Sinkane is back with a new single, video, album, and worldwide tour.
The follow-up to 2015’s ‘Mean Love’ is out on 10 February and preceded by the song ‘U’Huh’, an optimistic track featuring the refrain “We’re all gonna be alright / Kulu shi tamaam (everything is great)”.
“Times are tough. Struggles have always existed in our lives. But hope, love and the power of positivity help us stay alive. It is what inspires me to wake up in the morning, make music, and, ultimately, connect with people,” says Gallab.
“To my sisters who ache, my brothers losing strength: we don’t need to be saved. We’ll make our own way. Kulu shi tamaam! As long as we try we’re all going to be alright!”
The accompanying video, shot primarily at Brooklyn’s Union Pool, celebrates perseverance.
“The timeless nature of the song made it feel like a period piece was appropriate visual accompaniment. The newsreels on TV depict social unrest in Detroit and Newark in 1967,” explains director Nick Bentgen.
“This song moved me.”
That was Gallab’s intention – his primary goal for ‘Life & Livin’ It’ was to create music that’s joyous and socially conscious.
“I would listen to my favorite records, like Funkadelic’s ‘America Eats Its Young’, and realise how great they made me feel. That carefree, light and fun feeling I was getting while writing this record is what I want everyone to feel when they listen to it,” he reveals.
The recording process only strengthened that feeling. Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas, and again produced by Gallab with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, ‘Life & Livin’ It’ captures the fun and immediacy of Sinkane’s live show. That live show grew as Sinkane played 166 shows in 20 countries in support of ‘Mean Love’.
“Those 14 months really changed my life,” Gallab says. “Not only did I learn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closer as a band.”