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Stream Sinkane's 'New Name,' The Third Single Off His Forthcoming 'Mean Love' LP

Stream 'New Name', the third single from Sudanese-born multi-instrumentalist Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab off his forthcoming album, 'Mean Love'


Keeping with his current M.O. of dropping monthly sonic gems, it seems as though Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab has no plans of dishing out the tough love alluded to in the title of his forthcoming Mean Love LP. "New Name," the latest from the Sudanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist steps up the pace from the soulful, aural molasses of his last two offerings "How We Be" and "Hold Tight." The track, which premiered today via The New York Times's T Magazine, opens with a guttural cry before grooving along on a distinctly Sudanese bass line, punctuated by electrifying horns that carry the track to new heights over Sinkane's trademark ethereal synthwork.

Speaking on the evolution of his artistry Sinkane explains, “Mars was an apt metaphor: I was a foreigner, an alien, in whatever environment I found myself in. It was time for me to look deeper into myself and make a more personal record. Mars expressed a lot of my African side, but for my new record, Mean Love, I wanted to get into my American influences.” Thankfully, as this latest offering shows, he is still holding onto the distinct polyrhythmic afrobeat grooves that first grabbed our attention on his 2012 debut Mars. Stream "New Name" below. Mean Love arrives September 2nd via DFA Records (US) and City Slang (ROW).

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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