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Sinkane Releases New Video For Single, How We Be

Having received an outstanding reaction from the UK press for his new album Mean Love over the last few weeks, Sinkane is continuing the celebration. He recently revealed his first official video from the record and confirmed more live dates for November.

Directed by Nick Bentgen, How We Be is a gorgeous ode to New York and a love letter to summer as it explores various neighbourhoods through dance. It’s a beautiful visual representation of his fluid, worldly sound as it mixes step, ballet, break-dancing and more. Buzzfeed introduced it saying: “Ahmed Gallab is known for blending African beats, funk and soul into joyously kinetic concoctions. His new video for effervescent single How We Be celebrates those moments when everything is going your way, the sun is shining and you just want to move.”

The solo project of Ahmed Gallab, Sinkane exclaims: “It was great working with Nick on this video. I think he captured the feel-good spirit of the song.”

The director further notes: “I love Sinkane’s music because it’s vividly original. How We Be is especially that and I wanted to express the joy of listening to that song for the first time. Ahmed and I talked about making a dance portrait that plays around with time – moving backwards, forwards, at high speed, in slow motion. We wanted to fill the video with all kinds of movement.

“We collaborated with a high school step team, two Parkour fanatics and a Jooker from Memphis who just moved to New York that same week. We filmed dancers from New York City Ballet, B-boys from Boston and we even got Ahmed to perform in the video. Sinkane’s new album is so expressive and expansive, it’s near impossible for me to categorise or put into words why I like it. It’s just easier to dance to.”

After his current European tour, Sinkane continues intensive across the US before returning to Europe in November. He will be playing shows across the UK (to be announced), leading into a show at London’s Oslo on December 1.

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Sinkane Releases New Track, New Name, Prior To Release Of His New Album, Mean Love

With the release of his inspired and eclectic new album Mean Love being tomorrow, Sinkane reveals another new cut and confirms new London shows, including a Rough Trade East instore on Sept 1 and a second London headline show.

In addition to the free album launch show at The Shacklewell Arms on Sept 12, Sinkane will play at London’s Oslo on Dec 1 with a full UK tour soon to be added.

You can listen to the latest cut, New Name here.

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Sinkane

Melodically beat-driven and meditatively lyrical, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time.

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.

The experiences from this on-going endeavour contribute to the collective feel of the record and attest to his uncanny ability to embrace and assemble a huge history as pure and generous modern-musical expressions. Employing the architecture of pop and a forward-thinking approach to its classic instrumentation, the vibes of Sinkane’s deep-groove past remain intact, in full force.

There are doses of West African funk slow-burners, a noir blaxploitation cool and a more afro-centric Curtis Mayfield is present, specifically in album standout Hold Tight. A surprising country soul rising is detectable in the title track Mean Love and also in the hauntingly beautiful slide guitar work of Galley Boys a la such soul heavyweights as James Carr and Solomun Burke.

Mean Love will be released September 1 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.

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Sinkane To Release New Album, Mean Love, In September

Sinkane has announced his new album Mean Love for release on City Slang on September 1 2014 and has revealed the first two tracks, Hold Tight and How We Be. He’s also confirmed a string of European live shows for September.

Melodically beat-driven and meditatively lyrical, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time.

Sinkane Mean Love

Sinkane Mean Love album artwork

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.

The experiences from this on-going endeavor contribute to the collective feel of the record and attest to his uncanny ability to embrace and assemble a huge history as pure and generous modern-musical expressions. Employing the architecture of pop and a forward-thinking approach to its classic instrumentation, the vibes of Sinkane’s deep-groove past remain intact, in full force. There are doses of West African funk slow-burners, a noir blaxploitation cool and a more afro-centric Curtis Mayfield is present, specifically in album standout Hold Tight. A surprising country soul rising is detectable in the title track, Mean Love, and also in the hauntingly beautiful slide guitar work of Galley Boys a la such soul heavyweights as James Carr and Solomun Burke.

