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This is great: Philly producer / multi-instrumentalist Khari Mateen, who we’ve seen jamming here and there with his sax-playing father, Radji Mateen Sr., has released a funky collaborative track with his old man. Continue reading →
Khari Mateen is a very talented man. We’re big fans of the Philly songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist here at The Key, and if you haven’t been following his career these past several years, let’s bring you up to speed. He has made a name for himself by collaborating with acts such as The Roots, Dice Raw, Sugar Tongue Slim, Joy Denalane, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser, and J*Dave. He’s established himself as a solo artist on releases like the Qulaia: Fall EP, and a sweet cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” And it seems like he’s ready to show off his talents again on his brand new song, “Best Time Ever.” Continue reading →
Khari Mateen dropped a self-directed video and single called “Wanting More” this week that has, well, left us wanting more. Philadelphia native Mateen is no newcomer to the music scene with two Grammy nomination nods under his belt after working for nearly a decade as a producer and multi-instrumentalist. Continue reading →
DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.
The annual Art Star Craft Bazaar comes to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on the weekend of May 10th and May 11th, and as usual, it’s chock-full of free performances from local musicians. Our friends at Philebrity curated the lineup, which features a set from editor Joey Sweeney and his band The Long Hair Arkestra; also on tap are atmosphericana rockers Oldermost, outlaw country rabble-rousers Levee Drivers, classical / jazz inspired troupe Liz and the Lost Boys, beat-driven one-man-dance-party Khari Mateen, and more. And that’s just the first day (we’re psyched to see Johnny Showcase on Sunday). Check out the full lineup and set times here, and check out music from the artists on the show below.
Khari Mateen‘s recent show at Chris’ Jazz Cafe found him performing an extended version of his single “Full Moon” complete with the cello and hypnotic loop that graced the original. Having collaborated with other local acts like The Roots and Jill Scott, Mateen has mastered the Philly soul sound and put his own eclectic spin on it. Watch below and check out his his latest EP Qualia: Fall here.
Local multi-instrumentalist / producer Khari Mateen has released his latest EP Qualia: Fall, following up his recent “Where Did They Go” single. The Grammy nominated artist grounded the project in his relationship with the autumn season, exploring its notions of change and new beginnings and applying them to themes including love and war. From Mateen:
This fall marks the beginning of something I have been wanting to do since my last record “Wait for Sunrise”. Using artistic mediums and collaborations with many thinkers, explorers, musicians, life enthusiasts, and people that want to be around expression and conversation; comes a collection titled “Qualia”. I chose to stylize the music in the first release, “Qualia: Fall” with references to Blues, Folk, Rock, Soul and classic R&B music. I imagined the music listened to with friends that understand you, maybe even helped you off the floor once or twice.
Stream Qualia: Fall below and watch the video for “Slow Fall.”
Red Martina is a new collaboration between Noesis of Philadelphia Slick, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind from Jedi Mind Tricks, Ish Quintero and Hayley Cass. The four-piece have shared a new song called “Outside” as a free download, taken from their debut Intransit. Get a copy below.
Folkadelphia brought in British musician Richard Youngs for this week’s session. Youngs was in the U.S. in support of his new record Summer Through My Mind, a project that was originally meant to be an “American country” album but departs from that mindset almost entirely. Stream and download his Folkadelphia Session below, which includes tracks from the new LP.
For his first EP release since 2012’s Wait For Sunrise, Philly producer and electronic pop songwriter Khari Mateen took his own musical spin on raising awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For the Qualia project, Mateen put together a bouncing, jazzed-up track called “Where Did They Go” depicting different emotions and experiences involving PTSD, which can affect anyone from returning war veterans to victims of crime. The new tune can be downloaded on various platforms via Mateen’s website. Tonight, you can see him perform at The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s Naked event alongside singer Leah Kauffman (you may also know her as the Lifestyle and Entertainment producer at Philly.com). Find details and tickets for the 7 p.m. show here. Listen, download, and support Mateen’s new track via Bandcamp – it’s available as a limited-time name-your-own-price mp3.