Mean Love will be released September 1st internationally on City Slang (and on DFA Records in North America).

Sinkane announces new album ‘Mean Love’ – streams new track ‘Hold Tight’

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.’

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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 AlbarnDavid ByrneThe Lijadu SistersMoney Mark and members of Hot ChipLCD SoundsystemThe 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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