You can catch Sinkane live on the following dates:
04 Sept First We Take Berlin Festival – Berlin, DE
05 Sept Grelle Forelle – Vienna, AT
06 Sept Deep into the Woods Festival – Heer-Sur-Meuse, BE
07 Sept Into the Great Wide Open – Vlieland, NL
09 Sept Ekko – Utrecht, NL
10 Sept La Badadoum – Paris, FR
11 Sept Shacklewell Arms – London, UK
12 Sept La Peniche – Lille, FR
13 Sept Big Next Festival – Ghent, BE
16 Sept Iboat – Bordeaux, FR
17 Sept Scopitone Festival – Nantes, FR
18 Sept Palace – St. Gallen, CH
20 Sept Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg, DE
22 Nov Sonic Visions Festival- Luxembourg, LX
23 Nov Prêt A Porter Festival – Heidelberg, DE
24 Nov Atomic Cafe – Munich DE
25 Nov Conne Island – Leipzig, DE
26 Nov Lido – Berlin DE
29 Nov Week-end Festival – Cologne, DE

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Sinkane Acts As Musical Director And Producer For William Onyeabor Tribute Shows

City Slang recording artist Sinkane will be performing and directing a special set of classic jams by 1970s Nigerian synth pioneer, William Onyeabor, starting with The Barbican in London on 1 April 2014.

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Sinkane

The core band for these tribute shows is Sinkane’s live band (Ahmed Gallab, jaytram, Ish Montgomery and Jonny Lam) with Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and legendary Nigerian funk singers, The Lijadu Sisters, who will also be performing some of their classic material backed by Sinkane. This band will be joined in the UK by Damon Albarn, Ghost Poet, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party) and others. The US shows will feature David Bryne, Alexis Taylor, Tunde Adebimpe, Luke Jenner, Joshua Redman and others.

“It has been an honour to work with some of my heroes”, Gallab explains. “William Onyeabor’s music helped shape the sound of Sinkane as have the musicians involved. Jason Trammell, Ish Montgomery, Jonny Lam, Pat Mahoney, Money Mark and I have become a family. This is a dream come true.”

Sinkane, who has earned musical stripes playing with the likes of Eleanor Friedberger, Of Montreal & Caribou, released his exceptional and unique debut album, Mars, last year to great applause. Mars saw Sinkane seamlessly blend deep, polyrhythmic grooves that refer as much to early 70’s underground soul as back to Sudan, Gallab’s home country, into a 21st century party record that acknowledges the international musical village in which we all now live.

His work on the William Onyeabor shows sees Gallab taking a break from creating the follow up to Mars which we can expect to hear in the not too distant future.

Gallab said: “I want to create universal music. A sound and feeling that everyone can enjoy because they can relate to the sounds and words. I feel like I’ve come close to creating that music on this next record.”

You can catch Sinkane and collaborators recreating the works of William Onyeabor at the following shows:
1 Apr 2014- London @ The Barbican (info)
2 Apr 2014- Bristol @ Colston Hall (info)
2 May 2014- Brooklyn, NY @ BAM
3 May 2014- Brooklyn, NY @ BAM
6 May 2014- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
8 May 2014- Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre

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Sinkane to Release Deluxe Edition of Mars

Ahead of a busy festival season, Sinkane have announced a deluxe edition of their remarkable album Mars following its success last November. The new edition is out on June 21 through City Slang and includes a variety of remixes.

When Sinkane released the critically acclaimed Mars, one of the original ideas was to take this work to another dimension and find a remix for each song. This was inspired in part by the stellar mix done by Ahmed’s friend Dan Snaith, aka Daphni (Caribou). Before they knew it, the band were swimming in new sounds, jaw-dropping mixes by Monkeytown flagships P.hono and Benjamin Damage, west coast dub-vibes from Sun Araws Duppy Gun project, psychedlic acid treatment by Africaine 808, retro futuristic house filter from Ostgut heroes Barker and Baumecker and much, much more.

Sinkane

Sinkane

There were so many remixes in fact, that the band decided to put it all together as a special edition. Mars (Deluxe Edition) comes complete with 15 remixes in total, plus the original album. For the first time this edition collects all available remixes as well as six new and unreleased remixes by Helado Negro, Kissey, LBC Soundsystem, Dungeonesse (aka: Jen Wasner from Wye Oak and Jon Ehrens) and DFA studio friends Tippy Toes.

