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KEY TRACK: Confessions
LABEL: Stones Throw
MANAGEMENT: Constant Artists
WHO: Welcome inside the wonderful world of Sudan Archives, aka cerebral R&B artist Brittney Parks.
WHAT: R&B, as rendered by an avant-garde violinist and beatmaker. Sudan Archives’ songs are spacious and technical, but pack in the hooks, too.
WHERE: Parks grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Los Angeles aged 19.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
Parks discovered ethnomusicology and began exploring the work of Cameroonian electro pioneer Francis Bebey, using his strings/electro combo as a jump-off for her own music.
WHAT’S COMING UP?
It was no surprise when Sudan Archives landed a deal with earthy hip-hop label Stones Throw and two EPs quickly followed. With input from Paul White (Danny Brown), Rodaidh McDonald (The xx) and Washed Out, debut album Athena is out in November. Inspired by duality (Parks is an identical twin) it travels through relationships, morals and more.
HOW ABOUT A LIVE SHOW?
You bet. Sudan Archives plays London’s Corsica Studios on November 19.