The Lagniappe Sessions :: Sinkane

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

Over the past dozen years Sudanese-American multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab has recorded and released music as Sinkane. This Friday sees the release of Dépaysé, Gallab’s seventh album. Always a sonic polyglot, this latest excursion finds the artist further reflecting on his native Sudan, both explicitly and intuitively. For this installment of the Lagniappe Sessions Sinkane renders a bit from Abbey Road — as if it were an elastic footpath outside a cottage in Negril. Oh yeah, and then there’s the dub version. But first, this super humid take on Peter Gabriel’s 1986 commercial breakthrough, “Sledgehammer.” This is Feel Good music.

Sinkane :: Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel)

I really like covers that re-imagine the original song. It really makes you realize how universal music truly is. I’ve always wanted to do that with this song. To play it in such a way that makes the listener question which track is the original one. This song is so much fun and I really wanted to showcase that with our band.

Sinkane :: Come Together (Beatles)

Is there anything more intimidating than covering The Beatles? My friend Bryan said that we should give it a shot. This song was one of the inspirations for my song “Deadweight” so I thought it would be fun to put that vibe on it. Secondly, I’ve always wanted to treat a song like old reggae singles. With the original on the A side and the dub version on the B side. Victor Rice did an amazing job dubbing this song. I could listen to that dub for hours.

Sinkane :: Come Together (Dub Version)

Mixed by Joe Napolitano at Barefoot Recording (studio B), Los Angeles, Calif.

Lagniappe Sessions Archives / imagery via d norsen

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