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

ALBUM REVIEW : Sinkane – ‘Mean Love’

Experimentation is something Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) has never been afraid of. His constant interaction with musicians from all genres has allowed this talented multi-instrumentalist to pursue musical styles others would simply shy away from. And with this in mind Sinkane releases new LP ‘Mean Love’ on the 1st September 2014, on City Slang.

The follow up to 2012’s ‘Mars’, the new release maintains the wonderful afro-beat and dub elements that made its predecessor such a success. However, the former ‘Yeasayer’ and ‘Of Montreal’ man has managed to fuse this with a more obvious funk sound this time around that cleverly takes certain tracks from the album and drops them firmly back in the late 70’s. The trademark flute is cleverly mixed with a Bootsy Collins sounding bass, altogether more updated synths and those wonderful falsetto vocals. The culmination of this clever instrumentation is no more evident than on opening track ‘How We Be’ which showcases an artist who is willing to take musical risks.

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Sudanese born Gallab maintains his love affair with his birthplace and fragments of this are cleverly mixed with western elements that again highlight an artist who is un-afraid to cross musical boundaries. ‘Yacha’ simply oozes multi-genre’s and results in a track that at times sounds sultry but then tips its musical hat firmly in the direction of Africa again.

The albums appeal is the amount of variety on show. Some may criticize the cross-genre productions here but for me the LP is better for it. There are sensual tracks, there’s pure funk and there’s the aforementioned Afro-beat and sometimes all of them together. Galleb has managed to use his influences and experiences to create something quite personal that speaks to a wider audience.

Previous release ‘Hold Tight’ still stands out on the LP. The tracks slow, deep groove builds throughout, leading to a crescendo of drums and frantic vocals. Sure there are obvious comparisons to Sade but it still has a unique quality to it.

‘Mean Love’ is out on the 1st September, via City Slang

The full track-listing for Sinkane’s ‘Mean Love’ is as follows…

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

The artist is also touring Europe this September and can be seen at one of the following venues…

9/4 Berlin, DE @ First We Take Berlin Festival
9/5 Vienna, AT @ Grelle Forelle
9/6 Heer-Sur-Meuse, BE @ Deep Into The Woods Festival
9/7 Vlieland, NL @ Into the Great Wide Open
9/9 Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
9/10 Paris, FR @ La Badadoum
9/11 London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
9/12 Lille, FR @ La Peniche
9/13 Gent, BE @ Big Next Festival
9/16 Nantes, FR @ Scorpitone Festival
9/18 St. Gallen, CH @ Palace
9/20 Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival

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