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Tuesday, June 09, 2009



London's HIGHLIFE is the new project from White Magic guitarist Sleepy Doug Shaw (with help from members of Gang Gang Dance and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti in various capacities). Shaw sent over his first finished track, "F Kenya Rip," which features lovely background vocals from Mira Billotte (also from White Magic). It's a warm, meandering summer tune that sounds a bit like Dan Bejar fronting an Afro-pop group from Ghana. Together with "Burying Stones," a very promising start.

HIGHLIFE :: f kenya rip

HIGHLIFE recently supported Animal Collective on their last UK tour, and has shows coming up with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti + A Hawk and a Hacksaw. More here.


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Anonymous longstalkings said...

super promising

11:10 AM  
Anonymous dddelay said...

this is awesome

1:29 PM  
Anonymous ian said...

beautiful. keep us up to date on this one, chris.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously love this. Been listening to it all day at work.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Pseudochild said...

I saw him supporting Animal Collective in January in Manchester, England. Played an amazing set. Was so disappointed when I got home that he didn't have an album out. Thanks for putting up an MP3. This'll make up for the months of no HIGHLIFE! Hopefully there'll be an album out soon!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Richie said...

I like this!.. but what is it they keep singing? Sounds like "le dams a low"..

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really great stuff. there is another beautiful track on the myspace page too. looking forward to an album.

6:02 PM  
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6:40 PM  
Blogger justin hunter scott said...

what he keeps saying is "Madame Zehae Ala" which translates to "Just as I am"

this is one of the best tracks of 09! great stuff; not exactly faithful to the "source" material but that's not the point. what a jam.

9:34 AM  

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