Here’s the third album from Sinkane, the extremely funky outfit led by Ahmed Gallab, who you might also have seen touring William Onyeabor’s music in The Atomic Bomb Band recently. Life & Livin’ It can be seen as part of the same continuum, bringing rich Afro-soul into a shiny pop context. Out on City Slang.
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Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab / Jason Trammell has been a busy boy of late, what with touring his band Sinkane in 20 countries, and if that wasn’t enough he also led The Atomic Bomb band, playing the music of William Onyeabor (RIP) with the likes of Damon Albarn (of course), David Byrne (yup) and Hot Chip(...) all in tow. His latest (sixth) album sees the band continuing to develop the smooth funk sounds which made Mars such a slinky future-funk treat.
Opening with ‘Deadweight’, the rhythm section snakes around a light keyboard groove, the drums, bass and guitar just pushing along nice and easy. Jason’s soulful voice hollers a protest about something. His roots are in sub-Saharan Africa as much as in the States; his family relocated to Ohio, U.S.A. from Sudan when he was in his formative years. If, as he says, he felt like an outsider in those difficult early days of transit, displacement and upheaval, the vibe of this record is very much a positive, forward-looking and celebratory one. ‘U Huh’ ups the Saharan funk quotient with happy lyrics, “It’s all going to be all right!”, while ‘Favorite Song’ could have been lifted from the Onyeabor songbook complete with bright synth and chugging groove.
This record offers up plenty of grooving delights for the heads who enjoy a dance and good times. And couldn’t we all do with a bit of that, at the moment? This’ll sound fantastic in the summer. It’s… coming. Slowly.
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