I apologize for not connecting with all of you more recently. My life has changed in the last couple weeks, including a move to San Francisco for a hot second before I make my exodus to New York City, and even a new job!
Straight from the man like Nate Mars (producer, PR, taste-maker) comes a project from Chico Mann aka Marcos Garcia, a Cuban-born musician based in New York who has toured with the likes of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, plays a multitude of instruments, and makes music that draws on everything from Hip-Hop and Electro to 30′s years of Afro-Cuban musical intersection.
Out on October 23rd is Chico’s first full-length Analog Drift for the esteemed Wax Poetics label and here are two cuts from the record. The first, “Go to the Place” takes (real) electro’s bounce and uses it as a jump off for Afrobeat guitar strokes that get extra funky when a bubbling synth creeps in after the chorus. The second track, “Ya Yo Sé” continues with Chico’s love of soul, funk and Afrobeat, building on the warmth of the first song with a song about love and longing.
I highly recommend that you check out Chico live. He has just returned from Australia and is out on the road in the U.S. beginning next week. Tour dates and free tunes are below!!
10.20 The New Parish Oakland
10.21 The Elbo Room San Francisco
10.22 330 Ritch San Francisco
10.23 The Mint Los Angeles
10.24 Little Temple Los Angeles
10.27 Santos Party House NYC
10.28 The Vagabond Miami
10.29 The Mink Backroom Houston
10.30 The Scoot Inn Austin
I’ll be checking in with you all soon, hopefully with more notes from the underground.