Mean Love City Slang ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

There’s no sec­ond-al­bum slump for Ahmed Gal­lab, that’s for sure. The Su­danese multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist was best known at the time of his Mars de­but for drum­ming with Yeasayer, Cari­bou and Of Mon­treal. Mean Love now firmly es­tab­lishes his own cre­den­tials. This is a kalei­do­scopic for­age and a beau­ti­ful ren­der­ing of mu­sic from across Gal­lab’s var­i­ous mu­si­cal globes. From the Su­danese swirl em­bed­ded in his genes to his mas­terly crafts­man­ship when it comes to rhyth­mic pre­ci­sion, honed by work­ing with var­i­ous in­die acts, Gal­lab has the means, struc­tures and foun­da­tions in place for an ace set of tunes. There’s more funk and bounce here than last time out, with tracks such as How We Be, the pow­er­ful Yacha and Hold Tight demon­strat­ing a newish take on fa­mil­iar tropes. Gal­lab isn’t afraid to be ad­ven­tur­ous when it comes to mix­ing and match­ing, and Mean Love is all the bet­ter for such an ap­proach.

Down­load: How We Be, Yacha

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