"Tastemakers have been calling Annie the "cool Kylie" for years, but her record sales have never matched her critical acclaim. Her 2004 debut Anniemal demonstrated kick-ass lyricism and a sharp ear for a pop hook, but it made little impact, with only 'Chewing Gum' cracking the top 40. After parting ways with her record label last year and gaining the rights to her upcoming album Don't Stop, the Norwegian is making a welcome return with new single 'Anthonio'.
A collaboration with producer Richard X, it contains all the right ingredients to become the anthem of the summer. With a greater Ibiza house influence than her previous material, and perhaps a nod towards the "mournful break-up" style pioneered by Robyn's 'With Every Heartbeat', it tells the tale of a frivolous holiday romance whose impact lingers long after jetting home. "Oh Anthonio, oh Anthonio, there is only one thing I've been trying to say," Annie sings in the closing seconds. "It may come as a surprise, my baby has your eyes". Perfectly demonstrating why Annie has quietly amassed a cult fanbase, this perfect pop nugget deserves a lot better than it's likely to get."