Sinkane - 'Life & Livin' It'

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on 10 February 2017 in Albums & EPs
Record Label City Slang
Release date 10th February 2017
Rating 7/10

With Ahmed Gallab and his band’s fifth and first major label record ‘Mean Love’, the Sudan-born musician managed to effuse the perfect mix of sublime melody with jazz, funk and reggae. It was a record of significant artistry, which was undoubtedly one of the best things released in 2014. The band’s sixth showed similar promise with teasing first single U’Huh big on brass lines and heavy on exquisite funk melody. Thankfully the record is not far off the lofty heights of its predecessor. Opener Deadweight mixes beats and guitars to a thrilling stomp, while Favourite Song is one of the poppiest things Gallab has ever written. There’s a lot of Talking Heads influence and plenty of understandably one of the singer’s biggest influences, electro-funk legend William Onyeabor. Telephone has a distinct swagger and glitchy beats homemade for the dancefloor, and the handclap groove of Passenger is brilliant alongside the title track’s effervescence. It’s pretty much a joy from start to finish, and brings a glimmer of optimism, sunshine and big pop melodies, and almost undoubtedly should be seen live. An excellent follow-up.



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