G.rizo - Active Methods has received a review in Spex Magazine! Its in German (English translation is followed below pic). Nice and Thanks for support!
What is the internet actually good for? One may indeed ask oneself this question when a 40 year old artist who has been producing music under her own name for years and who has meticulously digitally documented her activities ranging from sound to art, is apostrophised as the "Newcomer-Band G.Rizo".
So here are the facts: Ihu Anyanwu, born 1973 as a Nigerian-American in Columbia Missouri and educated in prestigious institutions such as Rutgers and Berkeley College of Music has not only been fed with big silver spoons full of style, which have earned her comparisons with Grace Jones, but already appeared on the scene with her first dubby electro-12-inch release on the label Codek back in 2003. Subsequently she began to give vocal performances on releases by various artists such as Patrick Pulsinger, Snax, Jimmy Edgar and i-Wolf and toured around the world from her home base in Vienna.
Why has this glamorous and charismatic musician - please do check out the outfits on her website! - with her catchy electro-disco-cum-rap tunes not received a lot more attention yet? After all her last Maxi single "Boys" has already been ennobled with a remix by no one less than Mr. Egyptian Lover.
Probably she is just too stubbornly independent. The last releases all appeared on her own label with the sounding name "Hezekina Pollutina". But maybe this will change now with some good PR back up. The new tunes would more than deserve it: "It's Happening" has screaming bouncy synths by Jimmy Edgar and a ratcheting rap from Anyanwu. This impressive opener is followed by the impudent miaowing "Catnip" and the mythical eigthies-futurism recalling and dark-souly finale "Hold On". - Sonja Eismann