Aniff Akinola was founding member of cult Manchester hip-hop outfit ‘Chapter and the Verse’, co-writer of a Guy Called Gerald’s classic house anthem ‘Voodoo Ray’, co-writer of Kirsty MacColl’s hit ‘Walking Down Madison’ and general co-conspirator of such 90’s electronic luminaries as The Orb, Steve Hillage and The Beloved. He was also co-writer of Ian Browns ‘Set my Baby Free’ and one half of Backyard Dog - who wrote the top 20 hit ‘Baddest Ruffest’ which went on to become the Coca Cola World Cup theme and feature in Ali Gs ‘In The House’ and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’.
His latest offering under his ‘The Ironweed Project’ moniker is a 12 track album called ‘These Chains Ain’t Gonna Hold Me’. This piece of work nestles comfortably in the company of London Elektricity, Black Keys and Plan B. Playing the alchemist, as Aniff sometimes likes to describe himself, he has managed to create a Hadron Collider-like fusion between the blues, drum & bass, rock, hip-hop and dubstep.
Taking a ride through modern life and economics the four track EP shows the importance of stepping back and having a brew. With the African saying “ in order for us to go forward we must first look back” used as the blueprint for the making of this album.