Aho Ssan‘s debut LP Simulacrum was originally released on Subtext digitally in January of 2020.
Over the course of the last year it gained momentum as it seemed to resonate with the fragmented, accelerated conditions around the world. We are finally issuing the album as a vinyl edition, and Aho Ssan has commissioned remixes for each track.
Inspired in part by French sociologist Jean Baudrillard’s influential text “Simulacres et Simulation,” the record plays with synthesis and simulation, picking apart notions of modulatable, subjective veneers of reality. Informed by his experiences growing up while black in the French suburbs, Niamké, turns a critical gaze towards facades of inclusivity and equality, and how they diverge from lived experiences of discrimination and racism in France.
Sonically, Simulacrum departs from ventures through Sun Ra and Afrofuturist music, as Aho Ssan dreams up new journeys and visions.
Wanting to collaborate with a jazz musician but unable to find one, he turned to building patches in Max/ MSP to create simulations of them.
The Mensah Imaginary Band features on tracks “Blind Power” and “We Don’t Have to Worry Anymore.” Taking shape across Max objects and patch cables, the ensemble takes its name from Niamké’s trumpet player grandfather Mensah Antony, who led a Ghanaian band in Ivory Coast in the 1950s and acted as a conductor at the country’s famed Abissa Festival.
Aho Ssan, who never met Antony and has no access to recordings or information about his musical career, speculates on his musical heritage. Pre-order the record at: https://ahossan.bandcamp.com/album/simulacrum-remixed
Listen to Simulacrum IV – Ziúr Remix: