Emerging from Denver, Colorado, rising funk-jam-rock ensemble MLIMA (pronounced-Mmm-Lee-Ma) has established itself at the forefront of the ever-emerging music scene of the Rocky Mountains. “MLIMA” is the Swahili word for Mountain, and the music has been referred to as “Mountain Groove.” Since their conception in 2012, the 6-piece has built a local fan-base through a relentless live schedule including headlining Denver’s Bluebird Theatre and Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. MLIMA played the main stage at Arise Music Festival 2016, and the group has opened for well-known live acts like Shpongle and The Disco Biscuits at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, as well as Praang (members of SCI), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), and more.
This coming September, MLIMA will release a new EP, comprised of 7 tracks worth of original music written, recorded, and produced by the band. The album features the core band roster (comprised of vocalist Jessica Jones, saxophonist and vocalist Zach Simms, guitarist Jeph Kennedy, bassist Ryan Thrush, percussionist Jack Breitenbach, and drummer Lance Croucher) as well as Ben Rafferty on keyboards. The new MLIMA EP has been over a year in the making, featuring a unique style and sound that incorporates roots in funk, rock, jazz, soul, Afro-beat, jam, and popular culture, and compels even the most stubborn of wallflowers to head to the dance floor and bust a move. Today, Live For Live Music is excited to debut the horn-driven disco-funk grooves of MLIMA’s new single from their forthcoming EP, “Sunshine.” Comments Simms of the track, “Let it grow. Like sunshine on the radio. A song about new love and new life. Remember that even with the fear and crippling self doubt, together we can make something beautiful. Let it grow.” Check it out below:
MLIMA’s upcoming EP, due out September 29th as a self-release. This is the band’s first proper release. For more information on MLIMA, head to their website.
Aug. 11 – Boulder, CO – Be On Key ^
Aug. 17 – Denver, CO – Your Mom’s House
Aug. 19 – Denver, CO – South by Southeast Festival
Sep. 7 – Boulder, CO – Lazy Dog
Sep. 10 – Guffey, CO – Black Mountain Fest
Sep. 15 – Idaho Springs, CO – Tommyknocker Brewery
Sep. 21 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s *
Nov. 3 – Longmont, CO – Crossroads
^ w/ Melvin Seals and JGB
* notes Record Release Show
[Photo Credit: Alan Westman]