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.”
These past few weeks, Ahmed Gallab has been the toast of NYC. He just released his debut record for DFA Records as Sinkane, and his band was the celebrated guest at many a high-profile CMJ party. Before cultivating his own music as Sinkane, Gallab performed on a variety of instruments for a handful of indie rockers who came up in the late ‘aughts –Of Montreal, Caribou, Eleanor Friedberger, and most notably Yeasayer. He was born in Sudan to intellectual parents who landed in the U.S. as political exiles, and his adolescent years were spent playing in hardcore and punk bands in Ohio. Now Gallab’s HQ is in Brooklyn. It’s no surprise that Mars sounds remarkably cosmopolitan.