Afrobeat collective Antibalas recently left their homebase in Brooklyn to record their latest full-length. Thanks to a collaboration with producer and Tortoise member John McEntire, Security takes a slightly darker turn than previous efforts, though fans of the band's horn-driven, Fela Kuti-inspired sound will still find plenty to enjoy about the new album.
Implicit within the name Antibalas (which means “bulletproof” in Spanish) is the sense that more rides on the songs than just music itself, like the ideological contrast between the album's title and its track “War Hero.” Such a socially and politically minded nature, however, doesn’t lessen the collective's infectious blend of Latin, jazz, classical, funk, and soul–it merely enhances it.
Security is out March 6, 2007 on Anti-.
1. Beaten Metal
2. Fillibuster XXX
5. War Hero
Be sure to catch Antibalas on the road this spring, as they tour North America in support of the new album.
03/10 Brookyln, NY: Warsaw
03/16 Austin, TX: Antone’s
03/21 San Francisco, CA: Great American Music Hall
03/22 Los Angeles, CA: Troubadour
03/28 New Haven, CT: Toad’s Place
03/29 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground
03/31 Cambridge, MA: Middle East Underground
04/04 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club
04/07 Asheville, NC: The Orange Peel
04/24 Minneapolis, MN: First Avenue
04/26 Milwaukee, WI: Pabst Theatre
04/29 Newport, KY: Southgate House