Brian J, known also by his latest creative alias, Gitkin, continues to explore and combine the depth of neo-psychedelia, the exuberance of ’70s Afrobeat, and the mysticism of Saharan folk music on his latest single, “Nosotros También”, Spanish for “Us Too.” The uptempo instrumental acts as the latest single set to appear on Gitkin’s forthcoming sophomore studio album, Safe Passage, due out on September 28th via Wonderwheel Recordings.
The 3:26 minute track, out today, follows Gitkin’s previously-shared De La Canción EP which arrived back in March. “Nosotros Tambien”, along with the other tracks to be featured on Safe Passage, was recorded at the multi-instrumentalist’s home studio in New Orleans.
“Nosotros También” sees Brian J reunite with his former Pimps of Joytime bandmate Chauncey Yearwood. Together, the two further their fascination with the mystic folk styles of northern Africa as inspired by the Tuareg people, native to the Sahara region, similar to bands like Tinariwen or Songhoy Blues.
As Brian J explains to Live For Live Music, “Last summer I had the opportunity to spend time with Mdou Moctar and some other great African artists. I have been listening to Tuareg music for years but something about jamming with those guys pushed me to expand my experimentation with the style. Nosotros También has that Tuareg influence with some middle eastern and dub elements thrown in the mix. The conga solo in the middle section features my old friend and bandmate Chauncey Yearwood.”
Stream the new single from Gitkin in full below or listen on Spotify here.
Gitkin – “Nosotros También”