Published Feb 14, 2017Ahmed Gallab had already fashioned a worldly musical formula of pop sounds filtered through an old school funk and Afrobeat aesthetic, but with Life & Livin' It, the Brooklyn-based artist, under the name Sinkane, has further refined it. Running a relatively short nine songs, Sinkane's sixth full-length freely dabbles in Krautrock, jazz and existential musings on positivity.
The project weaves in and out of its polyrhythmic styles in an effortlessly breezy manner: "Won't Follow" rides a laid-back Afrobeat groove, "Favorite Song" envelopes listeners in its warmth while delivering a political message, "Telephone" offers up a synth rock throwback and "U'Huh" steps high with its horn-driven stride. Born in the UK, based Stateside and of Sudanese descent, Sinkane has been able to draw his worldly experiences into something that's at once relatable, abstract and pertinent. (City Slang)