Chico Mann Prepares for Analog Drift

 

On the Wax Poetics
label, no less.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Chico Mann, aka Marcos García, returns on Oct. 26 with Analog Drift, his second album and first
for Wax Poetics Records.  Over the course
of twelve thumping, impossibly soulful songs, including a cover of Talking
Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime,” 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.

“I’ve spent years learning to speak Afrobeat, albeit with a Cuban accent,”
García says. “What I do is engage Afrobeat in conversation with Afro-Cuban
funk, while electro and freestyle set the stage. I’m employing several dialects
to make a larger musical statement. They’re all branches of the same tree.”

Born in New York City to Cuban parents – his mother a pianist and disc jockey,
his father a record label head and producer of merengue records – García
started early, diving headlong into the spheres of guitar, piano, and break
dancing; the works of Willie Colón, Fela Kuti, Lisa Lisa, and Afrika Bambaataa
led the way. Fast forward to the early 2000s. When he wasn’t burning up stages
worldwide with the mighty Antibalas
Afrobeat Orchestra, García was home cooking up a more personal sound,
featuring himself on all the instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards, programming)
and vocals (in Spanish). A debut album emerged in 2007 (Manifest Tone, Vol. 1).

 

Regarding the new album, the label advises, “At a time when
most artists are blowing smoke in your face, García is blowing soul in your
face. Not to mention truth and feeling. Songs like the searching “Mentirosos”
and the reflective “Hay Que Correr” are guaranteed to get right to the heart of
your matter; plus, synthy rumpshakers like “Anima” and “All That Is Rising”
have been proven to get you movin’. So García’s music is good for your mind and
behind. And it’s always real. The total package.”

As Garcia himself says on “Go to that Place”: “If you want it you can have it /
If you want it, you can take it, you can grab it.”

 

 

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