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ARTIST
TITLE
Phosphenes
FORMAT
2LP

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CATALOG #
AR 129LP AR 129LP
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RELEASE DATE
9/13/2019

Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve. Wanubalé -- nine guys from Berlin, inspired by the city's fresh jazz scene and distinct club culture. Wanubalé met at school. Five of the nine in the band went to the same musical high school in Berlin. Heavy influences from jazz, neo soul, and funk shape their compositions. However, electronic sounds are just as important to Wanubalé. All of the nine are in their early twenties. All of them are into dub, bass music, and broken beats. And several members are DJs, as well. The Wanubalés are first-rate musicians. They tend to take their time writing arrangements, yet they are careful not to overly emphasize their jazz skills. Songwriting is a collaborative affair; everything is developed organically. Just like the band name, which dates back to the days of fooling around in the schoolyard, playing with syllables ("nuba" came first). Sound was crucial. Some say "Wanubalé" means "brother" in Swahili. Wanubalé: four horns, two drummers, guitar, bass, keyboards. Nine musicians with a knack for funky breaks, mighty brass sounds, and great melodies. The musicians don't hide their influences: Snarky Puppy, Fat Freddy's Drop, plus younger acts like Hiatus Kaiyote. But Wanubalé do their own thing. Wanubalé: four horns, two drummers, guitar, bass, keyboards. Nine musicians with a knack for funky breaks, mighty brass sounds and great melodies. All songs are written, produced, and arranged by Wanubalé. Recorded at Jazzanova Studio, Berlin.