene Veda.
Anthony Nicholson has released a total of 6 albums so far. With his latest – ‘Gravity’ – back in 2016 on deepArtSounds.