SINKANE shares ROOSEVELT remix of Telephone – Added to 6Music Festival, End of The Road & many more

February 21, 2017


“A compelling reminder of the uplifting power of music” – **** The Observer
Sinkane has nowhere near the fame he deserves; may this be the album that gives you life” – **** The Guardian
“The way Sinkane […] puts positive messages against a vibrant blend of soul, funk and Afrobeat is inspiring indeed” **** The Times
“A powerful reminder that basic truths, basic rights, are always the most important.” 8/10, Clash
Nine tracks that celebrate the type of warmth and spirit that we could all do with a little more of.” Drowned In Sound
“2017’s Best Music” – NPR
“The best Sinkane album… a breezy thrill” – Stereogum, ‘Album of the Week’
“The highlife bluster and catchy hooks of ‘Life & Livin’ It’ are sweet as taffy, like a bright sunburst of positivity that could melt ice.” – Pitchfork

To mark the start of a busy Spring/Summer of live shows, today Sinkane shares a remix of his single ‘Telephone’ by Roosevelt.

“Roosevelt’s Telephone remix blew my mind. I’m a serious fan of space disco jams” explains Sinkane main man Ahmed Gallab. “That kind of treatment is low hanging fruit for this single. You can get lost in this remix. It has peaks and valleys. It takes you to outer space and brings you back home safe and sound.”

‘Telephone’ is the second single from Sinkane’s new alum ‘Life & Livin’ It’, which was released earlier this month via City Slang.

Sinkane music — every note of it — comes straight out of a generosity of spirit. Never has that spirit been on more vivid display than on ‘Life & Livin’ It.’ This is feel-good music for trying times, celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard.

Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas, and once again produced by Ahmed Gallab with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, ‘Life & Livin’ It’ draws from the best elements of Sinkane’s previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane’s live show is a central feeling of the recordings. The four members of Sinkane – Ish Montgomery (bass), Jason Trammell (drums), Jonny Lam (guitar), and now joined by Amanda Khiri (vocals) and Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals) – sang and play additional parts on every song, with Trammell contributing lyrics to “Theme from Life & Livin’ It,” and Lam helping with arrangements. Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.

‘Life & Livin’ It’ is the follow-up to Sinkane’s acclaimed 2015 album ‘Mean Love,’ for which the band played 166 shows in 20 countries, and Gallab’s time leading The Atomic Bomb Band — the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of the late Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor.

True to its name, ‘Life & Livin’ It’ is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He’s no longer searching for his home — he has created a home for himself. There’s a party there, and ‘Life & Livin’ It’ is playing on the stereo. You are invited.

Sinkane live dates:

2/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
2/22 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
2/23 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
2/24 – Dearborn, MI @ Arab American National Museum
2/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor
3/1 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
3/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
3/5 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
3/11 – Adelaide, Aus @ WOMADelaide, Botanic Park
3/12 – Adelaide, Aus @ WOMADelaide, Botanic Park
3/17 – New Plymouth, NZ @ WOMAD NZ, Brooklands Park
3/18 – New Plymouth, NZ @ WOMAD NZ, Brooklands Park
3/23 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
3/24 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
3/25 – Glasgow, UK @ BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
3/27 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
3/29 – London, UK @ The Dome *SOLD OUT*
3/30 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
4/1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory
4/2 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuhne Theatre
4/3 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
4/4 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
4/5 – Munich, DE @ Kammerspiele (Kammer 2)
4/6 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
4/7 – Milan, IT @ Biko Club
4/8 – Roma, IT @ Auditorium Parco della Musica
4/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
4/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
4/22 – Miami, FL@ TransAtlantic Festival
4/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
4/25 – Atlanta, GA @  The Earl
4/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
4/27 – New Orleans, LA @  Gasa Gasa
4/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
4/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
4/30 – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
5/1 – Dallas, TX @  House of Blues – Cambridge Room
5/2 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Chicken Shack
5/3 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
5/5 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall w/ Twiddle
5/27 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
6/2 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Festival
6/3 – London, UK @ Field Day                                                           
6/15 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
6/16 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
7/29 – Dortmund, DE @ Juicy Beats Festival
8/5 – Diepholz, DE @ Appletree Garden Festival
8/6 – Luxembourg, LX @ Food for your Senses Fest
8/31- 9/3 – Larmer Tree, UK @ End of the Road      

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