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Dirtwire, the Bay Area-based electro-acoustic duo of David Satori (Beats Antique) and Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, Stellamara), have just released their new EP, The Carrier, which is out now. Dirtwire’s self-described “…back porch Electro-cana” style is sure to inspire everyone from electronic dance gurus to traditional world and roots music toe-tappers. Their new EP will surely not disappoint.

The duo, which recently kicked off their West Coast tour are hitting up Denver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Arcata, Colusa, Sebastopol, Oakland and Sacramento in support of the release.  Full details at thecarrier.dirtwire.net.

Their infectious performances feature both live instrumentation and electronic production. David Satori recently chatted with The Grateful Web about Dirwire’s dedication to using rare and seldom heard (at least to Western ears) instruments such as the Turkish jimbush and the Zimbabwean mbira fused with more familiar elements such as the piano and slide guitar. Two tracks from the new EP, Damn Rooster and The Well (featuring Rising Appalachia), have already garnered a combined 66,000 streams on Soundcloud. The Well touches on water conservation and the proliferation of drought, an important problem in their home state of California and continues in the long tradition of music as a tool to draw awareness to social and environmental issues. The Well is available for free download at thecarrier.dirtwire.net.

Dirtwire’s Fraser and Satori, both talented multi-instrumentalists, belong to the Bay Area’s luminescently vibrant electronic world music and dance community in many ways. Satori co-founded Beats Antique, a performance/music group, which has risen to tremendous popularity through festivals such as Burning Man. Fraser performs with global groove-infused bands Hamsa Lila and Stellamara. The duo met while studying world music composition at the California Institute of the Arts and released their first recording as Dirtwire in 2012.

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Introducing…Mahoney Harris

Auckland folk/pop songwriter Mahoney Harris is delighted to announce the release of her new single, We Didn’t Feel Alone, which is out now.

We Didn’t Feel Alone is a hypnotic eastern influenced track depicting the afterglow of a music performance. Sparse electric guitars envelop a mystical drumbeat while Harris’ ethereal harmonies hover above.

The single was recorded and produced by Tom Healy (Paquin, Tiny Ruins, Popstrangers), mastered by Olly Harmer and is a precursor to Mahoney’s debut album, due out September 19.

Healy contributes a delicate lead guitar to the single while percussionist Wayne Bellinvokes an ancient heartbeat.

We Didn’t Feel Alone is now available on iTunes, Amplifier and Bandcamp.

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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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Introducing…Shammi Pithia

Cosmic is the record Shammi Pithia has always wanted to make. Taking all of his experience as a composer, producer and performer, Shammi has created a breathtakingly graceful yet energising album full of beauty, intricacy and emotion.

After fourteen months of composition and studio work, collaborations with Sonna Rele, Sabiyha, Jatanil Banerjee and Ambika Jois, and recordings of an array of instruments including Bansuri (bamboo flute) and a nine-piece string ensemble, Shammi has produced an LP worthy of his prominence as a trailblazer in contemporary world music.

Produced and mixed by Shammi, and mastered at Metropolis by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin, Cosmic is a celebration of life from the Big Bang to the present. It takes the listener on a journey through space time, delivering a rich sound soaked in feeling, passion and excitement, all intertwined in a gritty and heavy sonic.

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Shammi Pithia’s Cosmic artwork

To be released on 21 July 2014 as a digital-only release (a CD release of the album is to come later in the year), Cosmic will be distributed by Believe Digital and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital download stores.

Building on his reputation for creating powerful and resonant music, and with notable praise from leading musicians including Nitin Sawhney and legendary Indian classical flautist Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shammi has crafted an album of delightful elegance.

Shammi Pithia is building a solid name for himself in the world of world-electronica as a creative composer and producer walking in the shadows of great artists such as Nitin Sawhney and Talvin Singh, who have both praised Shammi and his music.

Over the past five years, Shammi has enjoyed support from both UK and international media, growing him a truly global fanbase. For his work Shammi has been recognised by the BBC on a number of occasions; the first single to be taken from Cosmic has already been added to BBC Asian Network’s playlist. Shammi has also received a string of outstanding reviews from leading magazines and websites including Songlines and MTV Desi. World Music Central reviewed Audio Descriptive as “…an extraordinary debut album of South Asian hybrids by one of the rising stars of British global electronica”.

Enjoying the busiest time in his career so far, Shammi has worked on several projects including a remix for Nitin Sawhney that was released on his album The Last Days of Meaning. On top of studio work Shammi has been performing constantly with notable performances at Glastonbury Festival, a headline show at The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Center and a headline show at the The Symbiosis of Sound curated by Talvin Singh at Kings Place.

With a much-noted talent for his arrangement and ability to lead Shammi was called upon last year to be musical director for one of the main events at London Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival for Bollywood stars Ash King and Harshdeep Kaur. Selling out a thousand seats and writing for and leading a band of eighteen musicians Shammi has established himself as a musician with many skills to offer.

Shammi’s second LP Cosmic is set to further establish his status as a leader in his field. This is Comic – “Creation Of Something Meaningful Inside Chaos”.

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Tinariwen’s New Album, Emmaar, Out Now

The new album by acclaimed Tuareg band Tinariwen is now in stores. The record, entitled Emmaar, is the much anticipated follow up to the group’s acclaimed 2011 album Tassili which was awarded a Grammy for Best World Music Album. Emmaar is already generating substantial critical praise.

Concurrent with the record’s release, the AV Club is premiering a new music video for Tinariwen’s song Islegh Taghram Tifhamam which features the group performing amidst the dramatic landscape of the California desert of Joshua Tree.

Due to instability in their Northern Mali homeland, Tinariwen recorded Emmaar in the California desert of Joshua Tree. Created in the region known for spaced-out rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelic cowboy folk, the album showcases a distinctly organic soulful feel. The group was joined in Joshua Tree by a group of esteemed American musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Matt Sweeney of Chavez, Nashville fiddler Fats Kaplin and poet Saul Williams. The album, mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather), is a richly layered listen solidified by atmospheric textures and gritty hypnotic guitar-work.

Tinariwen will be touring North America in support of Emmaar beginning this March 13 with an appearance at the SXSW Festival in Austin,Texas.

You can catch Tinariwen live on the following dates:
March 13, 2014 Austin, TX SXSW
March 18, 2014 Nashville, TN The Hight Watt
March 19, 2014 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
March 20, 2014 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
March21, 2014 Philadelphia, PA Prince Music Theater
March 22, 2014 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
March 23, 2014 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
March 24, 2014 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
March 25,2014 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 26, 2014 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
March 27, 2014 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
March 28, 2014 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
April 1, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA Warhol’s Entrance Space
April 2, 2014 Kent, OH The Kent Stage
April 4, 2014 Nelsonville, OH Stuart’s Opera House
April 5, 2014 Chicago, IL City Winery
April 6, 2014 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
April 8, 2014 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
April 9, 2014 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
April 11, 2014 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
April 12, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
April 14, 2014 Seattle, WA Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
April 15, 2014 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
April 17, 2014 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theater
April 18, 2014 Grass Valley, CA The Center For The Arts
April 19. 2014 San Francisco, CA The Nourse Theater
April 20, 2014 Pioneer Town, Ca Pappy & Harriet’s
April 21, 2014 Phoenix, AZ MIM Music Theater
April 22, 2014 El Prado, NM Taos Mesa Brewing
April 24, 2014 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
April 25, 2014 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane
April 26, 2014 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane

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