Ahead of a string of London DJ sets this weekend, Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) has announced his new album ‘Mean Love’ for release on City Slang on September 1st 2014 and has revealed it’s first track ‘Hold Tight’. He’s also confirmed a string of European live shows for September.
From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa. This background merges with the lessons learned from Ahmed‘s stints with obsessive craftsmen such as Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal, and especially the monumental task he underwent as musical director of ‘ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.’
Gallab excavated and arranged a treasure trove of lost classics from the West African synth-pioneer to put together a now legendary series of performances. Alongside his band-mates in Sinkane (jaytram on drums, Ish Montgomery on bass, Jonny Lam on guitar), he also brought on guests Damon Albarn, David Byrne, The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and Blood Orange.
Mean Love will be released September 1st internationally on City Slang (and on DFA Records in North America). Look for Sinkane on tour this fall as the band embarks on a run of dates in the EU in September, and a nationwide tour of the US in October. Dates below. Upcoming tour dates are as follows… June : 14 London, Ridley Road Market Bar – DJ set 15 London, ACE Hotel – DJ set w/Movement 16 London, Vortex – DJ set w/Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) September : 04 Berlin, First We Take Berlin Festival 05 Vienna, Grelle Forelle 06 Heer-Sur-Meuse Belgium, Deep into the Woods Festival 07 Vlieland, NL Into the Great Wide Open 09 Utrecht, NL Tivoli 10 Paris, La Badadoum 11 London, Shacklewell Arms 12 Ghent, Big Next Festival 16 Nantes, Scorpitone Festival 18 St Gallen, Palace 20 Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival Mean Love track-list: 01. How We Be 02. New Name 03. Yacha 04. Young Trouble 05. Moonstruck 06. Mean Love 07. Hold Tight 08. Galley Boys 09. Son 10. Omdurman
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