In the wake of his first ever European tour, City Slang newcomer Sinkane sees the official UK release of debut album 'Mars' today. Along with it's release, the band confirm another string of dates for April.
Following a 4* lead review in Friday's Independent, a 3-page feature in this weekend's Guardian Guide and an excited buzz spreading across Europe about Sinkane & the band's recent live shows, things are looking very exciting for Ahmed Gallab the Sudan-born New Yorker. As The Guardian put it "He should be playing palaces, or at the very least the Planetarium."
'MARS', the brand new debut album, is dense with deep, polyrhythmic grooves that refer as much to early 70's underground soul as back to Sudan, Gallab's home country. On another level, it's a 21st century party record that acknowledges the international musical village in which we all now live.
Gallab is known in musician circles for having been the touring multi-instrumentalist for Of Montreal, Caribou, Born Ruffians and Eleanor Friedberger, but he didn't start there. Gallab's family left Sudan when he was a boy, immigrated to the US and moved all over the country. He went to high school in Kent, Ohio. There, he found his first musical community in the town's unsung but thriving post-hardcore scene
In addition to producing 'MARS', Gallab is a virtual one-man band, playing at least four instruments on every track. He also enlists a community of top-flight musicians, a screaming guitar solo from George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow, as well as contributions from Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer), Oliver Chapoy (Shai Halud), Roberto Lange (Savath & Savathas, Helado Negro), members of Afrobeat band Nomo, and saxophonist/flautist Casey Benjamin aka stutzmcgee.
See Sinkane live on tour:
02-apr Paris Point Ephemere
03-apr London - Hoxon Bar & Kitchen
06-apr Rotterdam - Motel Mozaique Festival
07-apr Antwerp - Trix
09-apr Frankfurt - Zoom
10-apr Hamburg - Prinzenbar
11-apr Berlin - Festsaal Kreuzberg
12-apr Cologne - King George
14-apr Lille - La Peniche
17-apr Amsterdam - Paradiso