Wonderwheel Recordings is proud to present a special collaborative album between Italian Afro-Futurist beatmaker DJ Khalaband Malian master musicianand Griot Baba Sissoko. Previously known for a string of buzzing solo releases on fellow Italian producerand close comrade Clap!Clap!’s Black Acre Records, Khalab has developed an international reputation for his fusion of tribal drums, deep bass work,and heavily layered & dense electronic textures. It was a natural evolutionary branch to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Sissoko (regarded as the undisputed master of the original talking drum – the tamani), who had been living in Italyand conducting prolific career, collaborating with the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club, Don Moyeand Art Ensemble of Chicago, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Oumou Sangare, Toots Thielemans, Toumani Diabate, Ballake Sissoko,and many others.
The sound of the self titled Khalab & Baba album is at once both entirely new while remaining familiar for both avid listeners of electronic musicand traditional African sounds. The influence of Amadran, a repetitiveand hypnotic musical structure typically found in Malian music gets re-translated in the studio by Khalab to great effect in tracks like “Nana” with it’s repetitious percussion loops, encroaching synth drones,and four to the floor beat. Tracks like “Bognya”and “Magny” with it’s stuttering drums, wailing vocals,and bass growls become more immediate, while “Tata”, “Ko Djodo”and “Lenke” show restraint with a few minimal touches, resting on the traditional soundsand building around Baba Sissoko’s unmistakeable voiceand musical talent.