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Baba Ali

Few artists succeed in mapping their musical journey quite as vividly as Baba Ali, and even fewer do so with such resolute resistance to pigeonholing. Baba Ali began in 2017 as a solo project by the Fort Lee, NJ-native and the music traces a lifetime of influences from 80s synth-funk, to New York No Wave, to Berlin’s underground club scene and finally the experimental punk spirit of Baba Ali’s current base in London.

After relocating from New York to London, Baba Ali has since been joined by British guitarist Nik Balchin. The new collaboration resulted in the February 2020 release,This House, an eclectic four-track collection fusing funk, blues and soul, and featuring production from Jamie Hince of The Kills.

Baba Ali’s latest release “Memory Device” is the pulsating debut album “Memory Device” produced and recorded with Al Doyle (LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip) in East London. The 10-song project is both a dizzyingly inventive exploration of Baba Ali’s complex musical DNA, and a thought-provoking treatise on the collective angst of modern existence; a dance record dealing in small ‘p’ politics that, spiritually, has been long in the making.

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