by Chico Mann
Released: Oct 2010
Label: Wax Poetics Records, LLC
In his spare time, Antibalas guitarist Marcos Garcia is Chico Mann, the one-Mann Afrobeat ensemble who decided it was time to see if Afrobeat and electro could have a baby, and if so, what it would sound like. Analog Drift is the answer. (The album is named for the tone drift that occurs in analog synths over time.) Yes, that really is a Roland 303 making moves straight out of Beat Street, haunted by ghosts of Fela and Arsenio Rodriguez. What is charming on tape becomes incantatory onstage, finding the spiritual thread that links three powerful, distinct musical traditions.