- Start: 2 July 2016 8:00 pm
Known for his work in groups like Antibalas, The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar founded the band Low Mentality in 2011. The group brings a new bass- and beat-oriented rock and roll sound to the table, merging qualities of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, calypso, hip-hop and folk music. Their dance video for “Run Fast” premiered on okayafrica.com in 2013, and the song was featured on the Afropop Worldwide radio program as well as on the ParisDJs compilation Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? While working on an exciting collaboration with the legendary Ethiopian keyboardist and bandleader Hailu Mergia (Awesome Tapes From Africa), the group released their debut vinyl single “Reel It In” on 3rd Generation Recordings in 2014, getting featured on the likes of WFMU, PRI and KEXP, where it was named Song Of The Day.
Nikhil and Low Mentality are releasing their debut full length album, Everything Lasts Forever, on April 22, 2016. The first offering, the dark and vibrant “Jazz Now,” premiered on Stereogum in March, followed the hilarious, historically-minded video for the cumbia and dub-influenced tune “Six Shooter AKA The History Of Dance” (featuring the soulful voice of Kendra Morris) premiering on Relix in early April.