Sinkane is a fresh artist who blends a set of groovy ‘Western’ genres (krautrock, funk rock etc.) with Sudanese pop, with gorgeous results. This Mean Dub EP represents a further blend, as he’s handed over four tracks to Peaking Lights to dub them up good, and this they have done. Excellent stuff. 12” on City Slang.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 August 2015
Where did it all go wrong for Peaking Lights? Well to many people it never did go wrong but to me I’ve never really enjoyed a note of their music in the same way I did ‘936’. They seemed to quickly lose the haziness and gain a digi-dub clarity which lacks the murk that made them so enjoyable. Here they are then remixing four tracks from African soul type Sinkane. Having completely ignored the originals I can’t do direct comparisons so in a complete break from tradition I’m going to simply tell you what they sound like.
Sinkane has a gorgeous androgynous Smokey Robinson voice and this floats like a flag above some lolloping dub on ‘Hold Tight’. It’s nicely lazy and holiday on the beach stress free. ‘Yacha’ has a reggae wobble like vibe and ‘Galley Boys’ is the thing most noticeably standard reggae fayre but Peaking Lights place some wild and crazy delays over the synths and vocals giving it an otherworldly feel. Closer ‘How We Be’ is ruined by a flute.
So a semi successful attempt at an old school style dubbed out ‘versions’ EP. Nice and floaty for a summer day.
9/10 Ross Holloway Customer review, 24th February 2017
Worth it for the Yacha (Peaking Lights dub mix) track alone, which is an absolute gorgeous bit of sunshine beamed into your room via the power of the vinyl record.
This was one of my favourite records of last year. The record as a whole has a fantastic groove and something of a classic 70s reggae vibe. You won’t here a much sweeter vocal many places either.
I'm a bit surprised that this record wasn’t a bit more of a hit. I expected to hear it around the town last summer, but maybe there’s still time for it to become a big hit in the summer of 2017.
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