19 - August - 2017

Eccodek

Dub - Electronic - Funk - Global Fusion - World
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

Singing in Tongues is the sixth release from Canadian global fusion combo, Eccodek, and it delivers their most potent blend of dub, tribalism, electronica and the exotic to date. Bathed in the sound of Africa, the place that inspired Eccodek’s future globalism over 10 years ago, it is anchored by the vocal and instrumental double threat of Mali’s Jah Youssouf. These Eccodek/Youssouf collaborations are a visceral, poetic blend of African storytelling, deep bass,mile-high grooves, dubwise sensibilities and widescreen production.

The album picks up the trail from Eccodek’s Juno-nominated Shivaboom release and continues pushing the musical and geographic limit. Jah’s impassioned voice and furious ngoni playing sit at the heart of these songs, while Eccodek creator Andrew McPherson weaves together a musical travelogue with a stunning array of vocal and instrumental contributors. The songs are seeded in the creative soil of Bamako Mali, teleport to Turkey’s seductive marketplaces, traverse the in-between worlds of the Middle East and South Asia, and land in the sweaty intoxication of Jamaica.

Andrew is no stranger to this musical wanderlust, remixing and producing world class artists like Vieux Farka Touré, Real World artists Dub Colossus and Syriana, Delhi 2 Dublin, Transglobal Underground, Jane Siberry, Dubmatix and Desert Dwellers. His deep grooves, signature texturalism and sacred treatment of the human voice has landed his work on comps by key labels like Six Degrees, Buddha Bar, One World Music, Modiba, White Swan/Black Swan, Supperclub, and National Geographic.

Inspired by the new material, Eccodek live has also embraced a new direction, bringing to the stage with them longtime collaborator and classical Kirtan singer Onkar Singh. Last heard on Shivaboom and guesting on two new Indo-Afro jaw droppers, the North Indian vocalist continues to weave seamlessly into the Eccodek sound. Adding new sounds like double bass, oud, hang, baritone sax and one very fat Moog synth suggest the Canadian project are charging into fertile new ground. The album also features the first appearance of vocals sung in English, with U.S. hip-hop threat MC Yogi seducing the mic on ‘My primitive heart’. Eccodek also welcomes back their longest standing collaborator, Balkan singer Meral Mert, who weaves her mystical voice through two stunning tracks that also feature Canadian oud master Aaron Lightstone of Jaffa Road. ‘Permission to speak,’ the closing track, spotlights McPherson and LA/Toronto-based drummer Morgan Doctor in an instrumental duet bridging the outerworld sounds of the Swiss hang and Hawaiian xaphoon - a beautiful and meditative final stop on an epic musical journey.

Perhaps the most interesting story behind Singing in Tongues is how this album came to be. Fellow Canadian producer and friend of Jah Youssouf, Lewis Melville, approached Andrew two years ago with a collection of songs by Jah Youssouf that had been loosely documented in a series of guerilla recording sessions. Largely improvised and jammed, the seeds of something greater could be felt in the material. Unable to develop the material beyond these early sessions, Melville suggested they be given the Eccodek treatment by Andrew, as Jah had already collaborated with Eccodek on their Juno-nominated (Canada’s Grammys) Shivaboom release. Intending, at first, to simply add to what was there with dubwise treatments and additional instrumentation, it became clear the material would blossom to its fullest potential if approached as a straight up collaboration. Similar to what British downtempo master Gaudi did with archival recordings of Pakistani qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on Dub Qawwali, Eccodek’s reimagining of Jah Youssouf’s songs has produced a similar outcome. Singing in Tongues is firmly rooted in its singer’s homeland of Mali but, in Eccodek’s care, it travels well beyond its African borders.

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Gigs

Riverfest - Elora, Ontario Canada - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Waterloo Jazz festival - Waterloo, Ontario Canada - Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mercury Lounge - Ottawa, Quebec Canada - Thursday, May 1, 2014

River Run Centre - Guelph, Ontario Canada - Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vancouver Folk Festival - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Red Dog - Peterborough, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Guelph Jazz Festival - Guelph, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Small World Music Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Canada Day Trafalgar Square - London, England - Friday, January 1, 2010

Discovery Cosatal Music Festival - Bella Coola, British Columbia Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Discovery Cosatal Music Festival - Bella Coola, British Columbia Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Sunfest Music Festival - London, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Juno Awards - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Victoria Jazz Festival - Victoria, British Columbia Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Vancouver Costal Jazz Festival - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Drake Hotel - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Prince George Folk Festival - Prince George, British Columbia Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Yonge and Dundas Square - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Guelph Jazz Festival - Guelph, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

River Run Centre - Guelph, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

South Country Fair - Ft. McLeaod, Alberta Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Band Members

Andrew McPherson
Les Hartai
Jason Shute
Brent Rowan
Adam Bowman
Mark De Vos

Manager

Andrew McPherson
www.eccodek.com
Email: info@eccodek.com
Phone: 519-823-5445

Discography

Living for live
Big Mind, 2014

Singing in tongues
Black Swan Sounds/Big Mind, 2014

Remixtasy
Big Mind, 2011

Shivaboom
White Swan Records , 2008

Voices Haye Eyes
White Swan Records, 2006

More Africa in Us
White Swan Records, 2005