Sinkane’s Soulful Psychotropic Funk
Sinkane’s “Mars” is diverse in sound and rich in soul. From classic funk guitar rifts, to downtempo lounge beats and jazz flute in between, this band is the real deal. Their diverse tones and soulful vocals can be explained by Ahmed Gallab’s unique life experience.
I was a young, black Muslim kid living in Provo, Utah… In sixth grade, I started playing drums with friends and it blew my mind. I found myself releasing energy in a therapeutic way. – A. Gallab
Mr. Gallab’s multi-instrumental talent and open-mind for worldly sounds and uniquely skilled musicians got him playing with breakout indie groups like Caribou, Of Montreal and Yeasayer. He learned, he played but he wanted more.
I felt like I had achieved a certain level of success, but then I realized it was on someone else’s terms…It just turned into this invisible hand pushing me: I have to do this. I’m not going to be fully satisfied living someone else’s dreams.
Ahmed Gallab moved to Brooklyn to make that aspiration a reality. He would band together with Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr., and Yeasayer’s Ira Wolf Tuton to form Sinkane.
Sinkane – Runnin’
Runnin’ is a perfect introduction to the LP as it keeps in pace with the lifestyles of the target audience – like me. I plug in my headphones looking for new music on-the-go on the bustling streets of San Francisco. The track gives me that funky guitar twang that I need to jive and keep listening.
Sinkane – Jeeper Creeper
Jeeper Creeper follows with a sweet contrast that has a tasty Zero-7 vibe. It gives me a cool break while I catch my breath amongst the sky-scrapes and yellow-police-tapes.
Sinkane – C’Mon Lady
Even more diversity! Lady C’mon eases into a chromatic voice vocoder that makes my nose scrunch up and my head bob.
Sinkane – Makin’ Time
Now we getting worldy – there’s that Sudanese flavor! Makin’ Time follows as yet another unique stand-alone track. afro-beat bongos, a screeching sax, and some some airy synths teleport my mind to another or country… or universe.
Sinkane – Warm Spell
Warm Spell is a smooth interlude that gives the mind a rest from innovative and stimulating sounds. Its beachy and classic.
Sinkane – Love Sick
Now we are building back into some more jazzy-funk mischief. Love Sick, dare I say, has some slight Radiohead flavors with the addition of jazz flute of course.
Sinkane – Mars
The lights dim and the walls start to get a little wavy. Bring on the experimentation and let’s call it Jazz. Mars might have you doing some internal space travel – fair warning.
Sinkane – Caparundi
Rounding off clean with Caparundi , Ahmed Gallab delivers a grand finale playing a total of nine, yes nine, instruments in this track. Wow.