On his new album, multi-instrumentalist Cochemea Gastelum connects with his roots.
For the California native with Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian ancestry, his 10-track LP called All My Relations offers a deeply personal exploration of jazz and indigenous-influenced rhythms.
Cochemea grew up surrounded by music but without knowing much about his heritage. Both his parents were musicians, and they gave their son a heavy name meaning “they were all killed asleep.”
Listen to the title track, a wildly powerful combination of tribal percussion and hypnotic chanting that will go straight to your head and have you hooked.
Best known for his work with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, he’s recorded and shared stages with artists like Amy Winehouse, Archie Shepp, Public Enemy, and The Roots amongst many others.
Physical copies of the album include a limited number of random colour vinyl. All My Relations is out now via Daptone Records. Grab a copy here.
1. Maso Ye’eme
2. All My Relations
8. Los Muertos
10. Song of Happiness