Stream Sinkane's 'Hold Tight,' The Lead Single Off His New LP 'Mean Love'

Sudanese multi-instrumentalist Sinkane drops 'Hold Tight,' the first single off his forthcoming 'Mean Love' LP off DFA/City Slang.

Two years after its release, Sinkane's Mars LP and its singles — "Jeeper Creeper," "Runnin," & "Warm Spell" — remain heavy staples in the Okayafrica offices. Since making his solo introduction, Sinkane (aka Sudanese-born/BK-based multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab) has remained a creative force. Most recently he served as the inaugural music director/bandleader of The Atomic Bomb! Band live tribute to the music of William Onyeabor alongside David Byrne, Damon Albarn, the Lijadu Sisters, Dev HynesMoney Mark, and his own bandmates Jaytram, Ish Montgomery, and Jonny Lam. This fall, Sinkane returns with a new LP, Mean Love, which Gallab co-produced along with longtime collaborator and childhood friend Greg Lofaro. The first taste off the record comes with the silky smooth retro ballad "Hold Tight." The slow-slinking burner plays like a Gayngs-ian hat-tip to Sade's 80s songs. Look out for Mean Love to drop 9/2 on DFA Records in North America and City Slang worldwide. Stream the lead single from Mean Love below.

Mean Love Tracklist:

01. How We Be

02. New Name

03. Yacha

04. Young Trouble

05. Moonstruck

06. Mean Love

07. Hold Tight

08. Galley Boys

09. Son

10. Omdurman

Sinkane 2014 International Tour Dates:

08.02.14 – The LOT LIC- Queens, NY

09.04.14 – First We Take Berlin Festival – Berlin, DE

09.05.14 – Grelle Forelle – Vienna, AT

09.06.14 – Deep into the Woods Festival – Heer-Sur-Meuse, BE

09.07.14 – Into the Great Wide Open – Vlieland, NL

09.09.14 – Tivoli – Utrecht, NL

09.10.14 – La Badadoum – Paris, FR

09.11.14 – Shacklewell Arms – London, UK

09.12.14 – La Peniche – Lille, FR

09.13.14 – Big Next Festival – Gent, BE

09.16.14 – Scorpitone Festival – Nantes, FR

09.18.14 – Palace – St. Gallen, CH

09.20.14 – Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg, DE

10.01.14 – Casa del Popolo – Montreal, QC *

10.02.14 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – South Burlington, VT *

10.03.14 – Cafe 939 – Boylston, MA *

10.04.14 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA *

10.05.14 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY *

10.07.14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA *

10.08.14 – DC9 – Washington, DC *

10.09.14 – The Southern – Charlottesville, NC *

10.11.14 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY *

10.12.14 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL *

10.13.14 – Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN *

10.17.14 – Barboza – Seattle, WA *

10.18.14 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR *

10.19.14 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA *

10.21.14 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA *

10.22.14 – Casbah – San Diego, CA *

10.23.14 – Last Exit Live- Phoenix, AZ *

10.24.14 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ *

10.26.14 – Empire Control Room – Austin, TX *

10.27.14 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *

10.28.14 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL *

10.29.14 – Exit In – Nashville, TN *

10.30.14 – Ohio State University (Wexner Center) – Columbus, OH *

11.1.14 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *

11.02.14 – SOBs – New York, NY

* with Helado Negro


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