Sinkane – Telephone (Roosevelt Remix)
To mark the start of a busy Spring/Summer of live shows, Sinkane shares a remix of his single ‘Telephone’ by Roosevelt.
“Roosevelt’s Telephone remix blew my mind. I’m a serious fan of space disco jams” explains Sinkane main man Ahmed Gallab. “That kind of treatment is low hanging fruit for this single. You can get lost in this remix. It has peaks and valleys. It takes you to outer space and brings you back home safe and sound.”
Hear Telephone (Roosevelt remix) here:
‘Telephone’ is the second single from Sinkane’s new alum ‘Life & Livin’ It’, which was released earlier this month via City Slang.
Sinkane music — every note of it — comes straight out of a generosity of spirit. Never has that spirit been on more vivid display than on ‘Life & Livin’ It.’ This is feel-good music for trying times, celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard.
Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas, and once again produced by Ahmed Gallab with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, ‘Life & Livin’ It’ draws from the best elements of Sinkane’s previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane’s live show is a central feeling of the recordings. The four members of Sinkane – Ish Montgomery (bass), Jason Trammell (drums), Jonny Lam (guitar), and now joined by Amanda Khiri (vocals) and Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals) – sang and play additional parts on every song, with Trammell contributing lyrics to “Theme from Life & Livin’ It,” and Lam helping with arrangements. Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.
‘Life & Livin’ It’ is the follow-up to Sinkane’s acclaimed 2015 album ‘Mean Love,’ for which the band played 166 shows in 20 countries, and Gallab’s time leading The Atomic Bomb Band — the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of the late Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor.
True to its name, ‘Life & Livin’ It’ is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He’s no longer searching for his home — he has created a home for himself. There’s a party there, and ‘Life & Livin’ It’ is playing on the stereo. You are invited.