Kalba is the brand new, debut album from Ghanaian xylophone master Isaac Birituro and Leeds-based producer and singer-songwriter Sonny Johns AKA The Rail Abandon. This eclectic collaboration sees two artists at the heights of their creative powers releasing raw and spiritual music. It really is a breathtaking listen.
From the incredibly upbeat and fun opener “Yesu Yan Yan” to the groovy and soulful closer “So Ma,” the album features a plethora of sounds and melodies that are heavy in percussion and create a meditative vibe to the album as a whole. The dynamic “Highlife” features low vocals from Sonny Johns, with percussion and incredible saxophone leads creating a beautiful, engaging energy that continues to build throughout the track. Again, the bass-heavy grooves on tracks like “Für Svenja” are just so infectious and soulful, that I really feel the passion in both the vocals and tribal percussion. There are stunning string sections on “Nye Fo Chen” that bring such an emotive tone to the track and album as a whole. Overall, this is a memorable release that combines Ghanaian and western influenced in a project that is wonderfully textured.
Listen to Isaac Birituro and The Rail Abandon’s debut album Kalba below via Bandcamp and don’t forget so support! Released via Wah Wah 45s.