NEWS

It's finally here! The incredible new Junior Boys record is on shelves worldwide, and you can pick up your copy now at your local indie store or via one of the usual outlets:
Amazon, on iTunes, or direct from City Slang. Don't forget to check for tourdates in your city.

Alternatively, you can stream it on Spotify...

It's finally here! The incredible new Junior Boys record is on shelves worldwide, and you can pick up your copy now at your local indie store or via one of the usual outlets:
Amazon, on iTunes, or direct from City Slang. Don't forget to check for tourdates in your city.

Alternatively, you can stream it on Spotify...



Just Gimme Indie Rock... from Algeria! We (re)introduce Imarhan with news of their self-titled debut album out 29 April, a new single, and the exciting news that they're set to tour Europe with Kurt Vile in March - see our tourdates section for more details!

Full information on the album in the "read more" section below - listen to "Assossamagh" here via Soundcloud:

 

The band will release a limited editon 7” featuring the album tracks Tahabort and Assossamagh on Friday February 26th. The band previously premiered the track Tahabort on signing to City Slang in the autumn of last year. 

Having previously played European shows with Tinariwen & Songhoy Blues and most recently with Mdou Moctar in London just before Christmas, they return to Europe in the spring of 2016 to support Kurt Vile.

The band’s debut album is intent on dismantling the ideas western listeners have about popularized Tuareg music. This new wave of Tuareg musicians sound very different to the desert distortion that accompanies groups like Mdou Moctar or Group Inerane. Instead, it finds a calm and passionate soul, provides sumptuous slow burners, and a complexity of composition that hasn’t been demonstrated by previous music exported from the Saharan people’s musical repertoire. 

Even if the band has a direct DNA link to trail blazers Tinariwen - (Eyadou Ag Leche of Tinawiren is a cousin of frontman Sadam, and guided their evolution and produced and co-wrote several songs on this album), their poetry and flow has a more integrally urban base than the ancestral tamashek poetry and traditional rhythms of their elders, Tinawiren. Instead they offer something much more fresh and intricate; there is a lot of sensitivity and space in these jams, a lot of room for your mind to ponder and drift. (continues on page 2) 

This intimacy of Imarhan’s sound is no coincidence. In the language of the Kel Tamashek people ‘Imarhan’ means ‘the ones I care about’ - Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane aka Sadam, Tahar Khaldi, Hicham Bouhasse, Haiballah Akhamouk and Abdelkader Ourzig all grew up near each other in Tamanrasset, Southern Algeria, in a Tuareg community of Northern Malian descent. The giant divide between their spiritual home and physical home is heard in their tracks: the funkier groove of Western Africa, the emptier, subtle tones of Saharan Traditional folk music and the fire and romance of Algerian Rai music. No other Tuareg release to date has had such a variance of rhythms, tempo and feeling.

Imarhan’s record is a heads-up to anyone who thought Tuareg music as just one thing: it’s an invitation to closer listening and also an album that will stay fresh for a long time and influence those from the Sahara and beyond.



'The Waiting Room' is out today worldwide!

"The triumphant declaration of a band shapeshifting with sophistication" 4***, The Guardian
"A band still in perfect focus" - 4/5 MOJO
"A new dynamic, finding both grace and fever in their conversation” - 8/10 Uncut Magazine
"The waiting room is a rich triumph… you’ll be shocked by just how innovative and impressive they’ve become" 4/5 Q Magazine

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