DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko are two staple names when it comes to world music. After Khalab’s string of successful releases on Afro-leaning electronic imprint Black Acre, teaming up with Sissoko – regarded as the undisputed master of the tamani – seems to be the next logical step.
Following their recent EP on Wonderwheel Recordings, their first album together continues this exciting Afro-Futurist collaboration.Through its ten tracks, the LP is an assortment of familiar and obscure sounds, with the spirit of traditional African music kept alive through the extensive use of Sissoko’s traditional Griot vocals and Khalab’s fusion of tribal drums and electronic textures. The influence of Amadran repetitive and hypnotic musical structure typically found in Malian music – is innovatively re-imagined to create tracks with precocious percussion and intruding synth lines.
Our pick of the bunch is ‘Lenke’, which we bring you an exclusive first listen of here. Minimal and serene, it relies on traditional sounds and constructs itself around Sissoko’s powerful vocals. One of the strongest nods to Malian folk on the album, it nonetheless sounds at home within a very contemporary album.
Khalab & Baba LP is out 23rd October via Wonderwheel Recordings in vinyl, CD and digital. Pre-order from Bandcamp.
For more Wonderwheel on STW:
DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Kumu / Tata EP
Nickodemus’ top 10 tracks for sailing down the Hudson
Sorceress – Te Kano