Sinkane (a.k.a. Ahmed Gallab) splashed down in 2012 with Mars, his first collection of soupy dance-pop for DFA, and now he's returned with news of a full-length called Mean Love and a neon-splattered single dubbed "Hold Tight." Distant organs and a thumping bassline fill out a spacey drum part before Gallab comes in with his androgyne vocalizations. The track steers clear of the climaxes and convolutions he traded in while playing in bands like Yeasayer, of Montreal, and Born Ruffians, settling instead in a sort of aural limbo, somewhere between driving synth-pop and bedroom R&B. Mean Love is due September 2 via DFA. The track list is below, along with the album cover, some upcoming tour dates, and, most importantly, a stream of "Hold Tight."
Mean Love track list:
1. "How We Be"
2. "New Name"
4. "Young Trouble"
6. "Mean Love"
7. "Hold Tight"
8. "Galley Boys"
Sinkane tour dates:
August 2 - Queens, NY @ The LOT LIC
September 4 - Berlin, DE @ First We Take Berlin Festival
September 5 - Vienna, AT @ Grelle Forelle
September 6 - Heer-Sur-Meuse, BE @ Deep into the Woods Festival
September 7 - Vlieland, NL @ Into the Great Wide Open
September 9 - Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
September 10 - Paris, FR @ La Badadoum
September 11 - London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
September 12 - Lille, FR @ La Peniche
September 13 - Ghent, BE @ Big Next Festival
September 16 - Nantes, FR @ Scorpitone Festival
September 18 - St. Gallen, CH @ Palace
September 20 - Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival
October 1 - Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo *
October 2 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge *
October 3 - Boylston, MA @ Cafe 939 *
October 4 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse *
October 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right *
October 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
October 8 - Washington, DC @ DC9 *
October 9 - Charlottesville, NC @ The Southern *
October 11 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
October 12 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *
October 13 - Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
October 17 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
October 18 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
October 19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
October 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo *
October 22 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
October 23 - Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live *
October 24 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
October 26 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room *
October 27 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
October 28 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *
October 29 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In *
October 30 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio State University (Wexner Center) *
November 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
November 2 - New York, NY @ SOBs
* with Helado Negro