The Ironweed Project

The Ironweed Project


‘Ghetto swamp blues for the class 'A 'generation.’ Terry Christian – BBC. The Ironweed Project is the brainchild of renowned writer, producer and vocalist, Aniff Akinola - who makes a unique brand of electronic-blues.


Fresh from making their mark with 4 shows at SXSW 2008 - The Ironweed Project is the brainchild of renowned writer, producer and vocalist, Aniff Akinola, founding member of cult Manc 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.

Seeking inspiration for his latest venture, Aniff appears to have taken the same trip to the Mississippi crossroads as legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, but rather than sell his soul to Satan, he merely passed him a bottle of Bourbon and the pair bonded over a love of George Clinton, The KLF and the Delta Blues. Just as Johnson returned from the crossroads as the greatest bluesman in the Delta, Aniff returns home (his soul still intact) a transformed man - an electro-bluesman for the 21st century: ‘Ironweed.’

His debut album for Fat Northerner records, aptly titled ‘Dustbowl’ drags traditional blues kickin an’ howlin into the electronic age. Containing seventeen tracks of beautifully drawled dustbowl vocals set to twanging guitars, funky horns and skittering breakbeats, the album recalls ‘Odelay’-era Beck (‘Perfect Day’), The Fun Lovin’ Criminals (‘Get on the Floor’) and even the Stone Roses on the slowed-down psychedelic krautrock groove of ‘Lovemakers’.

The first single to be taken from the album ‘All By Myself’ features the stunning vocal talents of Kyla Brox, daughter of Mancunian blues hero Victor Brox, and is a prime slice of future-blues, just as likely to inspire bittersweet melancholy as it is dancefloor euphoria.

“This is very, very good”
Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1

”There is a great vibe to this music!”
Rob Birch, Stereo MC’s


Down To My Grave - single - 2006
Get On The Floor - single - 2007
Boom Boom Clap - single - 2007
Dustbowl - album - 2008