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Alima Dove Ansell

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POLLINATE

'POLLINATE' is the first officially released single from the EP, featuring a cinematic quality which rides on a ravey distorted bass line, moving as the undercurrent and driving force of the track, layered with innovative sampling and production to create an immersive listening experience. The vocals are delivered in a sensual 'sing rap' style, with the intent to seduce the listener in the way a snake hypnotises its prey, before striking with venomous impact. Highlighting both her vulnerable and intimidatingly assertive side with the lyrics 'Float like a Butterfly/ Sting like a Bitch'. This track is about self empowerment, after letting go of the past struggles and moving on from her darkest moments which were recognised in 'Skyline', this tracks intention is to reclaim her power, rising from the ashes like the Phoenix and transforming into the celestial Queen among bees in her own universe. This tracks message is for ALIMA to embrace her inner power, reclaim her throne and 'pollinate' her surroundings with influential and powerful intent, spreading her message everywhere to finally have her voice heard, listened to and considered without fear, guilt or self-deprecation.

It was selected as Upload of the Week on BBC introducing in the south west on the 29th of May 2021 for BBC Radio Introducing hosted by Ally Reeve.  

ALIMA's self produced debut EP 'Who Am I Now?' offers an intimate and unfiltered insight into her journey of self-discovery and introspection. Each track represents an emotional journey which reflects on past experiences, mental health and self empowerment. The EP is designed to form a collective narrative of her own personal journey as an artist, taking us on a ride through untold personal life experiences that have moulded her into the artist she is today. ' Who Am I Now?' promises to deliver an impactful, energetic and compelling listening experience that you can dance to in the comfort of your own bedroom, or at a rave.

This EP takes influence and inspiration in terms of production, from the underground electronic dance/rave scene stemming predominately from places like Bristol and London, artists such as ShyGirl and Charli XCX were influential artists I listened to whilst making the songs. Every track offers an exciting blend of electronic basslines, synthesized leads, break beats and innovative sampling, often creating a cinematic and filmic atmosphere as a backdrop to the concepts behind the lyrics. The title of the EP is called ' Who Am I Now?' which is a collection of musical works that represent ALIMA as her true, artistic self, characterised particularly in tracks such as 'IDENTITY', ' SKYLINE' and 'POLLINATE'. Featuring raw, unfiltered lyricism, she speaks authentically and honestly about past her struggles, emotions, demons and intentions that have followed her from past to present, ultimately shaping her into the artist she is today.
Works - Audio

IDENTITY

'IDENTITY' features cosmic Tibetan singing bowl samples which resonate throughout, layered onto a deep, grooving bass line. This moody and exotic bed of sound carries an introspective lyrical narrative which reflects on the title of the EP 'Who Am I Now?' and is about her self discovery of Identity, personal growth and development. The track carries a spiritual and mystical element to it, almost as if the track is being delivered as a spell or ritual, with the title of the track being interlaced throughout like a eerie chant.

ALIMA's self produced debut EP 'Who Am I Now?' offers an intimate and unfiltered insight into her journey of self-discovery and introspection. Each track represents an emotional journey which reflects on past experiences, mental health and self empowerment. The EP is designed to form a collective narrative of her own personal journey as an artist, taking us on a ride through untold personal life experiences that have moulded her into the artist she is today. ' Who Am I Now?' promises to deliver an impactful, energetic and compelling listening experience that you can dance to in the comfort of your own bedroom, or at a rave.

This EP takes influence and inspiration in terms of production, from the underground electronic dance/rave scene stemming predominately from places like Bristol and London, artists such as ShyGirl and Charli XCX were influential artists I listened to whilst making the songs. Every track offers an exciting blend of electronic basslines, synthesised leads, break beats and innovative sampling, often creating a cinematic and filmic atmosphere as a backdrop to the concepts behind the lyrics. The title of the EP is called ' Who Am I Now?' which is a collection of musical works that represent ALIMA as her true, artistic self, characterised particularly in tracks such as 'IDENTITY', ' SKYLINE' and 'POLLINATE'. Featuring raw, unfiltered lyricism, she speaks authentically and honestly about past her struggles, emotions, demons and intentions that have followed her from past to present, ultimately shaping her into the artist she is today.
Works - Audio

GIRL, INTERRUPTED

'GIRL, INTERRUPTED'  was selected as the BBC Introducing in the South West's Upload of The Week in celebration of International Woman's Day Special 2021 with Sarah Gosling. 

ALIMA's self-produced debut EP 'Who Am I Now?' offers an intimate and unfiltered insight into her journey of self-discovery and introspection. Each track represents an emotional journey that reflects on past experiences, mental health, and self-empowerment. The EP is designed to form a collective narrative of her own personal journey as an artist, taking us on a ride through untold personal life experiences that have molded her into the artist she is today. ' Who Am I Now?' promises to deliver an impactful, energetic, and compelling listening experience that you can dance to in the comfort of your own bedroom, or at a rave.

This EP takes influence and inspiration in terms of production, from the underground electronic dance/rave scene stemming predominately from places like Bristol and London, artists such as ShyGirl and Charli XCX were influential artists I listened to whilst making the songs. Every track offers an exciting blend of electronic basslines, synthesized leads, breakbeats, and innovative sampling, often creating a cinematic atmosphere as a backdrop to the concepts behind the lyrics. The title of the EP is called ' Who Am I Now?' which is a collection of musical works that represent ALIMA as her true, artistic self, characterised particularly in tracks such as 'IDENTITY', ' SKYLINE' and 'POLLINATE'. Featuring raw, unfiltered lyricism, she speaks authentically and honestly about past her struggles, emotions, demons, and intentions that have followed her from past to present, ultimately shaping her into the artist she is today.
Works - Audio

SKYLINE

'SKYLINE' features creative sampling taken from a Green Peace sample pack for climate change. It uses foley sounds from animals and the Antarctic, percussive elements and effects blend with electronic leads forming a dystopian sound world. The track is lead by a more aggressive rap vocal to express the intensity of the track, as opposed to the softer, seductive sing rap style in 'Identity' and 'Pollinate'. It is communicating with the listener directly, welcoming them into the mind of the artist, offering ' front seats' to the show, unfolding as the life experience of ALIMA. It drops into an exciting cinematic chorus section, likened to the soundtracks in Batman's Gotham City or Blade Runner. The main message is about depression, using the metaphor of ' swimming in a high tide' to imply the fear of drowning from the weight of her emotional baggage and turmoil, dragging her further towards the 'skyline' which sits on the horizon of the tide, an endless sea. The lyric ' somethings in the water with me pulling from the skyline' reflects on that feeling of losing self-control, dragged further out to sea, further into the endless abyss, which is her internalised perception of depression and anxiety. A raw and real reflection on mental health, this track is sympathising with the feeling of being powerless and at the mercy of your surroundings. This track aims to give the listener an authentic insight into the artist behind the music, revealing her deepest and darkest moments in an effort to emotionally connect the audience to the artist.

Works - Audio

FUEL

ALIMA's self produced debut EP 'Who Am I Now?' offers an intimate and unfiltered insight into her journey of self-discovery and introspection. Each track represents an emotional journey which reflects on past experiences, mental health and self empowerment. The EP is designed to form a collective narrative of her own personal journey as an artist, taking us on a ride through untold personal life experiences that have moulded her into the artist she is today. ' Who Am I Now?' promises to deliver an impactful, energetic and compelling listening experience that you can dance to in the comfort of your own bedroom, or at a rave.

This EP takes influence and inspiration in terms of production, from the underground electronic dance/rave scene stemming predominately from places like Bristol and London, artists such as ShyGirl and Charli XCX were influential artists I listened to whilst making the songs. Every track offers an exciting blend of electronic basslines, synthesized leads, break beats and innovative sampling, often creating a cinematic and filmic atmosphere as a backdrop to the concepts behind the lyrics. The title of the EP is called ' Who Am I Now?' which is a collection of musical works that represent ALIMA as her true, artistic self, characterised particularly in tracks such as 'IDENTITY', ' SKYLINE' and 'POLLINATE'. Featuring raw, unfiltered lyricism, she speaks authentically and honestly about past her struggles, emotions, demons and intentions that have followed her from past to present, ultimately shaping her into the artist she is today.
Works - Video / SketchFab

POLLINATE (LYRIC VIDEO)

Official Lyric video for my latest single POLLINATE which was written, recorded, and produced by myself for my upcoming debut EP ‘Who Am I Now?’ Which focuses on the concept of self-discovery and introspection, and the growth of identity as an artist.

POLLINATE
written, recorded & produced by ALIMA.

Lyric video filmed, edited, and shot by ALIMA.

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