Sinkane primarily consists of Ahmed Gollab, a Sudanese ex pat and his frequent collaborator and childhood friend Greg Lofaro. Along with bandmates jaytram (drums), Ish Montgomery (bass) and Jonny Lam (guitar), Sinkane have developed a reputation for crafting a slickly produced, danceable synth pop that manages to be sensual and nods back to the sounds of Gollab’s native Sudan. And in some way, Sinkane’s approach and sound may firmly place them in the emerging Afro-futurist movement with the likes of Kenya’s Just A Band and others.
“New Name” is the second and latest single from Sinkane’s forthcoming DFA Records release, Mean Love and unlike the slow-burning soulful groove of its first single “Hold Tight,” the newest single consists of a sinuous, percussive and propulsive groove, punctuated with bright blasts of horns that immediately evokes the music of Africa. However, the use of swirling synths gives the material a breezy and very modern touch. Perhaps more important, pay attention to Gollab’s vocals, which express achingly, urgent vulnerability and need – but here with a confidence and self-awareness that’s seductive.