Rainbow Arabia US TOUR // all dates with Spoek Mathambo

March 8th – San Francisco, CA at The Mighty
March 10th – Seattle, WA at Nectar
March 11th – Portland, OR at Branx
March 12th – Boise, ID at The Reef
March 13th – Salt Lake City, UT at the Urban Lounge
March 14th – Aspen, CO at Belly Up
March 16th – Austin, TX at Red 7 (SXSW)
March 19th – Austin, TX at Malverde (SXSW)
March 22nd – El Paso, TX at Lowbrow Palace
March 24th – Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
March 25th – Los Angeles, CA at The Echoplex (Record Release Party)
March 26th – San Diego, CA at Soda Bar

SPRING EUROPEAN TOUR

April 5th – Festival SUPER MON AMOUR ! @ Grand Mix – Tourcoing – FRANCE
April 6th – Festival SUPER MON AMOUR ! @ Olympic – Nantes – FRANCE
April 8th – De Helling – Utrecht – NETHERLANDS
April 9th – Melkweg – Amsterdam – NETHERLANDS
April 10th – Festival SUPER MON AMOUR ! @ Laiterie – Strasbourg – FRANCE
April 11th – Gebaeude 9 – Koeln – GERMANY
April 12th – Astra Stube – Hamburg – GERMANY
April 13th – Debaser – Malmo – SWEDEN
April 14th – Debaser Slussen – Stockholm – SWEDEN
April 15th- Bla ! – Olso – NORWAY
April 16th – Jazzhuset – Goteborg – SWEDEN
April 18th – Musikcafeen – Arhus – DENMARK
April 19th – Huset Magstræde – Copenhaguen – DENMARK
April 20th – Berghain Kantine – Berlin – GERMANY
April 21st – Karlstorbahnhof – Heidelberg – GERMANY
April 22nd – Carré Rotondes – Luxembourg – LUXEMBOURG
April 24th – Electron Festival – Geneve – SWITZERLAND

April 27th – Le 106 – Rouen – FRANCE
April 28th – Witloof Bar Botanique – Bruxelles – BELGIUM
April 29th- La Machine – Paris – FRANCE
April 30th – Camden Crawl Festival – London – UK
May 1st – Sounds from the other city – Manchester – UK
May 2nd – Captains Rest – Glasgow – UK
May 5th – CAMP – London – UK

RAINBOW ARABIA

Averse to any easy classification, Rainbow Arabia’s continent-trekking, kaleidoscope pop is rooted in no particular time or place, employing modern technological processes to an array of musical cultures and eras. The Los Angeles duo began with the purchase of a Lebanese Casio that played microtonal scales and Eastern beats, with which they quickly recorded their propulsive first EP, The Basta, synthesizing bossa nova and industrial post-punk with heavy Middle Eastern vibes. Digging deeper for inspiration from the worldly found sounds of Sublime Frequencies compilations, their follow-up EP, Kabukimono, expanded the color palette of their “fourth world” pop with dark, Arabic disco-dancehall jams sitting alongside sunnier moments with Caribbean and African flourishes.

Rather than restricting themselves to the expanse and musical artifacts of Earth alone, Danny and Tiffany Preston recalibrate their focus aiming their sights upwards into outer space. Nearly a year in the making, Rainbow Arabia’s forthcoming first full-length Boys And Diamonds is a stunning journey that not only marries East with West but also the past with the future. Immediately, you can hear some familiar elements found in their previous releases: Danny’s asymmetrical tribal beats and lysergic pads, Tiffany’s labyrinthine fretwork and tick-tock vocal swagger. But you’ll also notice: the hooks are stickier and more confident, the rhythms are sturdier, and the production is lusher, even astral, giving the songs more space to breathe.

Boys And Diamonds (out March 1st in the US, February 28th in UK/Europe) is unmistakably a pop album but also one that comfortably fits in with Kompakt’s long-standing lineage of genre-refracting releases.

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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