Sinkane is an alias of Ahmed Gallab, a recording artist who sings and plays numerous instruments (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, et al.).
His percussion-heavy style of music draws from a wide range of influences, most noticeably free jazz (e.g., Pharoah Sanders
) and shoegaze (e.g., My Bloody Valentine
). Born in London, Gallab also lived in Sudan for several years before he and his family moved to the United States. He made his debut in May 2008 on Emergency Umbrella Records
with the EP Color Voice; the same year, he toured as the drummer of Caribou
and Of Montreal
. A self-titled album was released in May 2009. He later signed to DFA
-- an ideal home for his trippy hybrid sound -- and released a second album, Mars, in November 2012, following it up with the eclectic Mean Love in 2014. In 2016, Gallab entered the Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso to record his fifth album. The resulting Life & Livin' It, which drew inspiration from life's joys and struggles, appeared at the beginning of 2017. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi