“I came across the concept of Anahata a couple of months ago – it’s the fourth Shakra, and Sanskrit term for balance, calmness and serenity. Something that I think a lot of us are looking to attain.
This EP doesn’t always maintain a calm and serene feeling, but there is certainly a balance. Opening with “Eyes”, which swells gently into a reflective and steady piece which definitely oozes serenity, into more expressive and colourful tracks such as “Holi”, and closing with the sprawling and elegant “My Closest Friend”, Anahata is a soothing project that encompasses a range of moods and emotions. The tracks all sample from music based in, or inspired by, the Indian Subcontinent, delivering melodies and arrangements that don’t come around that often.”
Handbook – Anahata EP
From classically-inspired organic sounds, through raw hip-hop and futuristic beats, all the way to mellow and somber vocal tracks – Handbook has already shown an impressive creative approach when it comes to creating music. His new EP Anahata is the best example of Jake’s versatile production style and his willingness to go above and beyond when it comes to finding inspiration to create.
“unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten” – the story behind this wonderful 6-track EP named after the heart chakra – the fourth primary chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. Anahata is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals and this is perfectly reflected in Handbook’s sound universe. Get ready for a true sonic adventure. This release is a journey through different and varied soundscapes. worth listening to from start to finish in one sitting.