The enchanting sounds of 23 year-old Sudan Archives came to my attention last September and I’ve just got round to buying her self-titled debut EP which was released in July last year.
Not only does this young experimental artist produce her own music, play her own instruments and write all that she releases, but she is also impressively self-taught!!! Inspired by Sudanese fiddlers, R&B and West African rhythms, Sudan also incorporates elements of R&B and experimental electronic music into her mix of unique sounds, blending old styles with new trends.
Now signed to Stones Throw Records, Sudan has described how it was the discovery of the violin playing style of Northeast Africa that opened her eyes to the new possibilities and capabilities of the instrument: “The way they played it was different from classical music. I resonated with the style, and I was like, ‘Maybe I can use this style with electronic music.’”
Her EP Sudan Archives contains six vibrant tracks, built upon layers of delicate harmonies, violin figures, ethereal vocals and grounding hip-hop beats. Majestic and seamless, Sudan Archives has perfected the art of merging modern electronica with traditional sounds and this you can hear in today’s song, Goldencity. Listen/purchase the whole EP from here.