The sounds of Africa have taken multi-instrumentalist Chico Mannï¿½aka Marcos Garcï¿½aï¿½all over the world. So itï¿½s fitting that on Analog Drift, his second album and first for Wax Poetics Records, heï¿½s returning the favor. Over the course of twelve thumping, impossibly soulful songs, including a cover of Talking Headsï¿½ ï¿½Once in a Lifetime,ï¿½ Chico Mann introduces the rhythms and guitarisms of Afrobeat to the music of Cuba, the Latin freestyle flavors of 1980s New York and Miami, and the synth-heavy electro beats of dance floors across the globe.ï¿½Iï¿½ve spent years learning to speak Afrobeat, albeit with a Cuban accent,ï¿½ Garcï¿½a says. ï¿½What I do is engage Afrobeat in conversation with Afro-Cuban funk, while electro and freestyle set the stage. Iï¿½m employing several dialects to make a larger musical statement. Theyï¿½re all branches of the same tree.ï¿½ And thatï¿½s exactly what Analog Drift is: a statement. Itï¿½s saying something. At a time when most artists are blowing smoke in your face, Garcï¿½a is blowing soul in your face. Not to mention truth and feeling. Songs like the searching ï¿½Mentirososï¿½ and the reflective ï¿½Hay Que Correrï¿½ are guaranteed to get right to the heart of your matter; plus, synthy rumpshakers like ï¿½Animaï¿½ and ï¿½All That Is Risingï¿½ have been proven to get you movinï¿½. So Garcï¿½aï¿½s music is good for your mind and behind. And itï¿½s always real. The total package.
But Garcï¿½a says it best himself, on ï¿½Go to that Placeï¿½: ï¿½If you want it you can have it / If you want it, you can take it, you can grab it.ï¿½ So go out and get what you want, and
let Chico Mann provide the soundtrack!