Janka Nabay is the undisputed king of bubu, a frantically-paced dance music with ancient, magical origins in Sierra Leone. The Bubu Gang are the posse of musical collaborators he has hooked up with in the US to create a wild, high-octane juggernaut of call-and-response vocal interplay, juddering dancefloor rhythms, synths and guitars: throw in a taste for tearaway improvisation and you have an absolute blast of a sound, that keeps it quick, loose and natural and runs on pure musical joy. Having dropped Build Music, his second album on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, and on the back of a summer festival rampage that took in Roskilde, OFF, Lowlands and many more, Janka and the gang now embark on their first full club tour outside the US.
Anarchic, experimental German rock band faUSt formed in 1971, influencing bands such as Joy Division, Sonic Youth and Radiohead. Still avant garde almost 50 years later, the latest incarnation of the band is touring their new album, Fresh Air. “It roars with sadness and anger at a world’s squandered opportunities.” The Quietus
Cold Turkey (is or is not): Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Withered Hand, Hollie McNish & Michael Pedersen (Neu! Reekie!). Cold Turkey is the debut outing of what may or may not evolve into an international touring show. There may or may not be a Q&A session. There will be a grand finale for which Hollie McNish is bringing her recorder, Pedersen has found a bell – Withered Hand and Scott Hutchison have the rest covered.
Liima was born as much of breaking old habits as building new habits, and their second album, ‘1982’, provides a masterclass in pushing beyond one’s established comfort zones. See them live when they return to Summerhall’s Dissection Room.