Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Urban Muse

Let's begin with a bit of a confession. In my wildest musical fantasies, there would be one band I would want to be a part of--shred them strings, rock the keys, smash the skins...anything. Now one would guess my preference would be an epically hipster band like Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, or even festival headliners The Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Animal Collective. Though I say nay. My answer to you would be none other than Philadelphia's The Roots--an epically cool set of dudes that can get your ass shaking in your computer chair. This is a versatile group of musicians: critically acclaimed and the spark for many an unwanted pregnancy, The Roots would kick the shit out of your favorite MC's crew.

"Break You Off", from the 2002 LP Phrenology, epitomizes everything eternally sexy about the band. The Maxwell style hook, the Damo
n Albarn style muted synths, the neo-jazz groove of metric monster ?uestlove, and the slippery verbal assault of Black Thought, the song bumps. Let's hope you feel the same way.

The Roots: "Break You Off"

Be on the look out for the new Roots LP, How I Got Over due in early 2010 [preorder]


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