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Born in Sudan, Ahmed Gallab fled with his family to the U.S., where he was eventually raised in Ohio. His musical soul sent him to Brooklyn, where he brought his percussion work to indie music folks (Caribou, Of Montreal, Yeasayer) while working on his solo project, Sinkane, the entire time. Gallab’s interest in rhythms guarantees that Mean Love is meant for dancing. Yet his silky vocals have such heart that the music also channels the emotions of ’60s and ’70s soul music. “How We Be” starts things with a low-key noir sound that’s immediately fleshed out on “New Name,” where the sounds of Philly soul and disco combine with Gallab’s easygoing voice for an interesting tug of war. A Curtis Mayfield vibe breaks out on “Yacha.” Bossa nova floats into the mild funk of “Moonstruck.” The title track offers a sense of ’50 pop-rock with a country-western flavor mixing with Gallab’s angelic falsetto. Anyone thinking C&W is too much a stretch will be assured it works on “Galley Boys,” where pedal steel guitar meets a vague dub rhythm and a soft-rock vocal.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

Ahmed Gallab's voice is incredible!

in love

in love with this guy, he’s amazing, get it and get ready to bring your soul to another sexy level. Imagine being at the caribbean having another coconut water, thats what this album taste like..

wistful beauty

New Name is my song of the year. The orchestration is breathtaking, When Sinkane’s voice joins in the African melody, melting with the electronic beat, the result is so beautiful it hurts. One of those songs I put on repeat and listen to 10 times in a row, a masterpiece. It leaves you with a longing sadness and a smile at the same time. Probably because you’re sad the song is over.:) Hauntingly beautiful.


Born: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sinkane is an alias of Ahmed Gallab, a recording artist who sings and plays numerous instruments (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, et al.). His percussion-heavy style of music draws from a wide range of influences, most noticeably free jazz (e.g., Pharoah Sanders) and shoegaze (e.g., My Bloody Valentine). Born in London, Gallab also lived in Sudan for several years before he and his family moved to the United States. He made his debut in May 2008 on Emergency Umbrella Records with the EP Color Voice;...
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