For the last few days I’ve been listening to UNDUN by The Roots.

 

It’s been streaming on NPR, and it’s killer. Great hooks, chilled beats and fantastic lyrics.

Apparently it’s a concept album, and based on a semi-ficitional character called Redmond.  There is also a companion app for iphone/ipod touch….But its only available in the States.

🙁

It’s just under forty minutes long and sways from the melodic third song of “Make my”(the first cut leaked off the album), to the catchy ” Kool on”, and my personal fave of “Lighthouse”. Unlike so many pop/R&B albums at the moment, it certainly has something you’ll hum or take away.  Black Thought (tariq Trotter) gives a great performance with brilliant rapping, and heartfelt storytelling.

I’m a bit of a Roots fanboy, and love watching them on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and besides-any band that gets to 13 albums is a very rare commodity these days. Questlove and Black Thought are poster kids for the band, but they are a window in a collective of hugely talented musicians.

Anyways, if you were unsure of a christmas pressie for someone this year, I think you couldnt go wrong with this one.  Its certainly going to be on my playlist this summer.

Ap.