Does the world – now more than ever – need more disco and acceptance? Hell yeah. that’s the word from Flamingods frontman Kamal Rasool, at least, as the band gear up for three highly-anticipated London dates – including this summer’s Field Day.
It’s all thanks to the Bahrain-via-London psychonauts being currently hotter than a Studio 54 glitter ball after they signed to Moshi Moshi and announced a new EP, Kewali, set for release in May.
It all began as a solo bedroom project for Kamal. But it’s become something far more sprawling and invigorating, as the band have transformed themselves into providing a cosmic musical force. An eight-hour impromptu jam session at the Animal Collective- curated ATP Festival in 2010 played a large part in turning the right heads at the right time.
Ever since, Flamingods have capitalised on the momentum and brazenly consumed as many musical influences – from dance to psych and folk – from across as many lands as they could get their heads around. And then, they’ve set each and every one of them to maximise psychedelic freak out power.
According to Kamal, the title track from their new EP is a song ‘rooted in love and the idea of celebrating what’s around you; to be accepting and open to new experiences and cultures’.
“It’s something we felt particularly passionate about while writing,” he adds, “given the uncertainty felt by so many around the world right now.”
To counteract all of those negative vibes, Kamal has offered up a musical beacon of hope and joy as he picks five worldly disco jams to make you feel good. But seeing is believing. Which means it’s about time you check out one of their upcoming gigs and join the party. You won’t be disappointed.
President – Ruk Chua NiRunDon
What better way to kick off our In Five then with this supreme Thai cover of Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’. I needn’t say more!
Parvati Khan – Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja
Everyone in the band loves Eighties-era Bollywood for the serious disco and funk they were dishing out – and because most popular songs in India come from movie soundtracks, meaning you’re almost always going to get a killer music video to boot.
Ouiness – Zina
I have a special Arabic disco and funk DJ set I play out sometimes. And this underrated gem from the Seventies in Morocco always makes the cut. Pure fire!
Kiki Gyan – Disco Dancer
Ghana’s Kiki Gyan just had it all – I love the warm groove of this classic tune.
Ahmed Fakroun – Nisyan
The ultimate feel-good jam by Libya’s Ahmed Fakroun. I can imagine cruising through a baron hot desert with the windows down to this for sure.