Known for his membership in Portico Quartet and Szun Waves, and a range of other collaborations, multi-instrumentalist Jack Wyllie has unleashed a new collaborative project called Paradise Cinema, featuring Khadim Mbaye (saba drums) and Tons Sambe (tama drums). Paradise Cinema is also the title of their debut album, recorded in Dakar, Senegal. “I had a lot of nights in Dakar when the music around the city would go on until 6am”, described Wyllie about his experience. “I could hear this from my bed at night and it all blended together, in what felt like an early version of the record.”
Paradise Cinema will see the light of day on October 9th through Gondwana Records but we can already hear the wondrous title track. Wyllie explains the inspiration behind it:
“There are a handful of old cinemas in Dakar – these big modernist buildings dotted around the city built around independence. They’re old and derelict now, but feel to me like monuments to that period, when the city was flooded with utopian ideas about its potential futures.”
Take a listen to ‘Paradise Cinema’ below.