Songhoy Blues — Resistance

Songhoy Blues — Resistance

In a week when there were some excellent releases from Fleet Foxes, Royal Blood and Ride (to name but three), none can match the sheer energy of the four man crew from Bamako, Mali.

Garba Toure, Aliou Toure, Oumar Touré and Nathanael Dembélé - that collectively make-up Songhoy Blues - sophomore release still reflects their original desert blues and traditional Songhai influences, but are transformed with some amazing riffs, guitar work and the creative addition of brass and keyboards.

The album was recorded in the autumn of 2016 at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django, Crystal Fighters, Declan McKenna) and in keeping with their spirit of collaboration which saw them previously work with Nick Zinner, Julian Casablancas and Damon Albarn, Resistance features additional synths by Lxury and vocal contributions from the likes of Iggy Pop, Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep. Beyond this, the album features beautiful string parts (Hometown) and in one particularly surprising, moving instance (One Colour), a children’s choir.





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