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Sinkane – “Young Trouble” Video

Chris once wrote that Sinkane is a conglomerate of everything from “Sade to Radiohead to Alvino Rey to Fela Kuti” and I think that about sums up Ahmed Gallab’s willful eclecticism. “Young Trouble” is an island jam drenched in retro pop ennui off Sinkane’s 2014 album Mean Love, and the band recently shared a muted-neo… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 8, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Tunde Adebimpe – “Speedline Miracle Masterpiece” (Feat. Sal P & Sinkane)

The Grand Theft Auto-inspired compilation album The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos has already brought us original tracks from Killer Mike and MNDR, Action Bronson and Danny Brown, and Earl Sweatshirt and Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring, and now it’s responsible for another solid team-up. TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe… More »

By: James Rettig / April 7, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Stream Caribou Vibration Ensemble CVE Live 2011

Caribou are a hell of a live band in any situation, but if you ever get a chance to see Dan Snaith in his Caribou Vibration Ensemble configuration, you should take that chance. A few times over the past few years, Snaith has put together big all-star live bands to do some serious psychedelic channeling-the-star… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 19, 2015 - 10:56 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Sinkane – “How We Be” Video

There aren’t too many joys in the world simpler or more basic than watching people who are really, really good at dancing. And that’s what makes the video for “How We Be,” the ebullient new soul song from the former indie rock hired hand Sinkane, such a blast. The whole video idea for the video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 11:29 am

Q&A: Sinkane On His New Mean Love And Working With Everyone From Usher To David Byrne

Every Sinkane album is a world unto itself. Mean Love is no different in that it is very different. A conglomeration of everything from Sade to Radiohead to Alvino Rey to Fela Kuti, it marks the latest evolution by one of music’s most fascinating figures. Bandleader Ahmed Gallab was born in Sudan, grew up i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 25, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Stream Sinkane Mean Love

The Sundanese-born and Brooklyn-based musician Ahmed Gallab started out as a sideman for indie bands like Yeasayer and Caribou before going solo as Sinkane, recording buoyant and inventive soul-pop that pulls its musical references from across the genre map. Next week, Sinkane will follow up his 2012 album Mars with the new album Mean Love,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 25, 2014 - 9:54 am

Sinkane – “New Name”

Sinkane, aka Ahmed Gallab, got his start as a backing instrumentalist for bands such as Yeasayer, of Montreal, and Caribou, but since the release of his 2012 DFA debut Mars, he’s made quite a name for himself on his own. So far he’s shared “Hold Tight” and “How We Be” off his new album MeanMore »

By: James Rettig / August 18, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Sinkane – “How We Be”

The Sudanese-born and New York-based musician Ahmed Gallab, who records as Sinkane, worked as a session musician with a ton of indie types before breaking out with his solo album Mars in 2012, and he’ll follow it up with sophomore effort Mean Love later this year. Thus far, everything we’ve heard from Mean Love further… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Sinkane – “Hold Tight”

Many of the singles from Sinkane’s 2012 LP Mars — “Runnin’” and “Jeeper Creeper,” for instance — were aggressive rhythm bombs, and even the relatively chilled-out “Warm Spell” was sprawling celestial Afrobeat. But Ahmed Gallab has been a lot of amazing places and interacted with a lot of great musicians since then, and his sound… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 10, 2014 - 11:51 am

Watch David Byrne & The Atomic Bomb Band Cover William Onyeabor On Fallon

Nigerian electro-funk musician William Onyeabor has long been a cause célèbre among musicians including Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith, and David Byrne, and in the past year that celebration of Onyeabor’s work has spilled out into the general public. Byrne’s Luaka Bop label released the compilation Who Is William Onyeabor? last year, and this year ha… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014 - 10:39 am

Sinkane – “Warm Spell” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last month, Sinkane shocked the world, and himself a bit also, in being pulled onstage by Usher to sing a Sinkane song (“Runnin’“) in front of a confused (but excited!) SXSW audience. Your ‘Gum crew was 100% present, and the wow factor on it having happened is still high all these weeks later. So it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 24, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

SXSW 2013 Friday: Future, T.I., Master P, More

Our SXSW 2013 coverage continues with a detailed report from that FADER Fort show that brought us Future, T.I., and of course, Usher + Sinkane + The Afghan Whigs. Jump in:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Watch Usher Join Afghan Whigs At SXSW

We’ll have more on this when we post our SXSW roundup for last night, since your entire Stereogum staff was on hand for it, but something strange and amazing happened last night at the FADER Fort. The night’s headliners, boozy Ohioan underground legends the Afghan Whigs, were a few songs into a tough and grizzled… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Sinkane – “Warm Spell (Barker & Baumecker Remix)”

Sinkane is a multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with a laundry-list of indie rock names, and last year he released his slinky dance-pop solo album Mars. Now the German production duo Barker & Baumecker have remixed his track “Warm Spell,” turning it into something even slinkier and dancier. Theirs is a luxe disco reimagining of the track,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 3:04 pm

2012 In Review: Filling The LCD Soundsystem Void

2012 was the first full year without LCD Soundsystem since James Murphy distilled the fleeting essence of cool into seven-some comically heartrending minutes a decade prior. To remind us what we lost when the balloons came down and the lights came up at Madison Square Garden, directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace released Shut UpMore »

By: Chris DeVille / December 26, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Sinkane – “Warm Spell” (Live On Snacky Tunes)

Darin and Greg Bresnitz are two twin brothers who work as DJs and event planners who also host a radio show called Snacky Tunes on the Heritage Radio Network. They’ve previously released two compilations of live-in-studio sessions from their radio show, and the third Snacky Tunes collection is out as a free download today. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Turntable Interview: Sinkane

Ahmed Gallab has had a busy few months. Not only has he just released his debut record Mars for DFA Records under the name Sinkane, but his band played seemingly every CMJ showcase, sometimes performing at three shows in one night. While Sinkane is a newcomer to the scene, Gallab has years of experience under… More »

By: Melissa Locker / November 2, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Sinkane – “Runnin'” Video

Ahmed Gallab, a multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with groups like Yeasayer and Caribou, just released Mars, his debut album as Sinkane. The video for his disco-tinged first single “Runnin'” is all shaky, red-tinted images of protest and suppression. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2012 - 11:57 am
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