Check out the video for ‘Simulacrum IV’, directed by Aho Ssan himself.

Up next on Subtext is the debut album from Paris-based artist Désiré Niamké, aka Aho Ssan.

Referencing French cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard’s 1981 text Simulacra and Simulacrum, the album plays with notions of simulation and synthesis. Unable to find a jazz musician to collaborate with, Niamké began building patches in Max/MSP to create simulations of a fictional jazz ensemble, The Mensah Imaginary Band. The ensemble is named after his grandfather Mensah Anthony, who Niamké never met, but who played trumpet in a Ghanaian band the 1950s.

Simulacrum arrives on February 7 and is available to pre-order now. Check out the album artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

01. ‘Intro’
02. ‘Simulacrum I’
03. ‘Simulacrum II’
04. ‘Simulacrum III’
05. ‘Simulacrum IV’
06. ‘Blind Power (ft. The Mensah Imaginary Band)’
07. ‘Outro (ft. The Mensah Imaginary Band)’

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