This is truly universal soul music, uniting rhythm and styles from our world over to help you move, relate, and BE. Mean Love is an emotionally rich and generous soul album with a very welcoming appeal. The restless creative drive of Ahmed Gallab these past few years has led to a true breakthrough moment for the artist, and this album is a true reward for time well spent.
Released Sept 30, 2014 - There is much to fall in love with on Mean Love, his second LP on DFA and the follow up to his breakthrough album Mars. It might be the funky, infectious brass lines of New Name or the reggae-soul of Young Trouble or the the Sudanese Pop melody of Omdurman. There are doses of West African slow-burners, surprise appearances of steel guitar arrangements and country-soul, a Noir Blaxploitation vibe, and a newly found sweet falsetto voice reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield specifically in album standout Hold Tight.
Sinkane (born Ahmed Gallab in London, England) is a musician who blends krautrock, free jazz. and funk rock with Sudanese pop. He is signed to James Murphy's DFA Records. Born to college professors in London, he lived in Sudan, then moved to the US when he was five, and lived for some time in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to embarking on his solo career, he worked with Eleanor Friedberger, Caribou, of Montreal, Born Ruffians, and Yeasayer as a session musician.
DFA Records, founded by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is one of our favorite independent labels. Based in NYC, they've been shining a light on experimental and often electronic artists for several years.