Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) and his family left Sudan when he was a boy, emigrating to the United States. While in high school in Kent, Ohio, he found a musical community in the town’s thriving post-hardcore scene. He became the touring drummer for Caribou in 2008, then toured with Of Montreal before moving to New York City. Soon, he joined Yeasayer and toured the world with them. A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys, and drums, Sinkane is a one-man band, playing at least four instruments on every track on Mars. The influence of ‘70s soul icons like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder can be heard on this album, in addition to the influence of Sudan.
Music For Touching is the debut album from Cookies, an exquisitely crafted pop project by Ben Sterling. The album was an obsessive labor of love for the native New Yorker, five years and countless detours in the making. On Music For Touching, influences from disco, hip-hop, classic pop, and modern electronic timbres mingle into highly personal dance music.