One of the brand new remixes from the forthcoming release has been revealed today. Swedish producer Kissey transforms the already incredible track Lady C’mon and takes it to a whole new level with intoxicating house-beats and sci-fi sounds. You can hear the Kissey remix of Lady C’mon here.

Catch Sinkane live on the following dates in July:
06 PL – Poznan – Malta Festival
07 IT – Pescara – IndieRocket Festival
09 IT – Roma – SuperSantos @ San Lorenzo Estate
10 IT – Ravenna – Hani Bi
11 ES – Madrid – Picnic Sessions
12 ES – Barcelona – Apollo
13 NL – Den Hague – Supermarkts
15 NL – Nijmegen – Valkhof Festival
17 FR – Paris – Glaz Art
18 DE – Munich – Kranhalle @ Feierwerk
19 DE – Graefenhainichen – Melt! Festival
20 BE – Dour – Dour Festival
21 UK – Suffolk – Latitude Festival

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SINKANE Reveals Video for New Track Warm Spell

After his recent appearance with Usher on stage at SXSW and short visit to the UK where he performed at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen a few weeks back, SINKANE has now revealed the video for new track, Warm Spell.

Sinkane Warm Spell video

Screen shot from Warm Spell video

The beautifully shot clip accompanying Warm Spell features a man as he appears in an alternate reality inhabited by foreign terrain and populated by sirens. He attempts to avoid the sirens’ spell but ultimately fails and he submits to his primal desires and fantasies. Only when he finally submits, is he ultimately able to decode the strange world that surrounds him.

Director Philip Di Fiore and Director Christopher J. Lytwyn photographed everyday fruits, vegetables and flowers with a macro lens in order to create the identity and terrain of the universe in the video. It’s a truely artistic video for a track that fully deserves it. Warm Spell begins as an experimental jazz piece before it settles into an easy to listen to track full of meditative vocals, jazz drum beats and wonderful summery guitar riffs.

SINKANE’s debut album Mars was released last year through City Slang.

See Sinkane live this summer:
July 5             UK Kent Hopfarm Festival
July 9              IT Roma SuperSanto’s @ San Lorenzo Estate
July 10           IT Ravenna Hani-Bi
July 11            ES Madrid Picnic Sessions
July 12            ES Barcelona Apollo
July 16            NL Nijmegen De Affaire Festival
July 19            DE Gräfenhainichen  Melt Festival
July 20            BE Dour Dour Festival
July 21            UK Suffolk Latitude Festival

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Sinkane Returns to UK for Headline Show

Following the release of Sinkane’s debut album at the end of last year, Ahmed Gallab has now returned to the UK for a headline show, Rough Trade East performance and a DJ set.

Ahmed Gallab has made a mini-documentary to tell his fans what to expect from these shows. The video can be viewed below.

The shows come in the wake of a fantastic trip to SXSW this year when Gallab was invited by the Afghan Whigs to join them and Usher on stage to perform SINKANE single Runnin. You can watch the clip from SXSW below.

Gallab is known in musician circles for having been the touring multi-instrumentalist for Of Montreal, Caribou, Born Ruffians and Eleanor Friedberger but he didn’t start there. Gallab’s family left Sudan when he was a boy, immigrated to the US and moved all over the country. He went to high school in Kent, Ohio. There, he found his first musical community in the town’s unsung but thriving post-hardcore scene.

You can see Sinkane live on the following dates:

April 2  FR Paris Point Ephémère
April 3  GB London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
April 4  GB London Rough Trade Shop (East)
April 4  GB London Birthdays (DJ SET)
April 6  NL Rotterdam Motel Mozaique Festival
April 7  NL Antwerp Trix
April 9  DE Frankfurt Zoom
April 10  DE Hamburg Kampnagel
April 11  DE Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg
April 12  DE Cologne King Georg
April 13  FR Dijon Kill Your Pop Festival
April 14  FR Lille La Peniche
April 17  NL Amsterdam Paradiso
April 18  LUX Luxemburg Exit07
April 19  CH Aarau Kiff
April 20  IT Milan Circolo Arci Biko
April 21  FR Lyon Le Transbordeur

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