Sinkane / Helado Negro
Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) and his family left Sudan when he was a boy, emigrating to the U.S. 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. The name Sinkane comes from a verson Kanye West’s “Never Let Me Down.” A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys and drums, Gallab 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; also Sudan.
The son of Ecuadorian immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for Helado Negro’s interest in sound and quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE, releasing a debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian. Other projects include Epstein, Helado Negro’s “beats and loops” effort, which includes a series of digital releases, full-lengths, and a remix album—gauzy, sunny dance music that references DJ mixing, block parties, and mellow compositional noise.
Watch Sinkane's official video of Runnin' here: