New Release: Khari Mateen – ‘Khari’ EP

 

Chances are you don’t know who Khari Mateen is, but we’ve known this cat since he was a newbie to The Roots crew family at just 18 years old. Some may recognize Khari as the bassist from his current band, Elevator Fight with the illustrious Zoe Kravitz. Others may have heard his production work on The Roots’ “Game Theory,” “Clock With No Hands,” nearly half of How I Got Over, and finally, on the most recent leak with The Roots and Big K.R.I.T., “Make My.”

So, really – you already know Khari’s music. Late last month, Khari gave the world an introduction to his work as a solo artist on his Khari EP. The project features Khari’s production and also puts his vocal talents on front and center. The music is impressively (but not surprisingly) diverse with R&B, funk, rock, jazz, downtempo, classical, electronic, and hip hop influences. Do yourself a favor a get put on – ASAP. And heads up that half of the EP tracks are actually free downloads, including one of our favorite tracks, “Mother.”

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New Track: The Roots – “Make My” ft. Big K.R.I.T. + Album

 

The Roots have recently announced a new album to release on December 6th, undun. The work will be conceptual and take form of “an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999).” Questlove says of the project, “at this point in our career we’d like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality.” We can most certainly dig that.

Also with the announcement came a new track entitled “Make My,” featuring none other than southern gentleman Big K.R.I.T.. It’s a sleepy and melodic yet catchy tune. Stream below.

The Roots “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T. by okayplayer

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Video: The Roots for John Varvatos, Fall/Winter 2011

 

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Recently, The Roots were commissioned to be the faces of famed designer John Varvatos’ Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign. Fancy, eh? Shot at Republic Airport in New York, above you’ll find the video portion of the campaign: The Roots styled out and performing an exclusive track on the tarmac!

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Artist Spotlight: Mara Hruby + “The Panties” Video

 

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Mara Hruby may be new to most, but in the Bay Area this talent is already thriving, gracing the famed Yoshi’s in her first year of performing. Her vocals are haunting; folky, jazzy, soulful – she truly sounds like a dream. Her first project is called, From Her Eyes, where she remakes popular songs by men (November 2010). Recently, she put out her video for Mos Def’s “The Panties;” a whimsical and dream-like feel is complemented by blue tones and soft-focus visuals – add in the stunning Mara and it’s quite a breathtaking sight. The rest of the EP includes covers from The Roots, Andre 3000, D’Angelo, Van Hunt, Bob Marley, and Jamiroquai. Take a listen to that and download below! This lady is a real treat.

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GPWW 4/20/11: Worldwide Family Mixtape – Austin Peralta

This week’s show starts out with a track by the recently-deceased drummer Steve Reid, who Gilles Peterson started a foundation for on behalf of struggling musicians. The GPWW radio show moves quickly after that with some Roots, plus more great music by Morgan Zarate, Jack Soul, Riton and Hefner.

Then we get into the special mix from the latest Brainfeeder signing, a new LA-based pianist named Austin Peralta. He plays a nice variety of tunes alongside his own songs, including Bjork, John Coltrane, J Dilla, Archie Shepp and more. Gilles finishes off the show with more Coltrane (never enough ‘Trane) Sun-Ra, Bobby Hutcherson, Tortoise, Moloko and Arthur Russell.

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