Baba’s debut EP, ‘Nomad’, was released in March, gathered fans including likes of Gold Panda, who assigned him to Pitchfork as a coming artist of 2017. The ‘Nomad’ EP in this way grabbed 500 thousand plays on Spotify, with lead track ‘Cog in the Wheel’, a tribute to the everyday routine, being singled out for praise and popularity.
Recorded in London with Andy Savors, who produced the latest My Bloody Valentine collection, ‘I’ve Been Voodoo’d’ is a rankling, electronic-edged current challenge melody. A balance of insubordination, outrage and perplexity, it’s both an encouraging cry and a fierce yell, influenced all the more absorbable because of its to pulverized percussive base of handclaps, juddering bass and back-to-93 rave-period cries.
“After just recently moving from New York to London late last year”, says Ali, “I witnessed from afar a racist, sexist, fascist egomaniac swindle his way into the White House. In the midst of all this shock, anger and disbelief, I found a way to write a song about it, which became “I’ve Been Voodoo’d”. It’s also a nod to T-Model Ford and Hound Dog Taylor, whom I’ve been listening to constantly as of late.”
Having spent the run up to this release touring with the likes of Gold Panda, Jonny Greenwood’s Junun project, Shigeto and Kele Okereke, Baba will play a headline show at the Montague Arms in London next month.
From 2009-2015, Ali was a part of electronic duo Voices of Black, signedd to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb. The DJs/producers toured Europe, Latin America and the US. Urban areas included: Berlin, Paris, Mexico City, Brussels, Bucharest, Moscow, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and Miami. In August 2012, Voices of Black opened for Swedish band Little Dragon at the Brooklyn Bandshell, after the band’s lead vocalist heard one of the songs Baba released, ‘Streets Run Red’ which was also picked up for an advertising campaign by fashion label Yves Saint Laurent.
Voices of Black additionally toured the United States in 2013 as an opening act for UK electronic producer Gold Panda. Highlights included: Chicago’s popular Metro Theater, Los Angeles’ well known Fonda Theater, Decibel Festival in Seattle, consecutive shows at the Independent in San Francisco, and a sold-out show at Webster Hall, NYC.