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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.

Video: Sinkane – Telephone


Today Sinkane unveils his new video ‘Telephone’, the second single from his upcoming album ‘Life & Livin’ It’, due Feb 10th via City Slang. Sinkane has also announced more UK tour dates, in addition to the London show on March 29th.

Directed by Bráulio Amado & Bruno Ferreira, and filmed in a single-shot in an apartment in Lisbon, Portugal, the video stars Kelly Nakamura, a classically-trained ballerina and dance instructor, and Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab. “Dancing, repetition and fun are foundational elements of Sinkane,” Gallab tells FADER, adding, “Bráulio understands this. I was inspired by the fun Instagram videos my friend Cherie posts of her and her friend Lizzy losing themselves and dancing to 90’s club hits in their room. I recorded myself dancing to this song on my phone and sent it to Bráulio. I do this kind of thing a lot. Especially after getting out of the shower. You all should try it. It’ll change your life.”

New Build – Luminous Freedom Remixed EP

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After a busy year of Hot Chip commitments, New Build return this autumn with an EP entitled ‘Luminous Freedom Remixed’. The original track, ‘Luminous Freedom’ is taken from New Build’s self-produced debut album, ‘Pour It On’. Watch the official video below, directed by George Wu. The video itself features a range of “famous faces”, from Roald Dahl and Nick Cave to Brad Pitt and Ringo Starr.

‘Luminous Freedom Remixed’ is a 6 track EP of diverse remixes. Taking the lead on remix duties is house and techno wizard Tim Green and the Berlin experimental pop adventurer, rRoxymore. Further interpretations come courtesy of newcomer, Darkly who blends pop sensibilities with darker, industrial sounds and renowned techno producer, Phil Kieran. The package is topped off with a remix of ‘Look In Vain’ by DFA’s golden boy, Sinkane.

‘Pour It On’ is New Build’s celebrated album of rich, monolithic dance music, featuring the vocals of Al Doyle (Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem) alongside Felix Martin (Hot Chip) and Tom Hopkins. Steered by the band’s love of 70s folk visionaries, vintage British science fiction and modern techno, the messages woven into the album are both poetic and political.

The ‘Luminous Freedom Remixed’ release coincides with Hot Chip’s UK, US and European tour, kicking off on 13th October.

Sinkane x Peaking Lights – Mean Dub EP

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Approaching a busy festival season, including a performance at Glastonbury Festival this weekend plus Womad and Meltdown later in the summer, Sinkane has joined forces with Peaking Lights for a 12” EP release entitled Mean Dub, to be released on August 21st via DFA/City Slang.

With a magical dub overhaul unique to Peaking Lights, Aaron Coyes has given a bass rich enhancement of four original Sinkane songs from last year’s celebrated album Mean Love.

Including stand-out tracks and BBC 6Music favorites “Hold Tight” and “How We Be,” there is also special attention given to one of the band’s signature live jams “Galley Boys,” a song that succinctly explores the spiritual overlap of reggae and country western music with floating pedal steel atop a heavy reggae beat.

Combined with Peaking Lights’ dub aesthetic, there is perhaps no finer example of the stylistic multiverse for which Sinkane is known, than this version of “Yacha.” It is the first taster from this 34 minute EP.

The two bands met whilst on tour with The Atomic Bomb Band (the William Onyeabor tribute project for which Gallab acts as music director), and quickly developed a mutual admiration for each others work.

Dub is the epitome of music to me”, says Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab. “It’s the concept of re-defining, re-appropriating, and re-interpreting an idea. Putting a different spin on something that already exists. It’s collaboration and renovation. I’ve always wanted someone to make dubs of Sinkane songs and these Peaking Lights joints have come out really beautifully and have shed an amazing new light and energy on our music. We can’t thank Aaron enough for these jams and the amount of work he has put into them.”

Aaron of Peaking Lights commented: “Sinkane are such a pleasure to tour with! When I first heard Mean Love I was blown away by it’s soulful psychedelia – not just a wash of reverb and delay psychedelic, but literally a new mind expanding approach to songwriting… Then I got into the stems to do the dub, and the fire within was lit!

Ahmed’s voice is amazing! Jaytram’s drums and Ish’s bass are fully locked in, and Johnny is a straight up shredder on guitar. I’m really, really happy with how these turned out, I hope you dig’em too. I hope I kept enough of the original essence that was already so beautifully laid out and freaked out enough for your trip.

Enjoy, brothers and sisters!

Hold Tight (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)
Yacha (Peaking Lights Dub Mix) [stream here]
Galley Boys (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)
How We Be (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)

Sinkane – New Name Remixes


The newest album from Sinkane, Mean Love, is full of funky, Afropop, butt-shaking jams, including his horn heavy single “New Name,” which we are pleased to say has received the remix treatment from two of electronic music’s finest. French producer Busy P, owner and founder of Ed Banger Records, transforms the track by chopping and mixing the horns with Ahmed Gallab’s feathery baritone into a hypnotic club fantasy. Sierra Leonean-American producer Chief Boima gives “New Name” a different life with additional Afrobeats layered throughout creating a more subdued, yet extremely colorfully energetic mix.

DFA Records – Holiday Remix EP


A great holiday gift from DFA Records..

We have these dazzling remixes out right now and we are feeling the spirit of giving, so now you can download all of them from the DFA Soundcloud completely for FREE!

You can also purchase the new The Juan Maclean, Sinkane, Dan Bodan & Museum Of Love record’s on vinyl, CD and digital from here.

Video: Sinkane – How We Be


Sudanese-born, New York-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane has shared the video for “How We Be” taken from Sinkane’s superb new album “Mean Love”. Directed by Nick Bentgen. “Mean Love” is out now via City Slang/DFA. Buy it here.

Sinkane – New Name


The “New Track” is the latest offering from Sinkane’s Mean Love, a complex record that unites rhythm and styles from all over the world with funky basslines, deep groove, West African slow-burners and many more influences coming together to form a cohesive sound. From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a pan-African influence of popular Sudanes 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 touring stints with Caribou, Yeasayer and of Montreal, and especially the monumental task he underwent as musical director for ‘ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor,’ a collaboration that brought on David Byrne, Damon Albarn, The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Blood Orange, and members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture and more. Mean Love speaks to Gallab’s uncanny ability to embrace and assemble a huge history as pure and generous modern-musical expressions, and arrive on September 2nd 2014 via DFA Records and City Slang worldwide.

Fans will receive instant downloads of “How We Be” and “Hold Tight” if they pre-order on iTunes here.

Sinkane – Mean Love LP


After a string of London DJ sets, Sinkane 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’. 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 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.

Mean Love will be released September 1st 2014 internationally on City Slang (and on DFA Records in North America). Below, you can stream album’s cut “How We Be” and here you can check out “Hold Tight”.

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

Sinkane – Hold Tight


New York via Sudan musician Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane, returns to DFA with his new album “Mean Love”, the follow-up to 2012′s “Mars” LP. Below you can stream the first single “Hold Tight”, a great slow and soulful track. “Mean Love” will drop on September 2nd 2014 via City Slang Records (and DFA Records in US).