Mars DFA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS -

★★★ Fans of Yeasayer, Cari­bou or Of Montreal may have al­ready come across Ahmed Gal­lab, the Su­danese multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist who has drummed with those out­fits.As Sinkane, Gal­lab can fol­low his own star and, go­ing on Mars, it’s a voy­age worth tag­ging along for. Nat­u­rally, you’ll hear el­e­ments of the indie/elec­tron­ica he plies else­where, but the warm, full-bod­ied dub, funk, disco and Afro in­flu­ences to the grooves pro­vide some ear­worm-wor­thy mo­ments. Both Run­nin’ and Jeep­ers Creep­ers are mas­ter­ful works of mod­ern boo­gie, all swirling gui­tar lines and chunky bass. While Gal­lab re­lies hugely on the grooves to do the heavy lift­ing, there’s enough ev­i­dence here of some­one keen to sharpen his song­writ­ing blade in the fu­ture. An al­bum to leave you aglow by the time it draws to a close. JIM CAR­ROLL Down­load: Run­nin’, Jeeper Creeper

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