Fire Flower. Ananda Project’s highly-anticipated follow up to Morning Light has finally blossomed. Brainchild of Atlanta-based genius producer, Chris Brann, this third full-length artist album on Nite Grooves, solidifies his standing at the forefront of modern dance music production. Chris is also the mastermind behind such internationally renowned ensembles such as Wamdue Project, Wamdue Kids and P’Taah and has done remixes for Everything But The Girl as well as remixed the title song for HBO’s hit show Six Feet Under. His previously successful works on Nite Grooves, including “Cascades of Colour” & “Kiss Kiss Kiss” have gained the attention of the industry as well as the dance floor yielding a theme song for a Johnny Walker whiskey commercial with the former song and inclusion in a Karl Lagerfeld movie with the latter. Fire Flower contains 14 original works and blends such styles as Future Jazz, Neo-Soul, Deep House, Ambient, R&B, Broken Beat, Salsa, & Funk into a cohesive listening excursion setting sail in a new rhythmic era. Ananda Project supports a revolving cast of outstanding vocalists with mainstays Terrance Downs & Heather Johnson having top-billing. Terrance’s stellar vocals grace the beautifully produced “Space & Time”, “Into The Sunrise”, “Fireworks”, & the funk-jazzy forget me not, “Where the Music Takes You”. We hear the delicate voice of Heather Johnson on the deeply smooth, simple-bassed & equally as percussive, “Let Love Fly”. Other singers who in the past contributed to Ananda’s veritable musical bounty have included Lydia Rhodes, Naked Music’s Gaelle Addison, Kudu’s Sylvia Gordon & Marta Gazman. This time the dynamic group welcomes Chicago stage actress, keyboardist & songstress Denise White, whose extraordinary vocal range and musical skills grace 3 songs including the frenetically jazzy “Free Me”, “Stay As You Are” (who, on this song, critics have compared her voice to Karen Carpenter), and the infectiously hook-y “Stalk You”, destined to be one of the stand-out cuts off the album. Solu Music’s Kai Martin sings “Universal Love” which has gotten and epic remix by the legendary Jay-J. There are also 2 instrumentals of pure groove. Brann brings a healthy mixture of new styles, new artists, and fusions thereof culminating into what will surely become Ananda Project’s most celebrated artist albums to date.